Reflex Fiction is a quarterly international flash fiction competition for stories between 180 and 360 words. We publish one story every day as we count down to the winner of each competition.
We had a fantastic response to our Summer competition: 413 entries from 25 different countries. We’re busy reading and judging in preparation for announcing the longlist on 1 July. In the meantime, the next round of the competition is now open for entries. In the interest of making the competition more inclusive, we’re trialling a choose your own entry fee system for this round. Visit our website for more details.
We’re delighted to have Naomi Booth, 2018 Guardian ‘Not the Booker’ Award shortlisted author acting as judge. Here are the important details:
Prizes: £1,000 / £500 / £250 (or the equivalent in your local currency)
Entry fee: Choose your own
Deadline: 31 August 2019
Judging: September 2019
Longlist announced: 1 October 2019
Judge: Naomi Booth
Submissions: via our online entry form.
Witches Sail in Eggshells by Chloe Turner
We’re excited to announce our first publication under the Reflex Press banner. Witches Sail in Eggshells by Chloe Turner is a collection of seventeen short stories and is available to order now through our website. You can also read a taster story from the collection, ‘Hagstone’, online here.
WE HAVE LIFT-OFF! Liars’ League‘s sci-fi-flavoured special to commemorate 50 years since the moon landings features five forward-looking stories exploring the ultimate theme. Teleport into The Phoenix, Cavendish Square on Tuesday 11th June to experience deep space, time-travel tourism, cryogenics gone wrong, vanishing clones, astronautical ambitions and a terrifying game of Murder in the Dark …
INFINITY & BEYOND WINNING STORIES
London 2025 by Wan Shinfah NEW AUTHOR, read by Cliff Chapman
Proxima Centauri by Oliver Parkes NEW AUTHOR, read by Greg Page
How to be an Astronaut by Alice Franklin, read by Gloria Sanders
The Martlet by Abigail Lee, read by Lois Tucker
Frozen Futures by Rhys Timson, read by Tony Bell
Usual NASA rules apply: doors open at 7pm for a 7.30 start and tickets are £5 on the door (currently cash only, sorry, but there’s a cashpoint 2 minutes away). Entry includes a programme, participation in our infamous book quiz where fantastic science fiction can be won, and of course all the Flying Saucers you can eat. Drinks and food are available at the bar throughout. There’s no pre-booking, but tables for four or more can be reserved by calling 07808 939535.
The venue is the downstairs bar at: The Phoenix Pub, 37 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0PP
Accessibility note: Access to the basement is via stairs: there’s no lift, sadly. The Phoenix is 5 minutes’ walk from Oxford Circus tube station, which is on the Victoria, Bakerloo and Central lines
Issue 13 of The Nottingham Review is now available to read online here!
Featuring original short fiction by Jason Jackson, Chelsea Stickle, Richard Berry, Spencer Litman, Sudha Balagopal, Jim Toal, Gerard McKeown, Emily Zido, Alicia Sometimes and Emma Venables.
Call for submissions
We are also now open for submissions of fiction between 100 and 3000 words (no theme) until the end of June. Submission guidelines can be found here.
Fictive Dream is open to submissions and, as always, we’re interested in short stories with a contemporary feel (500 – 2,500 words). We especially like stories that give an insight into the human condition; stories that focus on those moments that change people’s lives. They may be on any subject. They may be challenging, dramatic, playful, exhilarating or cryptic. Above all, they must be well-crafted and compelling.
Check out the Fictive Dream website here.
See our submission guidelines here.
We’re looking forward to receiving your best work!
We’re delighted to welcome two new Lit Mags to our list: BlueHouse Journal, which likes “the edged of things”, and Another North, “a new online platform for writing from, or set in the North of England.” Do check them out – and see BlueHouse’s call for submissions below!
Flashback Fiction’s summer historical microfiction competition for pieces up to 100 words long on the theme of the Moon is now open for entries, deadline June 16. The Show Me Yours Prize for writing on sex and desire is open for entries until July 10th. The deadline for the Hastings Lit Fest short story competition – with short story & flash fiction categories – is 30 June.
Live Lit & Festivals
White Rabbit’s Bernadette Russell is taking part in The Hunters Grimm storyhunting show in London in June. Dive into Weekend of Words this weekend at Victoria Baths in Manchester, June 7-9, and catch Arachne Press at festivals in South London.
Lit Mags & Chapbooks
BlueHouse journal is calling for submissions for its first issue. All Those Things Left Unsaid is calling for submissions on the topic of “Things Left Unsaid”. Fictive Dream is open for submissions.
Courses & Workshops
Claire Keegan is teaching a weekend of fiction writing and reading on the subject of “The Child in Society”, in Co. Wexford at the end of June. Novel Nights is holding a short fiction masterclass with Vanessa Gebbie on Sept 8th in Bristol.
Articles & Blogs
The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award tells ShortStops about its new initiative, I Heart Short Stories.
2019 Writing Competitions Michael Mullan Cancer Fund
Entry is now open!
Great competitions for a great cause!
This is an open competition for short stories, flash fiction and poems on any subject matter.
The competition is open to people of 16 years and over.
All entry fees will go to the Michael Mullan Cancer Fund.
Closing Date is 12.00 midnight (GMT) on Thursday 18th July 2019.
Short Story Entries
– Entries should not exceed 2,000 words.
– Entry Fee €15
Flash Fiction Entries
– Entries should not exceed 500 words.
– Entry Fee €10,
– Entries should not exceed 40 lines.
– Entry Fee €10
*A longlist of the top 20 submissions in each competition will be published on the Michael Mullan Cancer Fund website in August 2019.
*The top 6 shortlisted in each competition will be listed in September.
*Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded at a special event on Wednesday 9 October 2019 (7.00 pm for 7.30 pm) at Newbridge Library, Co. Kildare as part of the 2019 Kildare Readers Festival.
*The winning entries in each competition will be published on the Michael Mullan Cancer Fund website and also on the Kildare Readers Festival
To enter and for more information go to
Fiction // Nonfiction // Poetry // Image
I’ll Show You Mine: A Sex Writing Symposium was organised by two students – James Smart and Melissa Wan – on the MA in Creative Writing at UEA. It began as a desire for conversation about the role of sex writing in literature.
With the Show Me Yours Prize, we want to open that conversation to artists and writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry to celebrate work that engages with the world of sex and desire in surprising and exciting ways.
OPEN NOW – CLOSING JULY 10
£300 GRAND PRIZE
£50 PRIZE TO HIGHLY COMMENDED
ENTRIES IN EACH CATEGORY
Find out more at showyouminesymposium.com/prize