Anthologies, Micro Madness, and more

It’s been a busy few months since I last blogged, and I’m thrilled to share that I’ve been long-listed, short-listed, and featured (as well as forthcoming) in three anthologies.

With my first anthology atop the 102nd floor of the Freedom Tower

It felt special when I received the anthology Things left and found by the side of the road from Bath Flash Fiction Award on my birthday last December. My story A Bicycle was in the short-list of 20 from around 1000 entries they’d received.


Reflex Fiction prize long-listed my story Older Brother in their 2019 contest. You can access the story here. This is my second long-list with Reflex Fiction. My first long-listed story A Crib (2018 contest; story here) will feature in their upcoming anthology The Real Jazz Baby.


Lastly, I was thrilled when my micro story The cleaning lady was my first love made it on to the short-list of 22 from the hundreds of micros the organizer had received. And looking at how the countdown happened, I was placed fourth. You can access the story here.

Hope you’ll find time to read these stories. Thanks a lot.

13 thoughts on “Anthologies, Micro Madness, and more

  1. WOW, congrats Brother on all your success in being “short-listed, long-listed and featured in three Anthologies – “Things Left and Found By The Side of The Road”, “A Bicycle”, “Older Brother (must be about me:)”, “A Crib” and lastly, “The Real Jazz Baby”. Brother you have been keeping very busy I see and with all your God-given talent as a writer, I am happy to call you Brother, Friend and Celebrity Friend.

    I am so happy for you and your Family Brother, and We are hoping one day to come to New York to visit you all – it has been a long time coming.

    For now, Cheers Brother and keep on keeping on……

    Tracy & Joy


    • Thanks a lot, Tracy and Joy, for your kindness. Much much appreciated. Any ‘brother’ story might have a resonance with you šŸ™‚ Looking forward to your visit in the future. Please take good care. Hugs.

  2. Sweet, Mahesh, congratulations! Your words suspend me between realities. Both pieces feel ethereal somehow. I once wrote a poem entitled The Old Man in the Elevator that your cleaning lady short brings to mind. Older Brother points up the paradox of the human condition. Plus I am growing a Rudraksha tree! Funny aside …

    Well done, and hoping all is well in your world! Aloha šŸŒŗ

    • Mahalo, Bela. Your detailed comments mean a lot. I’d love to read The Old Man in the Elevator šŸ™‚ Do you have it somewhere? You’re growing a Rudraksha tree? Wow. Keen to know more about it. Take care, my friend.

      • It took some looking, but here ’tis:


        nods politely;

        Button shining for us both, but it’s clearly
        his space I’m invading.
        Two floors up and head down, the two of us alone in this captured world.

        Not a hair out of place,
        suit without crease,
        unlike his countenance,
        wrung dry like a child’s spent allowance;

        Young boy, first wheels,
        young man, first thrills; passion lost when safety net snagged him like a seined fish;

        Whose moist lips have those wrinkled ones caressed; now drawn tightly, concealing
        mystery of tongue and teeth, false witness borne of competence and culture;

        The door slides open,
        body twitched like a mountain lion restrained;
        old habit, pulling back the pounce, as the caged female, whose meat he could devour with those
        downcast eyes, is released
        before him.

        Rudraksha, yes! Nurtured from seed by a friend, it is about 2 feet tall at present. Since we live in a very fertile area, I suspect it will get big pretty quick!

        Take care yourself, my hash take care yourself, Mahesh! Great being in contact with you again. All the best to you and yours! šŸ™šŸŒŗā¤ļø

      • Sorry my dear friend once again for the delayed response. But what a fascinating poem! Very deep and detailed. I was there in the elevator. You know how big a fan I am of your writing, Bela. Thanks a lot for sharing this. And love what you’re doing to Rudraksha. Keep us updated šŸ™‚ Take good care, my friend.

      • Rudraksha is growing like crazy! We know it works here to grow it, as there is at least one mature tree up on the mountain above us. It’s where my friend got the seed to grow the tree we have now. Very exciting!

        Thanks for the kind praise, sweetie. Aloha šŸ™šŸ’•

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