Short story competition – enter 4 stories for the fee of only 3

It's fair to say that most people are finding that they've got more time on their hands in the current climate, with Covid-19 confining people to their homes for much longer than they would normally spend there. We know that professional writers - those who earn their living by writing, in whatever genre or capacity … Continue reading Short story competition – enter 4 stories for the fee of only 3

£255 prize money to be won in our latest writing competition

There's no denying it: the lockdown has had a huge effect on everyone. (Understatement of the year!) But in true British stiff upper lip fashion, we've seen that people have, for the most part, been keeping calm and carrying on. Even here at Cranked Anvil HQ we've finally been able to devote more time and … Continue reading £255 prize money to be won in our latest writing competition

January 2020 – Shortlist and winners

Our competition grows bigger every quarter, and the judges have had their toughest time yet chosing from the longlist of entries. After much deliberation, though, the shortlist and three placed stories have now been selected. Congratulations to: 1st: Nicki Parkins - Turnstone 2nd: Joe Bedford - The House Always Wins 3rd: Sherry Morris - Never … Continue reading January 2020 – Shortlist and winners

The House Always Wins by Joe Bedford (2nd place Jan20)

The banknotes were transported in several large cases to the Bank of England. From them, a dozen batches were picked for inspection. Staff in rubber gloves examined the print, the watermark and the motion thread. From one inspector, the Chief Cashier took a note and held it idly up to the light. A genuine, newly-printed … Continue reading The House Always Wins by Joe Bedford (2nd place Jan20)

Never Going Green by Sherry Morris (3rd place Jan20)

In Lesterville, we know the phrase Recycle, Reuse, and Reduce, we just choose to ignore it. Not because we’re against saving the planet, or don’t understand the plastic problem. We do. But when we hear or see that slogan, we think of Merin McCallister. And shiver.   She doesn’t live here anymore, and the house … Continue reading Never Going Green by Sherry Morris (3rd place Jan20)

Surface Tension by Andy Banks (1st place Oct19)

The sky was dying a red death when we eventually reached the swamp. We’d been walking for so long that the village was nothing more than a huddled mass of black teeth jutting from the rolling hills behind us. I couldn’t even make out my house anymore. “Could’ve just gone to the rec,” I grumbled. … Continue reading Surface Tension by Andy Banks (1st place Oct19)