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First Prize: £2021
Plus publication in the MTP 2021 Anthology (print book and eBook).

Anthology title based on this winning entry.

Sandra Srivastava - An Alien Invasion at the Pub





Paperback & Kindle eBook editions of the Prizewinning and

Highly Commended Stories

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Highly Commended Stories (in alphabetical order)

Alan Bryant - Praying for Feathers

Alanna Cramer - Ethics Amongst Parasites

Amanda Parrott - But for the Grace

Andrew Sutherland - The Infinite Book of Alder Shy

Anthony Slone - The Laws of Metaphysics

Arlene Smith - Dropping Bodies

Ash Miller - The Groundsman

Benjamin Asman - Mirror Image

Beth Marston - Black Holes

Caspie Harriet - Navy Blue

David Bell - Electric Feel

David Goodfellow - On the Ledge with Elvis

Eileen O'Donoghue - Over the Shop

Eric Olsen - Gemma

George McAlear - Small Change

Georgina Beasley - Rollies, Docs and Beanie Babies

Hazel Whitehead - The Red Skipping Rope

Helen Rana - Topless

Helen Sewell - Prayer for My Daughter

Ian Riddle - Armageddon in the High Street

J W Voyce - Sometimes Snowflakes Shimmer

James Rose - The Doughnut of Destiny

Jayden Whitehouse - One for Malice

Jessica Emery - Round of Applause

John Buckley - Mrs Pymer

John Roberts - Chimneys I Sweep and in Soot I Sleep

Joseph Andriano - Love Me Tenderstems

Josephine Galvin - Second Person

Josephine Nolan - The Things We Do for Love

Julie Wiltshire - Web of Deceit

Kay Inckle - The Virgin Mothers

Martina Biavati - August

Niamh Mac Cabe - Ghost-Cloves & The Fiancée

Patricia Dunkley - The Golfers

Paul Rennie - Parking Problems

Paula Conway - Fata Morgana

Peter Hankins - Birth of a Punk

Peter Latham - Big Dipper 1972

Philip Charter - Marbles and Memories

Richard Hooton - Dreamsnatcher

Siobhan Flynn - The Advantage of Shadows

Slawa Rusin - Patrick Cosmos

Sue Whytock - Lord of the Dance

Tabitha Bast - The Girl Will Fix It

Terence Lehane - The Turnstile

Toby Privett - The Great Lockdown Novel

Tricia Green - Disco

Troy Ollis - Masterpiece

Tunde Oyebode - Explosions

Warwick Sprawson - Sunshade



Sandra Srivastava - An Alien Invasion at the Pub

An alien spaceship landed in a pub car park. The door opened slowly, there was a hiss of steam and six aliens climbed down the steps. As the first alien (wearing the fanciest clothes and therefore the leader) reached the ground, he nearly jumped out of his skin as he spotted six yobs revving their motorbikes. The other aliens had to stop suddenly, and collided with each other.

“Take me to your leader,” said the chief alien.

“I’m the leader around here,” said the biggest yob, puffing himself up to look even bigger. A couple of heads whizzed round to glare at him, as if they weren’t so sure about that. Neither were the aliens. The yob stuck his nose in the air and continued, snootily, “I’m the biggest, my motorbike is the biggest, my boots are the biggest, and I have the longest hair. Therefore, I’m the leader. That’s obvious. And I say you can’t park there because our mates will be here in a minute and they’ll want somewhere to park.”

“Somewhere to park or some entertainment,” said a particularly greasy yob. “It’s not very big, is it?”

“Er ... It’s bigger on the inside than on the outside. Yes, that’s it,” said the chief alien, nodding triumphantly. But, unlike the aliens, the yobs had not seen Doctor Who, and didn’t know what he was talking about. They all mounted their motorbikes and sped around and around the spaceship, whooping and jeering as they went.

“Run!” yelled the chief alien...


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