Stories About Cyber Lives
Guts Publishing. Ballsy books about life. An independent publisher in London specializing in short story anthologies, fiction & nonfiction, and often with poetry. We also publish full-length memoirs. Our goal is to support exceptional writers to ensure that readers can find bold life stories (and that other stuff they call fiction) in the marketplace.
On 28 November 2019 we released our debut anthology Stories About Penises, a collection of 21 poems and short stories about, well exactly what it sounds like. We have some nice reviews on our website, and also on Goodreads.
We are thrilled to announce that we are open for submissions for our next anthology Stories About Cyber Lives. Seeking poetry and short stories (fiction & nonfiction) by UK writers. Which means anyone currently living in the UK, or anyone who was born in the UK. Closing date is 15 February 2020. This is wide open and anything goes (poetry, memoir, erotica, literary fiction, sci fi, lgbt, etc) as long as it aligns with the theme.
For details visit gutspublishing.com/submissions and our Submittable page.
We can’t wait to read your stories! xx Guts
Shooter Literary Magazine has reopened to submissions for its upcoming winter issue, themed Supernatural, as well as the 2019 Poetry Competition.
Submissions for Issue #11 should revolve around anything to do with the occult. Psychological spookiness, eerie suspense, weird mysteries and unexplained phenomena are welcome elements, as well as the more obvious demons, angels, witches and ghosts. Religious themes are also relevant. Writing must be of a literary standard, not genre fare trading on shocks or gore. The deadline is November 17th. Please visit Shooter’s Submissions page for further guidelines.
The 2019 Poetry Competition is also open to entries, with no restriction on theme or style. Poems can be up to 100 lines long and multiple entries are allowed. The winning poet will receive £150 and publication both in the winter issue of Shooter and online, while the runner-up wins £50 and online publication. All entrants receive an e-copy of the winter magazine, featuring the winning poem. For guidelines on how to enter, please visit Shooter’s Competition page.
Writers who are familiar with the type of work that we publish are often more successful; past and current issues of Shooter are available to order via the Subscriptions page. We look forward to reading your work – good luck!
Pixel Heart Literary Magazine is currently open for submissions for its third issue, on the theme of ‘Nature’.
The magazine publishes flash fiction (under 750 words), poetry (of any length), and short stories (1,000 – 2,500 words).
There is no submission fee, and submissions are open to all – experienced and new writers alike.
Pixel Heart Literary Magazine is dedicated to publishing writers who are disabled, LGBT, and/or writers of colour, as well as writers from a working-class background. While all submissions will be considered with great care, if writers state in their submission email that they are any of the above, then their submission will be given a little extra attention.
For our more specific submission guidelines and info on how to submit, please click here. Submissions for Issue Three are currently open until midnight BST on May 31st, 2019. ❤
If 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.
Pleased to announce that the inaugural issue of Crossways is now online. Publishing poetry and short fiction from authors around the globe, the magazine has a special interest in writing with an Irish connection. Check out the issue here.
flash & cinder is a new literary magazine dedicated to flash fiction and poetry encircling a single idea. Our first issue, Spirit, is due to be formally released in July 2018 to start of our summer/winter alternation. We love writing that pushes boundaries and dares to experiment.
We’ve already received bounties of wonderful flash fiction and poetry, but we’re always interested in reading more. We love literary magazines such as Smokelong Quarterly Magazine, New Flash Fiction Review and Magma Poetry, and want to build something that will eventually stand proudly among them.
We are open for submissions for our very first issue now! If you have flash fiction or poetry on the theme of Spirit, we’d love to read it. Poems may be up to and including 32 lines long, while flash fiction can only be up to 750 words.
If you’re interested, please submit up to three pieces to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions close March 31st 2018.
We look forward to reading your work.
flash & cinder
Happy New Year from the editors of The A3 Review. We’re looking forward to another year of inspiration. There are still a couple more themes – Losing It and Brief Encounters – till we start putting together Issue 8 (The Gold Issue). For prompts and more details, click here to visit our Submittable page.
And already the work on Issue 9 has begun, too… the new themes for Issue 9 (The Circle Issue) are up on our Submittable page. Check out our monthly contests and send us your flash fiction, poetry and artwork inspired by thieves, guitars, wheels, and the moon. We hope you’ll enjoy the new prompts and that they’ll inspire you to try out new themes in your work.
Shaun Levin and KM Elkes, Editors, The A3 Review
One of the fun aspects of putting together The A3 Review is coming up with the themes and prompts for each month’s contest. This month’s theme is particularly rich. One of those themes that you really need an entire novel to tackle, and we’re inviting you to do it in no more than 150 words! Betrayal. In 12-and-a-half dozen words or less. Do not betray your risk-taking disposition as a writer and an artist! This month’s theme is for you.
