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Story, Poem and Inspiration Point of the Week

A great Story from a writer new to ABCtales gets the award this week: A Poem from a long time member, but a real gem: And an Inspiration Point produced after re-reading the work of an original member: Congrats go to all!

Story, Poem and Inspiration Point of the Week

The choice of story is controversial - but it's the quality of the writing I admire rather than the philosophical drift of the piece. The IP should give you some fun! Congrats to all.

Story, Poem and Inspiration Point of the Week

A crazy poem, a crazy story and a chain saw give us our highlights this week. Enjoy! Don't forget to sign up to our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Just look up ABCtales. And if you are already one of us then please spread the word to your social media pals and let them know about all this great...

Story, Poem and Inspiration Point of the Week

A cracking story and poem for you. I like them both, a lot. The Inspiration Point is trickier than it looks - and it can give some startling results to your writing. I urge you to have a go.

Story, Poem and Inspiration Point of the Week

A wonderful poem and a poignant story for you this week - and an Inspiration Point that should make you cogitate a little! Congratulations to sid and scorpio88.

Story, Poem and Inspiration Point of the Week

A great piece of prose this week from Ama-G. Very evocative and with a fine moral embedded within it: The poetry is sublime too. Esmerelda-O deserves a big cheer for this one: And the Inspiration Point is a little different. Here's hoping it scratches those little grey cells: Cheers, Tony

No Story and Poem of the Week

I really don't want to detract from the wonderful Picks of the Year so they will remain our highlight for another week. Picks of the Day will continue and there is a new Inspiration Point! Love to you all, Tony

Picks of the Year

Each year we select our favourites of the year. This is no exception. It's always a tough call - we have so much talent on ABCtales. So along with huge thanks to everyone who's submitted a story or poem this year here's the Editor's combined Picks of the Year: Poetry: 1st: Song for Lost Olivia by Elliot C. Mason 2nd: Autumn by johnshade

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all from us at It's been a good year for us with the three Unbound books reaching their funding targets due to the enormous efforts of the authors. Laurie Avadis's 'Ex' is selling well and it deserves to do so. It's an orginal and brilliant book so if you haven't bought it, then do so now! Ewan Laurie's 'Gibbous House' and Jack O'Donnell's 'Lily Poole' are due out early in the New Year...

Think of ABCtales this Christmas

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