Works by the top ten authors, listed here, will be published in our forthcoming poetry and flash fiction anthology.
Note added October 2009. The anthology is now available and, postal situation permitting, contributing authors will receive sample copies shortly. The book will be available on the website here but if you have work in the book, please do not use the Paypal buttons on site as they will charge you the full price. Once you receive your free author copies, you can if you wish order further discounted copies from us by email.
You Probably Think This Song Is About You
by Liz Martinez
The radio people eavesdrop, sneaking their microwaves through my ears, the space between my eyeballs and their sockets, up my nostrils along the olfactory nerve into my brain. Whilst my overworked limbic system drenches my body in unseemly emotions, oozing like children’ secrets, the radio spies lap them up for broadcast to the waking world. Take today; one minor indiscretion taints a morning’s stream of respectable consciousness, and before I can apologise, rewind myself carefully like a dropped toilet roll to the last pure thought, commuters all over London are singing along.
© Liz Martinez 2009
Other shortlisted works...
by Anne Lawson
It was the talented young jeweller’s masterpiece; a shimmering necklace of precious stones. Glistening drops of emerald, flashing sapphires, misty pearls and pure gold beads surrounded the central jewel, a dazzling
heart- shaped ruby.
© Anne Lawson 2009
On visiting a Relative
having a suitcase, George and Mildred had never traveled much. But today
was special. It was time to make a move.
They eased themselves off the sofa and shuffled slowly across the room. Mildred paused to fluff a cushion. Eventually they reached the aspidistra and looked at it.
The plant, as usual, didn’t say
anything. But George and Mildred reckoned it was happy in their company,
here among kindred spirits. Being a houseplant it, too, never travelled
“I do like the family get-togethers,” said Mildred, basking in the warmth of their shared genetic background.
© Geoff Lowe 2009
by Lesley Mace
In Drury Lane red crosses mark the barricaded doors. Sarah looks down upon the filth-strewn street from an upstairs window.
© Lesley Mace 2009
by Paul McQuillan
Some years ago I attended a short course for the longish termed unemployed. Team work, confidence building, the gaining of some basic skills, that sort of thing. It provided dry-stane dyking and chainsaw tuition. The latter involving the cutting down of “diseased” trees.
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Medium Not Well Done
by Krystyna Smallman
© Krystyna Smallman 2009
Making an Impact
by Dorothy O'Grady
Despite the firebomb that gutted the school office, today’s 25 year reunion is still on. Somehow they’ve managed to find my address.
© Dorothy O'Grady 2009
by Iain Pattison
Gabriel stared at the Bald Eagle, shop steward of the world's bird
population, looking for a sign that the feathered union rep was joking.
© Iain Pattison 2009
by Victoria Richman
The couple are curled together in the armchair, lips locked. Emily sits opposite watching them. The earphone falls from her ear but she doesn’t notice. Sam picks it up, winds it around the ipod and puts it away in his pocket.
© Victoria Richman 2009
by David Wass
Dawn. Yawn. Itch. Scratch.
© David Wass 2009
The anthology will also feature poetry by the winners and short-listed authors from the
Earlyworks Press Web Poetry Competition