It’s a busy time at the The A3 Review. Issue #5 has officially launched! Short fiction and poetry from the UK, North America and Ireland. There’s also a guest piece from leading US flash fiction writer Meg Pokrass. You can order a copy via this link.
Meanwhile, our monthly contests to find contributors for Issue #6 are underway. The theme for October is Uniforms. Soldiers, nurses, prisoners, cops, sailors, fighter pilots, guerilla fighters, firefighters, goths, priests, chefs, hipsters and school children… the list of uniforms people wear is long and varied.
We’re looking for stories about how characters change when they put on a uniform, how people perceive those in uniform, how much of a disguise a uniform can be. You could write about a couple – one who loves their uniform, the other hates it. Or someone who doesn’t need to wear a uniform, but does anyway. Use the idea of rank and status to kickstart your creativity. Write about uniforms you’ve worn, or about those that excite or scare you. Secret uniforms and uniforms that elicit shame or pride.
Visit our Submittable page for more inspiration. The deadline is 22 October 2016.
Each month we choose two winning pieces for publication (The A3 Review is published twice a year). All winning entries receive Writing Maps and contributor copies, while three overall winners for each issue receive cash prizes totaling £275. You can get more inspiration by following The A3 Review on Twitter @TheA3Review and sign up for our newsletter here.
If you’re looking for detailed, knowledgeable and forward-looking feedback on your short fiction, editors KM Elkes and Shaun Levin are offering a critique service for writers. To find out more click here.
Happy writing and reading.
Here’s an opportunity to receive some writerly feedback and support a worthy cause at the same time. Harriet Kline, award winning short story writer, experienced in teaching and assessing creative writing, is offering to critique short stories of up to 5000 words in return for a £20 donation to Medecins Sans Frontieres or the Doctors of the World Calais Appeal. More information here
Here’s what’s been happening on our blog over the past few weeks.
Open Pen magazine are to publish an anthology of short stories. The London Journal of Fiction is calling for submissions. Structo has a new issue out and is running a submissions experiment. Paper Republic has just launched, publishing new Chinese fiction in translation.
New lit mag Flight Journal is seeking bold short fiction. Paper and Ink Zine’s new issue, #6, is now available, as is the summer issue of Jotters United, Stuck. The Queen’s Head is calling for submissions for Issue #7 – a Sci-Fi Special and Shooter Literary Magazine is calling for submissions for its ‘Surreal’ issue.
Bunbury magazine’s ninth issue is published, The Night Issue and SHORT FICTION gives us a preview of their ninth issue. Trafika Europe’s fourth issue, Armenian Rhapsody, is now available, as is Holdfast magazine’s Issue 6, Gods and Monsters, and they are looking for work for Issue 7. The Nottingham Review is still open for submissions for its first issue. Hotel Magazine has announced issue 1 and is calling for submissions for its second issue.
We’re delighted to welcome a new live lit event to our listings, Speak Easy Manchester: “a night of eclectic poetry, prose and creative non-fiction”. Fictions of Every Kind is holding it’s Worlds-themed event on Sept 7th in Leeds. And London StorySLAM Live is calling for submissions for its event on 1st October.
Shoreline of Infinity magazine is running a science fiction competition, deadline 21 Dec. Liberties Flash Fiction competition has published the winning entries, now available on iTunes. Galley Beggar Press have launched a new short story prize, deadline Nov 15th. The A3 Review launches 6 new writing contests.
A new competition, the Cambridge Flash Fiction award, has just launched, with monthly deadlines. The Cro-Magnon lit zine’s new short story competition, ‘Primitive Humanity‘ closes on Sept 15th.
Taylz is now live and providing free, structured feedback on short stories.
Festivals & Workshops
Paul McVeigh is running his Killer First Page workshop in Bath on October 17th, followed by a an evening reading.
Last Minute & Gentle Reminders
The London Short Story Prize closes tomorrow, Sep 1st (UK residents only). The University of Leicester’s 2015 short story competition is open until 11 September.
If you are eager for even more short-story-related news, do follow ShortStops on Twitter where, when we should be writing, we spend (far too) much time passing on news from lit mags, live lit events, short story workshops and festivals! If you’d like to review an event or a publication, drop me a line.
Phew! We are finally there. After countless missed deadlines and much gnashing of teeth, Taylz has finally launched!
Taylz.com is a free website for short-story writers to test and develop their work. We aim to supply you with high-quality, objective critiques from experienced writers, as well as a hungry, global readership.
We have designed an incentive based system whereby writers anonymously read and rate one another’s work using a simple but thorough, personalised survey format, giving you constructive, forthright feedback without any flannel.
Getting involved now means you can benefit straight away from the Taylz review process, and also enter the running for our Taylz Short Story Collection. This collection will help promote our upcoming phase 2 launch to the general public, and will feature the best rated short stories from our Phase 1 story building phase.
We are hoping to provide writers of all levels with a really useful tool, and hope that you’ll get involved to help us do so.
You can read more about Taylz here. Any questions/feedback goes here.
Hope to read you soon!
Here at PAPER AND INK LITERARY ZINE we love to hear what our readers think of the zine, good or bad, all feedback is helpful (Well, most of it). Steve Nash of Sabotage Reviews recently got hold of our fifth issue and had some very kind words to say about it (I promise, we did not bribe or blackmail him into saying such things). Check out the review here.
We would love to know what you thought of the zine, too, so if you’d like to sing our praises or tell us why you hated it, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Writing East Midlands has commissioned poet and polar explorer Siobhan Logan to be our Digital Writer in Residence as part of the 14-18 Now commemorations of the centenary of the declaration of WWI.
On the – 14-18 Now. website, acclaimed writer Kate Pullinger and writer/director Neil Bartlett introduces the national project Letter to an Unknown Soldier: “On Platform One of Paddington Station in London, there is a statue of an unknown soldier; he’s reading a letter. On the hundredth anniversary of the declaration of war – in this year crowded with official remembrance and ceremony – we’re inviting everyone in the country to pause, take a moment or two, and write that letter. All the letters the soldier receives will be published here, creating a new kind of war memorial – one made only of words.”
Every week, Siobhan, whose first book, Firebridge to Skyshore: A Northern Lights Journey is a collection of prose and poetry exploring the myths and science of the aurora borealis, will provide inspiration, answer questions or help you polish your writing as you add your voice to this exciting national project.
This unique, week-long residency will take the form of an online forum, where you will find resources to inspire your writing, links to valuable research material and hints and tips from Siobhan,who will be available to read your work and offer you advice every day from Mon 28th July to Sun 3rd Aug.
To be a part of this exciting national project all you need to do is SIGN UP to the Writing East Midlands Forum and start writing!
When you’ve written something you’re happy with, you can submit it to the Letters to an Unknown Soldier project at the 14-18 Now website. When you do submit your work, please let them know that we sent you by putting Writing East Midlands in the ‘Organisation’ box on the submission form.
There have already been 16,000 letters so far – read the letters and add your voice to this inspiring and exciting project.