The Leaders and Followers Contest

the-a3-review-6Happy New Year from The A3 Review. We’re here to help you make it a creative one!

Because we have a feeling it’s going to be that kind of year, we’re looking for writing and artwork on the theme of Leaders and Followers. We want pieces sparked by the idea of leaders, followers and/or the dynamic between the two. Use the theme as a catalyst for some creative ideas.

Think about blind loyalty and betrayal. Explore the complex emotions and interactions: obedience, humility, charisma, authority, cruelty. Or be inspired by the natural world: ducklings following their mother, bees attending their queen, herds of animals or flocks of birds following their dominant leader. Write about the point when a new leader usurps the old one. Or think about work environments, sports teams, religion, the battlefield, cults or clans.

Write about fictional situations or your own experiences of any of the above.

Start with “She was the leader of…” or “We had no choice but to follow him…” or “I finally became the leader when…” Write about a follower who wants to be a leader by making a list of all the things they’d do to get what they want? Write about the burden of leadership, a tired dictator, a cult leader who’s lost their faith, or that person who’ll go to any length to get more Twitter followers!

Deadline is 28 January. For more details visit our Submittable page.

Each month we choose two winning pieces for publication (The A3 Review is published twice a year, and the next issue comes out in April 2017). All winning entries receive Writing Maps and contributor copies, while three overall winners for each issue receive cash prizes.

Good luck and keep writing!

Submissions open for Shooter #6: Bad Girls

Shooter Literary Magazine seeks intelligent short fiction, non-fiction and poetry featuring not the Playboyesque, video-game, comic-book notions of “Bad Girls”, but defiant women who speak up and act out.

And although some people like to read magazines, there’s a lot of people who also like playing video games, and for playing video games, you need equipment to fit in, from a great TV scream, to a comfortable seat. One of the top gamer chairs was the seat by DXRacer which is one of the most popular.

We want to read about convention-defying antiheroines and unapologetic badasses who carve their own path. Give us the antics and mishaps of adventurers, intrepid souls and challenging contrarians, but make sure these characters are surprising and complex rather than reductive and cartoonish.

Non-fiction that deals with topical feminist issues and women in male-dominated environments is particularly welcome. As usual, we prefer poetry that inclines to the observational rather than experimental end of the spectrum.

Please read the Submission Guidelines for information on how to submit. Writers may send one prose piece (between 2,000 and 7,500 words) and/or up to three poems to submissions.shooterlitmag@gmail.com by April 2nd, 2017, for inclusion in the summer issue.

Submissions are also open for Shooter’s 2017 Short Story Competition, which carries a slightly later deadline of April 16th, 2017, with no restrictions on theme. Please go here to read more on how to submit to the competition – we look forward to reading your work!

Fictive Dream’s 50th Post and Call for Submissions

It’s the start of a brand new year and Fictive Dream is kicking off with some fantastic writing for January starting with Tense Futur by Honduran writer, M Alberto Ehrler  –  our 50th post! Also on the 8th we’re featuring The Last Footwear Company by Sandra Arnold from New Zealand. Santino Prinzi makes an appearance on the 15th with Old School Rivalry as does Tyler Bonson with his short story Firewood.

If you write short stories and flash fiction, then Fictive Dream would like to hear from you.

Check out our submission guidelines here.

A happy and creative New Year.

Laura Black
Editor

November A3 Review Contest: Playhouse

george_bernard_shaw_greenbuilder3Come and play with The A3 Review (you know you want to!) and write something for our November contest on the theme of Playhouse. Deadline is 26th November.

Here’s some ideas to get you playing and writing: Playhouses are places where ‘make believe’ happens. Imagine situations where a garden playhouse is a place of sanctuary, or safety, or even danger. What happens in playhouses when adults are no longer around?

Write a surreal piece about a playhouse that’s very different when you crawl inside. Think about treehouses, dens, forts and castles made in the woods, on wasteground, fields, railway sidings and rubbish dumps.

