Choose your story

It is high time to praise the superstar writers who have put their blood, sweat and tears into pieces of microliterature and given us their permission to share them with the world. Our one-of-a-kind authors have proven their mettle by wielding the pen like a blade to carve out outstanding stories, and now we are going to examine some of these masterpieces individually to showcase their talent.

Samuel Pringle, ‘Tick’

“As you look through the dappled light cast by the tree you feel like a ghost; you’ve been
sitting here for no time at all and for eternity.”

A writer from Melbourne, Samuel Pringle is a Literature and Mathematics student who has
entered their piece ‘Tick’ into the Microflix Awards. Their hope is that ‘Tick’ will inspire
filmmakers, and prompt them to carefully consider the portrayal of anxiety and
overwhelming thoughts on camera, alongside how to express internal monologue through the film medium.

Monique La Terra, ‘Pink Elephant’

“Won earlier at the carnival by the pier, the pink elephant sits seemingly unaware of the
crisis. I knife the tusker, pull out the white bating and with a gloved hand stuff the phone in.”

Monique La Terra’s literary skill is showcased in her suspenseful work ‘Pink Elephant.’ With
a diploma, five years’ writing experience and a completed manuscript under her belt, her
wordsmithing talent has allowed her to expertly weave vital elements of tension and drama
into a 200-word story.

Suzi Mezei, ‘The Christmas Beetles’

“Under a faded sheet patterned with faded lemons, they burrow like small bugs and lie still.
‘When is mama coming back?’ Jamison asks. Gertie won’t answer.”

A Sri Lankan-born Australian writer, Suzi Mezei is the creator of award-winning stories that
draw inspiration from her culture and personal experiences. Her short story ‘The Christmas
Beetles’ depicts two children of a Sri Lankan migrant mother struggling with their new father figure, exploring themes of power, opportunity and relationships, and utilising the children’s feelings of isolation to drive the narrative.

Thomas Wadsworth, ‘The Sandcastle’

“Barbara places a hand on her tightening chest. She takes a pill. And by the time she feels as calm as the sea, the tide has washed away the sandcastle.”

Thomas Wadsworth is an Adelaide-based writer whose short story ‘The Sandcastle’ explores themes of love and loss. The 400-word piece combines elements of the real world and those belonging to Science Fiction, demonstrating Wadsworth’s ability to capture and use the emotional essence of a story to keep it grounded and entertaining to read.

… and there’s more.

If you’re looking for even more inspiration and excellent microliterature, head to our stories page.

While I wish I had the capacity to mention all of our wonderful authors in this post, you can
investigate each and every one of their works yourself by browsing the Microflix texts on this very website!

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Guest blogger, Ellyse Moir