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Keith Gillison:

Keith Gillison is a UK writer of flash fiction, short stories and novels in many genres including humour, crime and horror. His stories have been published in magazines, anthologies and online. His first novel, The Boss Killers – a dark crime comedy – was published in 2015.

Websites:
www.thebosskillers.com
twitter:
@keithgillison
Facebook:
www.facebook.com/keithgillisonauthor

The Ritual
Dear Jennifer

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John Slim:

John Slim became a journalist in 1951, following National Service. He worked for the Kidderminster Shuttle, the Birmingham Post, and the Birmingham Mail.
He was the first journalist to interview Enoch Powell after his “Rivers of Blood” speech in 1968 and the first to interview Muhammad Ali after Parkinson’s disease had been diagnosed.

He was a prolific writer of limericks, publishing 7,500 in seven books. He also wrote over 200 other poems that can now be read at his website: Poems that Rhyme. A more detailed biograpy of John Slim can also be read at that site.

He died in 2014 at the age of 82. His work on this site is reproduced with the kind permission of his wife, Elsa.

Summer Garden
A Number Of
Ghost on the Incline

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T. Hudson Roberts:

T. Hudson Roberts is a first-time author who loves to entertain and make people laugh, whether it’s in person or through his writing.
He is an eclectic sort, always getting into something new. He has played the piano professionally, acted in theater, and is currently writing his first novel.

My Sister Leilani

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Andy Foster:

Andy has been writing stories, poems and songs for many years. But perhaps the highlight of his literary career came when, as a teenager, he had the following letter published in his local paper: "Mr. Smith asks the identity of the unusual bird on the lake in the park. This is a Muscovy Duck, an ornamental bird which probably escaped from a wildfowl collection."

Baby Names
Crowdfunding: Everest Railway
Watch Repair

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Nicholas Robert:

Nicholas Robert describes himself as an 18 year old aspiring author running the (sadly) fairly unsuccessful blog, http://basementwritingandalcoholism.blogspot.com.au/, and disappointing his parents on a daily basis.

To the couple who sat in front of me today on the train

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Irena Pasvinter:

Irena Pasvinter divides her time between software engineering, endless family duties and writing poetry and fiction. Her stories and poems have appeared in online and print magazines (Every Day Fiction, Bartleby Snopes, Bewildering Stories, Fiction 365 and many others). Her poem Psalm 3.14159... has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is currently working on her never ending first novel.
Visit Irena at
https://sites.google.com/site/ipscribblings.

Cosmic Honeymoon
Jeff, Dear
The Author

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James Keane:

James Keane was born too many years ago in Brooklyn, New York. Years later, when he was applying to join the cast of the annual spring musical at Georgetown University, he was asked to write down any previous dramatic experience he may have had. He proudly reported that, in kindergarten, he had played a green bean in a “Jack and the Beanstalk” play. Since then, he has had a poetry chapbook, titled What Comes Next, published by Finishing Line Press, and has had poems published in a number of anthologies and print and online publications, including the Indiana Voice Journal, Firewords Quarterly, Blue Monday Review, Wilderness House Literary Review, Tipton Poetry Journal, The RavensPerch, Overwatch Press, Whispers in the Wind, and Contemporary American Voices. In addition, he still can't cook to save his life.

Seriously
Young Woman at the Gym
A Suburban Welcome

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Joan Leotta:

Joan Leotta has been playing with words since childhood. She has won awards in USA and abroad for writing and performing. She's a journalist, novelist, poet and playwright. Her novels feature strong Italian-American women. Joan's poems and picture books celebrate food and family.
Her poetry and essays appear in Gnarled Oak, Red Wolf, A Quiet Courage, the A-3 Review, Hobart Literary Review, Silver Birch, Postcard Poems and Prose among others.
Her newest picture book, Rosa’s Red Apron was released in December 2016.
Her first poetry chapbook, Languid Lusciousness with Lemon, will be out in January 2017 from Finishing Line Press.
Other publications include:
Giulia Goes to War, Letters from Korea, A Bowl of Rice, Secrets of the Heart - now available from Desert Breeze Publishing.
Simply a Smile - collection of Short Stories.
WHOOSH! - picture book from TheaQ.
A second picture book, Summer in a Bowl was published by Theaqllc in September 2016.
All are on Amazon in paper and e-form.
Free mini-poetry book to download.
http://www.origamipoems.com/files/Books%20/2016/Joan_Leotta_-_Dancing_Under_The_Moon_2016R.pdf
www.joanleotta.wordpress.com.
Joan Leotta, Author and Story Performer on Facebook.

