The A3 Review Launches 6 New Writing Contests

issue 3We’re almost ready to put together Issue #3 of The A3 Review. There’s still time to qualify, if you enter this month’s writing contest on the theme of HANDS.

Then it’s on to Issue #4! We’ve launched the six writing contests whose winners will make up the contributors of Issue #4. You can see the six new themes if you click here.

If you’re new to The A3 Review, you can read more about the fold-out lit mag here. Basically, it’s a lit mag that behaves like a map. All contributions are under 151 words. There’s a small entry fee, and the ultimate three winners receive cash prizes; all winners are published in the magazine and receive Writing Maps.

The themes for the upcoming Writing Contests are:

  • September: TALKING ANIMALS, Deadline 26 September
  • October: THE STORY OF A GARDEN, Deadline 24 October
  • November: TABLE MANNERS, Deadline 28 November
  • December: YELLOW THINGS, Deadline 26 December
  • January: PUNISHMENT, Deadline 23 January 2016
  • February: THE HEART, Deadline 27 February 2016

Read the full details here. And sign up to The A3 Review‘s newsletter here.

The two winning entries from each month will appear in Issue #4 of The A3 Review and will constitute the shortlist. The three overall winners from the shortlist will receive prizes as follows: 1st = £150; 2nd = £75; 3rd = £50. All winning entries will receive contributor copies, Writing Maps and other goodies.

Confingo

The third issue of Confingo is now on sale – stories by John Saul, Charles Wilkinson, Stuart Snelson; poems by Marianne Daniels, Laryssa Wirstiuk, Pat Tompkins; photography by Elle Brotherhood, Zoë McLean, Rik Warren, Johan Schutte, Anke Loots; artwork by James Moss, Guy Mason.

 

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SHORT FICTION COMPETITION CLOSING FOR ENTRIES SOON

There is just one week left to get your entries in for the Short FICTION 2015 Short Story Prize.

FIRST PRIZE: £500 + PUBLICATION    SECOND PRIZE: £100

Open for entries until March 31st  2015

Enter up to 2 stories and get a free copy of our next issue.

JUDGES: Alison MacLeod    Anthony Caleshu

Full details of how to enter can be found by following the link HERE. GOOD LUCK!

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Writing Maps Launches 6 New Contests and a New Issue

The A3 Review, Issue 2It’s all happening! Spring has got us sprung. We’re launching 6 new Writing Maps Writing Contests all at once AND we’re launching Issue #2 of The A3 Review.

You can read more about The A3 Review here. It’s a lit mag that behaves like a map. All contributions are under 151 words and up until now have been written in less than a week. But things are changing – we’re giving you more time to write, more time to tweak, more time to procrastinate. The next six Writing Maps Writing Contests are being launched in one go. There’s a small entry fee, and bigger cash prizes.

The themes for the upcoming Writing Contests are:

  • March: SUPERSTITIONS, Deadline 28 March
  • April: PLAYGROUND GAMES, Deadline 25 April
  • May: TEA & COFFEE, Deadline 23 May
  • June: GREEN THINGS, Deadline 27 June
  • July: JOURNEYS, Deadline 25 July
  • August: HANDS, Deadline 22 August

Read the full details here.

The two winning entries from each month will appear in Issue #3 of The A3 Review and will constitute the shortlist. The three overall winners from the shortlist will receive prizes as follows: 1st = £150; 2nd = £75; 3rd = £50. All winning entries will receive contributor copies, Writing Maps and other goodies.

Out Now – Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, 7.2 (October 2014)

Issue 7.2 of Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine is now available.

It features new stories from Australia, Austria, Britain, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, and the USA. We are particularly pleased to open with pieces by two distinguished European writers, in luminous translations: two ‘zkv’s (‘zeer korte verhalen’ [very short stories]) by A. L. Snijders, who coined the term, translated from the Dutch by Man Booker International winner Lydia Davis; and three pieces from Austrian writer Josef Winkler’s When the Time Comes (2013), translated by Adrian West, originally published in German as Wenn es soweit ist – Erzählung (1998). Wonderful renderings by West of Winkler also appeared in Flash, 6.1. Davis’s impressive Collected Stories (2009) was featured in the ‘Flash Presents’ section of 6.2; her latest collection, Can’t and Won’t, is enthusiastically reviewed in this issue by Robert Shapard, editor of influential flash and sudden-fiction anthologies.

