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This week’s Friday Story comes from Shortbreader Steve Douglas. Pedro and Time is a whimsical tale which begs the question: Do we have enough time to read all of our books? Pedro and Time by Steve Douglas Pedro sat on his patio, sheltering from the sun underneath his sombrero, reading his book. It… Read More
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Buy it Now: Short Breaks, Volume 1
It is with great pleasure (and a fair amount of excitement on our part) that we bring you Short Breaks,
the first Shortbread Collection of Short Stories - Volume 1. It has to be said, however, that the selection
process was not without a good bit of head-scratching, as you will have seen...
We are permanently amazed at what Shortbread Stories has achieved over the past four years. In the early days, awareness of the site and the building up of its reputation was very much in our hands, but since then, it has been you, the members, who have helped it to grow and to make it what it is today –… Read full Article
Competition: Summer's Here Writing…
After an unseasonably cold spring, it seems summer is finally here! (Although as I’m typing black rain clouds descend on Shortbread HQ… so perhaps summer is not here to stay.) Just in case our own Scottish summer is destined to be short lived, the ShortbreadStories team would like to read lots of stories which will transport us to sunnier climates. Paint us a postcard with just 2,500 words about how you plan to spend your summer, whether it’s at home or abroad. If a certain place has inspired you why not post a photo on our facebook wall or twitter feed. Entries should be submitted by the 24th of June. Voting will open then and close on the 26th of June. The three stories with the most votes will be shortlisted and the ShortbreadStories team will pick the winner.
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