The best way out is always through. Robert Frost

While we are indeed living through strange times, it would appear that creativity thrives in isolation and lockdown – we have received an unprecedented number of submissions this month on the theme of Escape.

While they have all been wonderful to read, and each submission worthy in its own unique way, this has meant that the task of shortlisting has proved very difficult. Please be assured that if your work has not been chosen for inclusion this time, you are in the esteemed company of many other good writers and we urge you to submit next time.

Our overall aim has been to compile an eclectic and inclusive mix of interpretations, styles, tones and voices (both old and new, familiar and unfamiliar) - a veritable smorgasboard of delights, with something for everyone.


Carol Cleary and Rita Gornall