More than One
Al Dente
Conspiracy of Birds
Tracks
Cardinal's Mirror
Moo-ving, a Pasturized Pastoral

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Ray Cullis:

Ray Cullis is an American living on the North Carolina coast. His career was in graphic arts including cartooning, caricature, calligraphy and commercial art - you name it and he has probably done it.
Since "retiring" about twenty years ago, he has turned to writing. Ray has two books in print and is working on a half dozen more including a book of short humour pieces that he is currently (September 2016) submitting to literary agents.

Metamorphosis
The Beast

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Tom Schmidt:

Tom Schmidt is a Chemical Engineer working in medical diagnostics in upstate New York in the United States. He enjoys creative writing and has been published on www.short-story.me as well as on www.fartherstars.com and in www.overmydeadbody.com in the past.
Examples of his stories include:

"The Monster of Jenkins County"   http://short-story.me/horror-stories/781-the-monster-of-jenkins-county.html
"The Haunting at Midnight"   
http://short-story.me/horror-stories/783-the-haunting-at-midnight.html
"The Stranger in the Woods"  
http://short-story.me/mystery-stories/822-the-stranger-in-the-woods.html
"The Germantown Mystery"  
http://short-story.me/mystery-stories/885-the-germantown-mystery.html
"The Mystery in Darby"  
http://www.overmydeadbody.com/darby.html
"Questions of Time and Matter"  
http://www.fartherstars.com/2016_08_11_archive.html
"A Change of Heart"   
http://short-story.me/romance-stories/959-a-change-of-heart.html
"An Evening to Remember"   
http://short-story.me/romance-stories/1000-an-evening-to-remember.html

Tom is currently working on the Paul Garigan Crime Mysteries, a collection of short stories centered around a Malibu, California based police detective which he hopes to publish in the future.
Tom can be reached by email at:
tschmidt_stories@yahoo.com.

The Bare Facts
Doctor, Doctor!!
Can't Take a Hint
The Math of Beer
The Phone Call

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Israela Margalit:

Israela Margalit is an award-winning television writer, playwright, concert pianist and recording artist, and a recently published short/flash fiction writer.

Good Advice

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Paul Finnigan:

Paul Finnigan is an Ottawa based writer who has a collection of short fiction that has appeared in both Canada and the United States.
Some recent publishers of his work include: Boston Literary Magazine, Feathertale, Polar Expressions Publishing and Every Writer the Magazine.

Missing the Messiah
A Solid Solution
Not Fully Vetted

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Gary Hewitt:

Gary Hewitt is a raconteur who lives in a quaint little village in Kent.
He has had over 90 short stories and poems published and has performed to several live audiences.
He enjoys writing prose and poetry. His style of writing tends to feature edgy characters . Some of his influences are James Herbert, Stephen King, Bulgakov, Tolkein to name but a few.
He is also a proud member of the Hazlitt Arts Centre Writers group in Maidstone which features an eclectic group of very talented writers.
He has a website featuring his published works here:
http://kingsraconteurswork.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/there-you-have-probably-arrived-here.html.
Details of his novel, Shadowfruit, can be found at:
https://www.facebook.com/Shadowfruit-138850643132714/?fref=ts.

The Summons

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John Andrew Nield:

John Andrew Nield is a 58 years-old retired civil servant who lives in Blackpool, Lancashire and enjoys spending much of his time composing light verse.
To date he has received many commendations in local poetry competitions and had one of his offerings included in a collection of poems, produced by Thynks Publications entitled LOL (Laugh Out Loud) with Love. 
He is also currently awaiting the publication of one of his verses in Aspects of Faith, an anthology of spiritual poems being produced by United Press.
Drawing upon his long-held fondness for a good joke, John has written and self-published (via Lulu.com),  Chestnuts Reroasted! - a selection of classic jokes and 'time-honoured' bar-room tales, re-told in light verse for your re-acquaintance and pleasure.
You can find further details for Chestnuts Reroasted via the following link:
https://www.facebook.com/JohnAndrewNield/.

