Short story competition for North London’s magazine SOURCE

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Source magazine would like to invite creative writers of any level to submit work/s for our Words X Images project where writers will have the chance to have their work published in Source issue 5 alongside the chosen inspirational photo.

Three overall winners will be chosen based on the best short story and photo collaboration.

Each published winner (3 photographers, 3 writers) will receive a £100 prize.

No entry fee.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST NOW to receive the shortlist of photos to inspire your story on 1st March 2017

Contact: p.sabatini@totality.co.uk

About us:

Source Magazine is a celebration of the lifestyle that can be enjoyed in and around north London’s Woodberry Down (Finsbury Park), a regeneration development of more than 5,500 homes located on the banks of the New River and 42 acres of open water at the Stoke Newington Reservoirs – including a nature reserve.

You can view the latest issue online here: Source Magazine Issue 4

Source is a free, bi-annual publication, available in print and online. 10,000 print copies are distributed at entertainment, leisure, F&B, arts and culture and corporate venues across Haringey, Hackney, Islington and The City. E.g. The Hoxton Hotel, Vice Media Group, The Hackney Empire etc.

Eligibility:

  • The writer must either reside in or belong to a writing club within the key London boroughs surrounding Woodberry Down (Haringey, Islington, Hackney)
  • The story must be related to and inspired by one of Totality’s chosen photographs.
  • Short stories must be between 500 and 1,000 words

Subject:

  • Given the criteria above are met, the subject matter is open to the writer, fiction or non-fiction, on the condition that the short story is set in and around the key borough/s

Submission date:

Click here for more information.

Get in touch now!

Having a Lovely Time in The A3 Review

wish-you-were-hereYes, the theme for our February Contest is: Postcards. This month’s contest is your last chance to be part of The A3 Review‘s Issue 6, so don’t be left feeling “Wish I was there!”

Deadline is February 25th.

Write about postcards you’ve written and ones you’ve received, that particular postcard you’ve kept since the 80s. Tell the story of a postcard you wish you’d written, or one (from your gran?) that you wish you’d saved. Write about a character who communicates through postcards. What would their last postcard sound like? For inspiration, read Charles Simic’s “The Lost Art of Postcard Writing.”

Read here about the language of stamps, and how they were positioned on postcards to convey a secret message. Write about stamps. Read Craig Raine’s “A Martian Sends A Postcard Home”, then write your own version, updated for the 21st Century.

Think about postcards from the edge. Postcards from the future. Postcards as propaganda and protest. Postcards which say one thing but mean another. Study a picture postcard and use the image to inspire a story.

For more inspiration, visit our Submittable page and follow us on Twitter at @TheA3Review. You can also get special offers and news by signing up to our newsletter.

For full contest details click here. Each month we choose two winning pieces for publication (The A3 Review is published twice a year). All winning entries receive Writing Maps and contributor copies, while three overall winners in each issue receive cash prizes: 1st = £150, 2nd = £75, 3rd = £50 (approx $190, $95, $65).

The new themes for Issue 7 (The Silver Issue) are now up on our page, so click here to see all six themes.

Happy writing! We look forward ro reading your work.

Shooter Story Competition is open

The 2017 Shooter Short Story Competition seeks stories of any style, subject, genre and length (up to 5,000 words). The contest spotlights the best and brightest upcoming literary talent, with cash prizes and publication in the magazine and online.

We’re looking for imaginative, surprising, absorbing and beautifully written stories that bring characters to life and elicit an emotional response from the reader. In short, well written tales that appeal to both the head and the heart.

In return for the £7 entry fee, all entrants receive an e-copy of Shooter’s summer 2017 issue, which will feature the winning story.

  • The winner of the 2017 Shooter Short Story Competition will receive £250, publication in the summer issue and on the website, and promotion on Shooter’s social media.
  • The runner-up will receive £50, publication on Shooter’s website, and promotion on social media.
  • All entrants will receive an e-copy of Shooter’s summer issue.
  • Stories may be any theme or genre, and any length up to 5,000 words.
  • The competition is open to entries through April 16th, 2017.
  • All proceeds from entry fees go toward prizes, contributor payments and Shooter’s production costs, supporting our mission to promote the best new writing and encourage the principle of paying writers for their work.

