A Gift, a Witch and a Wakening of Honey in Hexagon

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t really excited about this one. I’ve been keeping track of Hexagon since it’s first issue, which became a home for “Cold Storage” by my good friend and phenomenal writer, Nicholas C. Smith; imagine my excitement when its second issue hit my screen including a story by friend, and Walled Women issue-mate and Apparition Lit flash challenge companion, Taylor Rae—“Benjamin Buckley’s Impossible Menagerie” is a wonder.

Now, I’m so proud to have my own story in issue 4!

“A Gift, a Wish and a Wakening of Honey” is a cosy little story about a witch and a hive of troubled bees, and it might be my favourite of all of my published pieces. (If anyone asks, you didn’t hear it from me.)

You can read it here, and I hope you love it as much as I do!

If you liked the issue, and feel so inclined, please do give it a quick review on goodreads.

Such a Shame published in Walled Women

Today sees the release of Walled Women‘s first issue. When I first wrote “Such a Shame”, I had no idea what to do with it. The opening sentence had haunted me for a while and when I finished writing I was fully prepared for it to be something that just sat in my writing folder.

Then the wonderful Taylor Rae—whose poem “A Little Death” also appears in the issue—shared the submission call for Walled Women and it seemed a little bit like fate for my dark, little flash fic.

You can read “Such a Shame” here.

content warning: implied physical/sexual violence

Conferring with Ghosts… in Underland Arcana

I have been waiting for a long time to write this post. If you follow me on twitter, or the twitter account of Crow & Cross Keys, you may know how much I love long titles. They can be book titles, the titles of songs or poetry, short stories or anything else that can have a title. I will gobble them all up and love every second of it.

Now, I can finally share one of my own long-titled short story!

“Conferring With Ghosts Between the Hours of Three and Four Forty-Five in the Morning” is a strange little story about a girl and some ghosts. It was a challenge to write and I’m really proud of it.

I really hope you enjoy it!

You can read it here.

Do check out the rest of the stories in issue one—one of my issue-mates is actually a wonderful friend of mine, and her story, “Vieux Carré”, is excellent. Highly recommend.

Cover image by George Cotronis

Like Shedding Skin published in Emerge Literary Journal

I’ve been sitting on this one for a long time. I can’t quite remember when I submitted it but I’ve been wanting to blog about it ever since I received the acceptance. I could have, but I like to share a link if I can so here we are; there is a link at the end of the post.

I love Emerge, the work they share is always fab and I am proud to now be counted among their number. If you have any work that leans towards literary, I would highly recommend submitting. The Emerge team often do blitzes, wherein they respond to submissions within 24 hours! I just missed a blitz with my submission but even in their usual submission window, the response was speedy.

“Like Shedding Skin” is a little piece of flash fiction that is and isn’t about a broken teapot.

I really hope you enjoy it.

You can read “Like Shedding Skin” here.

Shattered Moon, Hungry Sea on Apparition Lit

Earlier this month, I entered Apparition Literary Magazine’s November Flash Fiction Challenge, for which writer’s are challenged to create flash fiction based on a certain image, and I am delighted to announce that I won!

My story “Shattered Moon, Hungry Sea” went live today. It’s a speculative fairy tale about a mother, a daughter, the moon and the sea.

I really love this story, and I hope you enjoy it!

You can read it here.

The Boat and the Boy published on 101 Words

Hello, hello. It’s been a little while and this update may well be longer than the story itself! A little while ago, I wrote a teeny, tiny story—a one-hundred-and-one word story, to be precise.

Today, that story went live on 101 Words! I’m so pleased. I adore tiny stories so having my own published is particularly lovely.

Click here to read!


In other news, Crow & Cross Keys is now live and packed with beautiful stories and poetry. I’d love it if you could check it out!

Every week, I share the words of two brilliant contributors. If you like your words a little dark and a little strange and a little lovely, you’re going to love CCK.

:)

The Great Green Forever makes HG Wells Competition Shortlist

Many months ago, I wrote a story. Then I had friends—brilliant writer-type friends—poke at it and ask me questions I never would have thought to ask myself. The story almost doubled in length and, we hope, quality and it turned out I really rather liked it.

Apparently, I’m not the only one! I am delighted to announce that “The Great Green Forever” has been shortlisted as part of the HG Wells Short Story Competition.

I’m fairly new to entering competitions (I am currently awaiting the second round results for the New York City Midnight Flash Fiction Contest—wish me luck!) and this is the first piece that has made a shortlist.

I’m so glad it’s this story.

The overall results will be released at the awards ceremony in November. I’m excited.

What a lovely Monday this is.

Coming Soon: Crow & Cross Keys

I have a secret. Well, it’s not truly a secret because it’s all over twitter, but my name isn’t on it yet so it could be a secret.

Allow me to introduce Crow & Cross Keys, an online literary journal dedicated to the weird and the whimsical.

Launching on October 31st (naturally), Crow & Cross Keys seeks to provide a home for beautifully written prose and poetry that scratch a speculative itch.

I am currently collecting submissions for the launch of the website but we are live on twitter and instagram; please come and say hello!

After the launch, we are hoping to share at least one new piece of writing a week. If your writing is strange and dark and lovely, please consider submitting.

The Art of Doing Nothing in Aloe

In May, I wrote a couple of poems about the gut-punch anxiety I was feeling during lockdown. I wasn’t sure if there was anything I could do with them, I’d pretty much resigned them to a folder on my harddrive. Then I found Aloe.

Aloe is a collection of new writing from the UK and Ireland produced under lockdown and I’m so pleased one of my poems, “The Art of Doing Nothing”, has found a home there.

If you would like to give it a read, you can download a free copy or purchase the print edition (with all profit being donated in support of UK and Irish healthcare workers) on the Aloe website.

Aloe imagery by Samuel Best

Pit Stop in perhappened mag

I am so happy to be writing this post. I have been holding onto this for a couple of weeks now and it’s been fizzing in my belly. If you follow me on twitter, you may have seen me getting a little bit excited about a recent acceptance.

I am so thrilled to announce that an eerie little piece of flash fiction has been published in issue 2 of perhappened mag!

It’s such a lovely magazine and I’m so pleased to have been accepted; this magazine is going to do great things and I can’t wait to pore over the rest of the issue.

So, without further rambling and before I make this update longer than the piece itself, allow me to introduce ‘Pit Stop’⁠—a strange little story about a moment on the road.

Click here to read!

perhappened mag issue 2: ROAD TRIP cover by Aleah Dye
perhappened mag issue 2: ROAD TRIP cover by Aleah Dye