Eurovision Songs You Need To Know (2006 – 2017)

  It is that month of the year again. The Eurovision season has begun. I remember that ever since 2006 I have been watching this big ol’ European glitter party. When I was younger I used to beg my parents to let me stay up late during this one week in May and they did.Continue reading “Eurovision Songs You Need To Know (2006 – 2017)”

Hapax Legomenon! ‘University Challenge’ and the Nerd Cult

Watch University Challenge on BBC 2 every Monday at 21.00 (CET). On April 10th 2017 at 21.00 (CET) you may have missed the event of the year. After several months of weekly matches, people around Britain (and the world) sat down at home or in the pub to watch this match that was hyped withContinue reading “Hapax Legomenon! ‘University Challenge’ and the Nerd Cult”

Short story competition 2017 – Second place: The Elf in the Machine

The Elf in the Machine By Casper Rudolph ONE I’m sitting beside her on the couch in our living room, and we’re drinking our evening tea. “In the dream,” I tell her, “I was a child. I plucked a rose on an open plain at sunset, and watched it wither as the sun went down.Continue reading “Short story competition 2017 – Second place: The Elf in the Machine”

Short Story Competition 2017 – Third place: Armadillo

Armadillo by Frumingo Diaterdag The sky stretched long over the prairie in a cloudless blue. Heat hung shimmering over the asphalt, and the air was filled with the smell of molten rubber. Twenty-yard skid marks led up to the wheels of a tarnished brown Camino, smoke gushing from the hood. The front of the carContinue reading “Short Story Competition 2017 – Third place: Armadillo”

Short Story Competition – First Place: In Between Places

IN BETWEEN PLACES By Charlotte Nijhuis Hungaria The bumping of the carriage on the railway could put me to sleep within minutes. Using my backpack as a pillow and the views flashing before my eyes as a lullaby, it was easy to drift off. Nights in hostel beds made out of little more than aContinue reading “Short Story Competition – First Place: In Between Places”

Short Story Competition – Second Place: Old Devil Moon

OLD DEVIL MOON By Luc de Vries The spotlight is on us. The fallen night encircles the floor on which we sway, one foot to the other. Shadowed treetops crown my horizon. The stars are aligned in perfect structure: our diamond chandeliers laced with translucent clouds, drifting slowly. A tender step left, a hand onContinue reading “Short Story Competition – Second Place: Old Devil Moon”

Short Story Competition – Third Place: Terminal Velocity

TERMINAL VELOCITY By Casper Rudolph 1 For billions of years have I voyaged across the luminous emptiness, rocketing amongst silent worlds. I am bound to journey onward through this timeless haze, in the absence of any company. Over the aeons I have forgotten my point of origin and my destination has always been unknown toContinue reading “Short Story Competition – Third Place: Terminal Velocity”

Short Story Competition #29 — CLOSED

Last year’s short story competition was a great success, and we are very happy to announce that we will be hosting another short story competition for our 29th issue! If you’ve ever toyed with the idea of submitting your work to us, now is the time to do it: you’ll be entering a literary fray with other talentedContinue reading “Short Story Competition #29 — CLOSED”

Short Story Competition – First Place: Memories of Ma

We don’t like talking about mother. People never bring her up around here. They don’t even whisper about her or what she did, and we don’t like to think about it neither. But that’s mother, not Ma. No one knew Ma like us. But you seem nice, we think, and you’ll be our first guestContinue reading “Short Story Competition – First Place: Memories of Ma”