Category Archives: short stories

My ‘Selected Shorts’ Collection is free today!

Selected Shorts, my favourite 25 short stories from my eight short story collections, is free today, Tuesday 20th February. 

These stories are some of my favourites and have been taken from my ‘Fifty 5pm Fictions’ and ‘Story a Day May’ short story collections which are available as eBooks and paperbacks.

The stories are: Too Beautiful for Words, Sometimes I Forget, I Knew a Joyce Once, Stuffed, Waiting for the Number 12, Popped Out For A Pint Of Milk, The Picture On The Mantelpiece, Knew Better, Valentine’s Day, The Accident, And No Lucy Either, A Stranger Would Understand, Elimination, They Try To With The Food, Sentimental Keepsake, Over, Court (A Shaggy Dog Story), An English Summer, I Did My Very Best To Die In The War, The Dancing Stopped In 1983, The Quarrymen, Death and Life.

Click on the following link: (which will take you to the Amazon page in your country).

Below is the first story in this collection:

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Posted by on February 20, 2018 in ebooks, ideas, short stories, writing


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Morgen reading her ‘Waiting for the Number 12’

In case you’ve not seen it before, I thought you might enjoy this (me reading one of my favourite stories)…

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Posted by on February 19, 2018 in short stories, YouTube


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February’s free 100-word competition is now open!

*** PLEASE check your word count (100 words exactly – no more, no less – EXcluding title) and do submit more than one story to give yourself a better chance of being placed. ***

Hello everyone. Yes, January’s competition is closed, with the results due to be announced on Friday 9th February. The theme for February is ‘the outskirts’ which you can now submit and any time during until Wednesday 28th February (midnight UK time).

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A 100-word competition ‘heads up’

Hello. I’ve been going through the entries received so far for this month’s competition. There are some belters but there were a couple that I read (twice) and went “Huh?” when I got to the end. They’ve therefore not made the cut (even at this early stage) and both are the only stories submitted by their authors so this is a reminder that if you’ve not submitted three stories this month, then do submit another couple (no one yet has submitted two, so either one or three). It might be you missing out. You’ve got until midnight (UK time) on Sunday 31st, so over a week, with the theme of ‘A sign of hope’ so plenty of scope… as the poet said to the other poet! Good luck.

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Posted by on December 22, 2017 in competitions, short stories, writing