This issue’s ‘Flash Presents’ contains four stories by Virginia Woolf: ‘A Haunted House’, ‘Monday or Tuesday’, ‘Blue & Green’, and ‘In the Orchard’. These are followed by our fourth ‘Flash Essay’. In ‘“Splinters & mosaics”: Virginia Woolf’s Flash Fictions’, Kathryn Simpson argues that Woolf’s experimental flashes provide insight into her emergence as a major modernist novelist and her enduring preoccupations.

Flash Reviews’ examines two other single-author books and two anthologies. Laurie Champion is entertained by Lucy Corin’s One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses, a collection of short and short-short stories, while Christine Simon is intrigued by Will Eaves’s The Absent Therapist, a novel in flashes. Robert Scotellaro enjoys Tara Laskowski’s selection from ten years of the SmokeLong Quarterly, while Ian Seed embraces the longer perspective of Alan Ziegler’s Short, which ranges over five centuries of brief prose. Each review is accompanied by a sample story. Laskowski’s anthology is represented by Jeff Landon’s ‘Five Fat Men in a Hot Tub’, Ziegler’s by Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Artist’.

To order a copy of the issue, or to subscribe to the magazine, go to: http://www.chester.ac.uk/flash.magazine

Peter Blair and Ashley Chantler (Editors)

The Things What We ‘Ave Been Doing

The last we spoke to you lovely folks at Short Stops, we were announcing the release of the latest issue of Bunbury Magazine, the Unexplained Special. The response to this issue has been phenomenal and we want to thank all you lovely Short-Stoppers for coming by and reading it along with all the regular Bunburyists.

We do know as well that Short Stops has new visitors every day. We would not want all you wonderful folks to miss out so once again, here is a link to the Unexplained Special.

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We here at Bunbury do not rest on our laurels however! We have been working tirelessly to make the experience for our readers and followers as immersive as possible. Last year, we started a blog of our own; a place where we could have a rant and rave about this, that and the other. Since then, we have upgraded to a fully fledged site with as much detail about who we are and what we do. It is home to our blog (more on this in a moment) and details of upcoming issue and more (again, there will be more on this in a moment!) Come and have a look at our new shiny-dancing website here: www.bunburymagazine.com

Firstly, we would like to welcome a new member of our team. Rhea Seren Phillips who is joining us as Executive Editor. She has had many fantastic poems and stories printed in Bunbury in the past and it is a genuine pleasure to have her on board. You can click on her name just above for more details about her.

Our Editor and co-creator has also started a rather insane challenge. This year, for the entire year, allllllll year, he will be writing a poem a day, with no regard to his sanity whatsoever. In fact, so far, there have been days where he has written more than one. We think he’s a closet masochist to be honest. You can catch up on the entire thing at the #PoemADayForForAYear blog and come and get involved on our Twitter account, @MagazineBunbury with the #PoemADayForAYear hashtag.

While we are talking Twitter, we have started a new prompting challenge on Twitter. Every Monday, Thursday and Saturday we will be posting a prompt for all you lovely people to write some micro-poetry. Send your responses to the hashtag #bunburyezine.

What else, what else. Oh, the content for the magazine for the next issue! We really want to announce some very exciting plans for the next issue but unfortunately our hands are tied so all we can say is this:

Last night, we sat writing an interview and then making it all fanciful for one of our favourite *redacted*. *redacted*, who played *redacted*. *redacted* will be talking to us about *redacted* and just about anything really! I almost wet myself when we made contact and *redacted* agreed. And if that wasn’t exciting enough, we also have *redacted*, who played *redacted*, talking to us about *redacted*. Oh my, it was almost too much for us!

Speaking of the next issue, as always we are looking for submissions from you lovely folk. The theme for the next issue is ‘Power’, so whether you write short stories, flash fiction, poetry or do art, photography…you know what, you know the drill by now, come and send us what you got! The new email address is submissions@bunburymagazine.com

One very, very last thing! On 17th February we are holding the latest of the Do The Write Thing events at Bar Ten on Silver Street in Bury, just outside of Manchester. It’s a fun-filled extravaganza of spoken word, games and drinks! If you can, get over as it’s always a great night and it’s also the night of Editor Keri’s birthday! Double the reason to get along! You can find more information about it on the link just above or on our Facebook event here: Do The Write Thing Birthday Edition.

