Behave Yourself and Submit!

Sit up straight, face the front, and no chewing in class! Yes, all you well-behaved andschool naughty people, this month’s A3 Review contest is on the theme of Teachers.

Inspired by the Write Through School Writing Map, we’re looking for short fiction, poetry and artwork on tutors, instructors, professors, mentors, personal trainers… any type of teacher. We’ve all had them and many of us are them!

Write about a memorable moment with a memorable teacher. Frustrated teachers, inspirational teachers, nervous newbies or those who’ve seen it all. Create something that delves into the heart of the teacher/student relationship. Explore different setting where teaching takes place: a farmer passing on knowledge to a child; an experienced soldier guiding a raw recruit; a chance meeting in a remote, dusty town that results in a lesson learned.

The only restriction is a word-limit of 150 and images should fit well into an A6 panel. To find out more about what kind of work we like at The A3 Review, check out the latest issue here, and see our submission guidelines here. This month’s deadline is Saturday, the 27th of May. Send us your work. It’s not compulsory, but it is for your own good!

Good luck and keep writing!

Issue #2 of The Ham

We are very pleased to announce the official release of issue #2 of The Ham. The theme of this second issue is ‘Change & Stasis’.

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We have listed around a third of the total amount of printed copies for sale on our website for the small cost of £3 for a physical or £2.50 for a digital copy. We’re hoping that we might be able to make enough from selling a small number of copies online to fund the printing of future issues, and no longer have to look for outside funding to pay for the printing and distribution of The Ham.

The other two-thirds of the second issue will be distributed for free, throughout the UK, in bars, cafes, museums, galleries and public transport. For those of you unlucky enough to pick up a free copy, or for those of you feeling generous enough to buy one, you can purchase a physical or a digital copy here, as well as get a free digital copy of issue #1 if you happened to have missed it. Issue #2 is just as hefty as issue #1, with 88 pages packed full of quality short-fiction, poetry, artwork and photography, for about the price of a fancy cup of coffee. We hope you enjoy it!!

In other news, we are hoping to publish a lot more work on our website in the interim periods between the release of the physical issues of The Ham. So send us your short-fiction, poetry, artwork and photography to thehamfreepress@gmail.com and if we like it we will try our best to publish it. If we really like it, we will also try and publish it in the next physical issue of The Ham. We’re not looking for any specific themes, just quality, unique pieces of work.

Finally, we now have a mailing list! Once signed up you will receive emails every couple of weeks with new work from our contributors, and you will be the first to know when we put out the call for submissions for our print edition. To sign up just click here!

Ed (Editor)

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.

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!

The Print Express Children’s Short Story Competition

Print Express are running a children’s short story competition! We’re really excited about getting kids interested in creative writing, and we love reading the imaginative stories they come up with, and so we wanted to celebrate by running a short story competition for two age brackets: 5-9 and 10-13. The winner of each age bracket will win £50 in book tokens, along with £175 in book tokens for their school library!

Email your short story to competitions@printexpress.co.uk to enter, and be sure to read the full rules and details here.

The deadline for entries is March 31st, 2017 and the winner will be announced shortly after. Good luck!

Reflex Fiction Summer 2017 Flash Fiction Competition

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The Summer 2017 Reflex Fiction flash fiction competition is now open for entries.

We had a fantastic response to our inaugural competition; over one thousand entries from seventy different countries. We’re busy reading and judging in preparation for announcing the longlist on April 1. In the meantime, the next round of the competition is now open for entries. We’ve introduced an entry fee but also stuck a zero on the end of each of our prizes . . .

Prizes

First place £1,000, second place £500, third place £250 (or the equivalent in the winner’s local currency).

Entry Fee

£7 / $9 / €9

Judge

Vanessa Gebbie will be picking the winners.

Submissions

Submissions should be made via our online entry form.

Deadline

Entries must be received before midnight UK time on May 31, 2017. Judging will take place in June. The longlist will be announced on July 1, 2017, after which we’ll start publishing one story each day, starting with some of our favourites that didn’t quite make the longlist, then non-winning long-listed stories, culminating in the publication of the winning stories at the end of September.

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.

Submit your flashes to National Flash Fiction Day’s Micro Competition and Anthology!

National Flash Fiction Day UK is on Saturday 24th June 2017, and we are open for submissions for our Micro Fiction Competition and our Annual Anthology! Entry for both are free!

Competition: There is no theme for our competition, so feel free to send us up to three of your stories that are 100 words or fewer! Deadline for entries for our Micro Fiction Competition is Friday 31st March 2017. You can find out more information here: http://nationalflashfictionday.co.uk/comp.html

Anthology: Once again we are delighted to open ourselves up to submissions for the annual NFFD anthology. This year the theme is Life As You Know It.

This year’s editors will be the Co-Director of National Flash-Fiction Day, Santino Prinzi, and renowned flash-fiction writer, Meg Pokrass.

