Pick of the day

Seven Sins

This is a glum poem, so I'm including a baby sloth.

I think we need not fear
to sin, for sin has grown
less deadly. Take avarice. The bankers have,
and yet it seems that they will own
the world and more.

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Story of the week

you get what not

Jo warned me, twice, ‘behave yourself’. But she didn’t trust me. Bundled me out the front door, and shoved me down the steps to make sure I got the message. ‘The walk will do you good.’
            ‘But it’s pissing down.’
            ‘There’s nowhere to go. Nuffin’ to do.’
            ‘You’ll find somewhere.’ She glared at me, nostrils flaring.
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Poem of the week


Wrinkled like a Disney frog

Or toad, his face a crumpled note

Spectacles and gulping throat

Sitting on his mildewed log


Reading books concerning Jews'

A-rabic learning, Grecian thoughts

Noting pasts comprising torts

A mental mile in other's shoes


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Story, Poem and Inspiration Point of the Week

This week there is joint winners of the poem of the week.  Congratulations to esmereldo for:


and paborama for:

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ABCtales Winter Competition 2015

Red Alert Everyone!

It's competition time.  Entries are now being accepted...  Details to be found here:

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Competition Opportunities

We always support the annual Wasafiri New Writing Prize and the details of how to enter the 2015 event can be found here:


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ABCtales Competition

We’re really excited to announce a new ABCtales poetry and prose competition.  Read more

Picks of the Month


200 words.

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Wet Rot

Wet Rot

First there were water spots, peripheral problems

before an unmistakeable odour which hung

around them and which friends noticed.

Eventually, the structure weakened

to such an extent that they both

fell through the floorboards

finding themselves flailing

in plaster and splinters,

blaming one another

for not noticing


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