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Mash Stories is a new short story competition with a community soul. We are here to spot new talents and support them. Our contributors take three unlikely words and turn them into an absorbing tale of 500 words. The winners receive $100, also payable in bitcoin. Mash Stories also offers a blog filled with tips for setting your pen to paper in the first place. We provide a podcast that narrates all of our competitions’ shortlisted stories. And our quarterly magazine publishes enthralling interviews with contemporary writers. Come on, check us out!

Mash Stories is a new short story competition with a community soul. We are here to spot new talents and support them. Our contributors take three unlikely words and turn them into an absorbing tale of 500 words. The winners receive $100, also payable in bitcoin. Mash Stories also offers a blog filled with tips for setting your pen to paper in the first place. We provide a podcast that narrates all of our competitions’ shortlisted stories. And our quarterly magazine publishes enthralling interviews with contemporary writers. Come on, check us out!
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United Kingdom

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Mash Stories is a new short story competition with a community soul. We are here to spot new talents and support them. Our contributors take three unlikely words and turn them into an absorbing tale of 500 words. The winners receive $100, also payable in bitcoin. Mash Stories also offers a blog filled with tips for setting your pen to paper in the first place. We provide a podcast that narrates all of our competitions’ shortlisted stories. And our quarterly magazine publishes enthralling interviews with contemporary writers. Come on, check us out!

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English


Episodes

Smolder by Erin Lillis

9/18/2015
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"It’s Patrick’s first and last time. His look needs to be the perfect trashy-sexy – the epitome of criminal pin-up style to match the retro Romeo waiting for him in the garage downstairs." "Smolder," written by Erin Lillis and narrated by Duncan Stripp, was inspired by the keywords "criminal," "fashion" and "ankle." Can you take three randomly assigned keywords and craft them into a story of 500 words or fewer? Take the Mash Challenge at http://mashstories.com.

Duration:00:04:56

Eastern Transept by Jennifer Harvey

9/16/2015
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"The morning sun filtered through the window of the eastern transept, the light falling on the nave like a ray of gold that had descended from the heavens." "Eastern Transept" written by Jennifer Harvey and narrated by Jon Severity, was inspired by the keywords "cathedral," "monkey" and "relativity." Can you take three randomly assigned keywords and craft them into a story of 500 words or fewer? Take the Mash Challenge at http://mashstories.com.

Duration:00:04:32

Familiar Faces by Eli Nixon

9/14/2015
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"The calls from the abandoned missile silo started coming in when I was twelve, right after my parents died. They were erratic then: once a week, once a month, once a year. It wasn’t until I turned twenty-seven that the messages began to come daily." "Familiar Faces," written by Eli Nixon and narrated by Duncan Stripp, was inspired by the keywords "ankle," "fashion," and "criminal." Can you take three randomly assigned keywords and craft them into a story of 500 words or fewer? Take the Mash...

Duration:00:05:26

The Technican Has Eyes Of The Deepest Blue by Jennifer Harvey

9/11/2015
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"The technician has eyes of deepest blue. I notice them as she leans over me. Feel her brush against my cheek, the crimson flush rising on the surface of my skin. “Just a tiny prick, okay?” she says..." "The Technician has Eyes of Deepest Blue" written by Jennifer Harvey and narrated by Jon Severity, was inspired by the keywords "Andromeda," "democracy" and "dentist," Can you take three randomly assigned keywords and craft them into a story of 500 words or fewer? Take the Mash Challenge at...

Duration:00:04:47

The Package by Sarah Hausman

9/9/2015
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"Gravel crunched under the cruiser’s tires as it came to a stop in the small parking area near the swimming hole. A woman, flanked by two dripping kids, was folding and twisting a fashion magazine in her hands. She dropped it on a beach towel and approached him. She was evidently his caller." "The Package" written by Sarah Hausman and narrared by Duncan Stripp, was inspired by the keywords "criminal," "fashion," and "ankle." Can you take three randomly assigned keywords and craft them into a...

