Brittle Star Open Writing competition

Brittle Star competitionAs part of our re-design and to celebrate new writing at all levels, we’ve launched a competition for poetry and short fiction. We’re very excited to have David Constantine as our main short story judge.

DAVID CONSTANTINE is well known to poetry and short story readers alike, and it’s his skills as a short story writer that Brittle Star will be drawing on for our competition. David’s story collections include Back at the Spike (Ryburn) Under the Dam (Comma, 2005) and The Shieling (Comma, 2009), and last year he won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award with Tea at the Midland and Other Stories published by the wonderful Comma, 2013 (who also run National Short Story Day).

The Prizes?

As we’re a short story and poetry magazine, we’ll be awarding two sets of prizes – one for each writing category – making six prizes in total. The first prize for each category is £250, second is £100 and the third is £50. All winners will be published in Brittle Star and invited to a launch event at the Barbican library in summer. Winners will also receive a copy of the anthology Said and done: New Writing from Brittle Star (Stonewood Press).

Subscribers get one entry free!

The closing date is March 12th 2014 and editor Martin Parker says the entries are already pouring in. Entry forms can be downloaded from the competition page on our website and sent to the postal address on the form (we’re looking into online entries so have a look at the website to check for up-dates). The entry fee is quite modest at £4 for the first entry then £3 for subsequent ones, and subscribers to Brittle Star get their second entry for free. If you’re not a subscriber you can subscribe online or through the entry form when you enter.

Good Luck!

So, now you know all about the competition it’s up to you to put your pens or pencils to paper or your fingers to keyboards and let your creativity flow. Good Luck!

Click here for the link to the competiton page and entry form.

Transportation – Tasmanian/English Book Announced

The project, which has confirmed experienced editors in both London and Tasmania in Open Pen Magazine editor and Londoner Sean Preston and the former editor of Island magazine and Tasmanian Rachel Edwards, will invite  writers from both locations and also call for submissions on the theme ‘cities and islands’ in upcoming months, to compliment published novelists already attached to the project.

“Transportation is an ambitious literary project that will publish, promote and showcase writers from London and Tasmania in book form for release in late 2014.” said the Tasmanian team behind Transportation.

Drawing on the long historic links between these distinct places and evoking the connection of historic and cultural significance, Transportation will allow for a meaningful connection with the reading public, coupled with longterm commercial viability.

More information is expected soon, and the call for submissions already eagerly anticipated.