V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize 2017 – open for entries

The Royal Society of Literature’s V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize for unpublished short stories is currently accepting entries. There is a prize of £1,000, and the winning entry will be published in Prospect Magazine online and in the RSL Review. In addition to this, there will be an opportunity for the winner to appear at an RSL event with established short story writers in autumn 2017. Entrants must be resident in the UK and likely to be available for the prize-giving event in autumn 2017. Stories entered for the competition must not have been published previously, or broadcast in any other medium. Stories should be 2,000 and 4,000 words in length. Submission fee is £5 per story.

This year’s judges include Chibundu Onuzo and Michèle Roberts.

More information and entry details can be found on the RSL’s submittable site: https://theroyalsocietyofliterature.submittable.com/submit.

The closing date for entries is 14 June 2017.

JUST OUT! Final Results – Ouen Press Short Story Competition 2016

The very best 2016 competition entries have been published in one anthology entitled Journey through Uncertainty & other short stories features physical and emotional journeys, endured and enjoyed, with humour and courage – each one a testimony to a place, or an event, or a sentiment.

A collection of thought provoking and inspirational travel tales.

Contributors were encouraged to relay through their writing how they might have been changed by a ‘journey’ or how their travels allowed them time to reflect and reinforce, or challenge, accepted viewpoints.

Congratulations to the prizewinners and many thanks to all who entered the competition – visit www.ouenpress.com to view the FINAL RESULTS.

Eire based business writer and housewife, Emma Smith won top place for her work Journey through Uncertainty. Other prizewinners include former UK government advisor and diplomat John Frew, for Danny on the Beach, and London based actor, writer & adventurer Sophia Jackson-Gill for The Land of the Free.

We were delighted again with the global reach of the competition as we promoted a worldwide submissions policy, reflecting our interest in talented writers regardless of geography.

And what’s more, the show of interest in the competition from both experienced writers and those new to the short story form has encouraged us here at Ouen Press to continue with the annual competition. Deadline dates and details of the upcoming theme will be made available on our website later in the year – or you may wish to check in with us on Twitter @OuenP or Facebook @ouenpress for more regular updates on future competitions and all our other activities.

Wishing you every success with your future writing projects, all the best from the Ouen Press team.

Writing better, and Dorset Fiction Award.

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Entering writing contests is possibly one of the best things you can do to improve yourself as a writer. You are given a challenge – it’s a motivation, a framework. You write for longer to meet a deadline, and edit better to meet a word limit. After that, once you submit your piece, you learn about the hope and anticipation of having your work judged. Then after a wait, when the winners are announced, you might be disappointed, or you might be ecstatic. Either way, you’ll always come out of it a better writer.

This is an ethos we believe at our competition, The Dorset Fiction Award. We’re running a short story contest, rolling twice a year. It’s open to anyone from anywhere, closing on the 10th of June. We’re looking for fewer than one thousands words of fiction in any genre/topic. The first prize is our unconditional love and admiration… as well as £500. You’ll also get published in our yearly anthology.

Also, on a lighter note, do you like otters? They’re the cute furry things that can swim. Because on this turn, we are supporting the International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF). A brilliant charity dedicated to the protection and conservation of otters. The winner of this competition will also get to choose the charity of the next turn.

For all the details, check out our website http://www.dorsetfictionaward.co.uk/

Also connect with us @DorsetFiction

And to all the writers out there – keep on at it, and we hope to read you soon!

2017 Bristol Short Story Prize

The entry deadline to the 2017 Bristol Short Story Prize  is just two weeks away. We’d like to take the opportunity to remind writers that we welcome stories of all kinds from all writers throughout the world.

We’ve published a huge range of stories in our first 9 anthologies – stories set throughout history from ancient Greece to the present day, and beyond to imagined futures. Stories set on all continents by writers from numerous countries. There have been stories narrated by octogenarians, by children not yet a decade old, and others with narrators and protagonists at all stages of life in between. Stories written in the first, second and third persons, with the broadest sweep of styles and genres from the familiar to the obscure: historical, romance, literary, science fiction, harsh realism, surreal flights of fancy, tense thrillers, comic capers, ‘experimental’ tales, sparsely written hammer blows of what some might call flash fiction and lots more. There have been high, mid and low brow stories; stories written as blog posts, album reviews, in verse, as diaries, as a series of emails, as well as a sumptuous crop of the more traditional; stories of 4,000 words and those with just a few hundred, one of which won first prize in 2010.

