Seanchaí
Short Literary Fiction

Fiction from established and emerging authors worthy of the title Seanchaí

‘Room 6’ by Fares A. Al-Hammzani, Translated from the Arabic by Essam M. Al-Jassim

Their bodies are worn out, but their hearts are still stronger than iron. Etched upon their wrinkled faces is the pain of an unjust time.

‘We Have a Problem’ by Richard Rebel

Now he carries the backpack, spacesuit and helmet to the garage, stowing them in the capsule. From somewhere in the house he hears a muffled bang that might be a door slamming, or something else.

‘A Brief Memoir of Raven Street’ by Jena Woodhouse

His table at the kafeneion was left unoccupied, out of respect. Kalliope, who still leased the corner kiosk selling newspapers and cigarettes, wept. He had been her favourite customer, because of his quiet courtesy.

‘Ha and Ha’ by Chris Eder

Benny opens mouth to brush teeth. I sit scowling between bottom incisors. Tongue hangs over me like umbrella. Drool drips around me. He looks happy. Glad someone is happy.

‘This Month on the Home Binge Office: UK Cinema’ by Jason Bentsman

Unfortunately, before the documentary can be completed, he meets his demise—along with the entire crew—via a roving violent disinformed Capitalist mob of #MeMyself&I...

‘Letters To Bird (Which Never Receive A Reply)’ by Marcia Hindson

The fog was thick at half past three, so when I walked into the street, I imagined this was how it must feel to live in the ear canal of a giant.

‘A Silent Passing’ by Mike L. Nichols

He seems not to hear the rasping squeak of the screen door opening to produce two children who tread softly to stand immobile in the chemically green grass like lawn statuary, beardless garden gnomes in cartoon pajamas.

‘Scissors’ by Jane Pearn

Strange how it’s the names of things, the nouns, that leak away. You’d think words that are some of the first we learn – teddy, milk, ball, hat – would be more embedded

‘Runaways’ by Randy William Santiago

They swayed to the beat and sent currents through the room, bumped us into each other, into dances that weren’t quite accidental but seemed that way.

‘Unethical Use of a Frisbee’ by Nick Sweeney

'Had I not offered the Frisbee man my stare, the brief but unsettling vision of his feather-topped head in my fridge, then he probably wouldn’t have veered off course and found the Frisbee, and the perfect woman'

A Discernible Pattern by Lloyd Rees

Get lost in this strange but compelling story from author Lloyd Rees.

Survive One Must by Chitra Gopalakrishnan

Or did the photographer just use the slant angle on a whim, without giving much thought to its emotional effect?

Cretan Jail Journal

I’ve lost the feistiness and determination I exhibited upon capture, screaming for my right to a phone call and demanding the prison phone number so family in Kiev could call back.

Trapeze Girl by Mark O’Flynn

On cue I would appear on my trapeze high above the ice and spin about the bar as fast as I could go. Like a whirligig, or a blowfly in a cobweb, the rhinestones on my leotard flashing.

The Fall by Judy Birkbeck

‘He was Adam, separate, oak and beech and hazel trees crowded him, squeezed him, they were pigs buckling and squirming and their flesh heaved against him, sizzled and withered to a crinkled brown mass of labyrinths that formed and melted, formed and melted, and the air was full of screams. His own.’

Border Post by Charlie Gracie

Charlie Gracie weaves a wonderful tale of a bothy and a border post.

Touching the Past by Frances Guerin

Youth meets age in Frances Guerin's engaging short story exploring the pain of loss.

It Is What It Is by Patrick Nevins

In this beautifully written story, Patrick Nevins' protagonist faces a past that might easily overwhelm her.

We Stand On Guard by Alison Frank

Alison Frank reminds us that, however spotless our record, we all quail a little while waiting in line at passport control.

Howard Baskerville’s Wall by Farhad H. Gooraan, Translated by Parisa Saranj

While there is more than forty years of hostility between the two countries, Iranians take solace in the fact that once an American gave his life for democracy in Iran: Howard Baskerville

The Shroud of Turin by Michael K. White

Michael K White's tale of a green beetle on a windshield is not quite what it seems...

Geneva Brodie by William Kitcher

Short fiction that goes to the heart of author ego.

Turns, Short Fiction by Ivona Coghlan

Ivona Coghlan's story exposes the child eye view of dysfunction and the moments of realisation.

