Author Spotlight: Meghri Sarkissian

Meghri is a 26-year-old writer and psychotherapist of Armenian descent, with one published novel. Her piece of flash fiction, ‘The Sound of a Duduk’, won first prize in our recent 250-word flash fiction competition. 'The fire that builds within me when I listen to their stories, the sorrow I feel when they open their hearts … Continue reading Author Spotlight: Meghri Sarkissian

Pushpanjali Kumari: ‘Epochs to Set Free’

Like a two dawns old flower,you crumple onto yourself.You knew this was looming;An inevitable verdict of the elements,The same laws that turn cosmos into dust;But you my sublime entity,A mere spec on the nonerasable map,An unidentified islandBeing weathered by crashing waves,Sinking slowly into a bottomless ecosystem;If seen from beyond the crystal dome,Your identity is blotted … Continue reading Pushpanjali Kumari: ‘Epochs to Set Free’

Jessica Kim: ‘k(NO)w’

Entombed on a stretcher, youHanded me an apple hairpin, whichMom (accidentally) drained down the sink.         Favorite. No one foresaw our weekly playdates–sitting on synthetic stools,Baking honey-soaked cookies–  As a harbinger of separation.         Gone. Project work meantAutomatic partnership between us English prodigies.Until you deserted your own place        Ghost. (You didn’t even give me the chance to ask for your phone … Continue reading Jessica Kim: ‘k(NO)w’

Author Spotlight: James McGovern

An emerging writer, James studied English Literature (BA) and Creative Writing (Master’s) at the University of Oxford. His work, spanning multiple genres, has appeared in Boulevard, Litro, the Oxford Review of Books and the Oxonian Review. In 2019, he was selected as one of The Best New British and Irish Poets 2019–20 (Eyewear Publishing, forthcoming) … Continue reading Author Spotlight: James McGovern

Jessica Kim: ‘How do you catch a dream?’

Scoop it up with your hands as it trickles down a sleepy river Styx, blow on it until the ripples morph into Posiedon’s tidal wavesPluck it from the laurel wreaths but beware of tasting its doubled-tongued berries,cradle it between your calloused palms until it falls into a deep tranceShine it in front of a mirror to see the reflections echoing down … Continue reading Jessica Kim: ‘How do you catch a dream?’

250-Word Flash Fiction Competition: First prize – Meghri Sarkissian, ‘The Sound of a Duduk’

An old woman with a weathered face listens intently to the orchestra. Tears pool in her shining eyes, glimmering like jewels in her creased skin. As the alluring sound of the duduk travels through the room, she closes her eyes, allowing it to enter in through her veins. Transformed to a different place and time, … Continue reading 250-Word Flash Fiction Competition: First prize – Meghri Sarkissian, ‘The Sound of a Duduk’

250-Word Flash Fiction Competition: Second place – Em Dawson, ‘Cadence’

Behind my back, rope binds my aching wrists. I can’t wipe away the blood that drips intomy eyes with each bump of the van.“Again? Really?”The driver ignores me, his ball cap shading his face.The man next to me holds a gun to my head almost nonchalantly. Its barrel is frigidagainst my skin.Cracked leather seats rub … Continue reading 250-Word Flash Fiction Competition: Second place – Em Dawson, ‘Cadence’

250-Word Flash Fiction Competition: Third place – Colin Garrett, ‘Miracles and Make-up’

When you’re as shy as I am, you don’t win, you wait. You wait for miracles. In my waiting, I’ve learned that miracles come anywhere from two to five times a year. And that’s where I find myself now, trying to decide if this is one of those times.I’m on a plane bound for the … Continue reading 250-Word Flash Fiction Competition: Third place – Colin Garrett, ‘Miracles and Make-up’