Cheltenham’s Flashers’ Club seeks flash fiction fans for the first event of 2018!
On Thursday February 8th we’ll be hosting our usual open mic (bring your 100-1000 word story and sign up on the night), plus guest reading by multi-talented flash fic author Tania Hershman.
We’ll be at Smokey Joe’s Coffee Bar from 7:30pm. Tickets are available on the door: £3 for readers, £4 for audience only. As always, all profits go to the charity First Story. Find full details at the Flashers’ Club site, and don’t miss it!
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.
Autumn 2017 Winners
At the end of December, we published the three winning stories from our Autumn 2017 flash fiction competition as chosen by Tim Stevenson. Here are the winners and links to the stories:
First Place: Jimmy Choo Shoes by Shannon Savvas
Second Place: Stolen Hours by Sophie van Llewyn
Third Place: Pandora’s Cat by Tracy Fells
You can read Tim’s thoughts on the winning stories here.
Winter 2017 Long-List
We’ve also just published the long-list for our Winter 2017 competition and have started publishing stories as we count down to the announcement of the winners at the end of March.
Spring 2018 Open for Entries
We’re also accepting entries for our Spring 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: February 28, 2018
Judge: Michelle Elvy
SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY
A Happy New Year to everyone from Fictive Dream.
Fictive Dream is open to submissions and, as always, we’re interested in stories (500 – 2,500 words) with a contemporary feel. 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.
Look at our submission guidelines here.
We’re looking forward to receiving your best work!
The brand new issue of Here Comes Everyone magazine – The Brutal Issue – is now published and available for you to buy!
Inside The Brutal Issue, you will find the work of sixty writers and artists from all around the world. As well as short stories/flash fiction, we publish poetry, creative non-fiction and artwork.
New features include: more pages than ever before, better quality paper and a perfect-bound spine, so the A5 magazine will feel at home on your bookshelves. It’s a bargain at only £5 (plus p&p).
Our next issue will be The Tomorrow Issue. Submissions don’t open until 1st February, but the new theme will be space/science/technology. So start thinking…
London Independent Story Prize, LISP is holding a writing contest. Their aim is to discover extraordinary artistic approaches to story writing, stories that embrace the diversity of gender and culture whilst being brave and passionate. They are looking for unique and strong voices. BAME, Women, and LGBTQ are especially welcome. They’ll be delighted to read it and you could be in with a chance to win!
Entries can be sent through their website www.londonindependentstoryprize.co.uk
Follow their Facebook and Twitter @LIStoryPrize for the announcements.
Early Bird Deadline: 1st of January 2018
Submissions Close on 10th of January
Winner announcements, on 10th of February
Prizes: £100 First, £30 Second, £10 Third
Check their amazing judge list from this link.
The prompt for this month’s A3 Review contest is: Gold Things. We suggest writing about all that gliters and is gold. Submit flash fiction, brief essays and poems about lost wedding rings, edible gold leaf and hidden gold bullion. Tell the story of a heist in 150 words, or write a poem about a heist gone wrong. Tell the story of a day in the life of a detectorist. Write the story behind the gold medal you won, or almost won, or wish you’d won.
You could explore different idioms with “gold” in them: a heart of gold, good as gold, silence is golden. Write about rainbows and what’s at the end of them. You could write a non-fiction piece about the brutal reality of gold mines. Tell the story of a person looking back at the golden age of their life, or make it your story.
Be inspired by Rachel Hadas’ poem “Green and Gold” and Sandra M. Gilbert’s “Gold Tooth” – then write about your own golden fruit and gold tooth.
Some suggestions for opening words… start with “Gold is the colour of…” or “When I think of gold…”
This month’s contest is inspired by The Description Writing Map.
As always, The A3 Review welcomes short stories, flash fiction, poetry, comics, graphic stories, a snippet of memoir, photographs, illustrations, and any combination of the above. The only restriction is a word-limit of 150 and images should fit well into an A6 panel.
Come say hi on Twitter @TheA3Review
Just over three weeks left to submit to Fictive Dream’s Flash Fiction February in which we will feature a new piece of flash fiction throughout February 2018. 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 but for Flash Fiction February we’re putting a squeeze on the word count so only stories between 250 – 750 words please. Deadline December 31 2017.
Check out the Fictive Dream website here.
See out Flash Fiction February submission guidelines here.
For standard submissions we remain open as usual.
We’re looking forward to receiving your best. This is our last blog for the year so from all at Fictive Dream Happy Holidays!