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Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Our first weekly picks for Autumn! Story of the Week is love_writing's 'The Oil Refinery' and Poem of the Week is Di_Hard's 'time travelling' - both wonderful pieces, so if you haven't read them yet, please do, and congratulations to the talented writers who created them. Here's this week's Inspiration Point:

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by airyfairy: There is so much good stuff on ABC Tales at the moment that it becomes increasingly difficult to make the week's Picks, which this week have involved much deliberation and pleasurable re-reading. Story of the Week is Celticman's 'relapse prevention therapy'. It's a stunning piece of work, haunting and disturbing, but with an inner strength that makes you want to weep:

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by Philip Sidney on Fri, 08 Sep 2017 It's been back to school for many this week - but at last it's the weekend! Put your feet up and have a bumper read of all of the great pieces this week. Kick start your reading binge with our emotional story of the week from Jewel Serpent. It will keep you gripped to its perfect end. Then follow-up with another gripping piece from Ralph. Here...


August Picks very kindly provided by Parsonthru: Pick of the month August 2017 Thanks for the opportunity to select Pick of the Month for August. Each time I’ve been given the honour of doing this, the task becomes harder – the quality of work on the site goes on improving. I’ve re-read and agonised over the candidates listed below. In the end, though, TJW’s account of the world of combat and fatboy74’s wonderful encapsulation of a fleeting...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

So many good pieces to choose from this week - thank you to all writers for making the site such a vibrant community. We've had a flurry of new members too, so a big welcome to you all. Story of the Week is Stephen Thom's 'How to Make Snow' - He doesn't post very often but when he does it's consistently brilliant. Poem of the Week (for the second week running, and zero apologies for that!) goes to Ewan for his chilling 'Be Prepared'. If you...


A reminder that we welcome ideas for our weekly Inspiration Point, in fact we often nick find ourselves inspired by a poem or piece of prose posted on the site. So if you can think of a topic which you feel would have others rushing for their laptops please email it to us!


Poetry Monthly – August Hello all and thanks to people who contributed to the Poetry Monthly theme for July – Where I Write. As usual, quality and range was impressive. Here are some poems to go back to: Now, on to August. Picture this - I’m sitting in a swing seat in a...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by airyfairy on Fri, 25 Aug 2017 This week's Story of the Week grabbed me right from the start. TJW's 'This Is My Rifle...This Is My Gun' will stay with you for a long time. Owing to space restrictions on the site it's in two parts: Poem of the Week is Ewan's lyrical, hypnotic 'Counting'. This lodges in your mind like the most...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by Philip Sidney on Fri, 18 Aug 2017 There have been so many wonderful pieces this week, the IP really struck a chord and resulted in much insightful and touching writing. In the end I've gone for the dreamy and surreal with Poem of the Week being Sean Mcnulty's Poetry Monthly piece: Story of the Week is rosaliekempthorne's warm hug of a tale:


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