Creative Writing Ink May 2018 Winner

Christmas Morning Beatrice Hughes   My mother is immortal in the way she holds her cup of tea; in lamplight, before the sunrise, with her eyes shut. Her hands could be housing a baby bird, and through years of love, my father has learned not to fill the mug all the way to the top. […]

April 2018 Competition Winner

The Broiler Chicken Fabiyas M V   Her comb is no longer red.It’s meaningless to preen.She stands hunched as a deadpan mushroom.Only flesh matters in her man-made coop.She cannot forage in freedom.She’s not a living thing.There isn’t any wax to seal the pain-pores.Bedding absorbs her vibrancy.A dust bath, she longs for.No cluck.Nothing hatches.Her thoughts transform […]

CWI March 2018 Competition Winner

To the clinic at Ouradou, Angola Jean Cooper Moran   My mother gave birth on the red road as I wriggled my way through her long journey, Kicking and squirming in her soft red cradle, Drawing the salty liquid in with ease, expelling the same, Unapologetically unrefined, raw, of no value.   Except to the […]

February 2018 Competition Winner

Skopelos William Lythgoe   I sit outside our apartment holding a glass of ouzo that glints in the sun.   Across the bay the Old Town waits for us.   Tonight we’ll stroll back in time past the supermarket past the bus station past the harbour where the ferry is unloading   and on towards […]

Creative Writing Ink January 2018 Competition Winner

3am Jack Cooper   I watch you flit to wildflowers along the length of Elgin Avenue; streetlights blazing in halogen orange. You float with drunken joy, shoes in hand, wig torn off in a burst of glitter that settles where you land. A moth, at the mercy of the wind

December 2017 Winner

Shagor – The Sea by Afia Khatun The large, plump and well-fed brown speckled ducks laid the tastiest huge eggs, which were boiled and de-shelled, lightly dusted yellow with turmeric, then fried a golden brown on all sides, before being curried in an oil rich red gravy, where they bobbed up and down in the […]

November 2017 Winner

Rhinoceros Skin Shaunna Harper She beams, and I hate every one of her lines. The ones around the eyes, especially, with their soliloquies of struggle and strife. Her hands, once a boxer’s or a dinner lady’s, now crumpled and puckered like balls of hated paper. A sixth, seventh swollen knuckle, clenched into feeble fist, a […]

October 2017 Winner

Winner: Anne Walsh Donnelly It’s okay not to be okay   It’s not okay when my temples are clamped by a vice shoulders list under a bag of slack prune heart is stuffed with dead marrow tongue turns ice-cream to grit and I dream of drowning in white water rapids.   It’s not okay when […]

September 2017 Winner

Seapoint Road Jane McNamara We’ve been here a year. Longest we’ve spent in any house. I’m still fascinated by it. I can’t quite believe it’s mine: an upstairs of my own, a bedroom for the children and a master bedroom for me and Paddy. What a strong feeling that idea had – a master bedroom […]

August 2017 Competition Winner

Every Music Has A Diminuendo By Marvel Chukwudi Pephel A man is listening and nodding to a toccata on an icy hill. He forgets he must get down on a toboggan, He somehow forgets the journey ahead, And so enjoys the moment. If he is unlucky, a sudden wind Will blow him to death Before […]

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