Reflex Fiction is a quarterly international flash fiction competition for stories between 180 and 360 words. We publish one story every day as we count down to the winner of each competition.
We had a fantastic response to our Winter ’19 competition: 515 entries from 30 different countries. We’re busy reading and judging in preparation for announcing the longlist on 1 January. In the meantime, the next round of the competition is now open for entries.
We’re delighted to have flash fiction aficionado Kathy Fish acting as judge. Here are the important details:
Prizes: £1,000 / £500 / £250 (or the equivalent in your local currency)
Entry fee: Choose your own!
Deadline: 29 February 2020
Judging: March 2020
Longlist announced: 1 April 2020
Judge: Kathy Fish
Submissions: via our online entry form.
Flash Fiction Editor Vacancy
We’re currently recruiting an editor to manage flash fiction submissions for online publications. See our website for all the details.
Exactly three weeks left to submit your best flash fiction to Fictive Dream’s Flash Fiction February 2020.
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!
Story Friday in February has the theme LEAP! in celebration of 2020 as a leap year. Story Friday is on 28th February, the day before the leaping day, and we want to revel in the glory of this springing theme! Whether your stories feature proposals or boxing hares, Christmas lords or death defying jumps, we are so looking forward to reading what you come up with!
Story Friday LEAP! will be on 28th February, deadline for submissions is 17th February. We’re looking for stories that are 2,000 words or fewer. (Full submission details are here). Writers must be available to come to Bath for the event. If you’d rather not read, we have wonderful actors who can read your story for you.
For more information about Story Friday, to listen to stories that we have recorded at our events over the years, and/or to submit your story please visit A Word In Your Ear.
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.
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 email@example.com or for more information check: http://haringeyliteraturelive.com/spring-courses-2020/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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
Talking 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: email@example.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.