December Round-Up

Competitions

CLOSING TODAY: the Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition for stories of up to 1000 words. Ouen Press short story competition for stories on the theme of ‘the gift’  closes 31st December.

Lit Mags & Chapbooks

The A3 Review has announced its new contest themes. Fictive Dream is calling for submissions for Flash Fiction February 2020.

Workshops & Courses

Haringey Live Lit are running a Novella Fever course beginning end Jan in London. Claire Keegan is holding a manuscript workshop in Dublin on Dec 7th, and will be running a residential writing weekend in Tullow, Ireland, Jan 3-5th.

Live Lit & Festivals

Talking Tales will hold its next event on Dec 10th in Bristol, which will be an anthology launch for To Hull and Back. White Rabbit is calling for submissions for an evening of short stories in Ashford, Kent, on the theme of ‘Wonder’ in March 2020.

Novella Fever with Kiare Ladner: Spring 2020

Do you have a short story with potential for growth? Or one that’s out of control and getting longer and longer? Maybe it’s a novella in disguise. Join Picador author and short story writer Kiare Ladner for a really intensive work out on all things novella! Novella Fever is for anyone serious about getting stuck into a mid-length piece of fiction. Wednesday evenings 6.45pm-9.15pm; Jan 29, Feb 5, 12, (half term), 26, March 4, 11; cost £99; venue Writing Room, Floor 3, Wood Green Works, Cumberland Road, Wood Green, London N22 7SG

In six weeks, we will aim to start (or finish) drafting a novella. What you work on may be only slightly longer than a short story or slightly shorter than a novel. You may have an idea to explore, or a short story that’s growing, or something resembling a novel in progress. On the course, we will look at what gives this particular form its power. We will think about the value of the instinctive in our writing. We will discuss the general shape a story of this length this may take. In intensive weekly sessions we will workshop both writing and story ideas. All levels welcome.

If interested, contact Kate Pemberton at kate@collage-arts.org or for more information check: http://haringeyliteraturelive.com/spring-courses-2020/

Manuscript-based Workshop with Claire Keegan

December 7, 2019, 9.30am to 5pm

Dublin city centre

A unique opportunity to have your work read and critiqued by Claire Keegan, as well as to learn more about the writing process.

Tuition is 300 Euro with the submission of a 3,000 words manuscript, or 150 Euro without a manuscript.

There is only one place remaining!

To book, email ckfictionclinic@yahoo.com

Read reviews on Claire’s workshops and courses.

 

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Talking Tales #26 – 10th December – Bristol

Talking Tales is open for submissions for the next event on Tuesday 10th December 2019.

Here is our manifesto:

  •  the ‘To Hull and Back Anthology 2019‘ will be launched on the night
  •  many of the authors featured in the anthology will be reading
  •  you could read too – this time stories of 500 words might get our vote
  • The Right Honourable Christopher Fielden will be the Leader of the House
  •  we pledge you will laugh and be entertained in equal measure

TaToHullAndBack2019frontcoverlking Tales is a lovely night of stories, with a warm audience in a great venue. If this sounds like your kind of party then put pen to paper and vote with your feet.

Submissions close late on Friday 29th November 2019 – send your stories by e-mail to: stokescroftwriters@gmail.com

Event details – are stupendously straight-forward:

…venue:     Left Bank, 128 Cheltenham Road, Stokes Croft, Bristol BS6 5RW

…time:       we start at 6:30 pm on Tuesday 10th December 2019

…join-in:    the ‘finish the lines’ competition – win a Talking Tales badge.

Stokes Croft Writers would love to see you there.

P.S. It’s #26 – no recounts.

 

The A3 Review’s New Contest Themes

issue_11_cover_grandeThe A3 Review has recently launched Issue 11. We’ve also just posted new themes for our monthly contests. Publication and cash prizes for winners. To enter and for more details, please visit our Submittable page by clicking here. The next few themes will be included in our “T” issue, so we’re looking for short stories (as well as poems and artwork) about : Tablets, Transformations, and Thanatos.

The two winning entries from September 2019 to February 2020 will make up the list of contributors to Issue 12 (The “T” Issue). From this list, three overall winners will receive cash prizes: 1st = £250, 2nd = £150, 3rd = £75. Issue 12 will appear in April 2020.

The word limit is 150 words, so we’d particularly like to see flash fiction and mini essays. Our $5 (approx £3.50) submission fee helps us cover admin and printing costs and makes sure we can keep offering cash prizes.

Visit The A3 Review’s website to see some back issues. The A3 Press also publishes chapbooks and is open for submissions until December the 10th.

November Round-Up

News

We welcome a new lit mag to our Lit Mags list – Fat Cat magazine! “the new (and maybe kinda uncool) kid on the block, and we’re passionate about giving a home to the words of writers, especially those at the beginning of their careers.”

Live Lit & Festivals

White Rabbit is calling for submissions for an evening of short stories in Ashford, Kent, on the theme of ‘Wonder’ in March 2020. Untitled Writers is holding its third salon on Nov 7th in London.

Competitions

Reflex Fiction has announced its Summer 2019 flash fiction contest winners, the Autumn longlist, and submissions for the Winter contest are still open. Ouen Press short story competition for stories on the theme of ‘the gift’ is now open, deadline 31st December. and the Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition for stories of up to 1000 words closes on Dec 2nd.

Lit Mags

Fictive Dream is calling for submissions for Flash Fiction February 2020, and submissions are still open for Shooter lit mag‘s “supernatural” issue.

Workshops & Courses

Claire Keegan is running a residential writing weekend in Tullow, Ireland, Jan 3-5th.

Fictive Dream’s Flash Fiction February 2020

The submissions window for Fictive Dream’s Flash Fiction February 2020 is now open.

During Flash Fiction February, now in its third year, we will feature a new piece of flash fiction throughout the month. That’s a new story, every day, starting on 1 February right through to February 29. Our submissions window will remain open until December 31, 2019.

As always, we’re interested in material with a contemporary feel on any subject. Your stories may be challenging, dramatic, playful, exhilarating, even cryptic. Above all, they must be well-crafted and compelling.

We’ve put a squeeze on our usual word count though, so only stories of between 200–750 words please.

Read our Flash Fiction February 2020 submission guidelines here.

Check out the Fictive Dream website here.

For those of you who prefer to write longer stories we remain open to standard submissions (500–2,500 words). 

We’re looking forward to receiving your best work!

Laura Black
Editor

Website www.fictivedream.com
Twitter @fictivedream
Instagram fictive.dream