TWA #6 – Edge of the Universe – JUDGEMENT

Our warrior writers have fought admirably, but ultimately only one can emerge victorious. Our esteemed judges have sifted through the carnage and rendered their decisions. So here we go, TWA #6 – The Edge of the Universe Judgement Day. If you haven’t already, check out Joseph Devon’s “The Pedestal” and Nick … Continue reading

TWA #6 – Edge of the Universe Battle Thread

“The Pedestal” by Joseph Devon vs “The Price of Knowing” by Nick Nafpliotis   Welcome, lovers of short stories. Today we kick off another batch of arena fights with an odd question about the end of the universe. Which is to say, our authors for this fight were asked to … Continue reading

TWA Short Story Challenge #6 – The Edge of the Universe

“Space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.” – Douglas Adams – “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Or, at least, so … Continue reading

Author’s Week in The Writer’s Arena

Readers, Writer’s, and strange people sitting naked in front of your keyboard with nothing but a can of Nutella, lend me your ears. Welcome to Writer’s week, in which we lend this blog to the wonderful challengers of The Writer’s Arena We’re changing up the schedule a bit this week and taking a … Continue reading

TWA #5 – Short Story “Going Cheap” by David Webb

Adam ironed his shirt. He felt that he spent an unreasonable amount of time ironing shirts. Mornings, before work, in the steam heavy kitchen with his Dad in the corner sipping tea. Friday nights, if he had a date. Saturday mornings, if they were going to the Synagogue. — He’d … Continue reading

TWA #5 – Short Story “Frozen Chosin” by Tony Southcotte

I never expected this, the bitter cold. The radio tells us it’s a Siberian cold front. It feels like just a few weeks ago I was walking through the mountains with unbearable heat. The smell of rot was everywhere, and the bugs came at us with more force than the … Continue reading

TWA Short Story Challenge #5 – Soul for Sale

It’s time for the next short story challenge! Robert Johnson did it to gain his legendary ability to play the blues. Faust did it for unlimited knowledge and pleasure. Homer Simpson did it for a doughnut. What is “it?” Why selling your soul to the devil, of course. This week’s … Continue reading

TWA #4 – Short Story “This Man” by Danny Brophy

This being is called Karen. She travels on a cathedral of a star ship that cuts through black holes and circles quasars so close her ship should be smashed. I ignore the urge to tell her that her ship, while an astonishing piece of architecture, would never fly. This is … Continue reading

TWA #4 – Short Story “This Man” by CM Stewart

Monday, May 19 Today I was invited to participate in an online writing challenge. Two writers, one prompt, and ten days to deliver a short story. The prompt was a website with images of a man which appears in people’s dreams all over the world. When I clicked on the … Continue reading

TWA #3 – Short Story “God of Fire, God of Ashes” by Albert Berg

Terris Sek wakes to the terror of darkness. He flails in the blackness and his hands find the mattress of fronds he had scattered on the sandy floor the previous evening. The soft sound of Andra’s gentle snoring reaches his ears, calming his panic only slightly. The dank wetness of … Continue reading