Five Outstanding Stories – The Squat Pen Rests Finalists.


I’ve no excuses but to say that the demands of life thrust it’s great and calloused fist into my daily routines and prevented me from publishing these outstanding stories sooner. My apologies go to our finalists but here they are now for your enjoyment.

First up will be our winning story ‘Always’ by Nicolas Riley. After that, the stories will be published in alphabetical order.

Always by Nicolas Ridley


The Keith of Death by Chris Fielden


The Raven by Jacci Gooding


The Last Hurrah by Elaine Miles


The Diary by Mark Rutterford


Note: I haven’t been able to publish all of the stories because Pippa Gladhill’s excellent story ‘In Between Dog’ is set to be published presently in an anthology of short stories.