Vote Now and Help The A3 Review Decide

This month’s contest theme over at The A3 Review is inspired by The Raw Soul Food Map and Writing the Love Writing Map. Dates and Dating, respectively!

We’re looking for flash fiction, poems and artwork about sweet fleshy things. Dates! And yes, about dating, too. Sweet fleshy moments of love, potential love, and times when the sugar’s just not there! Write about a couple on a date in a noisy bar. Turn a Tinder, Findhrr or Grindr profile into a poem. Compose a praise song to the perfect dating partner, or an elegy to the date that went wrong!

Deadline is the 24th of June. The only restriction is a word-limit of 150 and images should fit well into an A6 panel. Visit our Submittable page for more details and to enter. Follow us on Twitter, too. There’s publication, Writing Maps and cash prizes for the winners.

Choose contest themes for The A3 ReviewNow, we need your help… Have your say in the new themes for our next issue, The Gold Issue. If you click here, you’ll be taken to the poll. As a thank-you, we’ll pick three winners from all respondents to receive a full set of The A3 Review (Issues 1 to 6).

Happy writing, and we look forward to reading your work.

PS. There are still three places left on the Write Around Town online course with The A3 Review‘s editor, Shaun Levin. Six weeks of inspiration, writing, feedback, and community. Check out all the details here.

 

Fictive Dream call for submissions

Fictive Dream is open to submission all year round. If you write high-quality, original short stories, then we’d like to hear from you.

We especially like material that gives an insight into the human condition. Your writing may be challenging, dramatic, playful, or cryptic. Above all, it must be well-crafted and compelling.

Check out our website here.

See our submission guidelines here.  

We look forward to receiving your best short stories and flash fiction (500-2,500 words).

Happy writing!

Laura Black
Editor

Twitter @fictivedream
Website www.fictivedream.com

Smut Slam June

In June Cameryn Moore brings even more Smut Slam nights to the UK

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where sex and storytelling collide

You know what a poetry slam is, and maybe you know about story slams, too. Now it’s time for London’s first-ever SMUT SLAM, a fast-paced storytelling open mic based on real life, real lust, real sex. The Smut Slam features real-life, first-person sex stories, guest stories from our panel of celebrity judges, and also THE FUCKBUCKET, a convenient and funnily named receptacle for all your anonymous questions and confessions!

Tuesday 13th June: SMUT SLAM Bristol: Spring Fever! at The Brunswick Club (16 Brunswick Square, Bristol, BS2 8NX )

Wednesday 14th June: Stand Up Tragedy Presents SMUT SLAM London: BACK at the Dogstar (389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LQ )

Sunday 18th June:  SMUT SLAM Brighton: “It’s All Relative” Caroline of Brunswick ( 39 Ditchling Road, Brighton, BN1 4SB )

Monday 19th June: SMUT SLAM Glasgow: Sex Olympics at The Rum Shack (657 – 659 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G41 2AB)

Tuesday 20th: SMUT SLAM Edinburgh: “Let’s Play!” at Woodland Creatures (260-262 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 5EL)

SMUT SLAMMERS sign up on the night to tell a 5-minute dirty story, based on their real lives, and a lucky eight to ten names will be drawn at random.

NOT A SMUT SLAMMER? Don’t worry. The audience is in for a good time at SMUT SLAM! Sit back and enjoy. All we ask is: – No interrupting. – No heckling. – No necking in the front row. Doors open at 8pm, and the smut starts slamming at 8:30. Admission is only £10 at the door, 18 and over please!

SMUT SLAM is CREATED by Cameryn Moore, an award-winning playwright/performer, sex activist and educator, and, oh yeah: a phone sex operator. She is super excited to introduce London and Smut Slam to each other! When not performing, taking calls, or actually having sex herself, Cameryn writes Sidewalk Smut: custom type-written pornography as street performance and literary art.

The Smut Slam originated in Boston in 2011, became thoroughly established in Montreal that same year, and has since traveled all over the world, with standing-room-only shows in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a whopping 100+ crowd in Atlanta last November, and a sold-out show in Boston in 2016.


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Play With Words

Words are meant to be fun!

