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Short Story – The Old Station Clock

This story was first published in a small press magazine, Door is a Jar, in January 2020, but I’m republishing it on here, so people can read it for free. It’s only a very short ‘flash fiction’ story, but it holds a particular significance for me. It depicts in brief […]

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The Last Service by Steve Haywood

I don’t tend to self-publish stories, preferring to get stories published in literary/genre magazines and websites. However I posted one at Christmas last year, and thought I’d post another one today as it is Easter. This is the story of a church that is closing down, causing one elderly churchgoer […]

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Christmas in the Trenches – a short story

I’m not in the habit of self-publishing stories, but it’s Christmas Eve and this is rather fitting for the occasion. It’s an old story of mine that I wrote several years ago, and has been languishing on my computer ever since. Hope you enjoy. Christmas in the Trenches┬áby Steve Haywood […]

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Until a couple of years ago, I wasn’t a fan of short stories. I’d tried to read a few and they were either boring or I just didn’t get them – or often both at once! I think partly it is about mindset – I’d spent all my life to […]

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Writing & submitting short stories

I’ve decided to write a journal to keep track of my writing, rejections, acceptances, what I’ve learned along the way. Rather than just be a diatribe of complaints, I’m intending that each post will be on a particular topic. Hopefully some of what I’m writing will be of use to […]

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This site is mostly about books, short stories and reading and writing generally. As well as writing about books I occasionally write on other topics I’m interested in – check out the Misc section to find out more.

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