Simon Collings

stories, poetry, reviews

Tag: prose poems


I have a short prose piece – Beetles – in this week’s International Times. It’s vaguely coronavirus related. There’s also a nice prose poem by Mike Ferguson in this issue.

Two poems in International Times

I have prose poems in both last week’s and this week’s International TimesAirport and Don’t Give Up.

Six short stories

Six new very short stories of mine have just been published in Fortnightly Review.

Three stories in Cafe Irreal

I have three short short stories in the 20th anniversary issue of Cafe Irreal, which has just been published online (issue #69). I hope you enjoy them. It’s a great magazine.

Four new short prose pieces

Four of my short fiction pieces have just been published by Fortnightly Review. These are new work. I hope you enjoy them. I am currently putting together a collection of my prose poems/micro-fictions for publication as a book.

New prose poems

I have two short prose pieces just published on Stride, and a third one will appear there tomorrow.

Three new poems on Stride

I’ve had three new prose poems published on Stride in the last few days. Here’s one of them. Follow the link above to view the other two.


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Three poems

Three of my prose poems are appearing in Stride Magazine. Here is the first one, on the site now.  I also had three poems accepted recently by Tears in the Fence, which will appear early next year.