We’re looking for stories, poems and artwork that are political, personal or both. Secret betrayals and double crossings. From the banal to the Biblical. Write the Samson story from Delilah’s POV, for example. Or: What would Judas say? Write a poem about feeling betrayed by someone’s Tinder profile. He, or she, is definitely not as cute in real life!
Find inspiration in the words associated with betrayal: back-stabbing, double-dealing, disloyalty, treachery and duplicity.
Or tell the story of the first time you betrayed someone. What happened and where is that person today? Put into words what it feels like to be betrayed. Or what it tastes like, smells like. Write a poem of rage or forgiveness. Possible opening phrases could be: “We knew we’d been betrayed when…” or “This is how I betrayed him…” or “Just before she did it she…” or “It wasn’t the first time that…”
Click here for more prompts, suggestions, and details about how to enter this month’s contest. Deadline is the 28th of October. There’s also info here about the next few contests. If you think “Betrayal” is a juicy one, then there’s “Losing It” and “Brief Encounters” coming up, too.
When you enter our contests, don’t forget our popular (and very affordable) Brief Critique option. For just $15 we provide a line edit of your submission, along with 250 words of feedback on ways to take your work to the next level. Tick the Brief Critique add-on, and you’ll be able to pay together with your entry fee. Critiques are provided once the month’s winning entries have been announced.
We hope you’ll enjoy this month’s theme.
The A3 Review hosts a monthly writing contest, and this month’s theme is Naked and Nude. We read here that Agatha Christie wrote in the bath while eating apples. We googled for images, but there weren’t any, so we’re wondering: Who’ll write the story of the bathing novelist who said she specialised in “murders of quiet, domestic interest”? We like a good title, so how about: “Agatha Christie in the Bath”? Click here for more naked inspiration.
Deadline is 23rd September. 150 words max, or if you’re sending us artwork, it should fit nicely into an A6-sized panel. Click here to see all the new themes for Issue 8, The Gold Issue.
In the meantime, Issue 7 is almost here. The Silver Issue. We have 12 contributors, plus a story from flash fiction writer extraordinaire, Kathy Fish. There’s a maritime theme running through the new issue. Flowing through it! Whales and shrimp, to be precise. As well as stories and poems about a nun who steals a cross, a boy scout who’s unprepared, a teacher who learns, and some people who revel in their own dirt! From the depths of the ocean to the moon and space, with some complicated earthly relationships in between. If you haven’t pre-ordered already, you can do that by clicking here.
Some details about the two online courses… New dates are up for The A3 Review editor, Shaun Levin’s How to Map Your Book online course. The current one filled up pretty quickly, so you might want to grab a place for the course starting in November. If you’re eager to join a course now, there are still a few places on the Write Around Town online course that starts next week. Both courses are practical and focused on your own writing. It’s a great chance to get detailed feedback on your work, too. Check out both courses by clicking here.
Any questions about the courses or The A3 Review, please contact maps [at] writingmaps [dot] com
Inspired by the How to Turn Food Into Words Writing Map, this month’s contest theme is Dinners. The A3 Review invites you to submit short stories, poems and artwork about the things that happen round a table. Or after dinner. Or in the build-up to a meal. School dinners and candlelit dinners. Dinners with friends and work dinners. Create stories out of dinners you remember and dinners you wish you could remember.
Visit our Submittable page here for more suggestions and inspiration. Follow us on Twitter, too. A bit late to the party, but we’ve recently made it to Instagram! Read pieces from back issues, and see more closely what we’re up to here at The A3 Review. Click here to visit us on Instagram.
The April deadline is the 22nd. As always, 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.
One more bit of news (drumroll, please)… Issue 6 is here! That means we’ve been around for three years already. Take a look at the new issue by clicking here. The contributions to Issue 6 take us from Sicily to Los Angeles via the Outer Hebrides. Oranges, fire, Lenin, kittiwakes and Dali’s Crucifixion are just some of the people and things glimpsed along the way.
Join us on our journey at: http://thea3review.com/
Yes, the theme for our February Contest is: Postcards. This month’s contest is your last chance to be part of The A3 Review‘s Issue 6, so don’t be left feeling “Wish I was there!”
Deadline is February 25th.
Write about postcards you’ve written and ones you’ve received, that particular postcard you’ve kept since the 80s. Tell the story of a postcard you wish you’d written, or one (from your gran?) that you wish you’d saved. Write about a character who communicates through postcards. What would their last postcard sound like? For inspiration, read Charles Simic’s “The Lost Art of Postcard Writing.”
Read here about the language of stamps, and how they were positioned on postcards to convey a secret message. Write about stamps. Read Craig Raine’s “A Martian Sends A Postcard Home”, then write your own version, updated for the 21st Century.
