Pick of the day

two paths (may be distressing)

lithe russet, fox flickers

through trees' lichened blue haze


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Story of the week

The Dream Tax

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Poem of the week

planet go boom

ceo make speech

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Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Thank you all for posting such wonderful stories and poems this week, and a big welcome to our new members - I hope you're enjoying our site.

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Coo by ABCTales' Mark Burrow - Available Now! Includes Review

I am more than delighted to announce the publication of ABCTales' very own Mark Burrow's first novella, Coo.

Here's a review from Airyfairy:


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Christmas Zoom - Thank you!

A very big thank you to everyone who came to our Christmas Zoom Reading. I think it was one of our best so far, with people joining in from all over the world.

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We have had to suspend the automatic joining facility for a while so if you would like to join us please email claudine@abctales.com(link sends e-mail) with your desired username and we will set up an...Read more

Posting From Your Android Phone - Fixed!

Some of you have been having issues with posting your work using an android phone. Ewan and John our techie have been working really hard to fix this.

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I am very pleased to announce the publication of 'Inside Elephant' - a delightful and very special collection of poetry by our very own Catherine Poarch.

Published on December 17th, it's available to pre-order now

From Silverwood Books:

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Bee's Journey

Picks of the Month

The Flat on Ashburn Hill

Another ghost story

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Barley Ghosts

Something stalks where no man ever whispered,

twisted the stem after harvest here,

where land has always been arable.

Reaping, ploughing, sewing scarred land,

but something left untouched.

Some tread undiminished by furrows,

not contained in the rigid lines;

some life decidedly unlike mine and yours.

This the barley knows,

this thing other than ghost, than flesh,

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