What kind of animals or creatures might take over an abandoned playhouse? Take the idea of children ‘playing house’ to explore a deeper, darker theme of children imitating adults. Or a warring couple having to ‘play house’ while friends or relatives visit.

Write about the mid-life-crisis playhouse, or the playhouse you miss, the doll’s house you never had. Write about playhouses you remember, indoors and out.

View our Submittable page for details about how to enter. The deadline is 26 November 2016, so just a few more days to play around with your words!

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.

You can get more inspiration by following The A3 Review on Twitter @TheA3Review and sign up for our newsletter here.

Meanwhile, If you’re looking for detailed, knowledgeable and forward-looking feedback on your short fiction, editors KM Elkes and Shaun Levin are offering an affordable critique service for writers. To find out more go here.

After a Long Break *drum roll* Bunbury is Back!

Hello dear Bunburyists!

We have had quite the busy time of it here at Bunbury Magazine HQ! Firstly, we would like to introduce you to our new addition, Siân S. Rathore who has climbed aboard and will be taking care the poetry. Taking it for walks, feeding it, making sure it gets enough affection. Most importantly, Siân will be editing it. This makes us happy. We’re thrilled to have her on board as her achievements and skill-set are amazing. We look forward to working with her on other projects in the future too!

At the beginning of August, Co-directors Christopher and Keri only went and blinking got married, becoming Mr & Mrs Moriarty! In true form, they had a poetry slam, the winner of which was Fiona Nuttall who won a canvas painted by Keri. They cut the cake with a chainsaw so, pretty standard stuff really.

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After that, we went to Edinburgh for the Fringe festival as we do every year. We had a great time and, as usual, we handed out our interview packs, made new friends and met up with old ones too. There are lots of pictures and reviews on our website, bunburymagazine.com to look at from our trip. The Edinburgh Fringe special feature will be out later on in the year so we’ll keep you up to date with that.

Anyhoo, back to this issue. The theme was Atmosphere and we have loads of wonderful things for you to gaze upon and get cosy with including an interview with the wonderful and always lovely David Hartley, some fabulous art and photography and the usual selection of top class fiction and poetry and much, much more.

To get your hands on the latest lovely package of joy, click on the gorgeous front cover below (it was done by the amazingly talented Rachael Broadhurst. As always, it is available for Pay-What-You-Like (though we do recommend £3 for all the hard work our team puts into it.)

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We really hope you enjoy this issue as much (if not more!) as previous ones. We always are taken aback by the quality of pieces submitted to us. We say it every time, if it wasn’t for your submissions and kind words, we wouldn’t be here.

We will be back in December with our Terra-themed issue. This will also include the fruits of our trip to Edinburgh, with loads of interviews from some of the stars of the Free Fringe. In the meantime, please do check in with us on social media. We have them all and everything!

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Thank you all so very much, sit back, relax and bathe your eyes in Bunbury!

Much love,
Christopher & Keri Moriarty

One Issue and Six Deadlines

The new issue of The A3 Review will be published on October 1. You can pre-order a copy via this link.

Each month we choose two winning pieces, then we publish them in an issue twice a year. We’re already on the look-out for new work to feature in Issue #6, and our first monthly contest ends on September 24th. Even if you missed it, there are five more till February.

The theme this month is ISLANDS. We want your best short fiction (as well as poetry or artwork) about desert islands or private islands, unexplored islands, prison islands, treasure islands, remote islands or the island you live on. Write about the islands you’ve never been to. Think about the geography of an island – does it have palm-fringed beaches or sheer cliffs? Is it covered in forest or volcanic wasteland? Who are the people and creatures that live on the island – are they hostile or friendly? Strange or familiar?

Think about other types of islands – islands of plastic in the middle of the ocean, log islands moving down river, misty islands in the middle of lakes. Tell the story (in no more than 150 words) about a surreal island where time and reality is subtly changed. Find inspiration in the symbolism of islands – their separation, their independence, their aloneness. Explore the word itself, the phrases hidden in it, its sound. Eye land. Aye! Land!

