Pick of the day

White Doors

A mind trapped inside a painting

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Story of the week

Beautiful Truce

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Poem of the week

After Oświęcim

...because I always write something, around this time of year, about this. Because it did happen, and still happens, in a less methodical way. Because to those who say, 'it can't happen here', I say it can.

Original image by xiquinhosilva, fiddled with by author. Source wiki-commons. Used under licence CC2.0-Attribution.

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Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Again, another hard week for decisions owing to us being snowed under with brilliant stuff - basically, for prose, read the concluding parts of Milo by Talo Segura, the ongoing wonderfulness of drew_gummerson's A piece of Ass, Terrence Oblong's Island Hideaway - and...Read more

Story and Poem of the Month

Our Story and Poem for the Month of December, very kindly chosen by Ewan:


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You Never Know Who's Reading!

Last summer we received an email from an Italian publisher who had a shortlist of pieces he'd read on ABCTales which he wanted to publish in an anthology aimed at teenagers so I put him in touch with the authors. 

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Story and Poem of the Month

Our Story and Poem of the Month for November have been chosen by Rjnewlyn:


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'Waiting For Another Velvet Morning' by Julia Macpherson. Reviews!

This one is personal for a few of us on ABCTales. Julia (Overthetop1) was one of our much loved users as is her mother Coral (seashore).

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Bee's Journey

Picks of the Month

woods, late

walk in the company of streams

through chill evening, day's ash, grey

shadows clot into understanding night


a deer starts awake, hastens to hide life -

only black wings move now, dream leaves

high over wind stripped trees


hunting memories of kinship

let them go, Man's hubris arrows

all futures - we'll fall together


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MovieLand! (A Christmas Story. Part 1)


I was supposed to be the authority but it had to be said they were probably right, the duck did appear to be dying. It wasn’t a spectacular death, not like last summer when Ed had slipped from turbine seven and skewered himself on the radio mast of this very ship, The Best Foot Forward, but it was a death nevertheless. 

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