That’s it for now, dear Short Stoppers and Bunburyists. Come say hello some time. We miss you!

Alt Hist Issue 7 Now Published

The latest issue of the bestselling historical fiction magazine

For those of you waiting for the latest issue of Alt Hist, I am pleased to announce that Alt Hist Issue 7 has now been published!Alt Hist Issue 7 eBook Cover

You can purchase eBook and Print copies from:

Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Barnes & Noble

And eBook copies from:

Smashwords | Kobo | iBooks

Alt Hist returns with the seventh issue of the popular magazine of historical fiction and alternate history. This is the biggest issue of Alt Hist so far and this time we have seven wonderful short stories for you—including two parts of the popular Battalion 202 series and stories from Alt Hist favourites Priya Sharma and Andrew Knighton. If you like historical fiction, then you are sure to love this issue of Alt Hist.

Alt Hist Issue 7 features the following stories:

  • “The Vivisectionist’s Daughter” by Jason Kahn
  • “Cold Flesh” by Andrew Knighton
  • “The Independence Day” by Pavel Nikiforovitch
  • “Heff in Dearborn” by Michael Fertik
  • “Battalion 202: The Sheep and the Goats” by Jonathan Doering
  • “Set Britain Ablaze” by Jonathan Doering
  • “The Red Vortex” by Priya Sharma

Writing Maps January Contest

BlueWrite about Blue Things.

The prompt for January’s Writing Contest is: Make a creative list of blue things. Write this list as a list poem, or in the form of a short story, a graphic story or a snippet of memoir. Fiction or autobiography, SF or mis mem, erotic or academic. Think blue skies and the deep blue sea, think music and the blues, think blue movies, blue collar, and blue plasters in restaurant kitchens. Think literally and metaphorically, what has been and is blue in your life or the life of a character. Maximum 150 words.

For list and colour inspiration, visit us on Twitter throughout the week. In the meantime, check out Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue, watch Derek Jarman’s Blue, read Julie Maroh’s Blue is the Warmest Colour.

Please make sure to view our full guidelines here. In brief, the main rules are:

Entry is free. One entry per person. All genres welcome. All writers welcome. 150 words max.

Deadline is 31 January 2015.

The two winning entries will be published in The A3 Review, Issue #2, and will receive a set of our new #iamwriting Notecards.

Good luck and good writing!

Bunbury Magazine Issue Seven: The Unexplained

Hello, dearest Bunburyists

We’re back! Bunbury Magazine hath returnethethethed. Firstly, belated salutations of the season to you and yours! Secondly, we knew we’d find you here. We’re not being cocky or anything – we have proof.

And here is the new issue right here, just click the picture!

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There are far too many people to thank for making this issue possible but you all know who you are so give yourselves a great big pat on the back and grab yourself a pint of something you enjoy most!

So, two-thousand-and-fifteen. The year we are supposed to greet Marty McFly to the future. Have you all got your hover-boards polished and strange colander-hat-type things on? That aside, we’re hoping to have a very good year this year, like last year but even better.

In two-thousand-and-fourteen, we were absolutely astonished by the quality of the submissions we received and we want (and indeed, have for this issue) more of the same! We do not really believe in new year resolutions here but if you are going to make one, make it to send something over to us – artwork, poems, photographs, you know the drill! We love what we do and we hope you do too.

While you are about and reading some fine works, please feel free to visit our WordPress blog where our own esteemed Christopher Moriarty has set himself the challenge of writing one poem a day for the entire year. Any feedback, encouragement, criticism, jeering or loitering is extremely welcome! You can read it all here:

A Poem A Day For A Year by Christopher Moriarty

We have plans this year. Big ones. We are going to be making some very positive moves to make your Bunbury experience more shiny than it ever has been. We hope you all stay on board.

As you all know, at Bunbury it is our contributors that make the magazine as great as it is. We are not like other publications, that will give you only one issue and then leave you at the creativity turn-pike. We love it when you all get involved regularly so this is our official invitation to get involved in the next issue. The theme is ‘Power’. Dazzle us once more. Send your dazzling works to our lovely people over at submissions@bunburymagazine.com

We also survive on you lovely people sharing us on social media. So if you tweet or use Facebook, please give this issue a big shout out. Our handle is @MagazineBunbury. There is also a link below for a little readership survey which we are using to build information which could lead to some great developments in the future. Please spare a few minutes to give us your thoughts.