We welcome 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. The deadline is 24th September 2016.

Editor KM Elkes will choose two winners for publication in Issue #6. All winning entries will receive Writing Maps and contributor copies, while three overall winners receive cash prizes.

You can get more inspiration by following The A3 Review on Twitter @TheA3Review and sign up for our newsletter here.

Editors KM Elkes and Shaun Levin also offer a critique service for writers looking for detailed, knowledgeable and forward-looking feedback on their work. To find out more about The A3 Review‘s Critique Service, click here.

Talking About Lobsters: New Writing Scotland 34

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Talking About Lobsters: New Writing Scotland 34

Talking About Lobsters: New Writing Scotland 34

Talking About Lobsters: New Writing Scotland 34 is the latest collection of excellent contemporary literature, from writers who are Scottish by birth, residence or inclination. Talking About Lobsters presents new work from more than fifty writers – some award-winning and internationally renowned, and some just beginning their careers.

Submissions are currently invited for New Writing Scotland 35, to be published in summer 2017. Successful contributors are paid on publication, and the deadline is 30 September!

Tears in the Fence Flash Fiction Competition

PRIZES

First Prize of £200, Second Prize of £150 and Third Prize of £100. The winners and other highly commended entries will be published in issue 65.

DEADLINE

The competition will open on 1st October 2016 and close on 19th November 2016. Winning entrants will be announced on the Tears in the Fence website https://tearsinthefence.com/flashfiction site on 7th January 2017.

SUBMISSIONS

Submissions may be done on http://tearsinthefence.com or by post to Tears in the Fence
Flash Fiction Competition, Portman Lodge, Durweston, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 0QA, England

RULES AND GUIDELINES

All entries must be unpublished and 400 words or less and the original work of the author.

There is no set Theme.

There is no limit to the number of entries that one person may submit.

Entries may not be submitted elsewhere for the duration of the competition.

This competition is open to anyone over the age of 16 years.

The editors of Tears in the Fence will judge this competition.

The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

All entries will be judged anonymously and considered for publication.

Please do not put your name, address, email or any identifying marks on the Word or rtf document in which you enclose your flash fiction.

No entry form is required.

Please enter by email to tearsinthefence@gmail.com through the Submissions page on the magazine’s website or post to Tears in the Fence with a separate covering letter and appropriate fee.

Fees

Entries must be accompanied by submission fees of £5 for a single submission, £7.50 for two and £10 for three. More than three flash fictions should be made on another entry.

Entries are only included in the competition when payment is received by PayPal, follow the instructions on the DONATE button on the magazine’s website, or by cheque, made out to Tears in the Fence.

The Short Anthology, Issue Two

The Short Anthology, Issue Two

The Short Anthology‘s Second Issue has launched.

Each issue of The Short Anthology is a collection of short stories based on photography. The second issue is based around 8 photographs Alma Haser took whilst on a trip back to her native Black Forest in Germany. 6 writers then used these photos as the inspiration for a short story. The stories are an eclectic mixture, ranging from an encounter with a strange beast deep in the German forests to the unearthing of a long held secret in a town in Nigeria.

The writers are:

  • Susan Sanford Blades, a writer living in Victoria, BC. Her short stories have been shortlisted for the Short Grain contest, the Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award and the Alberta Magazines Showcase Awards.
  • Gary Budden, co-director of Influx Press and an editorial assistant at Unsung Stories. His work has appeared in numerous journals, magazines and websites. He writes about landscape, punk and more at www.newlexicons.com.
  • Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, who lives in Abuja, Nigeria. His writing has been nominated for the Caine Prize for African Writing and his first novel, Season of Crimson Blossoms, was published in 2015 by Parrésia Publishers in Nigeria and Cassava Republic Press in the UK.
  • Anna Metcalfe, who had her first collection of short fiction, Blind Water Pass & Other Stories published by John Murray in May 2016.
  • Elizabeth Mikesch, the author of Niceties: Aural Ardor, Pardon Me (Calamari, 2014) and the co-founder of ( . y . ) press, an all-girl publishing project. She also performs contemporary folk arias as Fat Friend. She lives in Detroit, Michigan.
  • May-Lan Tan, the author of the short story collection Things to Make and Break (CB Editions, 2014) and the chapbook Girly (Future Tense, 2014). She lives in London.