Money-Go-Round
The Trouble with Nuts!
'Cocks Away'!

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Mary Claire B. Garcia:

Mary Claire B. Garcia is from the Philippines. She is taking up B.S. Development Communication in the University of the Philippines Los Baos Laguna. She likes to paint at her spare time.
Mary Claire has been published in the Otoliths Literary Magazine.

The Boy Who Sold Magical Hearts

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Jamie Dyson:

Jamie Dyson is usually a writer of speculative, dark, or unsettling fiction. He does however get easily distracted distracted and will write whatever you like in exchange for food.
Interaction can be found on Twitter at
@OhDearJamie, or his blog semperite.wordpress.com.

Indecent Intruder

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Bunkong Tuon:

Bunkong Tuon teaches writing and literature at Union College, in Schenectady, NY. His prose and poetry have appeared in the Massachusetts Review, Paterson Literary Review, Chiron Review, Cultural Weekly, and others. He is the author of the full-length poetry collection, Gruel (NYQ Books, 2015). 

The Getaway

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Andrew Sacks:

Andrew Sacks is an English professor and published freelance writer from Riverside, California, USA.

Anapest Lee (after E. A. Poe and Dr. Seuss)
Lucy Poem (apologies to Wordsworth)
Lucy Poem (further apologies to Wordsworth)
Lucy Poem (even further apologies to Wordsworth)
The Service Contract (with apologies to William Butler Yeats)

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Sterling Haynes:

Sterling Haynes was born in 1928 and is a retired GP. He has written essays for journals, magazines and newspapers, usually with a humourist twist.
He has written three books of short stories and many articles,  poetry and some hockey haiku.

Ogopogo

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Mike Levitt:

For a few years Mike wrote a column titled Chalk Talk. He is presently working on a Hi/Low YA novel. Mike has an MA from San Diego State University and a background in counselling.
He lives in central British Columbia, a stones throw from his children and grand kids.

Default

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Stephen Philip Druce:

Stephen Philip Druce is a humour story writer from Shrewsbury in the UK. He is published with Web-E-Books, The Inconsequential, The Daily Squib, Short Humour Magazine, News Mutiny, The Druids Loom, Lemon Press, and Bad Scents Of Humour.
He has performed musical comedy for ITV - The Flux, and The Discovery Channel, wrote sketches for Spark Sunderland radio, and written for theatre at Goldsmiths College London and Chelsea Half Moon Theatre.

Stephen updates his comedy on Twitter - @DruceStephen

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Laura Solomon:

Laura Solomon has a 2.1 in English Literature (Victoria University, 1997) and a Masters degree in Computer Science (University of London, 2003).
Her books include Black Light, Nothing Lasting, Alternative Medicine, An Imitation of Life, Instant Messages, Vera Magpie, Hilary and David, In Vitro, The Shingle Bar Taniwha and Other Stories, University Days, Freda Kahlo’s Cry and Brain Graft.

She has won prizes in Bridport, Edwin Morgan, Ware Poets, Willesden Herald, Mere Literary Festival, and Essex Poetry Festival competitions.
She was short-listed for the 2009 Virginia Prize and the 2014 International Rubery Award and won the 2009 Proverse Prize.
She has had work accepted in the Edinburgh Review and Wasafiri (UK), Takahe and Landfall (NZ).
She has judged the Sentinel Quarterly Short Story Competition.
Her play The Dummy Bride was part of the 1996 Wellington Fringe Festival and her play Sprout was part of the 2005 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Website: www.laurasolomon.co.nz
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/laura.solomon.585

The Sammy Stories
Sammy
Tiffany
Tiffany Revisited
The Laundromat
Revenge on Tiff
The Mohawk
Philip
The Doctor
The Cotswolds
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Kerryn Young:

Kerryn Young is the mother of 2 children. She lives in Nelson, New Zealand, where she enjoys the sunny lifestyle.
She has always dreamt of being a writer and has enjoyed working on the 'Sammy series'. Her hobbies include writing and reading.

The Sammy Stories
Sammy
Tiffany
Tiffany's Dream
The Laundromat
Revenge on Tiff
The Mohawk
Philip
The Doctor
The Cotswolds
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David Meech:

David Meech is a New Zealand writer.
He has been published in: New London Writers, The Independent Australia, the Standard New Zealand, Less Than 100 Words, Thinkerbeat.

