October’s theme is TENSION.
Stretched tight. Pulled taut and beyond your limit. Living at your most strained.
It’s being between places. Between people. Between states – on the verge before you jump. Waiting.
It’s conflict, sure – but it doesn’t have to be.
Sometimes the best things can come from the most confused places, and a snap decision can occasionally be the right choice all along. You just needed the pressure, that’s all.
So clear your head, take a deep breath, and tell us what makes you tense.
Submissions for this theme are no longer being accepted – you can view the contributions below.
High on life following a Friday night spent in the company of gal-dem, once again DD shares with you what’s coming up in our diary
A journey begins on the night bus from Lambeth in Carrie Walsh’s poem – but it doesn’t end there
It’s alright to cry. Maria Ilona Moore releases the shame around shedding a few tears.
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.
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.
A poem by Anna Kahn on all the things that have changed.
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
Fadila Henry explores the weight of life’s worries in this short vignette, and that ever-present desire to flee.
Kate Todd’s story follows a woman with the ability to see connections between people as corporeal lines – until, suddenly, she suddenly can’t.
Diana Khong’s poem brings you the steps for moving on: denial, displacement, catharsis, and…
Follow Millie Sansoye’s prose as she takes you through a relationship pulling itself apart
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.
Letting go of memories is never easy. Lose yourself in Jessica Patient’s short story about forgetting.
Tension rises with the steam of spilt coffee in Jen Burrows’ poem.
Your DD Reading List for TENSION is here: books that perfectly echo the taut, charged writing electrifying the site this month.
A commuter train becomes the perfect vehicle for a discussion on modernity, in Sarah ElSayed’s creative prose.
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.