We invite you to show us what’s possible in a short story, what a short story can be, what a story can do and what ‘short story’ means to you. Drop our jaws, make us weep, make us rethink, tickle us, entertain us, confound us, provoke us, comfort us, stimulate us, storify us to another time or place but above all we want to encourage and inspire you to feel free to write what you want in whatever form you want.

Here are some details of this year’s competition:

The 2017 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all published and unpublished writers over 16 years of age. Stories can be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online via the website or by post. Entries must be previously unpublished with a maximum length of 4,000 words (There is no minimum). The entry fee is £8 per story.
The closing date for entries is midnight (BST) May 3rd 2017.

20 stories will be shortlisted and published in Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 10.
The winner and 2 runners up will be selected from the shortlist and announced at an awards ceremony
which will be held in Bristol Central Library on October 14th 2017.

1st prize is £1,000, 2nd prize is £700, 3rd prize is £400. 17 further prizes of £100 will be presented
to the remaining shortlisted writers. All shortlisted writers will receive 2 free copies of the anthology.
Prizes will be sent to any writer on the shortlist who is unable to attend the awards ceremony.

And our amazing judging panel will be chaired by writer, Tania Hershman. Tania will be joined on the panel by the writer, Roshi Fernando; Simon Key, owner of the award-winning Big Green Bookshop, and Juliet Pickering, literary agent at Blake Friedmann.

For full details and rules on the 2017 Bristol Short Story Prize please click here.

And best of luck to all of you who enter!

 

 

New Things: An Issue, A Contest, The A3 on Instagram

Screen Shot 2017-04-12 at 14.47.30Inspired by the How to Turn Food Into Words Writing Map, this month’s contest theme is Dinners. The A3 Review invites you to submit short stories, poems and artwork about the things that happen round a table. Or after dinner. Or in the build-up to a meal. School dinners and candlelit dinners. Dinners with friends and work dinners. Create stories out of dinners you remember and dinners you wish you could remember.

Visit our Submittable page here for more suggestions and inspiration. Follow us on Twitter, too. A bit late to the party, but we’ve recently made it to Instagram! Read pieces from back issues, and see more closely what we’re up to here at The A3 Review. Click here to visit us on Instagram.

The April deadline is the 22nd. 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 bit of news (drumroll, please)… Issue 6 is here! That means we’ve been around for three years already. Take a look at the new issue by clicking here. The contributions to Issue 6 take us from Sicily to Los Angeles via the Outer Hebrides. Oranges, fire, Lenin, kittiwakes and Dali’s Crucifixion are just some of the people and things glimpsed along the way.

Join us on our journey at: http://thea3review.com/

Keep writing!

2017 Flash Fiction Competition

The Casket of Fictional Delights

2017 Flash Fiction Competition 

Launched as part of the nationwide Get Creative weekend. We are looking for entries with a maximum of 300 words (excluding title). The competition is open to anyone over 18.

Judge: Kit de Waal
Closing date: 31st May 2017

Entry: £5 per flash fiction, £12.50 for 3 or £20 for 5

PRIZES

  • The winning flash fiction will receive £150.
  • The top three flash fictions will be published on The Casket of Fictional Delights.
  • The top 10 flash fictions will be professionally recorded and broadcast as a special audio podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, TuneIn and Stitcher, and promoted by The Casket of Fictional Delights.

Full set of rules and writing tips available on the website The Casket of Fictional Delights 

Enter

Good Luck Everyone

Check out our interview with Kit De Waal talking about what she is looking for in a flash fiction

Hand of Doom calling Kent writers!

We’re busy planning our next live storytelling event and we want more Kent writers to be part of it! We’re looking for a new short story or monologue that we can perform at our May event, taking place in both Faversham and Folkestone.

The theme of May is purposely vague, to encourage a wide range of entries. Think: May Day, Mayday (as in SOS), mayhem, maybe, Theresa May. Well, maybe not…

The winner will have their story or monologue read at both events and receive a cut of the profits (sadly never massive, but it’s still payment!). The winner will also get two free tickets for the venue of their choice (venues and dates to be confirmed shortly).

You can read the full details and rules here.

Good luck!