LISP-Flash Fiction Competition

The London Independent Story Prize is NOW open for submissions!

£200 Winner Prize

Up to 300words

DEADLINE 16th of July 2018.


Last Chance To Enter The Brighton Prize

The Brighton Prize for short fiction closes to entries at midnight on July 1st. Until then we are accepting short stories and flash fiction from international authors. There’s £2,000 in prize money up for grabs including a £1,000 first prize for short story and a special local prize for a Sussex writer.

All our winners are published in our anthology and sometimes in other journals. Last year’s flash winner Haleh Agar was published in local magazine Viva Brighton and we’re always looking for ways to get our winners noticed, we also had two launches one in Brighton and one at Golden Hare Books in Edinburgh!

Our judges this year include Booker nominated and Edge Hill Prize short-listee, Alison MacLeod, ace literary agent, Sarah Manning and Brighton Prize Director, Erinna Mettler.

Send us your best – please read the T & Cs first!

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June Round-Up

New on ShortStops

This month we welcome another new magazine to our list – Pixel Heart,  “created to allow for writers and poets to showcase writing that they’ve created with heart, online.”


The Michael Mullan Cancer Fund competition is open until 20 July, for short stories, flash fiction and poetry. The Sean O’Faolain short story competition is open until July 31st. Ouen Press announced its competition results.

The VS Pritchett Short Story Prizecloses on June 29th. The Grist competition is open for submissions of stories of protest, deadline July 15th.


Lit Mags

Pixel Heart is calling for submissions for its first issue, on the theme of “Love”. Tales from the Forest has a call for submissions on the theme of “Limits”, and Here Comes Everyone is calling for submissions for its Ritual issue.

Crossways #2 is now online, and Bunbury magazine launches a new podcast. Fictive Dream has a special call for submissions for its September Slam.  The A3 Review is looking for stories for its Circles issue.


Live Lit & Short Story Festivals

Story Friday is calling for submissions on the theme of “tomorrow” for its September event in Bath. Leicester Writes Short Story Festival is on June 30th in Leicester. Booking is now open for the 2018 Flash Fiction Festival, being held in Bristol in July.



Inside Fictional Minds: Psychology for Writers’ workshop is being held in Chester June 30-July 1st.

Story Friday: Call for Submissions

Story Fridays‘ theme for September is ‘Tomorrow’. Tomorrow could mean Saturday – or it could mean the year 2060. For Story Friday Tomorrow we’d like to explore what happens next. We’d love utopias, dystopias, dreams and expectations in this step into the unknown. This is one where you can unleash your imaginations, go wild, surprise us with your visions for the future, near and far. Go on – you’ve got all summer to weave us your dreams!

We are looking for short stories that work out loud, or monologues, fact or fiction (but mainly fiction). Maximum 2,000 words. If you want to enter a flash piece that can work too. No poetry, thank you.

The event will be held on Friday September 21st at Burdall’s Yard in Bath. Please check that you are available to come along on the 21st September before you submit.  We like the writers to be in the audience for these events.

We have some wonderful professional actors who are very happy to read your story if performance gives you the jitters.  Let us know in your email when you submit if you’d like someone else to read your piece.

For more information go to our website.

Tales From The Forest: Call for Submissions

Tales From The Forest is a quarterly online magazine full of fiction, art and poetry.  Our next issue will be #9, and its theme is LIMITS. 

We want your art and poetry and stories that nod to limits and restrictions and obstacles and nuisances. In keeping with the theme, we are adjusting our submission requirements for this issue.

Fiction: no more than 750 words. Submit one piece only. 
Art: any medium. Submit one piece only. 
Poetry: any length. You guessed it: Submit one piece only.

Deadline: Sunday September 16th.

Please send your submission to with a short bio.

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We are open to work that has been printed elsewhere.

We maintain the right to publish and archive your work.

All other rights remain with the author or artist.

Call for Submissions: Pixel Heart Literary Magazine – Issue One


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Pixel Heart Literary Magazine is currently open for submissions for its first ever issue. The theme is ‘Love’, and the magazine accepts flash fiction (under 750 words), poetry (of any length), and short stories (1,000 – 2,500 words).

There is no submission fee, and we’d love to read anything you’d like to send to us, whether you’re a new or experienced writer – as long as your submission sticks to the theme in some way. (But in what way is up to you!)

For our more specific submission guidelines and info on how to submit, please click here. Submissions for Issue One are currently open until midnight BST on June 30th, 2018. ❤

Crossways #2 Online Now!

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Crossways #2  is now online! Enjoy poetry and short fiction from both emerging and established authors. Crossways publishes a broad selection of work from around the world but we have a particular interest in writing with an Irish connection.

Come visit the site and you are bound to find something you’ll like.

Yes, take a stroll down to the crossways and see who you might meet! It’s fabulous and it’s free! We look forward to seeing you there.