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March 2018

pennyshorts Review Competition

pennyshorts Review Competition

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Pick a story, any story…

Fancy your reviewing skills? We’re offering a cash prize of £50 to the most insightful and compelling review submitted between now and midnight, 31st May 2018. Here are some guidelines:

  • Make it short and engaging.
  • Describe what you like about the story and why.
  • Criticism is always welcome, as long as it’s constructive.
  • No spoilers!
  • Multiple reviews are welcome
  • Authors are free to review other writers’ stories.

Any questions or comments about any aspect of the site or the stories, I’d be delighted to hear from you.

If anyone spots any egregious errors after our careful editing, I’d be very grateful if they point them out by emailing

Thanks and good luck!

Cathy Evans



New Stories... 21st March 2018

New Stories… 21st March 2018

Three new stories published yesterday, 20th March.

Jamie Hittman’s ‘Movers of Possible Futures’. Here’s the link:  A tiger prowls suburbia. This is not only beautifully written, but it’s a study in economic characterisation.

DC Diamondopolous’s ‘Billy Luck’. At 85, after a lifetime with Gerling’s Carnival of Fun, Billy goes to visit his dying friend Daisy, a midget who’s ‘got religion’. Billy and Daisy share a secret, and after all these years he still can’t help but do her bidding. Billy’s Southern voice is confiding and authentic, and you’ll forget you’re not sitting in a saloon or a train car as you hear his tale.

Amanda Staples’s ‘One Moment’. ‘You never notice the numerous babies in every shop. On every street. On every TV advert. Everywhere. Until you can’t have one’. Never imagining she’d be desperate for a baby, a woman finds herself in a police station after a child is abducted.

Hope you enjoy them: don’t forget to rate and review them!