The Second Issue is available to buy here: www.theshortanthology.com

If you didn’t get the first issue you can buy it along the the second issue in a special deal, go to www.theshortanthology.com to order.

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The Ham – Final call for submissions

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This is a final call for submissions from free literary & arts zine The Ham.

We have set a final submission deadline for our first issue of September 1st, and we hope to go to print by the end of that month. The response to our initial calls for submissions has been fantastic, but we still have a few pages to fill with your short stories, poetry, and visual arts.

The theme for the first issue is the letter ‘A’. Interpret that how you will.

Please send all submissions to thehamfreepress@gmail.com

For submission guidelines see https://thehamfreepress.wordpress.com/submit/

We look forward to hearing from you.

Ed

Fictive Dream August news and call for submissions

The response to the Fictive Dream July call for submissions was fantastic. Some great stories which will be posted throughout the autumn. So far in August we’ve published stories by British writers, Colin Davy and Belinda Rimmer. Forthcoming, in August, are stories from Guy Cranswick based in Sydney, Katarina Boudreaux from New Orleans, and Marc Littman from Los Angeles. Happy reading!

If you write short stories with a contemporary feel, then Fictive Dream would like to hear from you. We’re interested in all genres, 500 – 2,500 words.

Check out our website at https://fictivedream.com/

For submission guidelines see https://fictivedream.com/submission-guidelines/

We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

Laura Black

 

 

Are You on the Right Track?

The A3 Review has launched a short story and flash fiction Critique Service. Stories up to 5,000 words will receive detailed feedback and guidance from The A3 Review‘s editor, Shaun Levin, and guest editor, KM Elkes.

Find out more about the Critique Service and the Editors here.

This month’s A3 Review contest is the last chance to qualify for inclusion in Issue 5.The theme is TRACKS. Some things to think about for inspiration: Write about tracks listened to and tracks run on. Your favourite track, the song or tune that sends you back, the track you’ve played on a loop or cannot bear to hear. Use your favourite music track as inspiration (listen to it as you write). Write about the karaoke tracks you’d choose, the tracks that make you want to dance or cry. What do you listen to when working out or running (on a track!). Write from the musician’s point of view about cutting a track. Write or draw or photograph other types of tracks: ones you follow through woods or across fields; picking up the track of someone or something. Think train tracks, bike tracks, tracking someone online; the inside and outside tracks, being on the right track – or even the wrong track! Don’t backtrack. Make tracks. Explore the fast track, the wrong side of the tracks, or the one-track mind. Are you keeping track? Then enter the contest here.

We welcome short fiction, graphic stories, memoir, photographs, illustrations or any combination of the above. The only restriction is a word-limit of 150 and images should fit well into an A6 panel. The deadline is 27 August 2016.

Guest editor and award-winning author KM Elkes will choose two winners from the contest to go into Issue #5, to be published next month (September). All winning entries will receive Writing Maps and contributor copies, while three overall winners receive cash prizes (1st = £150; 2nd = £75; 3rd = £50).

Following The A3 Review on Twitter @TheA3Review and sign up to the newsletter here.

Bunbury Issue Thirteen is Here and Some MORE Exciting News!

Hello to you again from all of us at Bunbury Magazine! It’s that time again, dear Bunburyists. Time for another installment of your favourite international, wide-read, beautifully curated and over-epitheted arts-and-literature magazine (which seemingly has a curious love of hyphens). Bunbury is back! Back again. Can’t get rid of us, can you? Issue 13 is here. Unlucky for some, but not for you dear Bunburyists because it’s another issue jam-packed of the usual high-quality content you come to expect from us – poetry, stories, art and photography and JAM! Mmmm. Jam.

