Windows and Reminders

stamp windowWe’d like to remind you that Issue 7 of The A3 Review is here. Click here to order a copy. We’d also like to remind you that the November deadline for our monthly contest is just a few days away. November the 25th is when we start reading submissions for our WINDOWS-themed contest.

Click here for inspiration and prompts, and for submission details. You could write about windows you’ve looked into and windows you’ve looked out of. Or write about a character standing at a hotel window, witnessing something they’ll never forget, or something that makes them laugh. Look into the metafictional potential of the window

You could write about broken windows and throwing pebbles at a lover’s window. Write about glasshouses. Write about a particular type of window, anything from a witch window to a bay window. Write about eyes, for they are the window to the soul. Write about a character who loves to window shop, or a day in the life of a window dresser.

You could write about the windows in your day, or a character’s day and call it “All the Day’s Windows” or “A Day of Windows.” You could write a piece and start with the words: “The tiny window in his cell…” or “From the hospital bed she could see…” or, to steal the opening lines of a famous song: “Looking out on the pouring rain…”

This month’s contest is inspired by the Write Around the House Writing Map. As always, we welcome 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.

One more reminder… our Brief Critique option is still only $15 (that’s about £11, depending on the state of the world on any specific day!). More and more writers are taking us up on the offer, and this is what some have said: “Very constructive. Good level of detail… Intelligent, direct, and useful suggestions for improvement.” For just $15 we’ll provide a line edit of your submission and feedback on ways to take your work to the next level. Choose the Brief Critique add-on, and you’ll be able to pay together with your entry fee. Critiques are provided after the month’s winning entries have been announced.

And one fnal reminder… Write! Write Write! Write wherever you are. Here’s some suggestions from The A3 Review‘s editor, Shaun Levin.

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Open Pen Releases Twentieth Issue

Hitting a handful of London bookshops way back in early 2011, Open Pen has just released its twentieth issue and can be found in bookshops around the country now. The free short fiction journal is stocked in over forty bookshops these days, as well as bars, pubs, cafes, universities and writers’ centres. It even has a stockist in Cuba.

Twenty issues of Open Pen has brought the magazine close to a hundred short stories from almost as many fiction writers. The red and black coloured issue sees Louisa Adjoa Parker, Dan Coxon, Jim Gibson, Jonnie McAloon, Katherine Orton, Simon Pinkerton, Elissa Soave, Dan Ayres, Gary W. Hartley, and Gerard McKeown join the fold. Their fiction is varied and yet bound together by their relevance, as has become a part of the identity of Open Pen. As always, regular contributor N Quentin Woolf is on hand to deliver the killer blow. that just leaves editor Sean Preston to deliver a nutshell report on the thrills and plentiful spills of the first twenty issues.

You can subscribe to Open Pen here, but why pay when you can get to a bookshop and get it for free? As has always been the mag’s hope, why not pick up a book whilst you’re there? Something different, something you wouldn’t usually go for. Something with bite. That’d make Open Pen happiest of all.

Three of the stories from Issue Twenty live online over on the mag’s website. Check out The Thursday Club by Elissa Soave, Handjob by Dan Ayres, and Of Course by Gary W. Hartley.

Here’s hoping there’s another twenty issues ahead.

Talking Tales #16 – 9th December – Bristol

We made it to the darker recesses of 2017 and by way of celebration  Talking Tales #16 is going to make a present of some laughs. It’s that special time of year again when the distant sound of sleigh bells is Rudolph and his mates going to the launch of the To Hull and Back Short Story Anthology 2017

  • Unwrap prize winning stories of humour, comedy, the surreal and absurd, but most of all…THE FUNNY!
  • Hear the stories placed first, second and third read by their very own authors – live, on the night, with words coming direct from their mouths to your ears.
  • Smile, stroke and give thanks to the Santa Claus of this event: Christopher Fielden
  • And still there is room for more: submissions open now!

Look under your bed (past the dust, the empty gin bottles and the John Lewis monster) and see if you have a story in your archives to share. Attach it to an e-mail (not a letter to Lapland) and note that submissions for Talking Tales#16 close on 1st December.                            

E-mail your story (to be read in less than 10 minutes) to: stokescroftwriters@gmail.com

Event details – are stupendously straight-forward:

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

…time:       doors at 6.30pm on Saturday 9th December 2016

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

Stokes Croft Writers would love to see you there.

Fictive Dream Special Call for Submissions

New from Fictive Dream is 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!

Laura Black
Editor

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

 

Ever heard of Singles Day? New series of Read Paper Republic short stories

11.11: November 11th, originally a day for singletons in China to either bemoan or celebrate their unattached status, but increasingly an excuse for unbridled consumerism under the auspices of the various online shopping behemoths. At Paper Republic we’re going to be stripping back the commercial self-indulgence and marking the occasion with a new run of four short stories about love, longing, and loneliness. We’re very happy to have Michelle Deeter as our managing editor for the series, which is entitled “Bare Branches” (a literal translation of the Chinese name for the occasion, 光棍节); starting this week, you can look forward to seeing a new story appearing on the site every Thursday for the next month!

Here’s the link to the first story in the series, “Forty-Nine Degrees” by Song Aman, translated by Michelle Deeter: https://paper-republic.org/pubs/read/49degrees/

 

November Round-Up

Lit Mags

Competitions

Words and Women are counting down to their competition deadline on Nov 15th and asking you to polish that prose. The Casket of Fictional Delights has announced its 2017 Flash Fiction competition winners, and Reflex Fiction has announced its summer 2017 winners – its Winter 2017 Flash Fiction competition is open until November 30th. and the Ruth Rendell short story competition is open until December 22.

Live Lit

White Rabbit is celebrating World Kindness Day on November 13th with a free storytelling event in London. Story Fridays gets the shivers – and wants your storiesfor its ‘haunting’ event in Bath, deadline Nov 13th. There’s even more Smut Slam across the UK in November. 

World Kindness Day Party- stories can change the world

November 13th is World Kindness Day, and we at White Rabbit are celebrating it with a FREE storytelling event at Arts Admin!

World Kindness Day Party

Fundraiser, book launch and the “Story of Kindness” extravaganza!

When: Monday 13th November 2017 7.30pm- late
How much: FREE- donate whatever you are able to
Where: Arts Admin,Toynbee Studios,28 Commercial St, London E1 6AB. Tube: Aldgate East
Details here (no need to book just turn up or let us know you are coming on our facebook page here):

The Little Book of Kindness

What’s occuring?:
Bernadette will be telling a story and reading from her new book “The Little Book of Kindness”, there will also be short stories on the theme of kindness from storytellers Heather Burton, Jules Craig and Vanessa Woolf, plus a poem from Dan Thompson and some surprises on the night. We will be joined by representatives from 999 club, a homeless charity in SE London for whom we will be fundraising on the night. They will be showing  a film of their work and letting us know how to get involved.  There’s free party food, nice music, a bar serving cocktails in teapots, and a chance to join in crafting/creative writing by sharing your own story of kindness on the night. We hope to counter the negative narrative about our fellow humans, share more positive stories, and have fun!
Bernadette’s books will be on sale on the night, all profits to go to the 999 club.

“Be Kind” sign from People United

NEWS FLASH! we’re mega proud to announce that we have been chosen as one of the recipients of People United’s Be Kind signs, which will be on proud display in our HQ in Deptford from the 13th November!

Come join us and help change the world!