Friday, 16 February 2018

A lack of satin hearts


Another week of top quality writing, with nary a red rose in sight. for which much thanks, despite the fact that it makes the task of choosing one piece above the others difficult in the extreme. Eventually, the choice came down to fake news or fancy tattoos, and I was unable to split them, so Patricia, for her ‘Modus operandi’ and David, for ‘Job description’ will have to teeter together on the topmost podium.
My thanks to all of you for posting and for the vital comments.

Words for next week: brazen relish tithe

Entries by midnight Thursday  22nd February winners and words posted Friday 23rd

Usual rules: 100 words maximum (excluding title) of flash fiction or poetry using all of the three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. Serialised fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. Feel free to post links to your stories on Twitter or Facebook or whichever social media you prefer.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Overtures and arias

(I'm in Cardiff  to see a couple of operas this weekend, so apologies for brevity)

As I said last week, sometimes it’s just a choice of words, and I’m sure it will come as no surprise that John’s ‘Proxy doxy’ in his ‘The Dalliance’ propelled him into first place.

Thank you one and all for a feast of richness this week.

Words for next week: caustic erase scroll

Entries by midnight Thursday  15th February winners and words posted Friday 16th

Usual rules: 100 words maximum (excluding title) of flash fiction or poetry using all of the three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. Serialised fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. Feel free to post links to your stories on Twitter or Facebook or whichever social media you prefer.

Friday, 2 February 2018

Blood sugar and jelly babies


The weekly choosing of a ‘winner’ – one story ‘better’ than the rest – is becoming near impossible. Not that I’m complaining, but you should all know that so often it is little more than a particularly appealing phrase, a choice of words or, even, a title that swings the balance after I’ve spent more time than I can afford trying to choose.

This week was especially hard. Eventually, on the strength of “weighing the ripened silence” I picked Jerry’s ‘Someday’; having also found the whole of the tale lingered in my mind. Huge thanks to the rest of you.

Words for next week:  bedlam proxy taunt

Entries by midnight Thursday  8th February winners and words posted Friday 9th

Usual rules: 100 words maximum (excluding title) of flash fiction or poetry using all of the three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. Serialised fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. Feel free to post links to your stories on Twitter or Facebook or whichever social media you prefer.

Friday, 26 January 2018

Buttered scones and great imagination

This was one of the most exhilarating weeks for colourful and supremely imaginative leaps I can remember; it seemed the standard of offerings shot up tenfold (not that they are normally at all shabby!). Perhaps I should offer more in the way of misspelt and mildly obscure  prompt words?  
I thank you all for your contributions, and thank you all again for commenting so diligently – a vital part of this site.
As usual, near impossible to pick a winner, however, for the gut-punching  impact of her final line – Antonia’s ‘Deception’, aptly named drew a small squeal from me, so little did I anticipate it, and deserves top place this week.

Words for next week:  ladder ripe venture

Entries by midnight Thursday 1st February, winners and words posted Friday 2nd


Usual rules: 100 words maximum (excluding title) of flash fiction or poetry using all of the three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. Serialised fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. Feel free to post links to your stories on Twitter or Facebook or whichever social media you prefer.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Slush, salt and puddle jumping

Yesterday’s walk to fetch the daily paper. But later the sun came out and to have colour after days of grey was a bonus. And yet, this week I found myself most appreciative of the different brands of horror so many of you deliver on a regular basis.

Patricia deserves a mention twice over: one for the telling of the fascinating  real-life background to ‘Divisible by One’ and another for Heteropaternal Superfecundation – whose ‘I won't bore you with the details.  ending deserved a slapped wrist.

And though I do try to name but a single winner, this week the honours have to be shared between Jim E Deegan (appearing as Anonymous) for his untitled piece and Jerry for ‘I See Red’

Words for next week:  collapse sauce tumbrel
Apologies - a last minute change of mind (from 'tendril') and I forgot to check the spelling

Entries by midnight Thursday  25th January winners and words posted Friday 26th


Usual rules: 100 words maximum (excluding title) of flash fiction or poetry using all of the three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. Serialised fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. Feel free to post links to your stories on Twitter or Facebook or whichever social media you prefer.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Purple strap, orange hearts and dustballs

Another reference to what is on my desk.  (Just so you know, I’m not the sort does housework, so dust and other oddities are inevitable.)

Which is why no mention, by me, of a feather duster. But plenty other fascinating uses of last week’s prompt words, and a richness of submissions from which to try and pick a winner. I had a short list of four ...(and had Rosie and Bill not been past the deadline with their pieces that would have risen to six)  but eventually, almost inevitably, it is Dan’s ‘The Hulder Nymph’ which especially delighted me with both the language of its dialogue and the background to the exchange.

Words for next week:  hiatus scrub twin

Entries by midnight Thursday  18th January winners and words posted Friday 19th


Usual rules: 100 words maximum (excluding title) of flash fiction or poetry using all of the three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. Serialised fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. Feel free to post links to your stories on Twitter or Facebook or whichever social media you prefer.

Friday, 5 January 2018

Soaring into the high cold dawn of a new year

I’m not one for resolutions (and doubt any such would have prevented the last few week’s disruption) but it might be worth suggesting any thanks for my consistency of administration be kept within your own minds!! Fingers crossed, this time to encourage a retreating virus, I am finally on the mend. I hope the rest of you had a week or so of joy and contentment.

This week’s winner – in large part because of the subtlety of its under-writing which is a skill I am trying hard to develop myself – is Zaiure for her ‘Frozen’ Each time I read it I come up with a different interpretation, and were it a novel, would not yet have put it down.