IF THE MEN PUSH YOU, short fiction by Sid Walls

When Ella tells me what men want I think, not Alan. Alan wants magic eyes, he tells me they will be made of glass and have stars on them

The Fairy Godmothers by Ann Erskine

Ann Erskine's short fiction explores the bonds of sisterhood and loyalty.

In the Buried Mansion Short Fiction by Oz Hardwick

Flash fiction that could only have been written by a poet. Suspend belief and just enjoy.

Big Man’ Fiction by Thad Rutkowski

Thad Rutkowski's fiction piece on the theme of conflict and what it stems from.

Precious Cargo, fiction by Clare Morris

Wonderfully researched Flash fiction by Clare Morris.

The Night of The Goddess by Sandra Arnold

A mother learns that the greatest gift is allowing her child to live her own life.

Leaving, short fiction by Kathy Prokhovnik

Flash fiction on the theme of taking leave.

Marble -Short Fiction by Dave Kavanagh

Dave Kavanagh's Marble, the story of a how desire can change the nature of a man.

Micro Fiction Translated from the Arabic by Essam M. Al-Jassim

Fragile but harsh flash fiction translated from Arabic. A newspaper’s fate, a note from a sweetheart, a story of soil, a story of loss…

Una Media Naranja (A half-peeled orange) By Denis Casey

A relationship on the brink. Dialogue on a knife’s edge—who gets the first cut? Find out what’s in a half orange.

‘Clear, Blue Waters’ fiction by Lee Stoddart

Flash fiction that reads like prose poetry in its consideration of the aesthetics of still water.

‘Above Renniker Falls’ Fiction By Harrison Kim

A poignant coming to age story that’s as beautiful as it’s relatable in its first person narration, catapulting us into the core of family, love, friendship and teenage life.

Mettle by Caitlin Burns

A miscreant boy learns a valuable lesson for the most unlikely of sources.

‘A Native Lynching’ fiction By Eros Salvatore

A powerful fiction based on truth. A child’s witness of racial injustice and the frightening capacity of mob mentality as it dehumanises a victim.

‘Two Pairs Corduroy Pants Plus Two More’ by Dave Leys

Dave Leys is the author of The Institute of Fantastical Inventions and its sequel The Institute of Fantastical Inventions II: Magnetic Attraction released by New Holland Publishers.

‘Smoke’ short fiction by Jim Ward

A short story by poet and playwright, Jim Ward.

‘Careering Down the Ladder’ short fiction by June Hunter

June Hunter’s short stories appear in Second Chance – an anthology; and online with Mash, Flash Fiction Magazine, Reflex Fiction and Potato Soup Journal.

‘Three Cups of Tea’ Flash fiction by Hayley-Jenifer Brennan

Hayley-Jenifer Brennan is an emerging writer from Cork, Ireland. She is currently working towards an MA in Creative Writing from UCC

‘Wasted’ flash fiction by Isioma Jemimah Okonicha

Isioma Jemimah Okonicha’s works include fictional stories, motivational, and poetry.

‘Buttons’ short fiction by Kerry Nesbitt

Kerry Louise Nesbitt lives in Belfast and spends most of her spare time writing, when she is not teaching English to young people or reading everything she can get her hands on.

‘All Ten Marilyns’ Short Fiction By Stuart Henson

Stuart Henson’s stories can be found in ‘The Interpreter’s House’, ‘Iota New Fiction 1’, ‘The New Welsh Review’, ‘The Reader’ and ‘Under the Radar’

‘The Summons’ flash fiction by Iago Crybin

Iago Crybin’s writings most often reflect themes exploring the ontological Zen of the Three Marks of Existence and the paradox of sentience existing in a seemingly non-sentient universe. 


‘The Dare’ Micro-Fiction By Keren Dibbens-Wyatt

Keren Dibbens-Wyatt's new book, Recital of Love (Paraclete Press), is out in September 2020. Keren lives in South East England.

‘Around the Corner’ micro-fiction by Susan R. Barclay

Susan R. Barclay is a 2019 Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition Award Winner. She is currently working on an anthology of short stories    

Autumn Leaves, short fiction by Pippa Slattery

Pippa Slattery’s story Rag Doll was shortlisted for the Kanturk International Arts Festival.

‘Gene Pool’ Short Fiction by Leonie Charlton

Leonie Charlton lives in Argyll, Scotland from where she writes poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction.

3 Pieces of flash from Amanda McLeod

3 Pieces of flash fiction from Amanda McLeod, author of 'Animal Behaviour'

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