Short Stories

The Short Stories

Here’s a selection of my short stories. They’re all in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format, which is compatible with most readers etc. A lot of them have been shortlisted for, been runner-up in, or even won, competitions. The others I reckon ought to have done!

Five-Minute Tales

Aunt Tracey’s Voyaging – SF. Aunt Tracey wants to keep her independence.

Billy’s New Hill – The first time I held you . . . Won “cliffhanger” competition at the Swindon Festival of Literature, 2010.

Billy’s Big Dance – Billy’s a little older now. Shortlisted for the Writing Magazine 750-word competition, February 2019.

The Bus – An allegory for our times.

Keep Going – Longlisted for the Fiction Factory flash fiction competition, July 2019

The Next Wave – Did you know that no part of the the Maldives lies more than 2.4 metres above sea level?

The Sorrowful Mysteries – A tale of remembrance. Won the Swindon Festival of Literature short story competition in 2003.

Ten-Minute Tales

Campusnet – Memories of student days.

The Case of the Colour-Blind Captain – Another case for Holmes and Watson.

Facing the Cliffs – Won Writing Magazine’s sea story competition in 2003.

Generosity – Runner-up in Writing Magazine’s crime story competition in 2013.

The Grey Folk – They’ll grant your last wish . . .

The Memoirs of Moira – The detective and the writer.

Promises to Keep – Shortlisted for the Writing Magazine crime/ thriller competition, May 2019.

Rare Edition – Shortlisted for the Writing Magazine love story competition, August 2019.

Sleeping Beauty – Shortlisted for the Writing Magazine adult fairy story competition, September 2016.

The Slot at the Bottom of the Door – The loneliness of a hostage? Shortlisted for the Writing Magazine “kidnapped” competition in 2005.

Spirit of the Game – Be careful who you challenge . . . Shortlisted for the Writing Magazine summer ghost story competition in 2004.

Ultimate Combat 7 – Be careful what you wish for.  Shortlisted for the Writers’ News (subscriber-only) “jealousy” competition in 2004.

Wounded – Some hurts take longer to heal.