Birthday Girl by Hannah Storm

[TW: This flash deals with an emotive topic.] It’s Anna’s 10th birthday. She wakes to the sound of nothing, slips her feet from the bottom bunk, careful not to stand on the empty wrappers scattered across the floor by Joey. He’s her Dad’s housemate, and sleeps here when Anna doesn’t. It’s bad enough that he leaves …

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The Ditch by Gaynor Jones

‘Remember when I hung you upside down by your legs here?’ The boy stands with his hands on his hips, all bravado, surveying the scene of his triumph, unaware that Carys could have righted herself at any time. If she had chosen to. It was the Easter hunt last spring. This boy and his friends …

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Ghosts by Jo Withers

They stand naked. Each slender girl topped by a head of ebony hair like rows of burnt-out matches. The older women bind their bodies, work knotted knuckles swiftly through fine fabric. The girls stand unflinching while waists are corseted, hips are boned, then plunged deep in kimono silk. Black hair is wound, looped in nooses …

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Gaynor Jones

To mark the publication of Gaynor’s debut novella-in-flash, Among These Animals, in March 2021, we’re taking a brief look back over her writing career so far. Born in Wales, raised in Merseyside and currently lives in Oldham, Gaynor has been writing on and off for a number of years, but started taking it seriously in …

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On the Filthy Side by Sarah Leavesley

“Nobody loves a pig wearing lipstick,” Bessie grunted to Clara as they snouted through their trough’s scraps. Clara gobbled a turnip-top before replying, “At least lipstick doesn’t make my arse look big!”“I can’t help my body shape!” Bessie stomped a trotter. “Besides, all the wildest boars prefer a little fat around the rump and ribs.” …

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