Students, parents, or teachers looking for prose works to be used in forensics competitions (dramatic interpretation, oral interpretation, duo interpretation, humorous interpretation, prose, farrago), speech classes, or simply to read aloud in class may be interested in the following science fiction and fantasy selections, which are available FREE to read online.

All pieces are eligible by National Catholic Forensics League (NCFL), Wisconsin Forensic Coach’s Association (WFCA) & National Speech & Debate Association Rules. Prose pieces marked with an asterisk (*) are also available in print. If you need the proof of print publication, please e-mail me at wendynikel AT, and I can send you a scan. Time estimates based on a rate of ~250 words per minute.

< 3 minutes

  • Between the Lines
    Originally published at Daily Science Fiction, 2017
    ~1min, lyrical fantasy, 1st person female narrator
  • Charybdis
    Originally published at Grievous Angel, 2016
    ~2min, humorous fantasy, 1st person female narrator (sea monster)
  • Change for the Changelings
    Originally published at, 2018
    ~2min, moody fantasy, 1st person female narrator (fae)
  • The Retirement of Captain Archibald Moore“*
    Originally published in Welcome to the Future, 2015
    ~2min, sci-fi, 3rd person (voices: elderly captain, younger men and women)

~3 minutes

  • The Ashes With Which We Paint You
    Originally published at Zetetic Record, 2016
    ~3min, apocalyptic sci-fi, 1st person narrator (elephant)
  • Lava Cake for the Apocalypse“*
    Originally published in Nature: Futures, 2018
    ~3min, sci-fi, 1st person female (military researcher)
  • Let Me Sleep When I Die“*
    Originally published in Nature: Futures, 2017
    ~3min, sci-fi, 1st person male narrator (old man, former soldier)
  • One Year After
    Originally published at Grievous Angel, 2015
    ~3min, near-future sci-fi, 3rd person (voices: woman, her boyfriend, her ex-boyfriend)
  • Plain Jane Learns to Knit Wormholes
    Originally published at Flash Fiction Online, 2017
    ~3min, humorous sci-fi, 1st person female narrator

~4 minutes

  • The Memory Ward“*
    Originally published in Nature: Futures, 2016
    ~4min, sci-fi, 3rd person (voices: elderly women, younger woman and man)
  • Station 352A“*
    Originally published in Up, Do: Flash Fiction by Women Writers, 2014
    ~4min, sci-fi, 1st person female narrator (a fueling station attendant)
  • Time Travelers Anonymous“*
    Originally published at The Overcast, 2015
    ~4min, humorous time travel sci-fi, 3rd person (voices: male and female time travelers)
  • Razbliuto in Ink
    Originally published at Daily Science Fiction, 2017
    ~4min, lyrical, melancholy, near-future sci-fi, 1st person narrator of unspecified gender (an astronaut)

~5 minutes

  • The Crow in the Pine
    Originally published at Buckshot, 2017
    ~5min, lyrical fantasy, 1st person narrator (a crow)
  • Rain Like Diamonds
    Originally published at Daily Science Fiction, 2015
    ~5min, medieval fantasy, 3rd person (voices: queen, angry villagers, small boy)
  • The Shape-Shifter’s Mother
    Originally published at Daily Science Fiction, 2016
    ~5min, magic realism, 3rd person (voices: mother of a small boy)
  • A Song to Charm the Beasts
    Originally published at Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, 2017
    ~5min, lyrical “weird west” fantasy, 3rd person (voices: female fiddler, mysterious male)

5-10 minutes

  • The Astronaut of the Shalott
    Originally published at Zetetic Record, 2018
    ~7min, lyrical sci-fi, 1st person female
  • Dr. Optera’s Intelligent Bugs
    Originally published at Acidic Fiction, 2015
    ~7min, humorous sci-fi/horror, 3rd person (voices: male scientist, female scientist, insects)
  • The Girl in the Windmill
    Originally published at Enchanted Spark, 2014
    ~8min, fairy tale, 3rd person (voices: young Dutch woman, grandfather, two Italian princes)
  • The Haven City Incident
    Originally published at Acidic Fiction, 2014
    ~7min, post-apocalyptic sci-fi/horror, 3rd person (voices: female teenager, two male teenagers, small boy)
  • Sardines in a Tin Can
    Originally published at Daily Science Fiction, 2014
    ~6min, sci-fi, 1st person narrator of unspecified gender
  • The Six Hundred Universes of Jenny Zars
    Originally published at Diabolical Plots, 2018
    ~8min, contemporary sci-fi, 1st person female


  • Canary’s Refuge
    Originally published at Cast of Wonders, 2018
    ~16min, futuristic sci-fi, 1st person (female cyborg)
  • Neptune’s Reward
    Originally published at Enchanted Spark, 2013
    ~10min, steampunk story, 3rd person (voices: male steamboat captain, Greek god Neptune)
  • One Who Does Not Sleep
    Originally published at, 2018
    ~12min, fantasy story, 1st person (young female)

If you use one of my pieces in a classroom or forensics competition, I’d love to know!


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