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The Betrayal… (original fiction submitted by Harrison).

May 11, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Betrayal… (original fiction submitted by Harrison).

The Betrayal… Chapter 1 It was a lone night. There was silence across the land, the stars were as if they weren’t even there. Air was filled with gloom and hatred, unfortunate for the 2 malnourished boys, treated with no respect, desperate for money as they suffer in a broken down, ancient bunkhouse. As one laid asleep the other stood awake staring into the abyss with a handful of letters from various people. ‘John?’, said cliff, just waking up from the glaring moonlight, shining directly mysteriously wrong. John was very quiet and was always happy, but only around his family and people he trusts, from this cliff can gather something […]

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Writing for fun and profit … short story contests.

March 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Writing for fun and profit … short story contests.

Entering short story contests can be a fun way for starting authors to reach new audiences, gain recognition and pick up a little extra folding green in prize money. Sadly, many short story writing contests are total scams. Some of them charge huge entry fees when the prize is little more than a downloadable Adobe PDF certificate. Others will publish your winning submission — but only so long as you cover the organiser’s “editing costs” — or perhaps you’ll need to pay big bucks for a print-on-demand copy of the book containing your “winning” entry? You’ll be surprised how many winners there are, when everyone pays! Luckily, Reedsy — an […]

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The Darkness of the Vigil: episode one now out.

May 31, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Darkness of the Vigil: episode one now out.

Here’s the updated downloads for the book representing the horror genre – The Darkness of the Vigil. Everyone likes helping an orphanage. There’s the charity workers. There’s the social workers. There’s politicians who need to be seen helping a good cause, hungry for votes. And there’s the forces of darkness, hungry for something else entirely. Children that no-one will miss? A source of nourishment . . . without distraught parents filing missing person’s reports. But When the Barr Brook Children’s Home is infiltrated and offered up to the Reds, the vampires and their human slaves make one fatal mistake. They leave a few of the children alive to tell the tale. […]

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Report mistakes in the book.

February 18, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
Report mistakes in the book.

This is the form you can use to report errors in the book.   If you want to suggest ideas for the plot, story, characters etc., then it’s better to discuss it in the forum here, rather than using this form. That way, everyone can contribute together. This is purely for mistakes found … what are called ‘typos’ in the trade. Here’s some examples of each main type of typo . . . Spelling mistake: It was acceptible (should read It was acceptable). Punctuation mistake: ‘Hello, he said. (missing the closing speech mark, should read ‘Hello,‘ he said.) Continuity mistake: Character described with green eyes on page 12, blue eyes on page 145. Grammar […]

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Author’s Apprentice 2015 Calendar.

December 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
Author’s Apprentice 2015 Calendar.

Here’s the calendar for the Author’s Apprentice 2015. It’s subject to all the usual unforseens with writing and publishing a book – writer’s block, printers on strike, copy-editor sick etc . . . just like the real world. To make sure you get the e-mail reminders prompting you for actions around each of these dates (votes, downloading the most recent chapters etc), do make sure you are signed up the main e-mail list for the program. November 2014/February 2015 Participant registration. February 2015 Voting on genre and themes. Planning of plot. June 2015 Publication of first third of the novel. October 2015 Publication of second third of the novel. March 2016 Publication of final third […]

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The Warrior (short fiction by Iris).

September 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Warrior (short fiction by Iris).

As the soldier crept through the shadows of the abandoned factory ,the only sound was a low hum coming from his walkie talkie, that echoed of the walls making the silence seem all the more ominous. Seeing as he had no need for it, he held it warily at arm’s length and turned it off  True, soldiers in the army had only been issued with vintage edition equipment straight out of the turn of the millennium, before technology was clever enough to think for itself, but you could never be too careful. Robot spies could be in any technology, and in the middle of a war it was better ending […]

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The Message (short fiction by Iris).

April 9, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Message (short fiction by Iris).

The guard stepped back to make way for Sagittarius as he strode in, with his longs robes swaying out behind him. Usually the guard would have searched anyone entering for weapons before allowing them admittance, but the chancellor wasn’t someone you wanted to stop, especially when he was wearing such a determined expression. The guard heard him swear under his breath as the whole of the council glanced up from their meeting at him. He was late, and the smug expression the high advisor, Belaquin, was wearing as she made a point of glancing at her watch probably wasn’t helping improve the chancellor’s mood either. The rest of the council […]

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