Shortlisted again! August Tortive Theatre Flash 101

Another month and another amazing bit of news for my continuing journey in to becoming a writer.

This time it’s back to the Tortive Theatre website and their monthly flash 101 competition.

The set up is the same as last month, you are given a theme to work your story around and you have EXACTLY 101 words to create it with.

This time the theme was World War 3 and I submitted a few entries. I was super happy to receive a shortlisting for one of them, titled ‘Din’.

It’s a short story (obviously!) about a mother and her energetic children. I think it’s probably a story that every parent I know can relate to in one way or another.

I’ve copied the piece for you to read below and the Tortive Theatre publication of the story can be seen here

Thank you Tortive Theatre for another shortlisting! I’m over the moon!



She had 3 kids under the age of 4.

From the outside, she seemed to be managing beautifully.

But behind closed doors it was a mini World War 3.

From 7am they would wreak havoc. Playfighting, hide and seek, Lego covering the floor, crayon on the walls. They were feisty.

She had a din in her ears from the moment they woke up.

She couldn’t wait for 7pm to come.

Their three tiny bodies tucked snugly under a duvet.

She’d tidy up, eat and escape by watching television until she passed out.

She slept until 7am and the war would restart.


Also, just another quick apology for my accompanying picture. I’m finding it harder and harder to illustrate what I’ve written, but I am working on it!

Published by stephc2021

Hi! I'm Steph, an amateur writer and illustrator specialising in Mental Health and being a self-confessed Spoonie. My website is home to any successful fiction I create, with stories that have won so far covering difficult subjects such as baby loss and mental health in grief as well as some funny and heart-warming tales when I get the inspiration. Every drawing and picture on my website was created by me. I spend a lot of time coming up with illustrations to accompany all of my posts and pages. I try to create original content across all of my channels, whether I'm writing about my own fiction or just generally musing on mental health or my own issues. I want to be part of the change because I believe the understanding of MH in the UK is getting better, but has a very long way to go. By being honest about my own struggles and symptoms I think others will relate and hopefully it will encourage them to talk to someone and get the help and support they need. Long term my goal is to help children too, help them understand their own mental health and how to help with the mental health of those around them. I live in the UK with my partner, daughter and dog, I swear frequently and I adore a well made, traditional, gooey, chocolatey, delicious brownie.

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