Crying Out Loud

It’s alright to cry. Marie Ilona Moore releases the shame around shedding a few tears. … Continue reading Crying Out Loud


An Exercise in Tension Release

Hannah Collins is an advocate of doing whatever it is that helps you release some of that tension – here she shares her favourite self-care activities. … Continue reading An Exercise in Tension Release


Olympus Trembles

A political commentary through Greek Mythology. Lauren Harwyn’s beautiful piece illuminates the tensions surrounding the US presidential election, with a little help from Hera. … Continue reading Olympus Trembles


A List of Things I Do Not Do After You

A poem by Anna Kahn on all the things that have changed.… Continue reading A List of Things I Do Not Do After You


Fragile Masculinity: Masculinity and Misogyny In the Digital Age

DD went to the reception for Ditch The Label and Brandwatch’s report on “Masculinity and Misogyny In the Digital Age”, and found out about the tensions of gender and sexuality online… Continue reading Fragile Masculinity: Masculinity and Misogyny In the Digital Age



Fadila Henry explores the weight of life’s worries in this short vignette, and that ever-present desire to flee.… Continue reading Bound


Sight Lines

Kate Todd’s story follows a woman with the ability to see connections between people as corporeal lines – until, suddenly, she suddenly can’t.… Continue reading Sight Lines


how to move on for electric bodies

Diana Khong’s poem brings you the steps for moving on: denial, displacement, catharsis, and…… Continue reading how to move on for electric bodies

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Follow Millie Sansoye’s prose as she takes you through a relationship pulling itself apart… Continue reading Distance


Not Knowing

How do we know which choice will be the right one? How do we decide what’s most important to us? Jaclyn Quigley contemplates those all-important life decisions through poetry.… Continue reading Not Knowing


I’ll Love You Until the End of Time

Letting go of memories is never easy. Lose yourself in Jessica Patient’s short story about forgetting.… Continue reading I’ll Love You Until the End of Time



Tension rises with the steam of spilt coffee in Jen Burrows’ poem.… Continue reading 4:43


DD Reading List: Tension

Your DD Reading List for TENSION is here: books that perfectly echo the taut, charged writing electrifying the site this month.… Continue reading DD Reading List: Tension

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Virtual Shackles

A commuter train becomes the perfect vehicle for a discussion on modernity, in Sarah ElSayed’s creative prose.… Continue reading Virtual Shackles


7.34 am

She’s awoken to find herself in his bed, not for the first time. A short story by Sinéad Gordon fuggy with sleep and sex.… Continue reading 7.34 am

The theme for October is TENSION. September’s theme was LESSONS. See all our writers’ past work in our ARCHIVE.

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