Short story competition for North London’s magazine SOURCE

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Source magazine would like to invite creative writers of any level to submit work/s for our Words X Images project where writers will have the chance to have their work published in Source issue 5 alongside the chosen inspirational photo.

Three overall winners will be chosen based on the best short story and photo collaboration.

Each published winner (3 photographers, 3 writers) will receive a £100 prize.

No entry fee.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST NOW to receive the shortlist of photos to inspire your story on 1st March 2017

Contact: p.sabatini@totality.co.uk

About us:

Source Magazine is a celebration of the lifestyle that can be enjoyed in and around north London’s Woodberry Down (Finsbury Park), a regeneration development of more than 5,500 homes located on the banks of the New River and 42 acres of open water at the Stoke Newington Reservoirs – including a nature reserve.

You can view the latest issue online here: Source Magazine Issue 4

Source is a free, bi-annual publication, available in print and online. 10,000 print copies are distributed at entertainment, leisure, F&B, arts and culture and corporate venues across Haringey, Hackney, Islington and The City. E.g. The Hoxton Hotel, Vice Media Group, The Hackney Empire etc.

Eligibility:

  • The writer must either reside in or belong to a writing club within the key London boroughs surrounding Woodberry Down (Haringey, Islington, Hackney)
  • The story must be related to and inspired by one of Totality’s chosen photographs.
  • Short stories must be between 500 and 1,000 words

Subject:

  • Given the criteria above are met, the subject matter is open to the writer, fiction or non-fiction, on the condition that the short story is set in and around the key borough/s

Submission date:

Click here for more information.

Get in touch now!

Spelk: Open for Submissions

Spelk is open for submissions.

Our current reading period is February 14 to March 12.

We will let you know by mid-March if your story has been accepted.

Submission guidelines: http://spelkfiction.com/submit-2/

Please keep the following in mind if you’d like to send us something:

  • We publish flash fiction — 500 words, give or take.
  • We’ll consider just about any genre: we’re not fussy if it’s “literary” or “non-literary.” If we like it, we’ll publish it.
  • We don’t publish poetry or non-fiction.
  • We post three stories a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • We want previously unpublished stories. If you’ve got something good, we want it to appear on Spelk first.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions, but let us know if you place your story somewhere else.
  • We don’t accept multiple submissions, so just one story at a time please.
  • We don’t pay. Sorry.
  • You retain all rights to your story, but we’d like to archive it on our site.
  • Spell-check your story before you send it. Proof it. Make sure it’s the best you can make it.
  • Send us a Word document and include a short bio at the end of your story. Let us know if you’re on Facebook or Twitter, or if you have your own website.
  • Email your story to Gary Duncan at spelkfiction@gmx.com (subject line: SUBMISSIONS — “STORY TITLE”).

Having a Lovely Time in The A3 Review

wish-you-were-hereYes, the theme for our February Contest is: Postcards. This month’s contest is your last chance to be part of The A3 Review‘s Issue 6, so don’t be left feeling “Wish I was there!”

Deadline is February 25th.

Write about postcards you’ve written and ones you’ve received, that particular postcard you’ve kept since the 80s. Tell the story of a postcard you wish you’d written, or one (from your gran?) that you wish you’d saved. Write about a character who communicates through postcards. What would their last postcard sound like? For inspiration, read Charles Simic’s “The Lost Art of Postcard Writing.”

Read here about the language of stamps, and how they were positioned on postcards to convey a secret message. Write about stamps. Read Craig Raine’s “A Martian Sends A Postcard Home”, then write your own version, updated for the 21st Century.

Think about postcards from the edge. Postcards from the future. Postcards as propaganda and protest. Postcards which say one thing but mean another. Study a picture postcard and use the image to inspire a story.

For more inspiration, visit our Submittable page and follow us on Twitter at @TheA3Review. You can also get special offers and news by signing up to our newsletter.

For full contest details click here. Each month we choose two winning pieces for publication (The A3 Review is published twice a year). All winning entries receive Writing Maps and contributor copies, while three overall winners in each issue receive cash prizes: 1st = £150, 2nd = £75, 3rd = £50 (approx $190, $95, $65).

