The A3 Review’s New Contest Themes

issue_11_cover_grandeThe A3 Review has recently launched Issue 11. We’ve also just posted new themes for our monthly contests. Publication and cash prizes for winners. To enter and for more details, please visit our Submittable page by clicking here. The next few themes will be included in our “T” issue, so we’re looking for short stories (as well as poems and artwork) about : Tablets, Transformations, and Thanatos.

The two winning entries from September 2019 to February 2020 will make up the list of contributors to Issue 12 (The “T” Issue). From this list, three overall winners will receive cash prizes: 1st = £250, 2nd = £150, 3rd = £75. Issue 12 will appear in April 2020.

The word limit is 150 words, so we’d particularly like to see flash fiction and mini essays. Our $5 (approx £3.50) submission fee helps us cover admin and printing costs and makes sure we can keep offering cash prizes.

Visit The A3 Review’s website to see some back issues. The A3 Press also publishes chapbooks and is open for submissions until December the 10th.

Liars’ League BEFORE & AFTER story readings – this Tuesday April 9th

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As Brexit looms (or does it? who knows …?!) long-running, award-winning live literature legends Liars’ League have selected six superb stories of choice & change to take your mind off it all at our BEFORE & AFTER show on Tuesday 9th April. There are escapes & tippingpointscats & cowssex & deathpoetry & fistfightsyoga & porn, the Berlin Wall & a fishtank full of ghosts. And it’s STILL only £5 entry, which includes a programme, our infamous book quiz, and free birthday cake because we’re 12 🙂

WINNING STORIES for BEFORE & AFTER
Last Rites by Jess Worsdale, read by David Mildon
Namaste Bitches by Ana Soria, read by Keleigh Wolf
Counterfiction by Tim Aldrich, read by Tim Larkfield
The Poetry of Jenny by Gerard McKeown, read by Zach Harrison
No East or West by Mark Sadler, read by Silas Hawkins
Olena’s Scalpel by Alan Graham, read by Patsy Prince

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30 start and tickets are a fiver on the door (currently cash only, sorry, but there’s a cashpoint across the street). Drinks and food are available at the bar throughout. There’s no pre-booking, but tables for four or more can be reserved by calling 07808 939535.

The venue is the downstairs bar at: The Phoenix Pub, 37 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0PP

Accessibility note: Access to the basement is via stairs: there’s no lift, sadly. The Phoenix is 5 minutes’ walk from Oxford Circus tube station, which is on the Victoria, Bakerloo and Central lines.

P.S. Want to submit a story for our next event, Infinity & Beyond? Deadline is Sunday 5th May and all the details are here

Fictive Dream is one year old!

Fictive Dream is a year old and to mark this we’ll be publishing eight stories from our best-loved writers.

Steve Carr (USA) and Anne Goodwin (UK) will kick off the series on 7 May 2017. Following on throughout May will be Sandra Arnold (New Zealand), Paul Beckman (USA), Tamar Hodes and James Wall both from Britain, Annie Dawid (USA) and rounding off, Isobel Blackthorn (Australia).

Fictive Dream is open to submissions throughout the year.

Check out our submission guidelines here and send us your best. 

Happy reading.

Laura Black
Editor

www.fictivedream.com
@FictiveDream

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”).

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.

Elbow Room and As Yet Untitled- A Crowd Funding Campaign.

The Elbow Room Prize is officially completed for 2015. The winners are announced, the anthology is on sale and our event was a resounding success. We can’t wait to do it all again next year. Bu that is next year and this is now. And we have a plan we need your help with.

As some of you may know Elbow Room is published by As Yet Untitled. Specialising in limited edition, handmade books Elbow Room has long been at the very centre of the press. Since launching all those years ago Elbow Room has grown and amazed us is so many ways. The support and community we have built is incredible but it is time to do more: more with Elbow Room and more with As Yet Untitled itself.

After much conversation and planning we are taking the next steps in our journey.

