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© 2017 Created by Warren Stribling

Short Stories

This page shall henceforth be my page of short stories. Most of these will be stories I wrote for contests that unfortunately did not win. Nonetheless, I feel they are worth sharing.


Despite not being award-worthy, I hope you enjoy the stories as I enjoyed writing them.

Let's start with one of my favorite monthly competitions: Furious Fiction

In their own words:

'On the first weekend of every month, you are invited to put your storytelling skills to the test in the ultimate writer-takes-all short story competition. Armed only with our simple brief, your job is to race the clock to come up with your best 500 words-or-fewer story and be in to win a tasty $500 – every single month.'

I personally love the stopwatch and criteria they put for each contest. I have yet to win this competition, but I have enjoyed the few I have participated in. Below are the ones I have entered to date.

Image by ian dooley

Helene walked into the apartment with a story.

‘Well, it’s over.’ She said.

‘Again?’ Jay said.

She handed the bottle of wine to Jay and he opened it and poured two glasses. She took out a cigarette and lit up as she fell into the couch.

A Woman

Image by Tim Cooper

‘Love is hell. Love is shit.’ Balu told me.

I laughed.

A Garden

Image by Jordan Wozniak

The air was still, yet sweet and pungent. Why did I wake up so early? Why couldn’t I go back to sleep? The sun wasn’t even out yet. 


Image by Sara Cervera

Quiveringly, she opened up the jar of mayonnaise. She hated mayonnaise. The look of it. The smell of it. And that’s exactly why he put her first clue of this scavenger hunt on the inside of the mayonnaise jar.


Image by Junior Moran

She turned to him, perturbed, getting ready to tell him the seat was taken. Which it was, by Countess Vronskaya. Yet when she saw his dark hair and piercing blue eyes she lost her words. 


Image by Sabine van Straaten

Beyond the food he loved and the jokes he made, the father loved to talk about the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow: retirement.

A Good Man