Duration:00:04:50

Independent Contractor by Raymond K. Rugg

9/7/2015
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"Senator Walsh was quick, his reflexes well honed; when the pilot stepped into the cabin of the plane with a pistol in hand, Walsh leapt from his seat and dropped the assailant with a kick to the head. It snapped the pilot’s neck, and he was dead before he hit the floor." "Independent Contractor" written by Raymond Rugg and narrated by Marie Louise Cookson, was inspired by the keywords "cockpit," "blow-dryer" and "honesty." Can you take three randomly assigned words and craft them into a...

Duration:00:04:48

Holding Pattern by Fred Yost

9/4/2015
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"'I’m afraid you have me at a disadvantage, Detective. You obviously know something about me, and I don’t even know if you’re the good cop or the bad cop.' Jade smirked at the slender man sitting across from her." "Holding Pattern" written by Fred Yost and narrated by Marie Louise Cookson, was inspired by the keywords "ankle," "criminal" and "fashion." Can you take three randomly assigned words and craft them into a story of 500 words or fewer? Take the Mash Challenge at...

Duration:00:04:27

A Victorian Portrait by Caitriona Murphy

9/2/2015
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"You lie there, resplendent and untouchable in the frothiest black lace one can imagine. The row of buttons that cinch your waist and emphasize the perfect line of your bust are tiny; covered in satin. Your skin is the perfect shade of white, comparable to the soft inner furls of a lily." "A Victorian Portrait" written by Caitriona Murphy and narrated by Rayyah McCaul, was inspired by the keywords "ankle," "fashion" and "criminal." Can you take three randomly assigned words and craft them...

Duration:00:05:43

Temperance by Louis Bloom

8/31/2015
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"Reflections of lamplight in the dark cobbled streets added extra sparkle to the already exciting reputation of the Soho district. Gangs of macho Gentlemen hunting soft female flesh crossed paths with the odd solo worrier seeking satisfaction. Miranda raised up her crinoline skirts to expose enough illicit ankle that she would pass for a native of these parts." "Temperance" written by Louise Bloom and narrated by Marie Louise Cookson, was inspired by the keywords "ankle," "criminal" and...

Duration:00:04:39

Blabbermouth by Joan El Faghloumi

8/28/2015
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They stood by the graveside, hanging back slightly, porkpie hats clenched in front of them, heads bowed. “Happy as hell, I am,” Jimmy said. He hissed through his teeth, finishing in a faint whistle. “Not so loud,” whispered the man next to him. “We gotta have respect.” Jimmy slanted his head closer. “If they only knew,” he said. “This fella really needed a watery grave, not this charade. No one listened, Frank.” "Blabbermouth" written by Joan El Faghloumi and narrated by Jon Severity, was...

Duration:00:05:26

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep by Georgene Smith Goodin

8/26/2015
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"'Helicopters.' I spit the word like it’s the eleventh plague when Brian finds me huddled on the couch in the morning. I’m a city girl, raised on the South Side of Chicago. I sleep through sirens, trash trucks, even gunshots. But in Los Angeles, the desert we chose for our fresh start, I can’t get used to the onslaught of the ghetto birds. It’s like Brian came back from a war we can’t discuss with any honesty and I’m the one who came down with PTSD." "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep" written by...

Duration:00:05:12

Beachside by Michael Madakasira

8/24/2015
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"In the manner of luau tunes and sunrise Tai Chi, this resort was small-time. But there was a beach. It was cozy and quiet and, most importantly, secluded. The aged couple had made a good choice." "Beachside" written by Michael Madakasira and narrated by Duncan Stripp, was inspired by the words "criminal," "fashion" and "ankle." Can you take three randomly assigned words and craft them into a story of 500 words or fewer? Take the Mash Challenge at http://mashstories.com.

Duration:00:05:13

The Wing Walker by Jennifer Harvey

8/21/2015
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"We’re in the desert and it’s way more beautiful than I expected. In the early morning light, the sand is dusky pink, a damask rose that folds, dips and ripples like the ocean. I had imagined something harsh. A sun too bright to walk towards, a wind that flicked sand grains at your eyes, a heat that left you brittle. The calm comes as a surprise." "The Wing Walker" written by Mash judge Jennifer Harvey and narrated by Natalie Winter, was inspired by the keywords "cockpit," "blow-dryer" and...

