The Gilded Lily & Gold Lamé Shorts

The prompt for this month’s A3 Review contest is: Gold Things. We suggest writing about all that gliters and is gold. Submit flash fiction, brief essays and poems about lost wedding rings, edible gold leaf and hidden gold bullion. Tell the story of a heist in 150 words, or write a poem about a heist gone wrong. Tell the story of a day in the life of a detectorist. Write the story behind the gold medal you won, or almost won, or wish you’d won.

You could explore different idioms with “gold” in them: a heart of gold, good as gold, silence is golden. Write about rainbows and what’s at the end of them. You could write a non-fiction piece about the brutal reality of gold mines. Tell the story of a person looking back at the golden age of their life, or make it your story.

Be inspired by Rachel Hadas’ poem “Green and Gold” and Sandra M. Gilbert’s “Gold Tooth” – then write about your own golden fruit and gold tooth.

Some suggestions for opening words… start with “Gold is the colour of…” or “When I think of gold…”

This month’s contest is inspired by The Description Writing Map.

As always, The A3 Review welcomes short stories, flash fiction, poetry, comics, graphic stories, a snippet of memoir, photographs, illustrations, and any combination of the above. The only restriction is a word-limit of 150 and images should fit well into an A6 panel.

Come say hi on Twitter @TheA3Review

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Fictive Dream Call for Submissions

Just over three weeks left to submit to Fictive Dream’s 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. This is our last blog for the year so from all at Fictive Dream Happy Holidays! 

Laura Black
Editor

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Website http://www.fictivedream.com
Twitter @FictiveDream

 

Reflex Fiction Spring 2018 Flash Fiction Competition Is Open

Reflex Fiction - Flash Fiction Contest - Spring 2018
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 Winter ’17 competition: 250 entries from nineteen different countries. We’re busy reading and judging in preparation for announcing the long-list on January 1. In the meantime, the next round of the competition is now open for entries. We’re delighted to have Michelle Elvy, Assistant Editor, International, for the Best Small Fictions series, acting as judge. Here are the important details:

Prizes: £1,000 / £500 / £250 (or the equivalent in your local currency)
Entry fee: £7 / $9 / €9
Deadline: February 28, 2018
Judging: March 2018
Long-list announced: April 1, 2018
Judge: Michelle Elvy

Submissions

Submissions should be made via our online entry form.

Rules

Stories must be fiction, must be the entrant’s own work, and must be between 180 and 360 words inclusive. See the Reflex Fiction website for full Rules.

December round-up

Lit Mags

We’re delighted to welcome two new lit mags to our list: Use Your Words, “open to submissions of all kinds; poetry, short stories, personal essays and anything in between”, and the Arts Foundry, “a website and journal based in the Black Country, championing regional art and writing”.

Fictive Dream has a special call for submissions for Flash Fiction February. Open Pen releases its 20th issue, and the A3 Review’s 7th issue is here. Bunbury has a new issue, Fallout, and Palm-sized Press’ ‘Retrospective’ zine is now available for pre-order. Spelk is open to flash fiction submissions.

Anthologies

Hometown Tales are looking for writers from Wales and the south-west for their new series of anthologies.

Live Lit

Talking Tales is holding their next event on Dec 9th in Bristol.

Competitions

The Ruth Rendell short story competition closes on December 22. The Casket of Fictional Delights has announced its 2017 Flash Fiction competition winners, and Reflex Fiction has announced its summer 2017 winners

Writers from Wales and the South East – we want you!

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We’re looking for new writers from Wales and the South East of the UK to be published alongside Tyler Keevil and Gemma Cairney in our series of books Hometown Tales.  

Hometown Tales aims to celebrate regional diversity by publishing voices from across the UK. Each of the eight books in our new series will feature work from two writers – one established and one previously unpublished, found through open submissions – both writing about the places they think of as home.

Writers who have not published a full-length work are invited to submit a piece of original fiction, memoir or history, of approximately 15,000 words based on the idea of ‘hometown’ before our deadline of 14 January 2018.

For more information on how to submit, please visit our Hometown Tales page and follow @wnbooks on Twitter.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Cover for Hometown Tales Glasgow

Here’s the cover for our book on Glasgow, featuring tales by acclaimed author of The Gracekeepers, Kirsty Logan, and new voice Paul McQuade.

 

 

Writers’ HQ Online Writing Short Fiction Course (plus membership discount!)

 

Short stories aren’t just easier versions of the novel. They’re a broad, complex and rewarding art form in their own right. Writers’ HQ’s new online short story course will help you see the bigger picture and compress it into short stories with real punch.

Short stories have been here since the dawn of time. Based in the oral tradition (stop sniggering at the back), they’re the apocryphal family legends our grandmas/weird uncle used to tell us over Christmas dinner; they’re the school-yard urban myths; the sleepover ghost stories; the soliloquies in our diaries; the wine-soaked rants to that random person you cornered in the kitchen at that party after so-and-so dumped you. Short stories are all around us.

But super short stories are not super easy for writers, natch. In fact, the shorter your story becomes, the harder it is to distil what really matters onto the page. I would have written a shorter letter, so the famous quote goes, but I didn’t have the time.

So what makes truly great short fiction? The kind that leaves you dribbling, slack-jawed, and slap-faced when you finish it. The kind you remember forever, like some weird dream-memory. Well. We can’t write it for you, but we can give you a nudge, a shove, and a poke with a sharp stick (whatever floats your boat) to help you on your way. With the help of writing prompts, advice from award-winning short fiction writers, inspiring exercises, and the awesome little Writers’ HQ online community, you’ll come out the other side with at least one fully formed short story to call your very own – and maybe even send out into the world of literary magazines and competitions…

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW or sign up for the full WHQ MEMBERSHIP for access to all seven of our online courses and exclusive discounts and freebies!

Sign up for monthly membership before 31st December and get 25% off your sign up fee with promo code WHQERSRULE25

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25th November. Flashy times in Bristol and Bath

Bath-Flash-Fiction-AwardSome people write a  novel in November. Others write a flash a day. Join in the November flashy fun at Bath Flash Fiction Award’s ‘Flashathon’, an intensive day of writing and editing flash fiction at Trinity College, Bristol this coming Saturday 25th November, from 10:00 am- 4:00 pm. Be inspired by a variety of prompts from Meg Pokrass, flash fiction writer editor and tutor and current judge for the Bath Flash Fiction novella-in-flash award and Jude Higgins  flash fiction writer and founder of the Bath Flash Fiction Award. You’re guaranteed to produce at least six new pieces plus get advice, tips and encouragement on all aspects of flash. £45

NoirflashLater the same day come to ‘Flash Noir’ at, St James’ Wine Vaults Bath, an evening of darker-themed flash fiction . From 7.30-9.30pm. Six writers reading short- short stories. Expect suspense, mini-thrillers and black comedy from published  flash writers, Meg Pokrass, KM Elkes, Jason Jackson Damhnait Monaghan, John Wheway and Christopher Stanley. Cost £5. Free nibbles. Late Bar. Students can come free. Hope to see you there.

Book soon here for both events