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!

Is writing for DNA Magazine on your list of things to do?

Are you curious about what goes on in the lives of other people? Ever wondered just how differently the person sat next to you views the world? Or wanted to re-live a moment from somebody else’s point of view?

If any of these apply to you, DNA Magazine is probably the literary journal for you.

These days, it’s all too easy for us to stick labels on people and dismiss them. These labels — millennials, baby-boomers, liberals, Tories, alt-righters, Brexiters/Bremainers, feminists etc we all hear them ­ — turn people in to caricatures, shallow characters defined by the stereotypes of that group. They create divisions and stifle empathy as individual stories are lost. We become nameless and faceless, statistics rather than people.

My goal for DNA Magazine is to publish stories that celebrate the lives and memories of ordinary people. To remind people of the experiences and events that make each of us different and unique. It’s harder to dismiss people when you hear about their personal experiences. Not all of us will do great things that will set us apart and be worthy of record in a full-length memoir, but all of us have interesting stories that we can share.

The first issue of DNA Magazine will be published at the end of May. Submissions are currently open for 300-500 word non-fiction pieces that are inspired by the theme of lists. These lists can be as simple as a shopping list or something more visual such as a group of people in a photograph, a collection of objects or locations. A list might be a series of ingredients that go into an old family recipe or a selection of facts that hint at a bigger personal story. You don’t have to include the list in your piece of writing — you might just reference something on it — I just want to find out about the hidden stories behind that list.

So far, I’ve had a varied selection of lists — everything from a list of closed London Underground stations to old playlists, to a group of people one writer sees at the bus stop every day to the items on another writer’s bed side table.

If you have a piece of writing you’d like to submit, please send it (with a photograph or copy of your list) to submissions@dnamag.co.uk. Submissions close on 24th March 2017. The submission guidelines can be found at www.dnamag.co.uk.

 

Katie Marsden

(DNA Magazine Curator)

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.

STROUD SHORT STORIES IS OPEN AGAIN FOR SUBMISSIONS

“Probasss_no14_invite_a4_050217_v2-1bly the best short story event in the South West” (Cheltenham LitFest programme), Stroud Short Stories is open again for your story submissions. And will be until 22 April 2017.

Ten stories will be selected to be read by their authors at our event on Sunday 21 May 2017 at the SVA (Stroud Valleys Artspace) in John Street, Stroud, GL5 2HA. Doors 7.30 for an 8.00 start. Tickets only in advance as we sell out each time. Ticket info will appear here when available.

The Rules and How to Submit are here. It’s free to submit, and the stories can be unpublished or previously published. These stories will be in our next anthology – due 2018.

The judges this time are brilliant short story writer Ali Bacon and SSS organiser John Holland. More info on them here.

Check out our website.

Words X Images competition – SOURCE magazine – London

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We’re very happy to announce that the shortlist of photos for the Words X Images competition for Source magazine is now available to writers!

Get in touch now to register and receive the photos that will inspire your work!

Deadline is March 13th.

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

No entry fee.

We’re happy to answer any questions you may have, so please feel free to get in touch: p.sabatini@totality.co.uk

We hope these will capture your imagination & look really forward to reading your work – good luck!

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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 conditio
n that the short story is set in and around the key borough/s

Before you get going, please ensure you have read the criteria here:

http://www.totality.uk.com/news/short-story-competition-register-your-interest-now    

Fictive Dream Call for Submissions

It’s been an excellent start to the year with stories from Sandra Arnold, Santino Prinzi, Steve Carr, Kevin Phillips and Julie Hayman amongst others.

Fictive Dream is open to submissions of original short stories of between 500 and 2,500 words. Check out our website to get a feel for the sort of material we like.

Our full submission guidelines may be seen here.

Happy writing.

Laura Black
Editor

Website www.fictivedream
Twitter @FictiveDream