The Short Story with Claire Keegan

Short story course held on 13 and 14 April at The River Mill’s Retreat, Co. Down. 10am to 5pm, both days.

This weekend course will explore the short story using works from the anthology You’ve Got to Read This (ed. by Ron Hansen and Jim Shepard). Participants will be asked to consider:

  • How fiction works — and why it sometimes doesn’t

  • Where and when stories begin and how and if this differs from the novel

  • The differences between a short story and the novel / a chapter

  • Beginnings, Middles, Endings: Narrative Structure

To book, contact ckfictionclinic@yahoo.com. Tuition is £300. Lunch and tea are provided for all. There are only two places left. Visit CKFictionClinic for full details.

Claire Keegan has written Antarctica, Walk the Blue Fields and Foster (Faber & Faber). These stories, translated into 17 languages, have won numerous awards, and have been published in The New Yorker, Best American Stories, The Paris Review. Keegan has earned an international reputation as a teacher of fiction, having taught workshops on four continents.

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Quarterly Short Story Competition from Cranked Anvil

We are delighted to announce our quarterly short story competition.

The competition is open to any theme or genre, but your story must be a maximum of 1,500 words (not including the title). Closing dates are:

30th April
31st July
31st October
31st January

You can enter up to three stories in each quarterly competition.
Entry fees:
£5 for the first | plus £3 for the second | plus £2 for the third

Prizes
1st – £150
2nd – £75
3rd – £30

The three placed stories from each quarter will be published on this website. Future anthologies will also be considered, published by Cranked Anvil Press, in which shortlisted stories from each competition will be published.

Full details of the competition, how to enter, and competition rules, can be found on our website.

Good luck!

Palm-Sized Press call for submissions

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Those of you who have been with Palm-Sized Press since the end of 2017 know that we put together a small zine of flash fiction and art. This new magazine will also incorporate articles on writing and craft, and we’ll be looking into opportunities to include submissions and events listings, interviews, and more.

PALM-SIZED PRESS: A NEW CHAPTER

We are so excited to launch our new bi-annual magazine! Issues will be available in print and digital forms. With this new venture, we will also be re-releasing the Retrospective zine – so keep an eye on our website and social media for updates.

Contributors who have work chosen for the issue will receive a small payment. In order to make this possible, there will be a small submission fee of $2, but with it you can submit as many pieces as you’d like for the summer issue. Submission fees will be processed through our new Patreon page (through contributions on any tier), but you can also use the Paypal link in our submissions forms.

We’ll be accepting:

  • Flash fiction, up to 500 words
  • Articles on writing and craft
  • Art

Deadline: 19 May

To submit your work, use the forms located on our Submissions page.

Talking Tales #22 – 9th April – Bristol

2019 needs a Talking Tales don’t you think? There’s a lot going on this year, so between now and 9th April I fully expect there to be at least five seasons, 64 crucial Parliamentary votes and another pancake day.

Why not another pancake day? You will need sustenance and fortitude in preparation for a night of Talking Tales stories and performances. You will have some sweet syrupy words and some sharp biting ones, I’m sure – it’s always that way.

Filling and moreish, you have my word. You’ll have your words, in fact – if you submit. Submissions close on Friday 29th March.  We love your submissions!               

E-mail your story (c1,500 words or less i.e. 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:       we start at 7pm on Saturday 9th April 19 – doors open at 6.30

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

Stokes Croft Writers would love to see you there.

Leicester Writes Short Story Prize 2019

We’re delighted to announce the Leicester Writes Short Story Prize 2019 is now open for entries.

We’re looking for new and original fiction under 3000 words.

Stories can be any length (up to 3000 words) style, or subject. There is no set theme.

£7 per story. Max three entries per person.

Writers submitting from within Leicestershire can submit for a discounted fee of £3. Free entry for current students at De Montfort University, Loughborough University and University of Leicester.

PRIZES

1st Prize   – £100 and a bundle of books

2nd Prize – £50 and a bundle of books

3rd Prize – A bundle of books

A longlist of a maximum of 20 stories will be published in an anthology. A shortlist will be selected by our esteemed judging panel, including writers Rebecca Burns, Jonathan Taylor and Susmita Bhattacharya.

Deadline:  15th April 2019

For more details on how to enter and our prize terms please visit our website.

The Summer ’19 Reflex flash fiction competition is open

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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 Spring ’19 competition: 394 entries from 19 different countries. We’re busy reading and judging in preparation for announcing the longlist on 1 April. In the meantime, the next round of the competition is now open for entries. We’re delighted to have Claire Fuller, the 2015 Desmond Elliott Prize winner, acting as judge. Here are the important details:

Prizes: £1,000 / £500 / £250 (or the equivalent in your local currency)
Entry fee: £7
Deadline: 31 May 2019
Judging: June 2019
Longlist announced: 1 July 2019
Judge: Claire Fuller

Submissions

Submissions should be made via our online entry form.

Rules

Stories must be fiction, must be the entrant’s own work, and must be between 180 and 360 words inclusive. See the Reflex Fiction website for full Rules.

March Round-Up

Competitions

The Creative Future Writers Award for under-represented writers is open, on the theme of “Home”, deadline 2 June. National Flash Fiction Day is calling for flash fiction on the theme of “Doors” for its annual anthology, and for entries to its microfiction competition, deadline 15 March for both. The deadline for Writers HQ’s new quarterly flash competition, for stories up to 500 words, is 31 March.

 

Lit Mags

Shooter lit mag is open for submissions for its “Identity” issue, deadline April 21st. Fictive Dream is calling for submissions.

 

 

Chapbooks & Small Presses

The A3 Press is open to submissions for its chapbook series, especially of weird, hybrid and experimental work.

 

Live Lit

Story Friday is calling for submissions on the theme “Invitation”, deadline 11 March, for their event in Bath on 22 March.