Call for submissions: SPOTLIGHT BOOKS

Small books, big ideas– we’re looking for a few good writers.

Inventive.  Hidden.  Compelling.  Unrecognised.  Challenging.  Unheard. Beautiful.  Ambitious.

Creative Future, Myriad Editions and New Writing South seek the best unpublished English short fiction writers from under-represented backgrounds—those who face barriers due to mental health, disability, identity or social circumstance.

We’re looking for manuscripts of 8-10,000 words–no more, no less.  We’re happy with one long story or a selection of several.  

Six writers (three fiction writers and three poets) will be selected, supported to polish their manuscripts and further their careers, and be published in individual short books with international distribution.

For more info and how to enter, please click here  

Deadline: 24 February 2019

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Call for Submissions: Tales From The Forest

Tales

Tales From The Forest is a quarterly online magazine full of art and poetry and fiction, and we’re delighted to announce the theme for our 10th issue.

It’s X.

What’s the literary term for “free-for-all”? That’s the theme of our next issue. X for 10. Write whatever you want.

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Fiction: no more than 1,000 words. Submit one piece only. 
Art: any medium. Submit one piece only. 
Poetry: any length. You guessed it: Submit one piece only.

Deadline: Sunday February 17th.

Please send your submission to talesfromtheforest.mag@gmail.com with a short bio.

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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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Submission opportunity Flash Fiction February 2019

Four weeks left to get your story in for Fictive Dream’s Flash Fiction February 2019. Submissions close on midnight December 31 2018.

During Flash Fiction February we will feature a new piece of flash fiction throughout February 2019. That’s a new story, every day, starting on 1 February for the entire month. As always we’re interested in stories with a contemporary feel.

We’ve put a squeeze on our usual word count though, so only stories of between 200 – 750 words please.

Read our Flash Fiction February submission guidelines here.

Check out the Fictive Dream website here.

We’re looking forward to receiving your best work!

Laura Black
Editor

Calling all Flashers – November Flashers’ Club

Cheltenham’s quarterly live flash fiction night, Flashers’ Club, will be opening the mic once again on Thursday 29th November, 7:30pm, at Smokey Joe’s Coffee Bar. Got a story between 100 and 1000 words? Bring it down and share it! We welcome everyone and every story – no submissions, no genre restrictions. Flashers’ is a great night out for fans of flash, whether you’re coming to read or just soak up the stories.

This month we’re very excited to feature flash author Santino Prinzi, who’ll be sharing some of his stories alongside our open mic readers. We’ll also be giving away a copy of literary journal Popshot Quarterly to one of our lucky open mic performers. Tickets are just £4, and all profits got to the charity First Story. Head over to our website to find out full details, or find us and chat to us on Twitter or Facebook.

John O’Connor Writing School Short Story Competition Update

Did you submit to the John O’Connor Short Story Competition? We will be contacting the winner of the 2018 John O’Connor Writing School short story competition in less than a week. We wish you every success.

The prize is a free pass and accommodation to the Festival which runs 1-4 November in Armagh, intensive 3 day writing course, meeting with publishers at the Publisher Panel, an industry talk with a well known writer in your chosen writing course, £250, an opportunity to participate in Lyrical Lunchtime event on 4 November AND a 3 day writing retreat at the River Mill Writing Retreat in the heart of rural County Down. Exciting, or what?

‘No Borders, No Boundaries. Celebrate & Inspire’

The John O’Connor Writing School and Literary Arts Festival (1-4 November, Armagh, Northern Ireland).  It’s a packed programme featuring its aclaimed writing school wtih international class poets, song writers, prose, stage and screen writers and how-to-write experts. Fiction in all its forms, including the short story are represented, and we are delighted to welcome Tom Bromley of Faber Academy as tutor for our intensive writing course (includes Industry Talk and Publisher’s Panel event). New this year are four ‘taster’ sessions, and we are delighted to welcome acclaimed author Paul McVeigh as ‘Step Into Fiction Writing’. An award-winning short story writer, Paul also has a keen insight into what makes a good short story and will help you discover what competition judges and journal editors are looking for.

An additional dimension to the Writing School which runs from November 1 to 4 and is funded by the Arts Council for Northern Ireland and Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon Council, is a parallel Arts Festival of staged drama, lectures, talks, and music.

The writing school will be hosted in various historic locations around Armagh including libraries, hotels, bars and restaurants.

A full programme and more information on the John O’Connor Writing School and Literary Arts Festival 2018 is available on www.thejohnoconnorwritingschool.com

Courses & Events can be booked on: https://visitarmagh.com/johnoconnnor

Early bird discount (10-15%) up to 4 October.

The Nottingham Review now open for submissions

The Nottingham Review is now open for submissions for our second print issue (to be published in December). We’re looking for fiction between 100-3000 words. There is no theme. The closing date for this reading period is Wednesday 31st October 2018.

For full submission guidelines please see our website for details. Our first 10 issues are archived on the website and are free to view. You can also purchase a copy of our first print issue from our online store, priced only £3 including free delivery.

Fictive Dream Call for Submissions

The submissions window for Fictive Dream’s September Slam 2018 is now closed and we’ll be publishing the seven winning stories from September 24th to 30th – one new short story for each day. Our thanks to Nicholas Royle who supported September Slam by kindly providing the text upon which our Slam stories are based. Our thanks must also go to everyone who helped to promote the competition and to those who submitted stories. 

We remain open to standard submissions and, as always, we’re interested in short stories with a contemporary feel (500 – 2,500 words). They may be on any subject. They may be challenging, dramatic, playful, exhilarating or cryptic. Above all, they must be well-crafted and compelling.

Check out the Fictive Dream website here.

Read our submission guidelines here.

We’re looking forward to receiving your best work!

Laura Black
Editor