Submissions for National Flash Fiction Day 2018 are NOW OPEN!

Now in it’s seventh year, National Flash Fiction Day will be on Saturday 16th June 2018 and we’ll be celebrating with events and readings and submission opportunities! We’re currently open for our micro-fiction competition and our annual anthology, so get writing!

Micro Competition

From now until Saturday 17th March 2018, you can send us up to three micro fictions on any theme for our Micro fiction competition. These must be 100 words or fewer, and can be on any theme.

More details about the micro completion can be found here: http://nationalflashfictionday.co.uk/comp.html

Anthology

This year’s anthology theme is one you’ll be able to sink your teeth into, and we’re hungry for your flashes! From now until Saturday 31st March 2018, you can send us up to three 500 word flashes on this year’s theme: Food! The anthology will be edited by award-winning writer, Alison Powell, and National Flash Fiction Day Co-Director, Santino Prinzi. Your stories must be 500 words or fewer.

We’re looking for stories inspired by and about whatever’s on your plate. We’re ready to salivate over your sentences, to savour the subtle flavours of your subtext, to devour your delicious dialogue. Sweet, sour, savoury, sharp, tangy, rich, or rotten. Serve us up some scrumptious tales and tantalising treats with tasty twists. Are we all becoming too healthy? Or is suet the main dish of the day? Has a friendship been ruined by raw chocolate? We’re looking for full-fat, jam-packed flash fiction with an aftertaste we won’t forget. Feel free to interpret the theme of “food” however you wish, but your flashes must fit the theme in some way.

More details about the anthology submissions can be found here: http://nationalflashfictionday.co.uk/anth.html

 

We can’t wait to feast upon your words!

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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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V. Press open for flash pamphlet submissions

V. Press is v. v. delighted to have opened its flash fiction submission window.

The press specialises in short fiction pamphlets, poetry pamphlets and poetry collections – publishing poetry and short fiction that is very very.

For more information about the press and the kind of writing we love, please see our website at http://vpresspoetry.blogspot.co.uk/.

Please make sure that you read and follow the submission guidelines before sending your work. These can be found at http://vpresspoetry.blogspot.co.uk/p/submissions.html.

The V. Press flash fiction (NOT poetry) submissions window is open until July 24, 2017.

England’s Future History wants your short stories…

A new short story competition has launched giving writers the chance to map out what happens to England in the future.

England’s Future History is seeking stories or poems between 500 and 3,000 words set in the future and based in England. Simple, right?

The twist is that once a story has been accepted and published, the events in that story become canon – they are officially part of England’s Future History. Other stories that follow have to take these historic events into account.

Some tips:

  • Don’t write us into a corner: The selection of stories will be curated so any that write us into a corner (apocalypse scenarios etc) will be rejected no matter how good they are
  • Think small: Not every story has to have a major event. We’re looking for more personal views of the future. Characters are just as important as the events. But the story should reflect the changing times
  • Follow the timeline: As new stories are published the events of these tales will be added to our timeline. Before you submit, read the timeline to make sure you’re not contradicting someone else.
  • Get connected: One of the aims of this project is to create a connected vision of England’s future. So, you’ll get extra brownie points if you make reference to events in other stories. Think of it as the EFHLU – the English Future History’s Literary University.

What do predict for the future?

Will your story be about the day Wales gains independence? Will your character be the last red head in the UK? Or the first Brit to reach 120 years old?

Will it be about a new technological advance that changes everything or a political movement that threatens to send the country into meltdown?

Or maybe you just imagine a future in which Newcastle finally win the Premier League – stranger things have happened.

The rules…

1. All stories should be under 3,000 words, but can be as little as 500 words.

2. All stories should be set in England at some point in the future.

3. New entries must not contradict anything that has gone before. Check the timeline post for key dates and events.

4. I will have final say on what goes in.

5. All submissions should include a future date at the start so I can easily place it on the timeline.

6. We don’t mind if you have published your stories elsewhere previously.

7. We’d prefer not to remove stories once published – so be certain you want your piece online.

8. We’ll edit your piece for typos  and grammar mistakes, so let me know beforehand if there are any intentional mistakes, grammar styles etc that I should know about.

9. We’ll aim to let you know within 3 weeks.

10. Oh, and it’s free to enter.

11. Deadlines are at the end of March, June, September and December. The next one is Thursday, March 31, 2016.

If you want your story to be included, simply email us with your story as an attachment, a bit about yourself and brief intro to your piece.

Last call for nominations — Best Small Fictions

It takes many small things to make something big. Best Small Fictions 2016 is seeking nominations from around the world.

The deadline for nominations for international submissions (Best Small Fictions is based in the United States) from editors and presses is fast approaching: postmarked by Monday, January 11, 2016.

BSFCover_webIn 2015, fifty-five acclaimed and emerging writers—including Emma Bolden, Ron Carlson, Kelly Cherry, Stuart Dybek, Blake Kimzey, Roland Leach, Bobbie Ann Mason, Diane Williams, and Hiromi Kawakami—made the debut of The Best Small Fictions series something significant, something worthwhile, and something necessary. Featuring spotlights on Pleiades journal and Michael Martone, this international volume—with Pulitzer Prize–winning author Robert Olen Butler serving as guest editor and award-winning editor Tara L. Masih as series editor—is a celebration of the diversity and quality captured in fiction forms fewer than 1,000 words. Best Small Fictions 2015 is available on Amazon UK.

Writing from journals as varied as Matter Press, Wigleaf, The Stinging Fly, Workers Write!, Contemporary Haibun Online, Neon Literary Magazine , Smokelong Quarterly, Flash Frontier, Sand, decpomP, The Los Angeles Review, Bartleby Snopes and Gargoyle were included in the 2015 volume—and that’s just a sample.

Coming in October 2016, the second volume, guest edited by Stuart Dybek, promises the same excitement and depth as the first.

Click here for full guidelines and send your nominations today:

http://www.queensferrypress.com/bsf/bsf2016guidelines.pdf.

The editors are especially looking for nominations by international writers. More information and reviews can be found on The Best Small Fictions page on Facebook.

Please enjoy the 2015 volume and see why acclaimed writer Nuala Ni Chonchuir said “there is pathos, depth and welcome language—fireworks in these small gems.”

And please nominate for the 2016 volume!

 

Extended Submission Deadline for The Siren’s FUGUE II

The ship has not yet sailed if you would like to be part of The Siren Press’ second short story anthology FUGUE II, as the deadline for submissions has been extended to Thursday March 19th.

Following closely in the footsteps of its predecessor, FUGUE II is looking for short stories that are intelligent, amusing and dark in nature. The stranger and more surreal the better. For a taste of just what we mean, FUGUE included tales concerning a budding romance between man and machine, the unfortunate consequences of living in an adult anxiety dream, and a narrator living amid a melting city.

If you have a completed story or draft that you think would be perfect to add to our eclectic mix, please submit your work at https://greensubmissions.com/428/the-siren-press/signup.php : and quick!

The Siren Team

Manchester Review, Issue 12: Call for Submissions

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Dear writers,

The Manchester Review is currently reading submissions for Issue 12. We’re seeking previously unpublished high-quality literary fiction with an upper word-limit of 6,000 and no restrictions on theme. Novel extracts are welcome, but they must function as stand-alone pieces. We’ll be reading through until mid-May. Have a look at our archives for inspiration: in the past we’ve featured Kevin Barry, Jennifer Egan and Martin Amis – maybe next time we’ll feature you!

The Editors

(Ian, John and Valerie)