Ambitious and playful, darkly humorous and imaginative, these strikingly original stories move effortlessly between the realistic and the fantastical, as their outsider characters explore what it’s like to be human in the twenty-first century. Whether about our relationship with the environment and animals, technology, social media, loneliness, or the enormity of time, they reflect the complexities of being alive. Beautifully written and compelling, you won’t read anything else like them.
Giselle Leeb’s short stories have appeared in Best British Short Stories 2017 (Salt), Ambit, Mslexia, The Lonely Crowd, Litro, Black Static, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, and other places, and have been placed and shortlisted in competitions, including the Bridport, Ambit and Mslexia prizes. She is an assistant editor at Reckoning Journal and a Word Factory Apprentice Award winner 2019. She grew up in South Africa and lives in Nottingham.
Read: The Goldfinch, The Short Story
Prompt: Begin by imagining that you are explaining your job to a group of children. Jot down your role and responsibilities and describe a typical day. Write a fragment of around 250 words from a point that interests you.