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About Us

Shimmering stories to catch and keep hold of

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Iridescent Words was founded by Malina Douglas to publish engaging and evocative prose in the form of short stories, novels and anthologies. We seek vivid, well-crafted writing that captivates as it shines.  

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2022 Publications

January - Dead Sea Press accepted Infested Waters for their anthology Shadows Beneath the Surface 

February- A Palm-Sized Galaxy was published  by Hammond House the anthology Stardust and launched at their literary festival

March - A Recipe for Disaster Highly Commended by The Anansi Archive and published in Gambles and Balances


When Claire Did Not March With a Jazz Band Dressed as Wonder Woman to Her Death reached the longlist of the Reflex spring 2022 flash fiction competition and was published on their website 

Discarded Treasure was published by Ellipsis Magazine 
Disruption published in Teach. Write

In May, a spine-tingling tale set at sea called Hartwell's Legacy was published in Nautical Horror by Red Cape Publishing 

June: When Our Sons Squirm As We Straighten Their Collars published by National Flash Fiction Day in their anthology  And We Lived Happily Ever After. The theme was freedom. 

August - Misshapen was accepted by Robert Lupton of West Mesa Press for inclusion in the Are You A Robot Anthology

October - Eternally Yours, The Phantasmagoria -Night Terror Novels 
November - The Tear in the Sky, Bridge House Anthology: Evergreen 

Four Phials of Rusalka Tears, Diet Milk, December Advent - they published a story every day in December
Suppressed Shadows, Silver Scars, Out of the Darkness Anthology, Wolfsinger Publications, edited by Carol Hightshoe 

Christmas Gremlins' Delight - Happy Howlidays


When Claire... - Reflex Press

The Neverending Picnic - Bath Short Story Award

Freedom's Fires - The HWA Dorothy Dunnett Short Story Competition @HistoriaHWA

Honourable Mention - Deathswindler, Warbringer, Writers of the Future 

January 2023

A Dizzy City Cartwheels Backwards - Longlisted by Reflex Press and published on their website, January 5th!

The Fix - Published by the Rumen, a publication to ponder  

Upcoming Publications



 Malina Douglas spins stories that fuse the fantastic and the real, blending history and fantasy to conjure distant eras and worlds. She was awarded Editor's Choice in the Hammond House International Literary Prize and was a finalist in the Four Palaces Fiction Anthology Contest. In 2022, she was longlisted for the Reflex Press Prize, the Bath Short Story Prize and the Dorothy Dunnett Society Short Story Award.

She was nominated as the Gold Writer of the ArtAscent Bliss issue and made the Official Selection for the London Independent Story Prize, Fourth Quarter 2020. 

Two of her stories were highly commended in the Michael Terence Summer Short Story Competition and published in their anthologies, When it is Time and All Those Things You Thought Never Mattered.  

Anthology publications include the National Flash Fiction Day Anthology, Because That's Where Your Heart Is from Sans Press, Evergreen from Bridge House Publishing, Out of the Darkness from Wolfsinger Publications, N is for Nautical Horror and P is for Poltergeist from Red Cape Publishing, Sheer: A Dark Academia Anthology, The Monsters We Forgot Vol. II, and A Krampus Carol.    

She was a finalist in the Blackwater Press Story Contest for a story on the theme of the Blackwater bird and published in their anthology in 2021. She is the author of Red Panda Warrior, Jade Mountain and tweets @iridescentwords.

The Flame and the Anchor - Underdog Press
The Hunted, the Haunted - Four Palaces Publishing
P is for Poltergeist - Red Cape Publishing 
Q is for Quantum - Red Cape Publishing 
The Word-Storm, Mythulu 

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