Flash Fiction Shortlisted again!

I’m starting to struggle to find words that begin these posts. I am humbled, proud, happy, overwhelmed and shocked at least once month. So i’m starting this post with an apology for being repetitive. I am working on my word base and will try to improve!

For now though, I am, once again, shocked and overwhelmed to have had work shortlisted again.

Back to the Tortive Theatre Flash 101 competition, a monthly tournament asking for a piece of fiction, EXACTLY 101 words in length (excluding the title) and using the prompt provided.

For September the prompt was “Your character opens their eyes and sees nothing”. This was the hardest prompt i’ve worked with so far, but I managed to draft a few stories that I liked and could do the job in just 101 words.

Below is the piece I wrote that was shortlisted – Her Own Virtual Reality. I have to say, this piece has the worst title and I wish I’d come up with something a little more suggestive or sarcastic. So I apologise it’s not the usual play on words I try to deliver.

Anyway, here is the piece. You can find details of the Flash101 competition on the Tortive Theatre website here https://www.tortivetheatre.com/flash101

Confirmation of my shortlisting can be seen here https://www.tortivetheatre.com/post/her-own-virtual-reality

I hope you like it!


Her Own Virtual Reality

It was 2am.

She was awake and lonely.

With few friends in the real world, the internet seemed her only opportunity to speak with anyone other than her cat.

She closed her eyes and hoped there would be someone online to talk to.

But when she opened her eyes, she saw nothing. An empty chat room with a lonely, single soul inside.


“When will I get to speak? When will someone sit in this stupid virtual room with me?”


A new person entered the room, username MrsWhiskerson.

She blinked in disbelief.

Back to talking to a cat, I guess.


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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