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Authors can share a link to their short stories (less than 2000 words please) or poetry, and it won’t cost you a penny! The deadline is 30th June. Stories or poems can be on any subject, but please keep them reasonably family friendly. On 3rd July I will pick a winner and a runner up and share the links to the stories on my website, MeWe and Twitter pages. The winner also has the choice of their story being included in an anthology of winners that I will compile when I have enough stories.

Please ensure that you add the link to your story to June’s submission page and not any previous month, or it may be missed.

I look forward to reading your efforts. The winners can use these laurels to add to their story:

SHORT STORY LAUREL JUNE 2019

SHORT STORY LAUREL RUNNER UP JUNE 2019

I’m sharing ‘Obstacle Course’ here today.  I wrote it aged 15 after weeks of being teased about my thick curly hair.  Kids tend to pick on those who are different in some way, and unfortunately I was the only kid in the class with corkscrew hair…

OBSTACLE COURSE, BY STEVIE TURNER 

The gaggle of irritating schoolgirls approached me

In giggling delight.

Their mocking eyes shouted to the world

The joy they felt at this encounter.

Staring fixedly at the distant horizon,

I let a slight smile

Hide my quickened heart, and

The slow sinking feeling

That always accompanied this wearying routine.

An impenetrable human barrier

Formed before me.

The sun was beginning to set in the heavens,

The journey home was always memorable.

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