And you can grab your copy of issue 13 right now by clicking on the stunning artwork below!

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Mind you, we are quite giddy here at the moment. As we write this, we are in the middle of campaigning for the Saboteur Awards. We’ve been nominated for Best Magazine. Too right, as well! We’re pretty damn spiffy if we do say so ourselves. (In the end, we placed a very honourable third!)

Enough of the gushing anyway. What have we got for you this month? Space. That’s the theme, in memory of the great David Bowie who joined the Starman waiting in the Sky this year. Along with our usual poetry section, we have some wonderful poems written in his memory.

And while we’re on the subject, take this issue as being dedicated to some of the other wonderful talents we have lost this year: Victoria Wood, Terry Wogan, Alan Rickman, Prince, Paul Kantner, Glenn Frey, Ronnie Corbett and so many more besides. Each one has added something marvellous to the world and will never be forgotten.

Our feature this issue sees us turn our eye on the wonderful world of podcasts. We adore podcasts. There’s something so wonderfully fresh about them. The performers can really be themselves and make what they want to make and the results are often so sparkling and vibrant. And diverse! There’s an entire world out there to listen to. We’ve had the pleasure of talking to the hosts of some of our favourite podcasts; Ray Peacock & Barry Dodds from The Parapod; Rob Rouse from The Rob Rouse Podcast. We heartily recommend listening to all of these but have a read of their interviews first. Or listen while you read? Oh, the options are some.

In other news, we have launched our very first physical book. It is the Bunbury Creative Anthology; it is the our favourite writing from the first 12 issues of Bunbury Magazine. It is full of brilliant poetry, short stories and flash fiction from the likes of It includes stunning writing from the likes of Clare Ferguson-Walker, The Antipoet, David Subacchi, Dean Rhetoric, Danielle Matthews, Dave Judgement, Karen Little, Kevin McMahon, Kurt Jarram to mention but a few! Well you can get your very own copy now! It’s on Amazon as either physical copy or e-book. Please leave a review too so more people can see the phenomenal writing on display it the pages! Just click the beautiful cover below!

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As always, you can find us on Twitter @BunburyPublish and on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/bunburymagazine where you can keep up-to-date with everything we are up to here.

Finally, we are now open for submissions on issue 15 of Bunbury. The theme is Terra and is due out in December 2016. All our guidelines can be found here:

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Anyway, enough from us. Get in there you. Have fun. This Bunbury is a good’un. Next time we speak Christopher and Keri shall be married and exhausted from Edinburgh. But MARRIED! The giddiness is returning.

Bye! And keep scribbling!

Much love,

Christopher and Keri.

Flight Journal Issue 2 available to read now!

FJ Logo-1 (2)Issue 2 of online short fiction publication Flight Journal is now live. Edited by Spread the Word’s Flight Associates Marianne Tatepo, Sara Jafari and Shreeta Shah, Issue 2 includes new stories by:

Chris Torry

Janet H Swinney

Bronwen Griffiths

Chantal Korsah

Pascal Colman and

Annie Dobson.

For some of these talented authors, this is their first publication.

A major theme running through Issue 2 is placelessness: a feeling of being unrooted, or of struggling to find a place in the world. Some of the stories deal with this with great comic flair, while others are at once quirky and heartbreaking. The stories are bold in their own way, whether employing allegory to speak of deeper truths, or effortlessly weaving poetry into prose. All of these stories merit re-reading and resonate long after being read.

You can check out Issue 2 here.

Flight Journal, the brainchild of Spread the Word’s Flight Associates scheme, is an online journal of bold, short fiction. Each year, three different editors come together to select content for the year’s publication.

