If you’re going round in circles, we want to hear about it. This month’s theme is the title theme for our next issue, Issue 9, The Circles Issue.
The A3 Review is looking for stories, poems and artwork about circles of trust and circular logic, running circles around someone and being in or outside the circle. We’d love stories and concrete poems in the shape of a circle or a spiral. See our Submittable page for all the details and more inspiration.
Reflex Fiction is a quarterly international flash fiction competition for stories between 180 and 360 words. We publish one story every day as we count down to the winner of each competition.
Winter 2017 Winners
At the end of March, we published the three winning stories from our Winter 2017 flash fiction competition as chosen by Shasta Grant. Here are the winners and links to the stories:
You can read Shasta’s thoughts on the winning stories here.
Spring 2018 Long-List
We’ve also just published the long-list for our Spring 2018 competition and have started publishing stories as we count down to the announcement of the winners at the end of June.
Summer 2018 Open for Entries
We’re also accepting entries for our Summer 2018 competition. Here are the important details:
Prizes: £1,000 first, £500 second, £250 third (or the equivalent in your local currency)
Entry Fee: £7 / $9 / €9
Entries close: May 31, 2018
Judge: Sherrie Flick
We had a fantastic March with stories from Jennifer Harvey, Adam Lock, Neil Campbell, Brian Kirk and Alicia Bakewell amongst others.
Fictive Dream is open to submissions of short stories and flash fiction (500 – 2,500 words). As always, we’re interested in material with a contemporary feel. Your stories may be on any subject. They may be challenging, dramatic, playful, exhilarating or cryptic. Above all, they must be well-crafted and compelling.
Check out the Fictive Dream website here.
Look at our submission guidelines here.
We’re looking forward to receiving your best work!
The next Story Friday has the theme of ‘Stolen’: stolen hearts, stolen kisses, stolen jewels, stolen lives… who is the thief in your story? Will you go all Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels or are your robber’s deeds more domestic? We can’t wait to read your stolen stories! 2,000 words maximum, no minimum, deadline Monday April 30th. Story Friday Stolen is on Friday 11th May – please ensure you are available to come to the event before submitting. We have fine actors who are happy to read your story for you if you’d like them to – please let us know when you submit. For more information about Story Fridays, to listen to stories that we’ve recorded, for full submission details and to submit your story click here.
The Royal Society of Literature is delighted to announce the nineteenth V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize. There is a prize of £1,000, and the winning entry will be published in Prospect magazine online and in the RSL Review.
Entrants must be resident in the UK, Republic of Ireland or Commonwealth and likely to be available for a prizegiving event in Autumn 2018. Stories entered for the competition must not have been published previously, or broadcast in any other medium.
The judges this year are Tibor Fischer, Irenosen Okojie and Leone Ross.
Entries can also be sent by post to:
VSP, The Royal Society of Literature
Somerset House, Strand
London, WC2R 1LA
Postal entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form (which also contains full rules and eligibility criteria). Download the application form.
The closing date for entries is Friday 29 June 2018.
Launched as part of the nationwide Get Creative Festival. We are looking for entries with a maximum of 300 words (excluding title). The competition is open to anyone over 18.
Judge: David Gaffney
Closing date: 31st May 2018
£5 per Flash Fiction.
- The winning Flash Fiction will receive £150.
- The top Eight Flash Fictions will be published online on The Casket of Fictional Delights
- The top Four Flash Fictions will be professionally recorded and broadcast in a special audio podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, TuneIn and Stitcher, promoted by The Casket of Fictional Delights.
Judge David Gaffney has the following advice –
“I do not expect to understand it at first. I expect to be a little confused. I hope to be a little confused. I will expect to have to read it again, and maybe again after that. And the feeling I want to have after finishing it is a feeling that I have understood something I didn’t understand before but I still don’t really know what it is.”
Good Luck Everyone