The new themes for Issue 7 (The Silver Issue) are now up on our page, so click here to see all six themes.

Happy writing! We look forward ro reading your work.

February Round-Up

Live Lit

Story Sunday wants your stories on the theme of “Another Country” for their next event, on March 19th, in Bristol. Talking Tales #12 is in Bristol on Feb 18th, with a “Bad Erotica” theme, and Hand of Doom present Twisted Love: An Antidote to Valentine’s,two nights of alternative love stories, in Faversham on Feb 14th & 17th. Smut Slam continues its UK tour throughout February.
 

Lit Mags

Fictive Dream would like your stories, and Token Magazine is calling for submissions for its first issue, with a particular focus on BAME writers. Number Eleven’s Issue 9 is now live. Tales From The Forest has a call for submissions for Issue #5.
 

Competitions

The Shooter short story competition is now open, deadline April 26th. Win a place on the Swanwick Summer School in August. The inaugural Reflex Flash Fiction competition is now open, deadline 28th Feb, and the Short Fiction Prize 2017 is openfor entries, deadline March 31st. The 2017 Crediton Short Story Competition is now accepting entries, deadline 20 April.

Anthologies

Stories for Homes Vol 2, an anthology raising money for the charity Shelter, is open for submissions until TOMORROW Feb 14th. Cornish Short Stories wants your stories set in Cornwall for an anthology to be published in 2018.
 

Shooter Story Competition is open

The 2017 Shooter Short Story Competition seeks stories of any style, subject, genre and length (up to 5,000 words). The contest spotlights the best and brightest upcoming literary talent, with cash prizes and publication in the magazine and online.

We’re looking for imaginative, surprising, absorbing and beautifully written stories that bring characters to life and elicit an emotional response from the reader. In short, well written tales that appeal to both the head and the heart.

In return for the £7 entry fee, all entrants receive an e-copy of Shooter’s summer 2017 issue, which will feature the winning story.

  • The winner of the 2017 Shooter Short Story Competition will receive £250, publication in the summer issue and on the website, and promotion on Shooter’s social media.
  • The runner-up will receive £50, publication on Shooter’s website, and promotion on social media.
  • All entrants will receive an e-copy of Shooter’s summer issue.
  • Stories may be any theme or genre, and any length up to 5,000 words.
  • The competition is open to entries through April 16th, 2017.
  • All proceeds from entry fees go toward prizes, contributor payments and Shooter’s production costs, supporting our mission to promote the best new writing and encourage the principle of paying writers for their work.

To enter, please email your story (as a .doc, .docx, .rtf or .pdf file) to competition.shooterlitmag@gmail.com by the deadline of April 16th, 2017. Include your name, title of story and word count in the body of the email, with no identifying information on the story itself. Multiple entries are accepted. Payment can be made via Shooter’s website at https://shooterlitmag.com/competition.

Other information can be found at https://shooterlitmag.com. We look forward to reading your work – good luck!

Story Sunday in Bristol: call for submissions

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Writers Unchained of Bristol are delighted to announce the next Story Sunday event will be on March 19th.

Our theme this time is Another Country and we are open to any genre of prose fiction or memoir

  • wordcount 500 – 1500
  • stories can be published or unpublished as long as you have the right to read it out.
  • deadline midnight Sunday March 5th
  • only submit if you can read on Sunday March 19th between 7 and 9 pm at Southbank Club, Dean Lane, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1DB.

There’s more detailed information on how to submit on our website.

Don’t forget this is also an event for those who just enjoy listening!

Tickets for our audience  will be £5 on the door.

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Fictive Dream Call for Submissions

Fictive Dream is open to submissions throughout the year. If you write high-quality, original short stories, then we’d like to hear from you. Your story may be challenging, dramatic, playful, exhilarating or cryptic. Above all, it must be well-crafted and compelling.

To find out more about Fictive Dream check out our website. 

See our submission guidelines here

Happy writing!

Laura Black
Editor

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