Going Round in Circles?

circlesIf you’re going round in circles, we want to hear about it. This month’s theme is the title theme for our next issue, Issue 9, The Circles Issue.

The A3 Review is looking for stories, poems and artwork about circles of trust and circular logic, running circles around someone and being in or outside the circle. We’d love stories and concrete poems in the shape of a circle or a spiral. See our Submittable page for all the details and more inspiration.

Each month’s 2 winners are published in The A3 Review, receive gifts from Writing Maps, and are in the running to win cash prizes. All the details are here.

Our current issue, Issue 8, is at the printers, and should be on its way out into the world by the end of April. Pre-order a copy here.

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Flashers’ Club IV: August 3, 2017

Flash fans, get your glow-sticks out and you furry boots on – it’s time for Flashers’ Club 4! We’ve got the usual open mic session, no need to submit in advance. Flashers don’t book. Sign up on the night and we’ll pull names out of a hat if there are too many people. Fiction 100-1000 words welcome, anything goes*.

Our special guest will be local novelist Jane Bailey, historical and young adult fiction writer. Jane will be sharing some of her writing. She’s also launching her new book ‘What Was Rescued’ just the day before, so you’ll be able to snag a copy fresh off the press.

There’ll be free litmags for all who brave the mic – we’re not mentioning title yet, it’s secret. It’s not that we haven’t got a mag confirmed yet. Don’t go thinking that.

We’re at Smokey Joe’s Coffee Bar, Cheltenham, on Aug 3rd, 7:30pm onwards. £3 in on the door, all profits to the very worthy charity First Story. Full details, disabled access info, FAQs etc on the website: www.flashersclub.wordpress.com. Follow us on Twitter @flashers_club or find us on Facebook /flashersclubcheltenham.

 

*except porn, polemics and Quentin Tarantino rip-offs

Call for subs

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Breadless Crust is looking for innovative writing

hybrids

conceptual pieces

really anything that might fall under the wind-inverted umbrella of ‘experimental’

but most importantly, just great writing

please send up to 2000 words w/ short bio to breadlesscrustsubs@gmail.com

submissions depending, we will publish a piece every couple of weeks from summer 2017

simultaneous subs accepted

response within 1 month

authors retain all rights

Spelk: Open for Submissions

Spelk is open for submissions.

Our current reading period is February 14 to March 12.

We will let you know by mid-March if your story has been accepted.

Submission guidelines: http://spelkfiction.com/submit-2/

Please keep the following in mind if you’d like to send us something:

  • We publish flash fiction — 500 words, give or take.
  • We’ll consider just about any genre: we’re not fussy if it’s “literary” or “non-literary.” If we like it, we’ll publish it.
  • We don’t publish poetry or non-fiction.
  • We post three stories a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • We want previously unpublished stories. If you’ve got something good, we want it to appear on Spelk first.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions, but let us know if you place your story somewhere else.
  • We don’t accept multiple submissions, so just one story at a time please.
  • We don’t pay. Sorry.
  • You retain all rights to your story, but we’d like to archive it on our site.
  • Spell-check your story before you send it. Proof it. Make sure it’s the best you can make it.
  • Send us a Word document and include a short bio at the end of your story. Let us know if you’re on Facebook or Twitter, or if you have your own website.
  • Email your story to Gary Duncan at spelkfiction@gmx.com (subject line: SUBMISSIONS — “STORY TITLE”).

Issue#4 of holdfast magazine, Diverse Reflections, is live! Plus call for submissions.

Issue4headerIssue#4 of holdfast magazine, Diverse Reflections: Seeing yourself in speculative fiction, is now live!

We are very proud of this issue, marking a whole year of holdfast! It’s been a very exciting first year, with four issues examining different aspects of speculative fiction.

This issue is an examination of and celebration of diversity in speculative fiction. We speak to featured author Stephanie Saulter about her books, life and thoughts on diversity in our featured author interview. Read about odd, animal growths that affect a lesbian relationship, about a Cameroonian lover’s line magic, and see the preview of a new comic by Carol Hood in our fiction section. In our non fiction section, check out the first installment of a new column Rendezvous with Rare Books, a personal letter to Octavia Butler, an argument for better portrayals of trans folk, and our attempt to convert a new Unbeliever. Read a personal account of the animated series Avatar, an appreciation of the TV programme Sleepy Hollow and our liveblog of the Blade trilogy in the cross media section. And why not listen to our Afrofuturism playlist in another tab (or cosmic plane) and get some great book recommendations from The Bookshelf.
Call for Submissions: Issue#5: Of Land, Sea and Sky

Deadline: January 15 2015

In this issue we will look at the themes of location and landscape in speculative fiction. Interpret this how you wish – it includes urban fantasy, rural epics, alien terrains, creatures of the deep, exploration, psychogeography, eco-apocalypse and anything else where a sense of place, whether in this world or another, is important to the text.

Have a read through our guidelines and email submissions@holdfastmagazine.com

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