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One very, very last thing. On the 17th of February, it s our esteemed editor Keri-Ann Edwards’ birthday. To celebrate, we are hosting a live Do The Write Thing event. We have open mic spots and headline slots available so if you are free, in the area and love a good night, get yourself along. We are at Bar Ten on Silver Street, Bury, Lancs. The fun kicks off at 2000! Just click the link right above for the Facebook event page.

Well, that is probably enough rambling from us. Let’s get to the meat of it. Welcome to the first edition of Bunbury for two-thousand-and-fifteen. We hope you get the cultural fix you need.

Merry (belated) Christmas and Happy New Year,

Christopher, Keri, and Matt.

The Moth International Short Story Prize 2015

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We’re delighted to announce 2015’s Moth Short Story Prize, judged by Donal Ryan, with prizes of €3,000, a week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France (including €250 travel expenses) and €1,000.

The prize is open to anyone, as long as the work is their own and previously unpublished. Word limit 6,000.

The closing date is 30 June 2015.

The winning stories will appear in the autumn issue of The Moth.

See http://www.themothmagazine.com for more details

Firewords is now accepting submissions for Issue 4…

Issue 4 is coming…

As things begin to wind down for Christmas (yeah right!), now might be the perfect time to spend some time on yourself and your writing. Submissions for Issue 4 of Firewords are open until January 9th for short stories (under 2000 words) and poetry. So, if your New Year’s resolution is ‘to get published in 2015’, here is your chance!

Our flash fiction challenge is also back and the best ones will be published in Issue 4. All the flash fiction stories must be under 400 words, and must include / be inspired by the following prompt: “When the snow finally stopped falling…”

Check out our submission guidelines for more details. We can’t wait to read (and hopefully publish) your work!

Still looking for the perfect gift for the short story fan in your life?

It may be Christmas day, but our Christmas bundles still make a lovely late gift or treat for yourself over the festive period. The bundles include all three Firewords issues, a hand-stamped bookmark and a blank gift tag. They come all wrapped up in festive ribbon and only cost £11 (with free UK delivery.) This is your last chance to get one of these, so don’t miss out!

Firewords Bundle

Have a great Christmas ShortStoppers and we will see you in early 2015 with Issue 4.

New Writing Maps Writing Contest and Prizes

Granta Issue 27“Life is hell, but at least there are prizes.” Janet Frame’s story, “Prizes”, is one of the best you’ll ever read about prizes! You can listen to Miranda July read it as a New Yorker fiction podcast here.

And talking of prizes…

We’re giving away two subscriptions to Granta magazine for one year (4 issues) to the winners of this month’s Writing Maps Writing Contest.

The prompt for December’s Writing Contest is: Write a piece about a prize you won or wanted to win, or almost won, or dreamt of winning. Or maybe you regret having won a prize. Or you were a runner up, or you didn’t turn up for the big prize-giving ceremony. As always, you can write this as fiction or creative non-fiction, a short story, a graphic story, a snippet of memoir or a piece of flash fiction, a poem or a prose poem. In 150 words.

The two winners will receive a subscription to Granta magazine. In addition to that, the first 3 submissions to arrive will each receive a pack of 3 Writing Maps; and because we’re great believers in the last-minute submission, the last 3 entries will also receive a pack of 3 Writing Maps.

Please make sure to view our full guidelines here. In brief, the main rules are:

Entry is free. One entry per person. All genres welcome. All writers welcome. 150 words max.

Deadline is 27 December 2014.

The two winning entries will be published in The A3 Review, Issue #2.

Good luck, good writing and have a creative and peaceful festive season!

PS. There’s 50% off all single Writing Maps till the 1st of January. Just enter the discount code SANTA at checkout.

The Manchester Review Issue 13 & Call for Submissions!

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Dear ShortStops readers,

we want to thank you all for your contributions and support in the run-up to the most recent issue of The Manchester Review, which launched on Monday 8th December. The submissions queue truly impressed us and we think Issue 13 is one of our finest volumes to date, featuring fiction from David Gaffney, Chris KillenJim Quinn, Emily-Jo Hopson, Rob McClure Smith, and the co-winner of the 2013 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, Sharon Millar. That’s all in addition to a fantastic selection of poetry, and artwork by Debbie Goldsmith.

