Steven Holding lives with his family in Northamptonshire in the United Kingdom. His stories have been published both online and in print, appearing in a wide range of books, magazines and websites.
He has been short listed in several writing competitions including FLASH 500, EXETER FLASH FICTION, WRITESTARS, TSS PUBLISHING and others. His short story UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD was the winning entry in the WRITING MAGAZINE 2016 OPEN SHORT STORY COMPETITION. In 2017 his monologue BENEATH A BRIDGE, BY THE RIVER was selected to be performed at Northampton’s Royal Theatre.
His story THREE CHORDS AND THE TRUTH received first place in the INKTEARS 2018 FLASH FICTION COMPETITION, while in 2019 his piece WALK WITH ME THROUGH THE LONG GRASS AND I SHALL HOLD YOUR HAND was runner up in the annual WRITING MAGAZINE 500 WORD SHORT STORY COMPETITION.
Most recently, his story SEA, SWALLOW ME was awarded third place in the December 2019 HENSHAW SHORT STORY COMPETITION, while another one of his pieces ROUTE THIRTY-THREE won the prize for best short story by a Northamptonshire based writer in the 2019 H.E BATES SHORT STORY COMPETITION.
He is currently working upon several projects, including further short fiction and a novel.
EPIPHANY BEFORE MOURNING
Some wounds never heal. They itch; become almost unbearable, leaving a presence that is always felt. Despite understanding the consequence, Andrea continues to scratch, picking at the scabs of yesterday until monochrome recollections begin to bleed bright blood red.