The A3 Review Launches 6 New Writing Contests

issue 3We’re almost ready to put together Issue #3 of The A3 Review. There’s still time to qualify, if you enter this month’s writing contest on the theme of HANDS.

Then it’s on to Issue #4! We’ve launched the six writing contests whose winners will make up the contributors of Issue #4. You can see the six new themes if you click here.

If you’re new to The A3 Review, you can read more about the fold-out lit mag here. Basically, it’s a lit mag that behaves like a map. All contributions are under 151 words. There’s a small entry fee, and the ultimate three winners receive cash prizes; all winners are published in the magazine and receive Writing Maps.

The themes for the upcoming Writing Contests are:

  • September: TALKING ANIMALS, Deadline 26 September
  • October: THE STORY OF A GARDEN, Deadline 24 October
  • November: TABLE MANNERS, Deadline 28 November
  • December: YELLOW THINGS, Deadline 26 December
  • January: PUNISHMENT, Deadline 23 January 2016
  • February: THE HEART, Deadline 27 February 2016

Read the full details here. And sign up to The A3 Review‘s newsletter here.

The two winning entries from each month will appear in Issue #4 of The A3 Review and will constitute the shortlist. The three overall winners from the shortlist will receive prizes as follows: 1st = £150; 2nd = £75; 3rd = £50. All winning entries will receive contributor copies, Writing Maps and other goodies.

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Liberties Flash Fiction Competition now open!

Liberties Festival Dublin’s first flash fiction competition is now OPEN!

We want your best 50-300 words on the theme “Liberties”. We are looking for entries from anyone living on the island of Ireland. Email your entry in the body of your email (no attachments please) to libertiesflashfiction@gmail.com by 13 July 2015. Full rules can be found here.

It’s free to enter – overall prize for best entry is a Kindle. Best entry about The Liberties area of Dublin wins two tickets to the Nighthawks event in Guinness Storehouse! Check out the festival programme, it’s going to be fun!

Cambridge Fiction Award – Just Launched

Cambridge_University,_King's_CollegeThe first Cambridge Fiction Award, a rolling monthly flash fiction competition, opened for submissions this month.

The competition is free and open to all with the aim of encouraging more writers to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard on a regular basis. Entries must be under 200 words which means you don’t need a huge amount of time to take part – perfect for your train commute or coffee break. Let your imagination run wild in a bite sized story.

If you have always fancied trying to write stories but don’t know where to start or if you love writing but need a bit of help finding inspiration each month, don’t worry, we’ll be providing a monthly writing prompt to get you started. Simply include the prompt word in your story and stick to the word limit – there are no other rules. The deadline for entries is the 25th of each month when the next prompt word will be announced.

This month’s prompt is our home town, the beautiful city of Cambridge. You could write about any time period, any genre, from any perspective, use the city as a setting or take inspiration from the amazing residents throughout the ages. It’s completely up to you.

Winning and runner up entries will be published on the Cambridge Fiction Award website.

This is a brand new competition and we’re really excited about the response so far – thank you Short Stops for telling your readers about us. In just a few days we’ve had some amazing entries from all over the world. Whether you’re an experienced writer or this is your first attempt we want to read your stories.

For more information and to enter this month’s competition visit CambridgeFictionAward.com and follow us on twitter @camfictionaward

London StorySLAM:Live – Thursday 02 July – 7.30 – 9.30pm – Southbank Centre

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Discover if you have the literary X-Factor at StorySLAM:Live. Bring along your five-minute flash fiction story on the theme of ‘LOVE’ for your chance to read on the night in front of industry judges, including Liar’s League founder, Kate Darby, Literary Agent of Rocking Chair Books, Samar Hammam and celebrated flash fiction writer, Femi Martin.

Venue: Southbank Centre

Date: Thursday 02 July

Time: 7.30 – 9.30pm

BOOK HERE.

Also see our WEBSITE for events and resources for writers.

Word Factory Short Story Competition: DEADLINE EXTENDED

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Don’t miss the chance to win a year of entry to the Word Factory salon as well as online publication!

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Word Factory will publish ten stories inspired by these opening lines, penned for us by Neil Gaiman. Along with publication, the winners can attend salons for a year for free. Stories will be published online and may be included in a future anthology. The competition will be judged by Toby Litt and Cathy Galvin.

Rules: Please use the opening sentence in full or as a springboard (i.e. use the fable as the platform to launch your ideas from, using your own interpretation of the fable) for an inspiring fable of 3000 words maximum.
Submissions deadline has been extended to 31st July. UK entry only.
You may send more than one story but the entry fee of £5 must be purchased for each story.
The stories will be judged anonymously so please ensure only the title and page numbers are included on your submission.
Submissions will be accepted in Word (.doc/.docx) or PDF (.pdf) format.

Submissions: Once you have paid your entry fee via eventbrite, the instructions for entry will be emailed to you.
The ten winning short stories will be announced at the September Word Factory Salon, and the winners will be contacted before the salon.

If you have any queries, please contact Alison via alison@thewordfactory.tv

ENTER YOUR STORY HERE

The A3 Review: Green Things Contest

9781910289228This month’s Writing Maps Writing Contest is all about green things. Write a short story, flash fiction, poem or graphic story inspired by the colour green, or the word green. Make a creative list of green things. Think the green green grass of home, or the green of envy. Think fruit and veg, mojitos and a shot of blue-green algae. Healthy or additive-packed, fresh or mouldy. The green of newness. The green of the dollar. Green hills and green light to go.  Follow us on Twitter for regular #greenthings inspiration.

Deadline is 27th June 2015.

Winners of each monthly contest are published in The A3 Review, and will make up the shortlist to win cash prizes in August 2015. All winners receive Writing Maps and other goodies. You can read more about The A3 Review here. It’s a lit mag that behaves like a map. All contributions are under 151 words. The themes for the upcoming Writing Contests are:

  • July: JOURNEYS, Deadline 25 July
  • August: HANDS, Deadline 22 August

Read the full details here.

The A3 Review is brought to you by the folks who make Writing Maps. We’re giving away copies of our greenest Writing Map, Writing Art, until the end of this month’s contest, 27th June. Just pay postage, and enter discount code GREEN when you check out. Click here to see the Writing Art Writing Map.

Writing Maps: The Tea and Coffee Contest

New Cafe Writing MapThis month’s Writing Maps Writing Contest is all about tea and coffee. It coincides with the launch of our revamped Cafe Writing Map and also with UK Coffee Week. That’s a little preview on the left of the new Writing Map, and if you click here, you’ll get more details about this month’s contest. There are still a few copies left of the original Cafe Writing Map, so grab yourself a copy by clicking here. We’re donating £1 from every map sold to UK Coffee Week’s Project Waterfall. Winners of each monthly contest are published in The A3 Review, and will make up the shortlist to win cash prizes in August 2015. All winners receive Writing Maps and other goodies. You can read more about The A3 Review here. It’s a lit mag that behaves like a map. All contributions are under 151 words. The themes for the upcoming Writing Contests are:

  • May: TEA & COFFEE, Deadline 23 May
  • June: GREEN THINGS, Deadline 27 June
  • July: JOURNEYS, Deadline 25 July
  • August: HANDS, Deadline 22 August

Read the full details here.