One of the fun aspects of putting together The A3 Review is coming up with the themes and prompts for each month’s contest. This month’s theme is particularly rich. One of those themes that you really need an entire novel to tackle, and we’re inviting you to do it in no more than 150 words! Betrayal. In 12-and-a-half dozen words or less. Do not betray your risk-taking disposition as a writer and an artist! This month’s theme is for you.
We’re looking for stories, poems and artwork that are political, personal or both. Secret betrayals and double crossings. From the banal to the Biblical. Write the Samson story from Delilah’s POV, for example. Or: What would Judas say? Write a poem about feeling betrayed by someone’s Tinder profile. He, or she, is definitely not as cute in real life!
Find inspiration in the words associated with betrayal: back-stabbing, double-dealing, disloyalty, treachery and duplicity.
Or tell the story of the first time you betrayed someone. What happened and where is that person today? Put into words what it feels like to be betrayed. Or what it tastes like, smells like. Write a poem of rage or forgiveness. Possible opening phrases could be: “We knew we’d been betrayed when…” or “This is how I betrayed him…” or “Just before she did it she…” or “It wasn’t the first time that…”
Click here for more prompts, suggestions, and details about how to enter this month’s contest. Deadline is the 28th of October. There’s also info here about the next few contests. If you think “Betrayal” is a juicy one, then there’s “Losing It” and “Brief Encounters” coming up, too.
When you enter our contests, don’t forget our popular (and very affordable) Brief Critique option. For just $15 we provide a line edit of your submission, along with 250 words of feedback on ways to take your work to the next level. Tick the Brief Critique add-on, and you’ll be able to pay together with your entry fee. Critiques are provided once the month’s winning entries have been announced.
We hope you’ll enjoy this month’s theme.
New from Fictive Dream is Flash Fiction February in which we will feature a new piece of flash fiction throughout February 2018. That’s a new story every day starting on 1 February for the entire month.
As always we’re interested in stories with a contemporary feel but for Flash Fiction February we’re putting a squeeze on the word count so only stories between 250 – 750 words please. Deadline December 31 2017.
Check out the Fictive Dream website here.
See out Flash Fiction February submission guidelines here.
For standard submissions we remain open as usual.
We’re looking forward to receiving your best!
Summer 2017 Winners
At the end of September we published the three winning stories from our Summer 2017 flash fiction competition as chosen by Vanessa Gebbie. Here are the winners and links to the stories:
First Place: Fly Away Home by Helen Rye
Second Place: Stop, Stop, Stop, Go by Stephanie Hutton
Third Place: Medium Sliced Humanity by Taria Karillion
You can read Vanessa’s thoughts on the winning stories here.
Autumn 2017 Long-List
We’ve also just published the long-list for our Autumn 2017 competition and have started publishing stories as we count down to the announcement of the winners at the end of December.
Winter 2017 Open for Entries
We’re also accepting entries for our Winter 2017 competition. Here are the important details:
Prizes: £1,000 first, £500 second, £250 third (or the equivalent in your local currency)
Entry Fee: £7 / $9 / €9
Entries close: November 30, 2017
Judge: Shasta Grant
SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY
Arachne Press are on the hunt for NEW short stories, poems (and songs) on the theme of DUSK for this year’s Solstice Shorts Festival. (Previously published also welcome but won’t be included in the book- see below)
These will be performed by actors at one of 12 sites across the UK as Dusk falls on 21st December, the winter solstice and shortest day of the year.
Starting in Ellon (Aberdeenshire) at 17:07, moving through Inverness, Carlisle, Lancaster, Rossendale (Lancashire), Holyhead (Anglesey), Birmingham, Nottingham, Greenwich, Bristol, Barnstaple (Devon), and finishing in Redruth (Cornwall) at 18:20, each site will perform for approximately 45 minutes and we aim to have a live video feed so that at some point we will all be speaking at once and in the ether there will be a murmuration of voices, like starlings at dusk.
Selected work will subsequently be published in an anthology which will pay royalties. (We will try mightily to get the book out for the festival but there may not be sufficient time).
Deadline 5th November, but time is very tight so we’d appreciate it if people get their submissions in EARLY!
lots more info on Submittable https://arachnepress.submittable.com/submit
If you know any song writers, particularly if they are local to any of the sites, or poets (anywhere in UK) please pass it on!
The Shadow Booth is a new journal of weird and eerie fiction, edited by Dan Coxon (Winner: Best Anthology – Saboteur Awards 2016) and published as a 200-page mass market paperback. Drawing its inspiration from the likes of Thomas Ligotti and Robert Aickman, as well as H. P. Lovecraft and Arthur Machen, The Shadow Booth explores that dark, murky territory between mainstream horror and literary fiction. From folk horror to alien gods, the journal aims to give voice to the strange and the unsettling in all its forms.
The Shadow Booth is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter, with Volume 1 to be published later this year. Please show your support by ordering a copy! Other rewards include T-shirts, signed books, and critiques of your short stories – there’s even a professional copy-edit of a novel manuscript up for grabs.
Featuring stories by:
- Paul Tremblay
- Malcolm Devlin
- Richard Thomas
- Stephen Hargadon
- Annie Neugebauer
- Richard V. Hirst
- Sarah Read
- Timothy J. Jarvis
- Gary Budden
- David Hartley
- Dan Carpenter
- Joseph Sale
To find out more, read editor Dan Coxon’s essay on the weird in fiction: ‘Face the Strange: A Case for the Weird and the Eerie‘.
DNA Magazine is excited to announce that their second issue is now available to read online (completely free of charge).
The theme for this issue was identity, a topic that dominating headlines as we struggle to understand our place in the world we’re living in the face of political turmoil and polarising media headlines. At DNA, we rebel against the way huge groups of people are defined by the demographic groups they belong to. These neat boxes may appear to bring a sense of unification to the chaos of the human experience but really, they just oversimplify the glorious chaos of 8 billion unique lives. We take a brief peek into the lives of others, celebrating the things that make us similar and curiously exploring our differences.
This issue features the non-fiction work of 22 authors and poets (including Victoria Richards, Michael Carter, Helen Victoria Anderson and Michael Carter). Flick through pages of stamps with Christina Tang-Bernas as she brings a sense of order to her compulsive collection in A Eulogy in Stamps, share the anguish of sibling rivalry with Die Booth in The Cutter, risk entangling with bears in search of the serenity of a trout stream with Michael Carter in Blood Knot and finally, reflect on the role that high-profile medical cases play on our opinions about life, death and the indignity of disease in Phil Berry‘s moving essay Stigmata.
(Interested in submitting CNF prose/poetry/Twitterature to DNA? We’re now open for submissions for Issue 3: Locations. Submission information can be found here.)