Foundering | Short Story

Morning folks,

a salt-sprayed piece of mine called ‘Foundering’ has been picked up by the fine folks at Flashback Fiction. If you’ve got a historical story of less than five-hundred words that’s looking for a home, Flashback will provide a great platform for your work.

They also like their authors to record a reading of their stories, meaning you’ll get to hear my dulcet tones reading a tale of groaning planks and shivered timbers.

Read it here.

*Thanks for reading, folks. Image courtesy of Wikipedia. Recent short stories include ‘Panning Out‘ and ‘Traitors’ Gate‘.*


Matthew Richardson is a writer of short stories. His work has featured in Gold Dust magazine, Literally Stories, Near to the Knuckle, McStorytellers, Penny Shorts, Soft Cartel, Whatever Keeps the Lights On, Flashback Fiction, and Shooter magazine. He is a doctoral student at the University of Dundee, a lucky husband, and a proud father.

Not necessarily in that order.

24 thoughts on “Foundering | Short Story

  1. a beautifully realized piece, made all the poignant for us at Port Willunga where ‘The Star of Greece’ foundered in July, 1888 with the loss of seventeen lives. The horror and helplessness of the onlookers is captured well

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  2. If you’d ever consider submitting some of your work for publication, Dixie State University has an online literary journal and is currently open for submissions.

    You can check us out at https://www.r7review.com/. The deadline to submit this year is November 6th.

    We are in dire need of fiction and nonfiction submissions like this. We also accept memoirs, audio recordings, visual art, book reviews, multimedia (video/audio), photography, etc.

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  3. Matthew, I am freaking out right now. Your voice!!! Is so so awesome. I should be writing something very serious and literary here but I’m still busy freaking out. :)) Though as you know I scare (both myself and others, haha) easily, I loved your spooky tale, but most especially as told in your voice. The childish detail of the narrator trying to steal the sister’s shawl lent realism to the character, and the hinting toward the village people’s actual possible sinister motives gave a real eek factor. You and your endings with a twist! I love the subtlety of this one. Lovely work. :)) Congrats on the publication too!! Very inspiring, all of it. πŸ™Œβ€οΈŽπŸŒ·

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