Monthly Archives: June 2018

Weekend writing #60 #Weave

Challenging  Gods in all their glory

Remember poor Arachne’s story

compelled to weave eternally

threads on the loom of humanity

as a consequence of her vanity

 

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Another submission call from the pages of ShortStops

The Aleph Writing Prize

THE ALEPH WRITING PRIZE 2018

About The Aleph Writing Prize

The Aleph Writing Prize is an annual writing competition. The prize awards a limited publication to the best piece of writing. There are no barriers to this competition, anybody of any age can enter regardless if they are published or unpublished.

The winning piece will be published in a limited number of handmade booklets and all copies/proceeds will go to the winner.

The competition is free to enter.

The judges will be looking for innovative and creative writing that explores and expand the possibilities of the book. We encourage submissions from all literary genres, and there are no restrictions on theme or subject matter.

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE:

– The prize opens to submissions on 1 July 2018.

– Submissions will close on 1 September 2018. No entries will be considered if submitted after 1 September 2018 (12 noon GMT).

WINNERS ANNOUNCED:

1st November 2018

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Terms and Conditions

Please read these eligibility and entry rules carefully before beginning the online entry process. Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of the entry rules. For any queries not covered below, please email thealephstore@gmail.com

1) The competition is open to unpublished and published writers residing anywhere.

2) Only submissions receivedby 12 noon September 1st (GMT)

will be considered.

3) The entry must be the entrant’s own original creation and must not infringe upon the right or copyright of any person or entity.

4) There is no minimum word count, but the maximum word count is 10,000.

5) Writers may submit one piece of work each. Illustrations accepted.

6) The story must be written in English (Translations accepted).

7) Submissions must be made by the author of the short story.

8) There are no age restrictions.

9) When submitting, please include a short covering letter including your contact details, your name and the title of your story.

10) The first page should include the title of the story and the number of words.

11) All submissions should include page numbers.

12) Entries will accepted via email thealpehstore@gmail.com . Please put SUBMISSION in the subject. Submissions must be in one of the following formats: .pdf.

13) Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.

14) No editorial feedback will be provided.

15) Only submissions which meet all Terms and Conditions will be considered.

 

More details here: http://thealeph.limitedrun.com/

 

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MlMM’s #First Line Friday 22 June

The strangers with her on the rooftop paused in unison. They seemed confused, unsure what to do next. They had got her this far and so far no hint of what their intentions for her were.

Her mind raced. Looking about her wildly she couldn’t, in fact refused to believe that twenty  minutes  ago she had been walking through the cobbled streets of the finely preserved National Trust show village.

There had been no sign that there was some form of medieval pageant but  she had found herself grabbed bu a pair  of swarthy, dark-skinned men in what looked  like authentic peasant’s smocks. If the dirt was anything to go by.

Despite her protests the two men had grabbed her and speaking in a strange accent, at least it sounded like an accent but the words weren’t even recognisable, had put a rope round her waist and started to lead her towards the public house she had just passed, “The vine.”

It had seemed empty before but now she found it to be full of the costumed townsfolk. Baleful eyes were cast in her direction as she was roughly dragged through the door.

Still unable to make her captors understand what she was saying and in total confusion, tears started to form; they pulled her through an archway at the side of the old wooden bar.  Despite her situation she found herself marvelling  at  the authenticity of the bar. It really was like stepping back in time as she noted the two large oak barrels standing on the dark brown, knotted, roughly sawn plank that doubled as a bar counter. Behind which there were a range of earthenware pots with unknown contents. There wasn’t even a price list. Then they started to ascend a granite staircase between two rough whitewashed walls.

The people had formed a procession behind them, there were giggles and shrieks of laughter but it was more at her than with her and there was no humour  in their loud clamour. From the dark staircase they  burst out into the light  and she saw that they were on a wooden balcony that overlooked the  street at least two storeys below. A rough shaped beam was crudely attached to the handrail and looking up she saw the rope that hung from it over the edge. It was knotted at the bottom with a noose.

Only then did she start to scream.

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G haiku

 

With a lazy twitch

thin lace gently taps the glass

cooling Summer breeze

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One for the diary

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June 21, 2018 · 10:52 am

COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 89, “DRY & WET,” #SYNONYMSONLY

life-is-likea-cup-of-tea

bathed in despair,

our hopes and wishes arid,

whilst traversing

the desert of ignorance

in the search for forgiveness

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Twittering Tales #89 – 19 June 2018

new-twittering-logoegg-3471439_1280You’ve been doing it again haven’t you?

Who me,  I  don’t know what you mean.

Breaking into those eggs, don’t deny it, your whiskers are all yellow and sticky, yeuk!

Well, you have to get in when  they’re still fresh or they’re all chewy. 236 characters

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Lessons in Small-Garden Design From 11 English Entryways

I cannot fail to be impressed by these imaginative uses for small spaces, poetry in planting.

ravenhawks' magazine

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Ronovan writes #weekly poetry challenge #206 #Haiku

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Nose twitching in bliss

watch the butcher slicing brawn

a treat for teatime

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Sue Vincent’s #Writephoto #tanka Sky swimming

 

dawn

Swollen scarlet shoals

swim in the pale blue waters

framed for an instant

the golden halo stretches

out it’s hands to cradle them

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