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Story and Poem of the Month

Our Story and Poem for the month of January, very kindly selected by RJNewlyn: Pick of the month January 2023 Well done to everyone for another great month’s worth of writing. January can be a little wearying and I don’t think it’s the easiest time for inspiration, so it’s doubly impressive that there are so many excellent recent posts. For the prose section, do take a look at celticman’s Eejit Knickers https://www.abctales.com/story/celticman/...

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. Two fabulous choices for you today. Poem of the Week goes to Mark Burrow for planet go boom which just about sums up life at the moment, and Story of the Week is Jane Hyphen's delightfully surreal The Dream Tax Do read them both and I hope you enjoy them as much as I did: https://www.abctales.com/story/...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Fabulous writing to choose from this week…not least the bumper crop from today alone. Despite being spoilt for choice, this week’s stand-outs for me are: Poem of the Week is Welkin Spirit by Penny4athought. It satisfies all my poetic desires. https://www.abctales.com/story/penny4athought/welkin-spirit Story of the Week is TJW’s profound and brilliant writing of ‘GOODBYE, SOUL BROTHER or The Cavalry of Ten Thousand Horses - I: The Green Hell / 6...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point 20 Jan 2023

Posted by Ewan on Fri, 20 Jan 2023 Never easy any Friday to choose, but I'm going to plunge straight in with the picks this time. Story of the Week is newcomer Steve Hoselitz's 'Eavesdropping' . A strong voice and quirky story makes for an excellent read. I'm sure we are all looking forward to reading more from Steve. Speaking of quirkiness, one of the most distinctive voices on ABCTales belongs to Lavadis. His work is always identifiable and...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by airyfairy on Fri, 13 Jan 2023 The diversity of the writing on ABC Tales is its greatest strength, and the Picks for this week are very different indeed. Story of the Week is Part One of ethancrane's 'Warchild', but that's only because I can't give it to both parts. Surreal, funny, acutely observant and completely absorbing, it's a cracking read: Warchild (part 1 of 2) | ABCtales Warchild (part 2 of 2) | ABCtales Poem of the Week is...

Story and Poem of the Month

Our Story and Poem of the Month for December have very kindly been chosen by rjnewlyn: Pick of the Month – December 2022 Well, many congratulations to all of you – an excellent month’s writing and as spoilt for choice as ever. Prose first and a wholly arbitrary decision for Pick of the Month from such a range of styles and subjects. Particular recommendations include a really-quite-strange pandemic-type story from ethancrane that you’ll probably...

Story,Poem and Inspiration Point of the Week 30 December 2022

Posted by Ewan on Fri, 30 Dec 2022 People have done very well indeed, when one considers that most of the week has been Twixt-mas - or as the Scots have it "The Daft Days". Story of the Week Maddan's final monthly ghost story rounds the year off with a belter, "The Glitch". Poem of the Week I've chosen Onemorething's December Ravens as poem of the week, it's good to see the word 'bister' being used. Reading this kind of poetry is like watching...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Happy Christmas all. May you be safe, warm and well-fed. Wonderful writing as always to make choices from. And though neither of my choices are at all seasonal, they are both excellent pieces of writing. Story of the Week is Leander42’s Jordan Gravette. This is Part 1, but Part 2 is also up on the site now too. https://www.abctales.com/story/leander42/jordan-gravette-part-1-6 Poem of the Week must be Ewan’s deeply moving poem, ‘Hereafter’. https...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by airyfairy on Fri, 16 Dec 2022 Reading the week's new work on ABC is always a cheering antidote to the current 'cold snap' we're having in the UK. Thanks to all those who have posted such wonderful stuff over the last seven days. Story of the Week goes to ethancrane's brilliantly surreal and funny 'Your Mutual Aid Hourly Pay Insults My Intelligence'. Like all the best surreal writing, it has at least one toe firmly planted in reality,...

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: Anyone anxious that Mark Burrow’s highly inventive ‘Pigeon Variations’ might have lost something in its restructuring to novella length for publication need not worry. The new version, ‘Coo’, is sharper, funnier and more insightful than ever. The book’s nameless narrator is trapped in several cycles of...

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