Subscribe and enter our Short fiction competition for free – judge Nicholas Royle

The deadline is fast approaching for our biennial Poetry & Short fiction competition

Brittle Star-competition 2018

We hope you’re thinking of entering because we love to read your entries – and it’s also a massive help to the magazine because all money raised goes back into production (after we’ve paid the prizes and the main judges’ fees, of course).

As always, if you’re a subscriber you get your 2nd entry for FREE (you can even take out a new subscription today and get your 2nd entry free), but for the first time ever if you become a Brittle Star Patron you get your first entry for FREE. Visit our Patreon page to find out how you can become a Patron for as little as £1 a month, giving you access to the lovely rewards and treats that we give our Patrons as a special thanks for supporting us.

The normal cost of entry is only £5 for the 1st entry then £3.50 for any following entries – which is really good value anyway, but not as good as free!

The deadline for the competition is 14th March. The first prize in each category is £250, plus publication in the magazine, a subscription for you to keep for yourself or give to a friend, and an invitation to read at our launch and Prize-Giving at the Barbican Centre Library in London.

Pascale PetitNicholas RoyleJacqueline GabbitasThe judges this year are the brilliant Pascale Petit and Nicholas Royle (and our own Jacqueline Gabbitas). Pascale is an award winning poet, 4-times shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. Her most recent collection, Mama Amazonica (Bloodaxe, 2017), was a Poetry Book Society Choice. Nicholas is a novelist and short story writer. His most recent collection is Ornithology (Confingo, 2017). He is well known as the series editor of Best British Short Stories (Salt).

To find out more about the competition, including the rules and T&Cs, and to enter click on the big bright orange link HERE!

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Brittle Star Writing Competition 2016

Brittle Star Writing Competition

Our second writing competition was sent out into the big wide world at the launch of issue 37 and, chatty people that we are, we want to tell you all about it.

Two years ago we launched the first competition, with short stories judged by David Constantine and our editor Jacqueline Gabbitas. The response to last year’s competition was wonderful with almost 700 entries and a prize-giving event at the Barbican library attended by the prize-winners and the judges David Constantine and Mimi Khalvati. David said in his introduction: “writers of short stories employ their fictions to try to tell the truth about how we live now.

This year we’re thrilled to have Booker-Prize shortlisted author and story-writer Alison Moore as the main judge. The title story of Alison’s collection, The Pre-War House & Other Stories, won a New Writer novella prize. It was her first novel, The Lighthouse, that was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012, the National Book Awards 2012 (New Writer of the Year), before going on to win the McKitterick Prize in 2013. Her second novel, He Wants, was published in 2014 by Salt.

The Prizes?

Brittle Star publishes short stories and poetry and comes out twice a year, so our competition always reflects this consort of writing forms. With this in mind we’ll be awarding two sets of prizes – one for each writing category – making six prizes in total. The first prize for each category is £250, second is £50 and the third is £25. All winners will be published in Brittle Star and invited to a launch event at the Barbican library in summer. Winners will also receive a copy of the anthology Said and done: New Writing from Brittle Star published by Stonewood Press.

Subscribers get one entry free!

The closing date is 1st March 2015 and entries are already coming in thick and fast. The entry fee is quite modest at £4.50 for the first entry then £3.50 for subsequent ones, and subscribers to Brittle Star get their second entry for FREE. If you’re not yet a subscriber you can subscribe online at www.brittlestar.org.uk or through the entry form when you enter.

Enter online or by post

Have a look at the Rules before entering. Our simple online entry and up-load sytem can be found here.

Entry forms can be downloaded here BrittleStar2016.pdf and sent by post to: 97 Benefield Rd, Oundle, PE8 4EU.

Good Luck!

Last year we had some fantastic entries and the judges really had a tough time deciding on the winners. So, now it’s up to you to put your pens or pencils to paper or your fingers to keyboards and let your creativity flow. Good Luck!

Closing date: 1st March 2016

A Big Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who entered Brittle Star‘s first open writing competition.

We had a little shy of 700 entries – a good mix of poetry and short fiction – which we thought was a fantastic response! Thank you to everyone who helped us to spread the word – it was massively appreciated.thank-you-flower

The launch of our next issue and the prize giving for the competition will take place at The Barbican Library, Silk St, London, 16 July at 7pm (doors open 6.30). Pencil this date in your diaries – in fact write it in in thick, black biro! There will be readings from contributors to the magazine, as well as the winners of our competition.

Reading the notice above, I’m reminded of our new nudge because it’s full of adjectives – ‘open’, ‘good’, ‘fantastic’, ‘massive’, ‘thick, black’ – if it was a poem or story I was writing then I wouldn’t know where to put my face! It’s a good job it’s a notice! Our new writing nudge is ‘Move away from the adjective…’ go and have a look to find out why!

Brittle Star Competition – Now enter online!

The entries to our very first short fiction and poetry competition are coming in thick and fast.

kids passing Brittle StarWe’ve had a number of inquiries from writers wanting to submit online (because their banks no longer issue chequebooks) and we’ve now found a way to do this. With this in mind, we’ve decided to extend the deadline to midnight 21st March. And we’ve put up a funky calendar to help count it down – never mind measuring our lives with coffee spoons, we’re measuring it with thick black numbers on a white background!

To enter online go to www.brittlestar.org.uk/competition/online-entry/ and follow the instructions (don’t forget to read the competition rules). You can pay by Paypal or by card.

You’re still more than welcome to enter by post; all you need to do is download the competition entry form, fill it in, add your work and send it off to us.

And remember, subscribers get their second entry free – so subscribe today! A huge Thank You from Brittle Star and lots of Good Luck to everyone who enters.

Brittle Star Open Writing competition

Brittle Star competitionAs part of our re-design and to celebrate new writing at all levels, we’ve launched a competition for poetry and short fiction. We’re very excited to have David Constantine as our main short story judge.

DAVID CONSTANTINE is well known to poetry and short story readers alike, and it’s his skills as a short story writer that Brittle Star will be drawing on for our competition. David’s story collections include Back at the Spike (Ryburn) Under the Dam (Comma, 2005) and The Shieling (Comma, 2009), and last year he won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award with Tea at the Midland and Other Stories published by the wonderful Comma, 2013 (who also run National Short Story Day).

The Prizes?

As we’re a short story and poetry magazine, we’ll be awarding two sets of prizes – one for each writing category – making six prizes in total. The first prize for each category is £250, second is £100 and the third is £50. All winners will be published in Brittle Star and invited to a launch event at the Barbican library in summer. Winners will also receive a copy of the anthology Said and done: New Writing from Brittle Star (Stonewood Press).

Subscribers get one entry free!

The closing date is March 12th 2014 and editor Martin Parker says the entries are already pouring in. Entry forms can be downloaded from the competition page on our website and sent to the postal address on the form (we’re looking into online entries so have a look at the website to check for up-dates). The entry fee is quite modest at £4 for the first entry then £3 for subsequent ones, and subscribers to Brittle Star get their second entry for free. If you’re not a subscriber you can subscribe online or through the entry form when you enter.

Good Luck!

So, now you know all about the competition it’s up to you to put your pens or pencils to paper or your fingers to keyboards and let your creativity flow. Good Luck!

Click here for the link to the competiton page and entry form.