In 2016, the Flight Associates are Marianne Tatepo, Sara Jafari, and Shreeta Shah. 2015 was the first year of the programme, headed by Jennifer Obidike, Sanya Semakula and Len Lukowski.

Flight 1000 is a Spread the Word Associates scheme, funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Flight 1000 works to provide high quality training and experience in publishing for a small cohort of writers on a yearly basis who, for a number of reasons, have struggled to access such opportunities. Flight Journal is aligned with Spread the Word’s publishing imprint Flight Press, which began publishing short fiction with its debut Edgeways, which featured Toby Litt, KJ Orr, Bidisha and Tania Hershman. In 2015, Flight Press published another short story anthology, Flamingo Land & Other Stories, edited by Ellah Allfrey (formerly of Granta), which features prize winners from the 2014 London Short Story Prize, including winner Ruby Cowling.

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July Contest: Attics & Basements

enter the a3 reviewIt’s all about Attics & Basements for The A3 Review’s July Contest, the penultimate contest to qualify for Issue 5. Click here to visit the Submittable page.

Some suggestions and prompts… From The Picture of Dorian Gray to Jane Eyre, mysterious rooms and their contents have always been an inspiration. Think also: Office basement, room above a shop, wine cellar, a loft that runs above several buildings. What feelings are evoked in such rooms? What is the mood-music of these places: safe, melancholy, terrifying? What secrets do they hold? What histories have unfolded? Think about the senses – the smell, sight, touch and sounds of attics and basements. What’s the most vivid memory you have of an attic or a basement, or write a comparative analysis of the two spaces. This could go either way: up or down!

We welcome short fiction, graphic stories, memoir, photographs, illustrations or any combination of the above. The only restriction is a word-limit of 150 and images should fit well into an A6 panel. The deadline is 23rd July 2016.

Guest editor and award-winning author KM Elkes will choose two winners from each themed monthly contest to go into Issue #5, out in September.

All winning entries will receive Writing Maps and contributor copies, while three overall winners for the issue receive cash prizes (1st = £150; 2nd = £75; 3rd = £50).

Guidelines and submissions are all on The A3 Review‘s Submittable page.

The A3 Review is now offering a Critique Service for writers who’d like detailed and forward-looking feedback on their work. Click here to read more about the service and about the editors.

Happy Writing!

Read Paper Republic: Season One, and Survey!

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So, it’s rather gone by in a whirlwind, but we’ve reached the end of our first year of Read Paper Republic. Starting June 18 of last year, we’ve published 53 short pieces online, one each Thursday (there’s 53 weeks in a year, right?), and today’s publication of Li Jingrui’s One Day, One of the Screws Will Come Loose marks the end of what we’ve come to think of as “Read Paper Republic, Season One”.

We’re taking a short break! Nicky Harman, Helen WangEric Abrahamsen and Dave Haysom have done a remarkable amount of work over the past year, and it’s time for a breather while we think about where to go from here.

Apropos of that, we have a request to make of you! We’ve created a very short online survey that we very much hope you’ll take a moment to fill out. It’s only a page, and will be invaluable to us as we look back over the past year of publications, and think about the future. Please take five minutes and help us fill it out!

So what will be next? We’re not sure yet. Over the next six months, we’re likely to make some more additions to the RPR lineup, probably based around events and author visits in various parts of the world. “Season One” was done with no funding whatsoever (thanks to all our editors, translators and authors!), and we’re very aware that we could make a hypothetical “Season Two” a lot better with a bit of support.

Got any good ideas for doing that? Please let us know in the survey!

The A3 Review’s June Contest

This month, The A3 Review literary magazine is looking for short-short fiction, poetry and artwork on the theme of Odd Couples as we continue with our monthly competitions to find the best work for Issue #5, due out in September 2016.

Surprise, move or amuse us with pieces about human pairings, animal pairings, friends, lovers, couples from different ages or cultures, strange couples who can’t stand the sight of each other…and those who can’t be apart. Give us odd couples who have just met or those who have been together for too long.