We want stories inspired by the lens of your own experiences, stories that navigate life and the world as only your characters know how. Tales of hope, loss, fear, and resilience. Flashes about identity, vulnerability, and triumph. We want you to harness and make use of your own experiences in fiction: What are your secrets? What makes you cry? What keeps you awake? Feel free to interpret “life as you know it” however you like, but your flashes must fit the theme in some way.

However you care to work with our theme, we want to read your stories. The word limit is 500 words, and you can submit up to 3 stories. Please include them in the email as MS Word attachments, and follow all the guidelines below.

All writers who have a story selected for the anthology will receive a free print copy of the book upon publication. Deadline for entries for our Anthology is Friday 14th April 2017.

You can find out more information here: http://nationalflashfictionday.co.uk/anth.html

This year we will be launching the anthology the U.K.’s first ever Flash Fiction Literary Festival, which will be taking place in Bath.

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.

TOKEN Magazine – Call for submissions

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TOKEN magazine is now open for submissions.

We are looking for short stories (in any genre/style) with the word count between 500-5000 words, non-fiction pieces, interviews, illustrations, photography, and artwork. As this issue is our first we really want as many diverse creative works as possible – so if in doubt, submit! We are in particular looking for BAME writers underrepresented in literature and the arts.

There is no theme for this issue.

If you are selected we may want to work with you in developing your piece (this is mainly for written pieces).

All contributors will be given a hard copy of the zine.

To submit please email your piece to tokenmagazine@gmail.com.

 

Rules

Any works published elsewhere (including on your personal blogs) will not be accepted.

The deadline for submitting is midnight (UK time) 28 February 2017.

 

For more information about TOKEN Magazine please see our website here or follow us on twitter here

 

 

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!

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.

The Ham – Call for submissions

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Hello!

Submissions are now open for issue #2 of The Ham.

We’re looking for short-fiction, poetry, art, and photography based around the theme(s) of ‘Change & Stasis’. Please see the submissions page for guidelines and further details.

Copies of issue #1 of The Ham can now be ordered online. This first issue contains work from a whopping 51 contributors, and is free of charge – you will only be charged for the price of postage.

Finally, we are very excited to announce plans for a launch party to celebrate the release of our inaugural issue. The venue is the wonderful community owned Ivy House in Nunhead, the date is Tuesday 13th December, and we’ll be kicking things off from around 7.30pm. There will be live readings from contributors, and music from the amazing Whiskey Moonface. The event is free, open to the public, and there will be lots of copies of issue #1 to take away for free. Come along if you can, the more the merrier, it should be a great way to meet other lovers of short-stories and poetry,  and to hear some wonderful readings and music. Drop me an email to thehamfreepress@gmail.com if you would like to do a reading of your work too!

Thanks!

Ed (Editor)

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November A3 Review Contest: Playhouse

george_bernard_shaw_greenbuilder3Come and play with The A3 Review (you know you want to!) and write something for our November contest on the theme of Playhouse. Deadline is 26th November.

Here’s some ideas to get you playing and writing: Playhouses are places where ‘make believe’ happens. Imagine situations where a garden playhouse is a place of sanctuary, or safety, or even danger. What happens in playhouses when adults are no longer around?

Write a surreal piece about a playhouse that’s very different when you crawl inside. Think about treehouses, dens, forts and castles made in the woods, on wasteground, fields, railway sidings and rubbish dumps.

What kind of animals or creatures might take over an abandoned playhouse? Take the idea of children ‘playing house’ to explore a deeper, darker theme of children imitating adults. Or a warring couple having to ‘play house’ while friends or relatives visit.

Write about the mid-life-crisis playhouse, or the playhouse you miss, the doll’s house you never had. Write about playhouses you remember, indoors and out.

View our Submittable page for details about how to enter. The deadline is 26 November 2016, so just a few more days to play around with your words!

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 for each issue receive cash prizes.

You can get more inspiration by following The A3 Review on Twitter @TheA3Review and sign up for our newsletter here.

Meanwhile, If you’re looking for detailed, knowledgeable and forward-looking feedback on your short fiction, editors KM Elkes and Shaun Levin are offering an affordable critique service for writers. To find out more go here.

Breve New Stories – Submissions deadline approaching – Issue One is OUT

Breve New Stories is still on the look for amazing short fiction from talented new authors based in the UK.

If you have written a short story or a flash fiction piece there is time until the 15th of March to submit your work. Find all the info HERE.

Need some inspiration? You can find single copies or subscriptions to Breve New Stories magazine at our online NEWS STAND, including ISSUE ONE! Breve latest issue features two original inspiring stories by Scottish authors Barbara Stevenson and Michael Bloor: read their blogs and learn about more great new writers HERE.

Don’t forget to pop by @BreveNStories.

Call for Submissions: NOUS 6 – The Worlds Apart Issue

In our sixth issue of NOUS we will explore how differently mental health issues are dealt with in relation to time, place and society. We want to invite you to reflect, research, tell your tales on issues related to mental illness and everything that comes with it.





Do families speak more openly about their issues today than ten years ago? Did depression even “exist” in the times of our grandparents? What about China, Irak, Brasil, Lithuania? How is people’s perception of their emotions different in the world, in time maybe even in the family next door? This issue of NOUS invites you to tell your stories of how we connect and feel seperated from each other emotionally. How can we build bridges and what blocks our roads?

