Competition Longlist and Other Stories

Hello from all at Short Fiction

We are thrilled to announce this year’s competition longlist, which you can see here. Huge congratulations to all who made the cut, and thank you to everyone who entered – some 450 stories.
The shortlist will be announced on Friday 16th June, the winner shortly after.

A bit of an announcement… A little heavy-hearted, but we’ve concluded that Issue 10 will be our final print edition. It’s been an amazing journey, one we owe most thanks to founding editor Anthony Caleshu. In ten years we’ve published around 120 short stories from across the world, discovering along the way some fabulous new voices, writers who have gone on to great literary successes. It’s been a delight to edit their work, to commission illustrations to accompany it. A glance at our back issues are, we hope, testament to the quality of fiction we’ve put out there.

   

In short the literary journal is a niche publication, one that must constantly battle for existence, and although we will continue to publish fiction online, to grow our archive of stories, we are no longer in a position to put out a physical book. We thank you all for your support over the years – some of you might even possess all ten issues – and by way of gratitude, we’ve reduced the last box of Issue 10s to just £5 each. So if you want to grab a piece of history, best be quick.

Our ever popular short story masterclass continues online, a 5-week course you can sign up for here. More and more of our students are seeing work written here published, including in one case an entire collection. Next course kicks off on June 18th and dates for future ones will appear soon.

There remains some wonderfully innovative journals out there, their presence vital in the unveiling of exciting new voices, authors who may never emerge without them, so we urge you to support them when you can.

For now, in terms of things you can touch and feel, farewell…

Tom Vowler
Editor

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Short Fiction Prize 2017

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Short Fiction is delighted to announce the 2017 short story prize is now open for entries. First prize is £500 plus publication, and the runner-up receives £100. Third prize receives a place on our online masterclass. Entry fee £7 per story. The deadline is March 31st. Click here for details of how to enter. Good luck.

And why not get your literary year off to a fabulous start and treat yourself to our online short story masterclass, taught by award-winning authors and editors. Study from anywhere.

We have a few copies of Issue 10 left, which includes Nick Holdstock, Kit de Waal, Colin Barrett, Ríona Judge McCormack, Inderjeet Mani, plus our competition winner, Michelle Coyne.

Plus there’s online fiction and interviews with some of the world’s best writers.

From all at Short Fiction, we wish you a lovely and literary 2017.

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Short Fiction – Issue 10

We are thrilled to show you the cover for Short Fiction‘s forthcoming issue, due this autumn.

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There are 13 beautifully illustrated stories from around the world.

180 pages featuring Nick Holdstock, Kit de Waal, Colin Barrett, Inderjeet Mani, plus our competition winner, Michelle Coyne.

Our featured artist is Lisa Stokes. You can pre-order your copy (only £8) by following this link.

As ever, we are grateful for all your support.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

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PAPER AND INK LITERARY ZINE is currently accepting submissions for its sixth issue, the theme of which is childhood. No restrictions on age, race, gender, sexual orientation or geographical location; we promote good writing, presented on paper and printed in ink. We are also looking for photography and illustrations for the issue. Email all submissions to paperandinkzine@outlook.com. Previous issues can be purchased on our website and all other info can be found on the following flyer:

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Submissions for Firewords Quarterly Issue 2 open until July 11th!

We’re thrilled to again open our doors for submissions of short stories (under 2000 words) and poetry for the second edition of Firewords Quarterly.

Issue One received a great response (you can see a few photos on our ShortStops page or on our website) and we’re eager to make Issue Two even better. We work with the best artists, illustrators, photographers, hand-letterers and designers to bring each piece of writing we publish to life. So, if you’d like your work to get the Firewords treatment, what are you waiting for?

  • Deadline: 11th July
  • Word Count: Under 2000
  • Theme: Summer (this is optional and we would recommend not taking the theme too literally)
  • How to submit: Click here!

We’re also running a flash fiction challenge and the best ones will  be published in Issue 2. All the  flash fiction stories must be under 400 words, and must include / be inspired by the following prompt: “As the lights went out, everything changed.”

Check out our submission guidelines for more details. We can’t wait to read (and hopefully publish) your work!

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Popshot Magazine is open for literary submissions for its ‘Time’ issue

We’re very pleased to announce that Popshot is now open for submissions of short stories and poems for our 12th issue on the theme of Time. Thanks to its intangible nature, it’s a word that’s drenched in abstraction and fascinating concepts, so we’re really looking forward to seeing what the great minds of today’s literary scene can do with it. If you’re interested in getting your writing into the forthcoming issue of Popshot (and potentially having a piece of your writing illustrated by a professional illustrator) head to the submit page at our website to read the full submissions guidelines.

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