Think of different settings: two strangers forced to sit next to each other on a bus or train; prisoners chained together; enemies stranded on a desert island, two kids forced to share bunks at summer camp. Think of double acts in music, comedy and on film. Get inspiration from Bonnie and Clyde, Thelma and Louise or Harold and Maude. Or even write about symbiotic relationships in nature – those that help both creatures and those between parasite and host.

We welcome short stories, flash fiction, graphic stories, memoir, photographs, illustrations or any combination of the above. The only restriction is a word-limit of 150 and images should fit well into an A6 panel.

Guest editor and award-winning author KM Elkes will choose two winners from the Odd Couples contest to go into Issue #5. All winning entries receive Writing Maps and contributor copies, while three overall winners for the issue receive cash prizes (1st = £150; 2nd = £75; 3rd = £50).

The deadline is 25th June, so get writing and get submitting! To find out more visit The A3 Review‘s Submittable page.

Also keep an eye out on our Twitter feed and Facebook page for prompts and more inspiration to help you write.

The A3 Review is brought to you by the folks who make Writing Maps.

Bunbury has some amazing news for you!

Hello to you all from Bunbury Magazine! We hope you’re doing well. We’ve just swing by quickly to give you some absolutely terrific news and give you some updates.

First off, there is this:

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You may remember last time we came by we were asking for your votes to get shortlisted for the Saboteur Awards 2016. Well, we only flippin’ went and did it, didn’t we? We want to thank you all for helping us make the shortlist. The groundswell of support has really blown us away. Keri and I are going to be true to our word and get the tattoos. Christopher is going for the words ‘DON’T PANIC’ and Keri will be getting an ampersand.

Now, we feel like the support we have got from you all has been showered over us but let’s turn this into flowers for May! We’re on the shortlist. We’re in it so we would like to try and win it. There is another round of voting to decide the winner open now. We would be absolutely made up to be able to come home with the big prize. If you need a little convincing, here are some reason that Bunbury Magazine is worthy of Best Magazine:

  1. Our commitment to supporting grassroots creativity, giving a platform to those who may not find it through traditional media.
  2. Our commitment to bringing you the best interviews we possibly can. In the past, we have had the honour to talk to Jasika Nicole, Michael R Perry, Phil Jupitus, Christian Reilly, Wil Hodgson to name but a few.
  3. The Edinburgh Fringe feature we do every year, giving coverage to the stars of the Free Fringe, those who make it a phenomenal place to be for a whole month!
  4. The focus we are now bringing to writing in our local area, giving space and a platform to the wonderful talent in the North West area.
  5. Check out some of the front covers. They’re so damn pretty!

 

And finally, if we win, not only will we get the tattoos, but we’ll go live on Periscope so you can witness them being done first hand. It’s going to be worth checking that out as Christopher is a complete wimp and will probably have a breakdown! You know you all want to see that. So get voting now folks. The link is below for you. There are lots of categories to get involved in too!

Sab AwardsIn other news, work is underway editing issue 13 for all you folks. If you sent a piece in to us, we will be in touch with you very soon. In the meantime, here is the theme for issue 14! The inbox is open now so let us see what you got, good folks! Click to the picture below for our submissions guidelines and details.bu275lp3jp

Other than that, we’re just keeping up the good work for you good folk. We have our trip to Edinburgh Fringe 2016 coming up so if you are up there performing do let us know and we will get an interview for our feature to you.

Thank you all so much once again for all your help and support. It really does mean the world to us.

Much love and keep scribbling,

Christopher and Keri xxx

Avis Magazine – final call

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The folks at Avis Magazine are looking for short fiction and poetry from emerging writers.

With a deadline not far off (23 May 2016) it’s time to get digital pen to digital paper, figurative nose to figurative grindstone, and send them your work!

For Issue #3 they desire work based on the theme of ‘Influence’. For more details, click the link above or go to their website.

Happy Spring!