Silver, Gold, and Some Hard Cash

gold thingsWe’ve got a silver-themed contest with a looming deadline; six new themes for Issue 8: The Gold Issue; and an increase in our cash prizes.

There’s still one last chance to be part of The A3 Review‘s Issue 7, The Silver Issue. This month’s theme is SILVER THINGS, so make sure to get your sparkly work in by Saturday the 26th August. Click here for glittery inspiration and to submit. The issue will also include a story by guest flash-fiction writer Kathy Fish alongside the winners of the last 5 months of contests, and this month’s winners, too.

In other news… The A3 Review‘s founding editor, Shaun Levin, is launching a new online writing course, How to Map Your Book. The course is suitable for writers at all stages of a book project, so if you’re putting together a collection of short stories, you might want to check out the details here.  There’s an early-bird rate for bookings up until the 20th August.

Do please spread the word about our new themes for Issue 8: The Gold Issue. Naked and Nude, Windows, and Betrayal are just some of the dramatic themes coming up! And, because our submission numbers are up, we’re able to increase the prize money from this issue. Click here for inspiration and more details.

The Walter Swan Short Story Prize (Competition)

The Walter Swan Short Story Prize, run by the Northern Short Story Festival and Leeds Big Bookend in partnership with the Walter Swan Trust, is now open for entries. Judges are Anna Chilvers and Angela Readman.

We are looking for great new short stories. Around twenty selected short stories will be published in our anthology, to be published by Valley Press in May 2018, and three winners will be awarded cash prizes. There is no theme and you do not have to live in the North of England to enter.

“The common themes throughout Walt’s life were kindness, warmth and humour. He was always sociable and had a great talent for friendship. Much of his time was dedicated to others as a family member, friend, teacher and director, and he provided support, encouragement and inspiration in each of these roles. Walt was passionate about creative writing of all genres and, although he was extremely talented in his own right, it is his enthusiasm for the work of others which is the legacy that the Walter Swan Trust now aims to continue.”

1st Prize £200

2nd Prize £100

3rd Prize £50

Enter using our Submittable link here. See the Big Bookend website for further T&Cs.

Fictive Dream call for submissions

Fictive Dream is open to submissions all year round.

We especially like stories that give an insight into the human condition; stories that focus on those moments that change people’s lives. Your writing may be experimental, conventional, dramatic, playful, or cryptic. Above all, it must be well-crafted and compelling.

Check out our website here.

See our submission guidelines here.

We look forward to receiving your best short stories and flash fiction (500-2,500 words).

Happy writing!

Laura Black
Editor

Twitter @fictivedream
Website www.fictivedream.com

 

Bunbury Magazine in the flesh.

Hello to you all from Bunbury Magazine. We hope you are well and enjoying what passes for summer! The clouds may be filling the sky but we are here with news that will help the sun shine strong on your day.

For the very first time, Bunbury Magazine can be yours in physical form! We have been working tirelessly to get our back catalogue of issues into print and we are so proud to be able to bring you the very first issue. You can get your actual hands on the actual magazine by actually clicking on the beautiful front cover below.

In other news, our inbox is still open to submissions for our ‘Fallout’ themed issue. We are looking for your poetry, short stories and flash fiction. The deadline is 16th August and we still have plenty of room for your work. Find out more about our submission guidelines below:

We will be back in September with more news, themes and a new issue!

Much love,

Christopher and Keri.

Upcoming deadline for Tales From The Forest

Looming deadine!

Tales From The Forest is welcoming standalone submissions or interlinking pieces for our issues #6, #7 and #8.

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Issue #6: “How It Begins” – To allow our 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.

Our cover for issue #6, courtesy of Larry Dunne:

How It Begins

Cover for issue #6

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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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Come discover our new platform for literary fiction

Are you a fan or aspiring writer of literary fiction? Fairlight Books, a new Oxford-based publisher, is accepting submissions for its online short story publishing programme. Our mission is to champion good writing and bring eager readers and writers together. Our website is a showcase for the writing we believe readers shouldn’t miss, and we are currently receiving submissions for our short story programme. Our online portal is freely available to readers, because we want talented writers to come to public attention, and because we think the short story should get more attention than it does.

If you are a budding writer, but still unsure whether to submit any of your stories with us please head on over to our website for more information.  Our website has all the information you need to submit your work with us, as well as some truly interesting articles, advice and interviews reflecting our general love for books and reading: http://www.fairlightbooks.co.uk/about-us/

Palm-Sized Press call for submissions

Originally founded as an online flash fiction writing community, Palm-Sized Press is now open to submissions for its debut print zine. Flash fiction up to 500 words and black & white artwork on the theme ‘Retrospective’ will be considered until 6 August.

Responses submitted to the monthly prompts will also be considered through August. Anyone can submit a response, as long as it is no longer than 500 words.

For more information about submissions, see our website.

Happy writing!
E.M. Killaley
Editor