Please send your poetry, fiction and non-fiction submissions as OTF or DOC files to submit@nous-magazine.de Clearly state your name as you want it to be listed, the wordcount, and the title of your submission in your email to us. Written work should not exceed the 2000 word limit.

If submitting visuals, send us a low-res jpg preview of your work in a zip-folder for a start. Should your work be selected we will request files suitable for printing. Please bear in mind that NOUS is riso-printed. Your work will be printed in dual-colour (not CMYK) or BW if requested.



 

All contributors featured in the final magazine will receive one free copy delivered to the address of your choice. This will also be the first time we can reward our contributors monetarily. Upon publication, all artists will be paid £20. This is only a small sum but we’re hoping to increase payments with each issue. 

Deadline for submissions for NOUS 6 is 12th October 2015. We’re looking forward to your messages and work!

Elbow Room Competition – Deadline Extended!

We would like to start this blog by saying thank you to everyone who has helped spread the word or entered the Elbow Room Competition. Due to the amazing amount of activity you have all generated a lot of people have only just found the competition and expressed sadness that they don’t have time to prepare their entry. We know exactly how annoying it is to find something you really want to take part in only days (or even hours) before the deadline. This got us thinking. In life there are deadlines we cannot change or control. This is not one of those. This competition is as much (if not more) about you as it is about us. We want everyone who wants to enter to have the chance to. It is with this in mind that we are extending the deadline until midnight Friday 21st August. We know it’s not long but we hope it is long enough. It should give everyone a chance to get his or her creations to us while still leaving us ample time to give your work the consideration it deserves.

See our website for more details on how to enter www.elbow-room.org/competition

We will be at our emails and computer ready to answer any and all questions until then.

Best Wishes and Good Luck

Rosie, Zelda and Lauren.

Breve New Stories Issue Zero – Call for Entries

BREVE NEW STORIES is a brand new UK literary magazine. Breve publishes one original short story and flash fiction piece in each issue, from new and emerging authors.

Submissions are open for Issue Zero to be published in September 2015.

Breve welcomes and encourages diversity and it’s interested in beautifully written, carefully constructed and hard to forget short prose, regardless of the genre.

All submissions must be in English, original and unpublished.

Each author can submit a single story or multiple short stories up to 7000 words.

Flash fiction entries must be up to 300 words.

For info and guidelines visit our about  and submission pages.

Explore Breve New Stories at brevenewstories.wordpress.com or come and say hi on our Facebook page!

The Queen’s Head Flash Fiction Competition – With Mahr

After discovering Marh, a.k.a. Piotr Marchela, way back in February, we’ve fallen in love with his illustrations – but of course we have! His work is folky, mysterious, and just a little bit grisly; what’s not to like? So The Queen’s Head is well chuffed to be teaming up with him to launch a flash fiction competition. Up for grabs is a Queen’s Head bundle of everything we’ve published thus far! That includes:

  • The Queen’s Head back-issues #1-5 & New Issue #6
  • ‘The Queen’s Head Presents’ triptych mini-zine
  • 2 x postcards by Tawny Kerr – ‘Wish You Were Here’ & ‘Come Home Soon’
  • 1 x poster by Kate Montgomery & Aimee Williamson – ‘Agony Aunts’

It’s a veritable zine haul. Three runners-up will get any issue of their choosing, and all writers in the top ten will have their work featured on the site.

To enter, send us up to 300 words inspired by one of three of Marh’s illustrations, which can be found here on The Queen’s Head blog.

Here’s the guidelines:

  • The competition is open to UK & Ireland entrants only.
  • The closing date for entries is midnight (UK time) on the 7th June.
  • Submit your entry to thequeenszine@gmail.com. Please start your subject line with ‘Comp Sub’ followed by the name of your chosen illustration, with your name, flash fiction and word count included in the body of the email.
  • Any entries over 300 words will be disqualified.
  • Entries must not have been published or accepted for publication elsewhere; copyright remains with the author.

We can’t wait to read your entries – get flashing!

AMBIT’S 1ST ANNUAL SHORT FICTION COMPETITION OPENS MAY 1ST, 2015

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Ambit launches its first annual short fiction competition in May, after the success of our poetry competition last year.

The competition will be judged by Alison Moore, and will run from May 1st – July 15th. Winners will be announced on September 1st  2015. First, second and third prizes will be awarded (£500, £250 and £100 respectively) and the three winners will be published in Ambit 222, out in October, and invited to read at our launch party with Alison Moore.

We are accepting stories of anything up to 1000 words. It costs £7 to submit one story to our competition, but if you enter enough stories you will qualify for a free one year subscription to Ambit (so, 4 entries for UK subscription, 6 for the rest of the world).

Please submit your entries via our Submittable portal where full directions can be found.

Do read our competition guidelines carefully at ambitmagazine.co.uk.

All stories will be read with great care and completely anonymously.

Good luck to all!
The Ambit Editors