Archive for April, 2013

A new story and a format somewhere between microfiction and verse

Posted in NEWS & INFORMATION, stories, WRITING TOOLS AND TIPS with tags , , , on April 19, 2013 by Richard Holt

I’ve just published a new story, Seven, on It’s an example of a format I’ve played with a lot in recent months. If I had to call these stories something I guess it might be 36ers, because each story is composed of six six-word lines. I developed the format after considering the classic six word microfiction example attributed to Ernest Hemingway. I’ve never found the six word format very satisfying but wanted to explode it just enough that it would work for me. Six by six is what I finished up with. What I like most about this format is that, regardless of the number of syllables or where the emphases fall, line by line, they tend to resolve a pleasing meter of their own and read very much as poetry.

Stoned Crows anthology

Posted in NEWS & INFORMATION on April 5, 2013 by Richard Holt

stoned crows coverThe latest anthology from Spineless Wonders is finding its way into book stores now. Stoned Crows and other Australian Icons features prose poetry and microfiction from invited writers as well as successful entries selected through a competition process. I’m very pleased to say that I have two pieces in the anthology: The Swimmer, in which a premonition of vulnerability visits a morning jogger, and Bush Burial, a monologue from beyond the grave. Check the competition results here or watch the book trailer on You Tube.