Winner: Ocean’s Embrace

I’d almost never been more than knee deep in the ocean.     I met her thirty years ago. The sky blushed pink at our first encounter and her waves shyly lapped at my feet.…

Runner Up: Once Upon An Uber

I’d thought the advert was a hoax at first. It had been at the bottom of the jobs section in the newspaper – ‘Driver wanted – must believe in fairies.’   Still, I went for…

Shortlisted Entry: Back by Dusk

Crack. Mara turned in her place, heart slamming against her chest. She could see nothing beyond the darkness of the forest.   “Who’s there?!” She cried weakly, but no response followed. She cursed herself coming…

Shortlisted Entry: Stardust

Choosing between homework and helping my Mother clean the ten thousand square feet compound interlinks for her luxury of time pass (because my Mom refused to let the maids do it) wasn’t even much of…

Shortlisted Entry: A Rusty Fetish

“My mother will love you”, he’d mumbled into my lips, the first time we kissed. We’d been dating only for a few weeks. I smiled and kissed him harder. After all the crappy guys I’d been…

Shortlisted Entry: Alex

There was a knock on the bedroom door. With shaky legs and a heavy head, Alex gets out of bed and turns the knob, letting in a waft of fresh air and a stream of…

Shortlisted Entry: The Artist and the Crow

He, the artist, stroked the stubble on his chin. The dimly lit room shook. Or maybe it was in his head, he was not sure. He was certain of the unmistakable pounding that made his…