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Writer. Humorist (mainly inside my head but sometimes on paper). Londoner. Recovering extrovert. I eat books for breakfast.
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High Tide

My head bobs above the water but I may as well be beneath the surface for the waves crash over me continuously. I cough and choke on salty seawater, trying and failing to keep from swallowing it. I have a regulator floating nearby; a mouthpiece that’s connected to the oxygen tank on my back by way of a thin tube. If I can just find it then I’ll be able to breathe. It’s quite simple really, you just put your hand behind your head and find where the tube connects to the top of the oxygen tank. Then you follow…


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I don’t recall ever having perfect vision or anything close to it. I’ve needed glasses since I was a child. Not that I wore them. Glasses don’t mix well with roundabouts and swings. And when I grew up, they most certainly weren’t suited to kissing boys. There are far too many things to worry about as a teenage girl without the possibility that you’ll poke your crush’s eye out mid-snog with your puke-green, square-framed, thick-rimmed glasses.

And when I reached adulthood and suddenly became aware of how I was supposed to look to the world as a woman. That attractiveness…


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Update 1 September 2021: Our August Call for Submissions is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted their work to us. We thoroughly enjoyed reading your opinionated pieces. Do check out our homepage and Editor’s Picks to see who made it through to publication.

With the Medium Writers Challenge closing imminently, we thought we’d give you something else to focus on as we all wait (im)patiently for the results to be revealed. So, we’ve come up with a flash call for submissions which we’ll run until the end of August, and we’d love you to take part.

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UPDATE! We have received a huge number of high-quality articles in response to our call for submissions, and would like to thank everyone who has sent us their work so far. Prompts 1, 3, and 4 have proved to be the most popular, and you can check out many of the accepted articles on our homepage now.

As originally stated, the call ends today (Monday 26th July) so if you’re still working on a piece for us or have only just seen our call now then do make sure you send your work to us by midnight tonight, Eastern Standard…


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If you’ve landed here then chances are you’re interested in writing for us or you’re already a contributor and are looking for some fresh ideas.

Whether you’re new to the platform or have been writing here for a while, we’d love to read what you have to say so read on to learn more about what we’re looking to publish over the next few months.

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June’s Call for Submissions has now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated. Mindset | Mental Health proved to be the most popular category this month, clearly demonstrating the importance of having the right mindset to ensure success and prioritizing mental health in the process. Three of our favourite articles in this category included:

To All the Angry and Resentful Content Creators Out There by Maria Garcia

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Honourable mentions in the other categories go to:


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UPDATE: Thank you so much to everyone who has taken part in this challenge so far, it has been a pleasure to see the innovative ways you have responded to our writing prompts. Due to the high amount of submissions we have received, we will be closing this call for submissions on Tuesday 25th May at 9am EST. If you missed the chance to take part in this challenge then we have our brand new call for submissions here which is active for the whole of June.

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