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Issue 18: 29 Apr. 2023
Microfiction: 106 words
By Jane Salmons

Keep the Wolf from the Door


Into the pot fell the wolf with a big splash!

The canny little pig added garlic, shallots, a bouquet garni bag, and left the pot to simmer.

He squeezed into his Armani gold lamé suit, cracked open the Moët, and TikToked himself, tottering and trotter punching to his favourite song—“Brick House” by the Commodores.

The video went viral within seconds.

Past the derelict straw and stick houses, Mrs. Wolf trudged home from the food bank. Tonight, the cubs would share a can of saveloys. She and Mr. Wolf would go without. What time, she wondered, would he be back?

Jane Salmons
Issue 18 (29 April 2023)

is from Stourbridge in the UK. Her first poetry pamphlet, Enter GHOST, was published by dancing girl press in 2022. Her debut poetry collection, The Quiet Spy, was published by Pindrop Press, also in 2022.

Relatively new to writing flash and micro-fiction, Jane has stories published with MacQueen’s Quinterly, The Ekphrastic Review, Ink Sweat & Tears, and the Ad Hoc Fiction anthologies Dandelion Years and Flash Fiction Festival Five; and forthcoming in The Dribble Drabble Review. Her work has been shortlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction Award and was nominated for Best Microfiction 2023. Her story Miracle Grow won the Pokrass Prize at the Bath Flash Fiction Festival held in Bristol.

Author’s website: https://www.janesalmonspoetry.co.uk

More on the Web: By, About, and Beyond

The Weightlessness of Love, ekphrastic microfiction by Jane Salmons in MacQueen’s Quinterly (Issue 12, March 2022)

Passengers, ekphrastic microfiction by Jane Salmons, in Starry, Starry Night: An ekphrastic anthology inspired by Van Gogh’s masterpiece, published by The Ekphrastic Review (25 February 2022)

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