Jewish Insurgent Badly Tasered

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Bruce Costello:

Bruce Costello lives in the seaside village of Hampden, New Zealand. After studying foreign languages and literature in the late sixties at the University of Canterbury, he spent a few years selling used cars. Then he worked as a radio creative writer for fourteen years, before training in something completely different and rather weird and spending 24 years in private practice. In 2010, he semi-retired and took up writing. Since then, he’s had over a hundred stories accepted by mainstream magazines and literary journals in seven countries.

Rip Van McCullough
Dodgy Dancing
Lachrymosity
True Mettle
The Perfect Citizen
Best of Mates

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Priyanjana Pramanik:

Priyanjana Pramanik is an economics grad student, and she says that she looks for humour wherever she can to bring light into her joyless existence.

Five Signs That You're an Economics Grad Student

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Russell W.B. Kirkby:

Russell describes himself as as having a background in film and being a novice prose writer.

Doggy Business

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Vijai Pant:

Vijai is a language teacher in a school in India. He also dabbles a bit in writing short stories and anecdotes, mostly gleaned from his personal experiences and surroundings.

Canine Confessions
Combating Corruption
A Sartorial Lesson That Went Wrong
Writing Woes
Chief Guests? Never!
A Teacher's Missing Connect With Students

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Roy P. Hendrickson:

Roy P. Hendrickson is a retired carpenter, now writing poetry and, he says, visiting doctors whenever he can.
Writing came about as a way to find out how to publish an anthology when he joined a writers' guild. Because he sensed they were not into poetry, he wrote a couple short stories which seemed to please them - so below is just the beginning.

Water Into Wine
My Birthday

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Gaby Bedetti:

Gaby is the American translator of  Henri Meschonnic’s work, a contributor to Lexington’s poetry blog (http://lexpomo.com/) and a teacher at Eastern Kentucky University.

Diva
Yoga Everywhere
Inspired by Essay Responses to The Beet Queen
6:30 a.m. outside John's Run/Walk Shop
Plans

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Danny Soz:

Danny says he has been writing satire and humour for longer than his family and friends care to remember and has decimated the readership of many a perfectly innocent online publication during that time.
We'll take the risk:

99 Percent Of Hospital Patients Are Highly Inflammable Claims Shock Report
Theresa May Farted With Disappointment When Election Result Became Clear Claims Tory Insider
Regular Unsupervised Beatings At School Could Prevent ADHD In Britain's Youngsters, Claim Over-60s

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Steven K. Smith:

Steven K. Smith is a retired mechanical engineer who has personally had enough brushes with the medical profession to be able to write the story Pt de Foie Gras, below. That's probably enough about that. Otherwise, he's published a few poems and flash fiction pieces, and some longer short stories in Esperanto. He's a former champion dulcimer player, which has little to do with his writing, but is cool. He plays regularly at a Renaissance Festival while wearing tights.
www.sksmithmusic.com
Wordpress blog:
www.sksmithwriter.com

Pt de Foie Gras

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Dean Brown:

Dean Brown has been the owner/manager of his squash centre for nearly 20 years, and in that time has been amazed at what can walk through the doors. His articles give a humorous take to the reality of running his business.
The Squash godfather’s credo: The customer is NOT always right!

Confessions of a Squash Court Manager - Episode 1 - Mondays
Confessions of a Squash Court Manager - Episode 2 - Taking a Dump

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Daniel Ableev:

Daniel Ableev was born in 1981. He is a certified strangeologist and Selectronix engineer from Bonn, Germany.
Daniel is the co-editor of:
DIE NOVELLE – Zeitschrift fr Experimentelles.
He has been publisheh both in German and in English - in print and online.
Publications include:
Born to Fear: Interviews with Thomas Ligotti ; Ann & Jeff VanderMeer’s The Big Book of Science Fiction and Alu.

Q&Q With Devin Townsend

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Robert Garner McBrearty:

The stories of Robert Garner McBrearty have been widely published in such places as the Pushcart Prize, Narrative, North American Review, and New England Review.
They have often been read on stage by professional actors at dramatized readings.

What Happened To Laura
The Story of Your Life

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