From next year onwards As Yet Untitled will be collaborating with some incredible artists and writers to create new artists’ books.

Books but not as you know.

Unusual, exciting and fantastical books.

Books that tell stories and explore narrative.

To do this we need your help.

We have started a crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter to raise the funds we need to buy equipment and material for this next stage. Crowd funding is something we feel passionately about. It is the chance for the public to act as patrons to the arts. It is only with your support that we will be able to start work on creating and releasing these new books. Nor are we going to forget about Elbow Room. Everything we buy for the press will help make Elbow Room an even more beautifully crafted pamphlet, increase our print runs, allow us to have a wider distribution and greater promotion. Even the smallest pledge makes the biggest difference.

We have carefully selected every reward we are offering to reflect the project and hope there is something there for everyone. All the details (including a video in which you get to watch The Elbow Room Prize anthology being made) are HERE on our project page.

If you enjoy the arts, books, and storytelling we need your support. Your pledge to our Kickstarter not only helps us but all the artists’ and writers we work with. Help us pay it forward.

Take a look, pledge and share the details far and wide.

Thank you for helping to make our dreams a reality.

The Manchester Review: New issue and Call for Submissions!

Dear readers,

the editorial team here at The Manchester Review are delighted to announce that Issue 12 is now live – featuring poetry from Rebecca Perry, Jan Wagner, Thomas McCarthy, Igor Klikovac and Theodore Worozbyt, Ian Pople, Gerard Fanning and Peter Fallon; non-fiction from Marci Vogel; and – of particular interest to ShortStops readers – new short fiction from Jane Feaver, James Robison, Martin Monohan, Tendai Huchu, Guy Mitchell, Helen Cross and Christos Tsiolkas. As always, each piece is accompanied by artwork from an emerging artist, and this issue we are pleased to feature work from Liverpool-based practitioner, Sumuyya Khader.

We would like to thank each and every one of you who submitted work for the issue – winnowing down the selection is always tough, and we received some truly excellent short stories this time. We are now open to submissions until Sunday October 5th, and we expect to launch Issue 13 in November 2014. We’re greatly looking forward to reading your work, and we will do our very best to reply to each submission within three months.

The Editors

 

The Manchester Review: Issue 11 is now live!

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We’re delighted to announce that the latest issue of The Manchester Review is now live. It’s our eleventh outing, and as always, it features a selection of new and exciting short fiction from writers based here in the UK as well as much further afield.  In previous editions, we have had the pleasure of publishing work by Martin Amis, John Banville, Jennifer Egan, Ali Smith, Kevin Barry and Colm Toibin; this winter, we’re proud to welcome Richard Lea, Richard Hirst, Torii Grabowski, Elvis Bego, Kathryn Kruse and Peter Frederick Matthews to our pages, accompanied by stunning artwork from Mary Griffiths. To whet your appetites, here’s a couple of teasers…

This is how it will start. You see him on stage, strumming a blue Stetson, his mouth tightened in concentration. You look at him through your viewfinder and capture him singing along with the chorus. He looks directly into your camera, and you let it hang loose around your neck. You hold his gaze, then look away. It will be a game, and you will win. That is how it will start.

Torii Grabowski

His question is this: Does the violence stop at a certain age? Will he, when he is 17, when he is 25, when he is 36, when he is living his real life and has finally become the person he is meant to be, will he still be eyeing up every other person he comes across, assessing whether or not they are about to attack him? And if so, will he really ever be his true self? Can he imagine living with this constant threat and suspicion and not remain a boy who makes bargains with himself, pretending nothing will happen so that nothing will happen, a person lurking at the fringes of their own life, endlessly compromising, waiting for some phoney future when they can finally take up residence at the centre of things, afraid for it ever to be now?

Peter Frederick Matthews

Intrigued? Click through to read more. We’re currently closed for submissions, but we’ll reopen in the New Year with an announcement about our Spring and Autumn issues for 2014. Stay tuned!

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Valerie O’Riordan, Ian McGuire, John McAuliffe (editors)