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Kelvin M. Knight

 

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Short Stories Showcased

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As well as the published, competition winning and shortlisted stories mentioned on the right, many of my short stories have been long listed by Cinnamon Press, the Aeon Award, as well as highly commended in online competitions such as the Jacqui Bennett Writers Bureau and the Writers' Forum. Below is such a story, showcased for the first time. Please, keep coming back as the story showcased here will change from time to time.

camelotThis four and a half thousand word story arose from the Maryport Literary Festival whose theme was"words on stone". I could not possibly comment where I found Camelot but as an aspiring Knight, and following the stirring of my creative juices at said festival, it was not long before a story's demands to be written could no longer be ignored. Enjoy.

 

Come Here A Lot? by Kelvin M. Knight

Fantasy is a fool’s game. So sue me, there are many good reasons why I’m a fool. Honestly. Here’s one reason: can I help it there is something exquisite about the genre, especially the sub-genre of historical fantasy? Of course not, that is why I have travelled so far to be here, patiently drumming my fingers for my favourite fantastical author.

In she rushes, white hair flailing, white teeth flashing. She resembles a knight on a charger. News flash, Miss, with those teeth you are the charger.

‘You have to be a character from a fairy tale.’ Without apologising for her lateness, she commences the session with this apparently impromptu statement. ‘Who would you be and why?’

‘Goldilocks’s mother.’ A fifty something lady, made up to appear ten years younger, pounces on the question. ‘Because I’m appalled by my daughter’s manners. I would teach her right from wrong: not to break into stranger’s homes and steal.’

‘Okay, good start.’

I am sure I hear her neigh.

‘Another, anyone?’

‘I would be a princess,’ answers an effeminate guy.

The room full of women titter. I frown.

The brightly-attired guy pouts. ‘Why should they always get Prince Charming? I want one of those dashing young men for myself.’

‘You could appeal to a new demographic with that twist,’ agrees the author, ‘but children? Hmm.’ Tapping her lips with bejewelled fingers, she smiles at a rake-thin lady, who adds new meaning to the endearing term mutton dressed as lamb. ‘And you, my dear?’

‘Cinderella. And I wouldn’t truck any nonsense from those ugly sisters of mine. One whack from my broom and they would realise the error of their ways.’ She enacts a sword fight.

The class hoots. I scowl. The dead serious look on her razor-sharp face makes me shudder.

‘How about you?’

The author’s eyes bore into mine. In their depths I spy a hint of boredom and even a touch of haughtiness. All this is beneath her. So why do it? Of course, that old chestnut. This is nothing but a facade to encourage us to purchase her latest book.

‘Sir.’

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What's New?

On May 4th 2013, I attend the innaugural Newcastle Writing Conference in The Great Hall, Nothumbria University. Stephen May's not a keynote speech is inspriational: “If you are a writer who doesn’t write, you will always be a bit miserable... write because you HAVE to.” And this quote got a resounding YES from the agents, editors and publishers present: “There is a secret to getting an agent. Write a good book, send it, wait. There are no secret passwords.”

Short story "Luke's Sketches" published by Cinnamon Press in the anthology "The Book of Euclid & other stories & poems" edited by Rowan B. Fortune.

Review of short story anthology "The Little Book of Northern Women" given thumbs up by the author J. Y. Saville.

Haiku "Flock to a Shepherd" shortlisted by Cathy Galvin and Louise Doughty for the Word Factory TV.

Article "Bagpuss" published by The Fine Line in the anthology "The I Word" edited by Kate Gould.

Short story "Plank, Tank, Sock, Gloves" shortlisted by Louise Doughty in December for the Telegraph's Short Story Club competition.

Short story "Be Prepared" shortlisted by Louise Doughty in August for the Telegraph's Short Story Club competition.

Short story "Luke's Sketches" shortlisted by Louise Doughty in May for the Telegraph's Short Story Club competition.

Short story "Flock to a Shepherd" shortlisted by Louise Doughty in February for the Telegraph's Short Story Club competition.

Review of "Life! Death! Prizes!" given thumbs up by the author Stephen May.

Short story "Fun and Games" shortlisted by New Writing North for the Newcastle Journal.

Review of "Dreamer's Cat" given thumbs up by the author Stephen Leather.

Review of "TAG" given thumbs up by the author Stephen May.

Short story "Shadow Pains" long listed for the Aeon Award competition.

Short story "Lessons in Love" long listed for the Aeon Award competition.

Short story "Saint Christopher" published by the Writers' Forum magazine.

Short story "Aim High, Reach Higher" shortlisted by the Writers' Forum magazine.

Short story "Paper Dinosaur" shortlisted by the Writers' Forum magazine.

Short story "Shepherd Thy Flock" won Jacqui Bennett Writers Bureau spring competition.

Short story "Blackbeck" came third in Jacqui Bennett Writers Bureau winter competition.