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As we said in the issue’s editorial, there is clearly no shortage of good literary work emerging and being published in the northwest of England and beyond. With that in mind, we will open again to submissions for our Issue 14, slated for next spring, on Monday 15th December – so please do continue to send us your best work!

In the meantime, happy Christmas to you, from all of our editors!

Valerie, Ian, and John.

Firewords Issue 3 is here!

Firewords Issue 3

Hi there ShortStops! Hot off the press, the newest issue of Firewords features stories about life, love and letting go, as well as the usual striking visuals created by an array of talented illustrators, photographers and designers.

The new look of Issue 2 gained a wonderful reaction and this has encouraged us to retain the perfect-bound format which really does maximize the impact of the artistry inside. We are learning alongside the growth of the magazine, and are sure that Issue 3 is our best one yet! Get yourself a copy and let us know if you agree.

Also available in our brand new shop: The much requested subscriptions are back and we have special Christmas bundles for sale – only £11 with free UK delivery! Stocking filler anyone?

P.S. Submissions for Issue 4 will be opening in early December, so keep your eyes peeled!

Firewords Christmas Bundles

Firewords Issue 3

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Writing Maps Launches New Map and October Contest

Writing the Family AlbumThis month’s Writing Maps Writing Contest coincides with the official launch of the new Writing Map, Writing the Family Album, inspired by Sergei Dovlatov’s book Ours.

The prompt for October’s Writing Contest is: Write about a cousin, then and now. In no more than 150 words tell the story of a cousin, yours or a fictional character’s, as they were then and as they are now. As always, you can write this as a short story, a graphic story, a snippet of memoir, a poem, or a prose poem. Fiction or autobiography, SF or mis mem, erotic or academic. In 150 words.

The contest prompt coincides with the launch of our latest Writing Map, Writing the Family Album, in which you’ll be inspired to turn the family album – your own, or the characters you create – into a rich collection of stories.

Please make sure to view our full guidelines here or on the Writing Maps website by clicking here. In brief, the main rules are:

Entry is free. One entry per person. All genres welcome. All writers welcome. 150 words max.

Deadline is 25 October 2014.
The two winning entries will be published in The A3 Review, Issue #2. Winners will also receive two copies of the Writing Map, Writing the Family Album.
Good luck and good writing!

Writing Maps Launches New Lit Mag and September Contest

This month’s Writing Maps Writing Contest coincides with the official launch of the new Writing Maps lit mag, The A3 Review. Read more about the lit mag and order a copy by clicking here.

The prompt for September’s Writing Contest is: Write about something happening for the first time. Tasting something for the first time, doing something for the first time, going somewhere for the first time. Start with the words “The first time…” You can write this as a short story, a graphic story, a snippet of memoir, a poem, or a prose poem. Fiction or autobiography, SF or mis mem, erotic or academic. In 150 words.

NOTE: You must start with the words “The first time…” Be creative, outrageous, think small and intimate (“The first time we…”), think intergalactic (“The first time they landed on…”), think biography (“The first time Virginia Woolf…”), think beyond the expected (“The first time before the first time…”).

Please make sure to view our full guidelines here or on the Writing Maps website by clicking here. In brief, the main rules are:

Entry is free. One entry per person. All genres welcome. All writers welcome. 150 words max.

Deadline is 27 September 2014.
The two winning entries will be published in The A3 Review, Issue #2. Winners will also receive a copy of The A3 Review, Issue #1 and the new Write Around JW3 Writing Map.
Good luck and good writing!

Celebrating Structo issue 12 with a Margaret Atwood competition

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Structo is celebrating the launch of its 12th issue with a competition. As the magazine contains a new interview with Margaret Atwood, it seems only right that the competition prize is a signed copy of Atwood’s latest novel Maddaddam.

In addition to the 20-page interview, the new issue contains 10 short stories, 14 poems (four in translation, from the German, Serbian and Spanish), an instructional score, and an essay about the life and death of Jean Rhys. It’s also in colour for the first time!

And because sleep is for the weak, the Structo team are now accepting submissions for issue 13. Head to the magazine’s website for more information, and for the link to submit your writing.