Penetralia by Hari Navarro

“Do you know what happens when you stare into television static?”
“I don’t have a television.”

Metaphoria by K.B. Elijah

“Should I begin with the tale of the cannibalistic peacocks, perhaps? The molten field of liquorice mushrooms? Or maybe you’d like to hear about the obsequious coffee beans dancing to the tune of Hickory Dickory Dock?”

Damned Dwelling by Chris Hewitt

Trapped in an antique shop for all eternity, three ghosts yearn for freedom.
But they’re tied to the living world by their soul vessels and need someone to buy them. Shoppers come and go, dashing hopes of release.


Dialogue Competition Runners-up

Whispers in the Dark by K.B. Elijah

Two decades into an eternal sentence in the impenetrable Void for daring to rebel against the might of the Empire, and Agent Ivory is ready to give up on life entirely, even if the unseen Warden of the prison won’t ever let him die.

The Return by Gabriella Balcom

The world doesn’t know about the compound hidden underground, and the wealthy investors funding it want things to stay as they are. Although it’s 2027 with numerous scientific advances having been made, most of the research being conducted in the facility is illegal. If animal rights activists had an inkling of what went on, they’d clamour for justice. Human rights’ activists would scream from the rooftops.

Underworld Games by Jonathan D. Stiffy

Zach Perry is in trouble.
He got caught up in a most dangerous game in the flood tunnels beneath the streets of Las Vegas—a high-stakes game he played and lost.

Place of Caves by Charlotte O’Farrell

There’s something rotten under Nottingham.
Something demonic.

After the Fall by Stephen Herczeg

Knocked out of orbit by a rogue comet, the asteroid Vesta rockets towards Earth, to pass by in a heavenly display of fire. Dubbed the party of the century by the media across the planet, thousands gather in cities to watch the spectacle and party until dawn.

Beyond Human by Matthew Clarke

It was supposed to be a simple rescue mission: secure the doctor and return to the surface. A task that Nade Wilhelm and Pip Damon of ALPHA Team could be forgiven for considering beneath them. But there are things thriving in the underground facility that would have been better off undiscovered.