Duration:00:04:11

Gray by E. Sabbag

8/19/2015
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"The angry sea churns. From her perch in the cockpit, Anna’s stomach lurches in rhythm. The sailboat, huge when docking, is now a tiny piece of flotsam. Justin’s head appears in the companionway, followed by his shoulders and legs. He seems bigger than the vessel that carries them to their new life." "Gray" written by E. Sabbag and narrated by Hazel Anderson, was inspired by the keywords "cockpit," "blow-dryer" and "honesty." Can you take three randomly assigned words and craft them into a...

Duration:00:05:15

Striped Suits Are In This Year by Eric Williams

8/17/2015
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“The criminal mind possesses several noteworthy qualities,” said Dr. Aab, his voice pure silk after the grinding roar of the helicar that had ferried us to the prison. My photographer and I followed him through steel-girdled tunnels lined with cameras as he talked..." "Striped Suits and in this year," written by Eric Williams and narrated by Duncan Stripp, was inspired by the keywords, "criminal," "fashion," and "art." Can you take three randomly-assigned keywords and craft them into a story...

Duration:00:05:00

Please Don't Pick The Lemons by Carmen Will

8/14/2015
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"Though everyone called Howard Klimpert a fussbudget, he preferred to think of himself as a perfectionist. “Standards haven’t gone out of fashion yet,” he’d often say...." but Howard's ways get him into some unexpected trouble. "Please Don't Pick the Lemons" written by Carmen Will and narrated by Daniel Kerry, was inspired by the keywords "criminal," "fashion," and "ankle." Can you take three randomly assigned keywords and craft them into a story of 500 words or fewer? Take the Mash...

Duration:00:04:41

A Gorgeous Day To Fly by Pam Moore

8/12/2015
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"Lori hadn’t given the blow-dryer a second thought until she stepped into the cockpit. It was then that her palms began to sweat. If Matt held her hand, she could mention it. My palms always sweat when I’m nervous. Then again, telling him she was nervous might make him nervous, and that would obviously be very, very bad." This story stumbles toward romance with its sincere and truly human characters. "A Gorgeous Day to Fly" written by Pam Moore and narrated by Rayyah McCaul, was inspired by...

Duration:00:05:18

Morning Coffee by MFC Feeley

8/10/2015
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"God he was an asshole in the morning. Still in her towel, Gina stamped back to the bathroom. This was not what she’d imagined. Bruce hulked after her. Gina cranked the blow-dryer to “high,” but couldn’t drown him out. Bruce’s baritone rattled the bottles on the glass shelf. “Is it mine?” Downstairs, old Mrs. Ramses banged her broom on the ceiling." "Morning Coffee" written by MFC Feeley and narrated by Lorraine Ansell, is gritty and romantic. It was inspired by the keywords "blow-dryer,"...

Duration:00:04:15

Weatherstripping by Jennifer Falkner

8/7/2015
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"Alex pulls the membrane taut across the window sill. The wind hurls ice pellets at the glass. He can barely see the moving lights from the highway, blinking through the trees. They are dulled by the plastic. He imagines himself inside the cockpit of a plane, looking through its scratched plexiglass windows at the distant world below. He used to enjoy isolation..." "Weatherstripping" written by Jennifer Falkner and narrated by Duncan Stripp, was inspired by the keywords "cockpit,"...

Duration:00:03:33

One Man's Trash by Beth Roddy

8/5/2015
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"I know where you live, Nathaniel. The make and model of your car.[1] Your minimalistic taste in art.[2] Your hankering for joy rides in High Tide Helicopter’s cockpit. Your sensitivity to harsh laundry detergents..." This creepy and stalkerish address is the first time footnotes and images were used in a Mash Story. To read "One Man's Trash" as it was written, visit: http://mashstories.com/previouslypublished/one-mans-trash/ Marie Louise Cookson, narrator extraordinaire, incorporated the...

Duration:00:05:20