To enter, please email your story (as a .doc, .docx, .rtf or .pdf file) to competition.shooterlitmag@gmail.com by the deadline of April 16th, 2017. Include your name, title of story and word count in the body of the email, with no identifying information on the story itself. Multiple entries are accepted. Payment can be made via Shooter’s website at https://shooterlitmag.com/competition.

Other information can be found at https://shooterlitmag.com. We look forward to reading your work – good luck!

Win Your Way To Swanwick

Swanwick Summer School runs from 12-18 August 2017 and is a week-long programme for writers of all ages, abilities and genres. Featuring courses, workshops, guest speakers, panels and one-to-one sessions, it offers you the opportunity to learn new skills, explore your creativity, perform your poetry, sing, act, dance, laugh, or even write.

To win one of three free places you can enter:

  • A short story up to 1000 words
  • Children’s fiction up to 1000 words
  • A poem up to 40 lines

The theme for all entries this year is ‘Escape’.

Prizes
A fully inclusive week at the 2017 Summer School for the winner in each category; Writing Magazine manuscript appraisal for second; and a copy of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2017 for third.

Entry fee
£5 for each work entered

Closing date
30 April 2017

For full details and how to enter go to swanwickwritersschool.org.uk/win-a-place

The Leaders and Followers Contest

the-a3-review-6Happy New Year from The A3 Review. We’re here to help you make it a creative one!

Because we have a feeling it’s going to be that kind of year, we’re looking for writing and artwork on the theme of Leaders and Followers. We want pieces sparked by the idea of leaders, followers and/or the dynamic between the two. Use the theme as a catalyst for some creative ideas.

Think about blind loyalty and betrayal. Explore the complex emotions and interactions: obedience, humility, charisma, authority, cruelty. Or be inspired by the natural world: ducklings following their mother, bees attending their queen, herds of animals or flocks of birds following their dominant leader. Write about the point when a new leader usurps the old one. Or think about work environments, sports teams, religion, the battlefield, cults or clans.

Write about fictional situations or your own experiences of any of the above.

Start with “She was the leader of…” or “We had no choice but to follow him…” or “I finally became the leader when…” Write about a follower who wants to be a leader by making a list of all the things they’d do to get what they want? Write about the burden of leadership, a tired dictator, a cult leader who’s lost their faith, or that person who’ll go to any length to get more Twitter followers!

Deadline is 28 January. For more details visit our Submittable page.

Each month we choose two winning pieces for publication (The A3 Review is published twice a year, and the next issue comes out in April 2017). All winning entries receive Writing Maps and contributor copies, while three overall winners for each issue receive cash prizes.

Good luck and keep writing!

Crediton Short Story Competition 2017

Entries now being accepted for the third Crediton Short Story Competition:

  • The topic is Echoes.
  • Entries to be in by Sunday 30 April 2017
  • Winners announced at CredFest LitDay on 24 June 2017
  • Max word 3,000 (1,000 for young adults)
  • Entrance fee £5 adults / £3 young adults
  • First prize £75, publication in Riptide and night at Lamb Inn, Sandford, Devon (£30 young adults plus Riptide volume)

Full details on the CredFest website

Reflex Fiction Flash Fiction Competition

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The inaugural Reflex Fiction flash fiction competition is now open for entries.

Reflex Fiction is more than a flash fiction competition. Of course, entries are read and judged, a longlist created, winners selected, and prizes awarded. But that’s not where the story ends. Reflex Fiction is also a place to read and share fantastic flash fiction every day.

After we’ve announced the competition longlist, we’ll publish one story each day as we count down to the publication of the third, second, and first placed stories. If you’d rather we didn’t publish your non-winning story so you can enter it into another competition, you can opt out of the open-submissions element of Reflex Fiction when you submit your story. Though, of course, we hope you’ll join in the fun.

Visit the Reflex Fiction website to learn more.

Prizes

First place £100, second place £50, third place £25.

Fee

The inaugural contest is free to enter.

Submissions

Submissions should be made via our online entry form.

Deadline

Entries must be received before midnight UK time on the 28th of February 2017. The longlist will be announced on the 1st of April, after which we’ll begin counting down to the publication of the winner on the 30th of June.

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 the full Rules.