The theme 'dark interiors' brought in a diverse and intriguing selection of microfictions and poetry, with a huge contingent that focussed on painful memories and disturbed childhoods. The strongest pieces were the subtlest; those that took an oblique look at the subject and produced something fresh.

Margot Myers's 'The Dark' is a honed piece in which the pared down phrases are beautifully controlled; Di Slaney's 'Key' has the pull of myth and is interesting for what it leaves unsaid; Carolyn Waudby's 'Gipsywort' is an elliptical monologue full of rich sound and exquisite imagery and David Olsen's 'Applied Gemology' is a quietly sustained metaphor, once again expertly controlled.

Peter Branson's winning entry 'Corvus' is an impressionistic and rapid series of images, playing off the intersection of 'corvid' fro the crow family and 'corvus' for a distant constellation; a piece that takes risks with language — the 'blintered star-fade' and maintains a thread of fragility that delivers in the last line.

Thank you to everyone who entered and particular thanks for well-written pieces from:

And special thanks for the superb reads featured on the results page from:

And congratulations to the Peter Branson, whose piece, along with the runner's up, appears on the tenth mini-competition page and will be published a forthcoming anthology scheduled for September, 2016.