Join us at this creative writing workshop for adults; a space in which to explore storytelling, learn new techniques, stimulate ideas, channel your creativity – and put some words on paper. Open to all levels and experience, the session will include exercises, prompts, activities and discussion to help get your imagination and pens flowing. After the session you’ll have plenty of sparks to form the beginnings of some short stories – and longer ones!

Date & Time Wednesday 31st May 7-9pm

Location Happy & Glorious, 47 High St, Cranbrook TN17 3EE

Cost £25 per person or two tickets for £35 – price includes a glass of wine/tea and coffee and nibbles.

Tickets are available here.

Francesca Baker is a word lover, book geek, literary enthusiast… Armed with pencils, coffee, headphones and a spring in her step, she likes to explore and scribble her way through life. Find out more at her website and follow her in a legal way on Twitter here

Competition Longlist and Other Stories

Hello from all at Short Fiction

We are thrilled to announce this year’s competition longlist, which you can see here. Huge congratulations to all who made the cut, and thank you to everyone who entered – some 450 stories.
The shortlist will be announced on Friday 16th June, the winner shortly after.

A bit of an announcement… A little heavy-hearted, but we’ve concluded that Issue 10 will be our final print edition. It’s been an amazing journey, one we owe most thanks to founding editor Anthony Caleshu. In ten years we’ve published around 120 short stories from across the world, discovering along the way some fabulous new voices, writers who have gone on to great literary successes. It’s been a delight to edit their work, to commission illustrations to accompany it. A glance at our back issues are, we hope, testament to the quality of fiction we’ve put out there.

   

In short the literary journal is a niche publication, one that must constantly battle for existence, and although we will continue to publish fiction online, to grow our archive of stories, we are no longer in a position to put out a physical book. We thank you all for your support over the years – some of you might even possess all ten issues – and by way of gratitude, we’ve reduced the last box of Issue 10s to just £5 each. So if you want to grab a piece of history, best be quick.

Our ever popular short story masterclass continues online, a 5-week course you can sign up for here. More and more of our students are seeing work written here published, including in one case an entire collection. Next course kicks off on June 18th and dates for future ones will appear soon.

There remains some wonderfully innovative journals out there, their presence vital in the unveiling of exciting new voices, authors who may never emerge without them, so we urge you to support them when you can.

For now, in terms of things you can touch and feel, farewell…

Tom Vowler
Editor

Call for subs

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Breadless Crust is looking for innovative writing

hybrids

conceptual pieces

really anything that might fall under the wind-inverted umbrella of ‘experimental’

but most importantly, just great writing

please send up to 2000 words w/ short bio to breadlesscrustsubs@gmail.com

submissions depending, we will publish a piece every couple of weeks from summer 2017

simultaneous subs accepted

response within 1 month

authors retain all rights

Tales From The Forest – A Bunch of Issues

Calls For Submissions

Tales From The Forest is a quarterly online magazine. A new issue is available every 3 months, and usually a new theme is announced with the same frequency.

HOWEVER, issues #6, #7 and #8 will be handled differently. They will be available 3 months apart, but the themes will be announced now.
This is to allow artists and writers a unique opportunity – to serialize their work into a triptych form across 3 individual issues. We accept and encourage individual submissions to each issue. That said, if you feel like making art that tells a continuous story or writing a story that massively exceeds our usual wordcount, now is the time.

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Issue #6: “How It Begins” – To allow a triptych format, the sixth issue will be focused on beginnings. The first words spoken, the first meeting, the first time something appears or disappears. The Start Of Something. Deadline September 3rd 2017.
Issue #7: “Continuity” – The midpoint. Send us art and stories that started elsewhere (in issue 6, or not), send us re-occurrences, send us the realisation of things changing or staying exactly the same. The Middle Of Something. Deadline December 3rd 2017.
Issue #8: “Ever After” – The ending. We want to see how things fall apart or come back together. Happy or sad, alive or otherwise, “fare thee well” or “come with me.” Deadline March 4th 2018.

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Stories: Max 1,500 words for individual pieces, 4,500 for a piece that spans all 3 issues.
Art & Poetry : No limitations.

Submissions to talesfromtheforest.mag@gmail.com. This is an unpaid opportunity, with no entry fee. 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.

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