New from Fictive Dream is September Slam in which we will feature seven new short stories, one for each day of the week, from Monday 24th to Sunday 30th September 2018.
As always we’re interested in stories with a contemporary feel on any subject that gives an insight into the human condition. But here’s the twist. Your story must include two sentences courtesy of short story writer, novelist and publisher, Nicholas Royle.
Nicholas Royle is the author of three short story collections—Mortality (Serpent’s Tail), Ornithology (Confingo Publishing), The Dummy and Other Uncanny Stories (Swan River Press)—and seven novels, most recently First Novel (Vintage). He has edited more than twenty anthologies and is series editor of Best British Short Stories (Salt). Reader in Creative Writing at the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University, he also runs Nightjar Press and is head judge of the Manchester Fiction Prize.
Check out the Fictive Dream website here.
See our September Slam 2018 submission guidelines here.
For standard submissions (500–2,500 words) we remain open as usual.
We’re looking forward to receiving your best!
Tasting Notes & other short stories – a diverse menu of short fiction expertly crafted to tantalise and entertain.
The very best 2017 competition entries have been published in one anthology entitled ‘Tasting Notes & other short stories’ – a diverse and complex menu of short fiction, expertly crafted to tantalise and entertain.
Contributors were encouraged to explore imaginative interpretations of one or more of the various meanings that could be derived from the term ‘Taste’.
Congratulations to the prizewinners and many thanks to all who entered the competition – visit www.ouenpress.com to view the FINAL RESULTS.
Sussex based editor and writer, Philippa R Francis writing as K.M. Lockwood was placed as overall winner her work ‘Tasting Notes’. Other prizewinners include Texan-based writer Randall G. Arnold for ‘Taste of the Broken Sea, and UEA Creative Writing graduate and editor Krishan Coupland for ‘The Life of Dogbreath’.
Delighted again with the global reach of the competition, we have been enthralled by those who have opted for the less obvious approaches to the brief, as we hoped they would do what excellent writers can do – expand the subject beyond what might first come to mind.
Deadline dates and details of the theme for the next competition will be made available on our website later in the year – or you may wish to check in with us on Twitter @OuenP or Facebook @ouenpress, for more regular updates on future competitions and all our other activities.
Wishing you every success with your future writing projects.
The Ouen Press team
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:
First Place: Anger Management by Charmaine Wilkerson
Second Place: Shrink by Julia Paillier
Third Place: Storm Drain by Billy Boyle
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
SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY
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.
Click below to enter your story online via our Submittable site:
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.
The Casket of Fictional Delights
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.
Full set of Rules and writing Tips available on the website.
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
Booking is now open for the 2018 Flash Fiction Festival UK funded by Bath Flash FictionAward, taking place at Trinity College, Stoke Hill, Bristol, Friday evening 20th July – Sunday late afternoon, 22nd July this year, 2018.
We’ve a great line of up workshops, talks, readings and book launches, by leading flash fiction writers and tutors from the UK, the US, Ireland and Germany as well as open-mic sessions for all participants.
There’s an informal picnic and open-mic on Friday night in the extensive grounds where you can meet and mingle with fellow flash fiction fans. We’ve a raffle with great prizes including a week’s writing retreat in Italy, a festival long mini competition with prizes, a bar, a book shop and the opportunity to submit fictions you begin at the festival workshops to Flash Fiction Festival Anthology Two which will be published in 2018. All contributors receive a free copy.
We’d love you to come to learn about, write and read flash fiction and have fun with other enthusiasts. Beginners and experienced writers from all backgrounds welcome. Places going fast. More details and to book at flashfictionfestival.com £200. (£230 includes all meals). Tea, coffee and biscuits free through out the workshop. Help with finding value accommodation. Six places for caravans.