James Holden: November

Last week was National Short Story Week, and Arachne Press held a competition on its’ website for a 100-word short story, with the prompt of November. I wrote an entry, using a character from a story I’ve been writing for the past month about a visit to Machu Picchu in Peru. The stories were voted on by members of the public and you can find the entries here. The winning entry was Number 5. My entry is pasted below if you fancy reading a very short piece of fiction…

For the past three years, Anna had tried to imagine that November wasn’t going to happen. The kitchen wall calendar remained stuck on October until the 1st of December, when she would turn two pages at once. Guy Fawkes and St Andrew’s Day were passed over, and she pretended that the birthdays and anniversaries she would have previously penned in didn’t exist. But every time she dated a document, or picked up a newspaper, or checked an email she couldn’t avoid the countdown to the only important date of the month – the anniversary to her husband’s death on 30 November.


About James Holden

Brought up in Yorkshire, James has washed up on the shores of London. He spends his days working as a political geek. His short stories have previously been read by the Liars League.
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