Twisted Tales is an annual flash fiction competition celebrating (Inter)National Flash Fiction Day, published by Raging Aardvark Publications. Judged by a panel of experienced short story writers and editors, submissions over the last four years have been extremely high quality; making the job of the judge a difficult one. Authors are drawn from around the globe and stories ranging from lighthearted tales of childhood memories, to gruesome stories to make the reader shiver.
This years Twisted Tales collection of flash fiction explores the twisted existence of identity and the variances of relationships as characters seek a sense of self. Flash Fiction, as a form, requires the writer to choose each word with the intention to portray dozens of emotions and images. Whilst twisted doesn’t necessarily mean morbid, its edginess can be whimsical, playful or disturbing. Our selection of twisted tales explodes out of the page and drags the reader deep into its reality, continuing to haunt them after the page has been closed. Filled with a mixture, some stories will make you think , a few smile and others force you to reach for your security blanket.
Twisted Tales 2015 will be launched on the 23rd of October and be available in paperback through Amazon. An ebook will be made available later in November.
Champion the short story and its derivatives, Raging Aardvark Publications ultimately aims to provide a space for emerging writers to demonstrate to a wider community their talents and to foster positive growth within the community for these authors.
Although primarily set up in order to publish collaborative projects, Raging Aardvark Publications have expanded into anthologies of short stories, flash fiction and poetry as well as delving into Non-Fiction.
Over the next two weeks, contributing authors, artists and our judges will be interviewed and their insightful answers posted here.
Our Stories and Authors are (the order within the book may alter slightly)
Over the Top by Guy Bolton
Vixen by Simon Sylvester
Counting to Paradise by Tina Pisco
Bianca by Gwen Hart
Message Understood by Susan Howe
Whats a mother to do by Tina Pisco
The Bunk Bed Incident by Allan Heller
Elevation by Vesna McMaster
Dave by Keith Gillison
The New Thieves by Thaisa Frank
Debut by Therese Edmonds
Friday Roses by Cath Bore
The Cabin by Miranda Boers