Words for next week:  clot feather third

Entries by midnight Thursday  11th January winners and words posted Friday 12th


Usual rules: 100 words maximum (excluding title) of flash fiction or poetry using all of the three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. Serialised fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. Feel free to post links to your stories on Twitter or Facebook or whichever social media you prefer.

Friday, 22 December 2017

Maps and wires, bookmarks and guitar strings

Another twelvemonth passed; another year of exciting writing to look back on and my thanks to every one you for your support.

I’ve been re-reading William McIlvanney’s Laidlaw trilogy this week; a strongly-drawn detective with a philosophical bent, I suspect it is this that warmed me to Dan’s ‘Confessions of a Reaper’ (and if crime is not your thing, there is much more to McIlvanney than his detective fiction). Additionally, I was delighted to have the treat of another episode of jk’s’ Ellis series so these are the final winners of 2017.
Here’s to 2018 – and best wishes to all of you the forthcoming holiday season.

Words to use in the next two weeks:  gutter rime thrift

Entries by midnight Thursday 4th January winners and words posted Friday 5th


Usual rules: 100 words maximum (excluding title) of flash fiction or poetry using all of the three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. Serialised fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. Feel free to post links to your stories on Twitter or Facebook or whichever social media you prefer.

Friday, 15 December 2017

Ink blots, gouges and sticky shadows

All these and more tell the history of the plan-chest acquired at auction by my husband who knew  I needed one but had no idea of the space available to put it. Took a while but he has ceased offering to clean it up a bit.
And Patricia was on the verge of cleaning up this week, since at first read all her offerings were winners, but ultimately, despite my declaring a tie between ‘Persona Non Grata’ and ‘Crowning Glory’ , she has to share the No.1 spot with Rosie for her ‘Normal is overrated.’
Thank you all for your magnificent contributions and comments.

Words for next week:  pride quirk wedge

Entries by midnight Thursday 21st December winners and words posted Friday 22nd


Usual rules: 100 words maximum (excluding title) of flash fiction or poetry using all of the three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. Serialised fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. Feel free to post links to your stories on Twitter or Facebook or whichever social media you prefer.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Mislaid plans, and permutations of disaster …

Not exactly High Noon (and I can’t remember the story anyway, but I’d like to say a big ‘Thank you’ to Patricia for deputising for my so ably and for much longer than anticipated over the past few weeks. The hospital stay was beyond my control, but my stupidly wiping my laptop certainly didn’t help!
And so to this week’s winner – as problematical as ever to make a choice – but I think it has to be David’s ‘Heaven will Fall’ for much more than the unique conjunction of defibrillators and angel flesh.

Words for next week:  conform, lichen, stamp

Entries by midnight Thursday 14th December winners and words posted Friday 15th


Usual rules: 100 words maximum (excluding title) of flash fiction or poetry using all of the three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. Serialised fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. Feel free to post links to your stories on Twitter or Facebook or whichever social media you prefer.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Broad expanses, stretching the mind ...


... Something all entries had in common last week - an escape from these four walls which was very welcome, and my thanks, in advance to Patricia who has so ably kept this site going in my prolonged absence, providing the necessary fillips of comment and order of merit. 

Words for next week: cherub, flicker, short

Entries by midnight Thursday 7th December winners and words posted Friday 8th

Usual rules: 100 words maximum (excluding title) of flash fiction or poetry using all of the three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. Serialised fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. Feel free to post links to your stories on Twitter or Facebook or whichever social media you prefer.

Friday, 24 November 2017

Back home but stlll effectively bed-bound

and short of time so have not had chance to properly look back at all I've missed., but Thank you Patricia for clearing up my muddles and taking on the judging  -
am I right in thinking you'll do next week's too?

Words for next week:  grain, ignorance shanty 
Entries by midnight Thursday 30th October  November, winners and words posted Friday 1st December

Usual rules: 100 words maximum (excluding title) of flash fiction or poetry using all of the three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. Serialised fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. Feel free to post links to your stories on Twitter or Facebook or whichever social media you prefer.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Darkest hour before dawn?

Words for next week: furnish pellet syringe

Entries by midnight Thursday 19th October, winners and words posted Friday 20th


Usual rules: 100 words maximum (excluding title) of flash fiction or poetry using all of the three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. Serialised fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. Feel free to post links to your stories on Twitter or Facebook or whichever social media you prefer.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Approaching the eleventh hour

And waiting with bated breath to learn the identity of this week’s winner

Words for next week: imprecate pear wax

Entries by midnight Thursday 16th November, winners and words posted Friday 17th


Usual rules: 100 words maximum (excluding title) of flash fiction or poetry using all of the three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. Serialised fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. Feel free to post links to your stories on Twitter or Facebook or whichever social media you prefer.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Escaping November Rain

This week’s winner was a little easier than some to select because I kept returning to David’s ‘decanted tarry strings of tobacco’ –  poetry become practical – thank you.
Thank you to the rest of you for your pieces and also for your comments – a vital part of this site.

A treat for you for the next two weeks: I shall be out of the country and have no idea how reliable the combination of travelling and access to the internet will be therefore I have handed the task of choosing the week’s winner(s) to the admirably capable Patricia. 

I’ve scheduled words to appear at midday GMT so as to give her the chance of announcing her choice before too many of you get going with the new words which, for next week will be: 

lodge scintilla third

Entries by midnight Thursday 9th November, winners and words posted Friday 10th

Usual rules: 100 words maximum (excluding title) of flash fiction or poetry using all of the three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. Serialised fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. Feel free to post links to your stories on Twitter or Facebook or whichever social media you prefer.