Category: Short story

DISCOVER – New writing from Turkey and the UK

The British Council is launching a short story competition, on the theme of ‘diversity’, in partnership with two literary institutions. The British Council in Turkey aims to build a bridge between Turkish and UK writers, facilitate dialogue between literary professionals in both countries, and create a platform to showcase works by Turkish and British writers

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FICTION: Lavender by Alice Kouzmenko

His face lacked proportion, though he wasn’t unattractive. Lips too thin, forehead too thick, nose off centre. The sort of man who blended in until pointed out. Not, at first glance, a memorable customer, let alone someone to think about years later. It was a Sunday. I know because the open door made room for

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FICTION: Dim Moon Over Newham by David Brooklyn

It was an ugly house, dissected no doubt out of something middle-class and elegant and whole from a century before.  Now, Doctor Zhivago-like, four families lived across its four chambers, and Janusz found himself hauling his two cases, baby and daddy, along a bypass towards the left-most ventricle. He pushed the button to raise the

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FICTION: Encounter by Annabella Krol

It was the eve of my last performance as Tanzanite at Arabian Nights, a Turkish fusion restaurant in the heart of central London. They featured belly dancers there every Friday night and I had been one of them for almost three years. As I waited backstage I felt the familiar frisson of adrenaline descend, coupled

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FICTION: The Spider and the Fly by Richard Hillesley

The night porter had stubble on his chin and his jaw was oddly twisted. He had a glass eye. When he talked it looked you over. I followed him with my bags in my hand as he took me through the half-lit corridors and stairs of the hotel. He stopped at the top of the

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FICTION: An Artist’s Work is Never Done by Patricia Clarke

“Madrid is a wild city,” said Eva, taking a seat at the kitchen table. “You’re lucky to have ended up in Puerta de Hierro.” She turned to me and tapped the table, ready for her food. “I am lucky, Señora Eva.” I placed the meal in front of her. “Let me know if the meat

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FICTION: Toy Gun by Waseem Rashid

It was Eid in two days’ time, and Safa Kadal looked completely transformed. What had only the other day been a spacious street was today a trifle wider than a mean alleyway wedged between houses on the inner-street. Everyone in the neighborhood had turned out, it seemed. It was convivial and cacophonous, and you had

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FICTION: Michael Winner’s Soup by Michael Carey

‘But I died already. Didn’t I?’ ‘Yes, you did.’ ‘Can I die again? So soon?’ ‘Yes, because it’s not that recent.’ ‘Are you quite sure Dear boy?’ The Agent and the Actor sat in their club, in the heart of Soho, idling in that middle part of the afternoon that owes a debt to both

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FICTION: Motions of A Vertical Kind by C. Gregory Thompson

A kick. That’s how it started. Charlie Everett slept a deep, snoring slumber. Ten minutes before his alarm went off: thump—a light kick in the stomach. A second stronger one woke him right up: kick-thump-thump. He threw off the covers and looked at his belly—now three times the size it was when he went to

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FICTION: Bad Things Happen to Good People and the Rest Get Ham Sandwiches by Joshua Smith

I press my pen down against the paper again and grind the fresh tip aimlessly into a dull nub, as the noises of the mundane curdle my mind to soup.The traffic groans by on the street beyond my room, and the old radiator clicks like echolocation. I feel a sharp, painful twang in my teeth

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