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Story, Poem and Inspiration Point of the Week

Actually this is for the past two weeks, as we were quite rightly showcasing our wonderful Picks of the Year last Friday. Anyway, 2016 has got off to a flying start on ABCTales. I think perhaps the start of really cold weather must have done something to the poets in particular because there was so much to choose from. I'm giving this week's poetry honours to Philip Sidney for parts one and two of her as yet unfinished Triptych (do hurry up with...

Story, Poem and Inspiration Point of the Week

Two fantastic picks for you today. Poem of the Week goes to johnshade for Angry Words and Canonette gets Story of the Week for The Clairvoyant - congratulations to both! http://www.abctales.com/story/johnshade/angry-words http://www.abctales.com/story/canonette/clairvoyant For this week's Inspiration Point I'm giving you one word - resolution. Use it any way you want, as ever, and post the results for us to see I hope you've all recovered from...

Story and Poem of the Month

Each month we ask one of our brilliant volunteer editors to take a turn at choosing the best of the best. Mr December is Parson Thru who's very kindly taken time away from his globetrotting to give us his carefully thought out opinion. Here it is: Thanks for giving me the privilege of choosing December's pick of the month. The story that I finally chose impressed me when I first read it earlier in the month and remains strong. It is "Sadie", by...

A Special Cherry

No Picks of the Week for you today, instead here's an extra special cherry for you all and a fantastic Pick of the Day. Thank you so much for all the wonderful poems and stories this year. I hope you all have a wonderful day! xxx

ABCTales: The Book

ABCtales: The Book Some of the best writing from ABCtales is now available to buy in hard copy as a quality paperback. Featuring the authors: Laurie Avadis, Holly Fisher, Alex Graves, Deborah Hambrook, Joe Lawrence, Ewan Lawrie, Richard McDonough, Ian McLachlan, Rhona Millar, ‘Noo’, Jack O’Donnell, Luigi Pagano, Richard Penny, Roy Raubenheimer, Moya Rooke, Stephen Thom and Sam Thornley. Including a chapter from Laurie Avadis’s novel ‘Ex’ with an...

Story, Poem and Inspiration Point of the Week

We're just about to begin the difficult task of reading through all the wonderful prose and poetry to find the Picks of the Year, but in the meantime here are this week's picks: Story of the Week goes to Lord of the Flies by Stephen Thom - a fabulously unsettling, disturbing, other-worldly nightmare: http://www.abctales.com/story/stephen-thom/lord-flies Poem of the Week is Elliot C. Mason's For a Son - a finely constructed piece which has struck...

Story, Poem and Inspiration Point of the Week

It's been a wonderful week for posting on ABCTales and consequently it's been really hard to pick the best of the best - especially prose - but here are my choices: Poem of the Week goes to Michael S R Valentine for Horreur a Paris - a powerful and heartfelt reaction written in the immediate aftermath of recent events. The Story of the Week is Terrence Oblong's Getting Fat, a quite extraordinary piece. It's not his usual style. Do read both and...

Story, Poem and Inspiration Point of the Week

No need to feel gloomy now the nights are drawing in - just sit down with our wonderful picks this week and let yourself be carried away. I promise you won't be disappointed with either! Big congratulations to johnshade for his breathtaking Autumn, and to love_writing for Fly Like Superman - a vividly authentic account of childhood: http://www.abctales.com/story/johnshade/autumn http://www.abctales.com/story/lovewriting/fly-superman Do also take...

Story, Poem and Inspiration Point of the Week

Two fantastic pieces today. First up is Philip Sidney's haunting trip to the past via Google Maps Street-view, which was written for our wonderful Poetry Monthly brief. If you haven't tried this feature yet, do have a go - it's producing some astounding work. Our Story of the Week is Wolfboy by well-wisher. Like all good children's stories, it works on so many levels and isn't just for children. It's the best thing I've read for quite a while...

Story, Poem and Inspiration Point of the Week

There's been a positive avalanche of quality prose this week! Two series - one finished now and one ongoing have caught my attention especially and I can thoroughly recommend them: The Trip by Jeand which starts here: http://www.abctales.com/story/jeand/trip-part-1 and Jake Mutant by Jane Hyphen which starts here: http://www.abctales.com/story/jane-hyphen/jake-mutant-chapter-one It's beautiful outside right now, but later on when it starts to...

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