Normal Deviation: Seeking Short Stories Based on One Weird Pic

It all started with a weird pic and a throwaway tweet:

I want to do a fiction anthology where everyone writes a story just based on a weird ass picture. And then use that pic as the cover.

And then enough people cheered the idea that we decided to make it our first major project at Wonderbox Publishing.

Normal Deviation is seeking “Third Option” short stories based on the following image, up to 6000 words (deadline: 31 Aug 2017). “Third Option” is our shorthand for digging a little deeper into that writerly creativity bucket: we’d like everyone to cast aside (at least) the first two ideas that come to you, and instead focus on the third (or fourth or fifth…) idea to develop. The goal here is to avoid the obvious, to generate fresh ideas, to get at deviation.

We want stories in any genre, from any perspective, any time period and setting. As long as the story is good, and based somehow on this image, we want to read it!

image for inspiration

We’ve launched a Kickstarter to fund the anthology, as we think all authors deserve professional rates (starting at least at a penny per word). Support us, support authors, and please submit and become one of our authors!

Full details and author guidelines are on our website. Subscribe to updates from our weekly blog, get a feel for what we’re like and what we like, and join us in this bizarre story adventure!

Lyle Skains & DeAnn Bell, Editors
Normal Deviation anthology
Wonderbox Publishing

TOKEN Magazine Issue 2 – Call for submissions

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TOKEN Magazine is calling for submissions for Issue 2, and this time we have a theme – BODIES. This can be interpreted as you wish.

We are accepting:

– Fiction/Non-fiction of up to 2500 words (maximum 2 pieces per submission).

– Artwork/Photography (maximum 4 pieces per submission) and a summary of your work to go alongside the piece(s).

– Illustrations – please send across recent illustrations, and once we have the writing sorted you will be given briefs.

With your submission we ask that you please also include your biography (max 200 words). If it is not obvious please can you also write why you feel you are under-represented in the arts and literature. It is important that you do this as we want Issue 2 to have as many diverse voices as possible.

Send your submissions to tokenmagazine@gmail.com by 15 July 2017 (midnight). Any submissions after this time will not be accepted.

Please note:

– We are not accepting poetry or academic essays for this issue.

– We are not accepting works published online or in print before, or that are currently under consideration.

– All contributors will get a complimentary copy of the magazine.

– This is a not-for-profit magazine.

Please follow the instructions above, if you do not your piece may not be considered.

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

 

Things To Do: 1. Read Issue 1 of DNA Mag 2. Submit for Issue 2

I’m delighted to announce that Issue 1 of DNA Magazine is available for your viewing pleasure! With work from 19 featured writers, each piece delves into the stories behind every day lists. Sing-a-long with Sue E. Barsby in The Family Business, crave caffeine relief with Christopher Stanley in Survivor Guilt and observe your fellow passengers with Tino Prinzi’s  The Same People At the Bus Stop! Reading these stories should definitely be on your list of things to do today.

The magazine is available to read free online but you can also order one of 50 free limited print copies of the magazine from the website (please note: we do charge a small £2.50 P&P fee national fee and £5.50 international fee). For those who like their print magazines, we’ve added a soft-touch laminate to the cover to give it a luxurious feel.

Here are some kind reviews from people who have already read the first issue:

We’re also delighted to announce that submissions are now open for Issue 2 which is due for release in September. For this issue,  we’re looking for interesting and unique insights behind identity and the multitude of things (from hobbies, relationships, schools, interests, beliefs, events or places to name but a few) which form a key part of who we are as individuals. We want to get to know you, the person you see when you look in the mirror. We want to see the places that have made an impact on your life, share in the experiences that have shaped your life.

As with the first issue, we’re looking for 300-500 word pieces of non-fiction poetry and prose – we’ll even accept prose poetry – or 144 character long pieces of Twitterature. If you have any photographs or images which could accompany the piece to help illustrate it, please also send us a copy of the file (either as a .jpg, .png or .psd). The closing date for submissions for issue 2 is Midnight on 24th July, 2017. Send them to us at submissions@dnamag.co.uk

Many thanks and we hope you enjoy Issue 1,

Katie Marsden

DNA Magazine UK Editor

Submit your writing to Popshot Magazine’s ‘Light’ issue

Popshot Magazine is now open for short fiction and poetry submissions for its 18th issue. Find out what their editors are looking for below:

With seventeen beautiful issues under our belt (you can see them all here), we’re hoping to make our eighteenth edition the brightest and most brilliant one yet.

Light has a multitude of meanings and (nearly) all of them are positive. They cover illumination, enlightenment, weightlessness, discovery and delicateness. This is what we would love to fill this issue with: fiction and poetry that gifts our readers with a more vibrant view of the world. In our most recent issue, a prose poem called Giraffe by Bryony Littlefair quietly embodied this feeling of tiptoeing towards the light. The positive reaction from readers all over the world was a joy to observe, and for the Light issue, we would love to see more of it.

If you’re interested in seeing your writing published and illustrated in Popshot’s eighteenth issue, head to our submit page for the full submissions guidelines. As always, we’re open to contributions from anyone, anywhere in the world. Whether you’ve been published in Popshot before or never been published anywhere, every submission is welcomed and given the time it deserves.

Finally, if you’ve never actually read an issue of Popshot before, we would encourage you to pick one up. In the last four issues of the magazine, two-thirds of our contributors have either been print subscribers, digital subscribers or have read a copy of the magazine before. So, if you would like to increase your understanding of the work we publish — whilst supporting Popshot at the same time — pick up a copy or subscribe.

Call for subs

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Breadless Crust is looking for innovative writing

hybrids

conceptual pieces

really anything that might fall under the wind-inverted umbrella of ‘experimental’

but most importantly, just great writing

please send up to 2000 words w/ short bio to breadlesscrustsubs@gmail.com

submissions depending, we will publish a piece every couple of weeks from summer 2017

simultaneous subs accepted

response within 1 month

authors retain all rights

Tales From The Forest – A Bunch of Issues

Calls For Submissions

Tales From The Forest is a quarterly online magazine. A new issue is available every 3 months, and usually a new theme is announced with the same frequency.

HOWEVER, issues #6, #7 and #8 will be handled differently. They will be available 3 months apart, but the themes will be announced now.
This is to allow artists and writers a unique opportunity – to serialize their work into a triptych form across 3 individual issues. We accept and encourage individual submissions to each issue. That said, if you feel like making art that tells a continuous story or writing a story that massively exceeds our usual wordcount, now is the time.

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Issue #6: “How It Begins” – To allow a triptych format, the sixth issue will be focused on beginnings. The first words spoken, the first meeting, the first time something appears or disappears. The Start Of Something. Deadline September 3rd 2017.
Issue #7: “Continuity” – The midpoint. Send us art and stories that started elsewhere (in issue 6, or not), send us re-occurrences, send us the realisation of things changing or staying exactly the same. The Middle Of Something. Deadline December 3rd 2017.
Issue #8: “Ever After” – The ending. We want to see how things fall apart or come back together. Happy or sad, alive or otherwise, “fare thee well” or “come with me.” Deadline March 4th 2018.

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Stories: Max 1,500 words for individual pieces, 4,500 for a piece that spans all 3 issues.
Art & Poetry : No limitations.

Submissions to talesfromtheforest.mag@gmail.com. This is an unpaid opportunity, with no entry fee. We are open to work that has been printed elsewhere. We maintain the right to publish and archive your work. All other rights remain with the author or artist.

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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!