Think about postcards from the edge. Postcards from the future. Postcards as propaganda and protest. Postcards which say one thing but mean another. Study a picture postcard and use the image to inspire a story.
For more inspiration, visit our Submittable page and follow us on Twitter at @TheA3Review. You can also get special offers and news by signing up to our newsletter.
For full contest details click here. 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 in each issue receive cash prizes: 1st = £150, 2nd = £75, 3rd = £50 (approx $190, $95, $65).
The new themes for Issue 7 (The Silver Issue) are now up on our page, so click here to see all six themes.
Happy writing! We look forward ro reading your work.
It may have taken me a while but Number Eleven is back!! Issue Nine of Number Eleven is live, ready and waiting for you. Featuring the work of 10 authors from around the world, I invite you to pull up your favourite chair, turn on your reading light and slip into the wonderful worlds created for you by our carefully selected authors.
As a little aside, we are currently preparing Issue Ten and we would love to read YOUR work!! If you have a piece of short or flash fiction burning a hole in your digital pocket then please do send it our way, we’d love to step into your world and get lost, quite possibly! You can submit to email@example.com, we look forward to hearing from you!
Until next time, close your eyes and hope for the best!
What does ‘home’ mean to you? With millions of people driven from their homes all over the world, ‘shelter’ often equates to ‘safety’. Closer to home, at least 120,000 children in the UK were homeless for Christmas 2016. Shelter, the charity that helps people who are homeless or in poor housing, needs our help more than ever.
We’ve been here before, of course. Three years ago, we formed a community to produce an anthology which raised over £3,000 for Shelter. We are now open for submissions for Stories for Homes Volume 2. The plan is to launch the e-book in September 2017 and a paperback version in November 2017. As before, all royalties will go directly to Shelter.
- Stories (poems also considered) should be between 100 and 3000 words long (not including the title).
- The theme is HOME.
- Please send your story as a Word document in an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org AND copy in email@example.com. It’s important to send it to both email addresses.
- DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NAME ON THE ATTACHMENT. Submissions will be considered anonymously. All writers are welcome to submit – published, yet-to-be published and those who were included in Stories for Homes Volume One. Anonymous submissions will give a level playing field to all those submitting.
- The deadline is midnight (UK time) 14th February 2017.
Whether or not your story is accepted for the anthology, there are many ways to get involved with the project. The whole process of creating and marketing the book is a community effort, with artists, photographers, techy experts etc joining with the editors and authors to create a world-class anthology. Most of the conversation takes place in a Facebook group, which is always open to new members. Updates will also be posted on the Stories for Homes website.
The editors at Here Come Everyone magazine (HCE) are seeking submissions for our upcoming issue: Toys & Games. We’re a quarterly literary magazine of poetry, fiction, articles and artwork based around topical and interesting themes. HCE is published by Silhouette Press, a not-for-profit publishing social enterprise that aims to create a network of artists, writers and thinkers to create new and innovative content, as well as carry out community creative writing projects. Together, we aim to provide an open and accessible platform for readers and contributors.
The new theme: TOYS & GAMES
Deadline: 10 January 2017
We encourage bold/striking interpretations of the theme. If your link to toys/games isn’t self-evident, we advise you to include a few lines in your author bio to provide context.Poetry: you may submit up to three poems of no longer than 30 lines each.
Fiction: please submit only one piece per issue; stories may be up to 2,500 words.
Non-fiction: please submit only one piece per issue; articles may be up to 2,000 words.
Artwork: you may submit up to three pieces; we accept all visual media (300 dpi and 640 x 640 res)
Please see our submissions guidelines for full details. Work must be sent via the Submittable button on our website; stuff we receive via email will not be accepted. Any Word or .doc.x format is fine, but no PDFs. For submissions of artwork, please ensure your files are of sufficient image size and hi-res, otherwise they cannot be used.
We look forward to receiving your creations…
Submissions are now open for issue #2 of The Ham.
We’re looking for short-fiction, poetry, art, and photography based around the theme(s) of ‘Change & Stasis’. Please see the submissions page for guidelines and further details.
Copies of issue #1 of The Ham can now be ordered online. This first issue contains work from a whopping 51 contributors, and is free of charge – you will only be charged for the price of postage.
Finally, we are very excited to announce plans for a launch party to celebrate the release of our inaugural issue. The venue is the wonderful community owned Ivy House in Nunhead, the date is Tuesday 13th December, and we’ll be kicking things off from around 7.30pm. There will be live readings from contributors, and music from the amazing Whiskey Moonface. The event is free, open to the public, and there will be lots of copies of issue #1 to take away for free. Come along if you can, the more the merrier, it should be a great way to meet other lovers of short-stories and poetry, and to hear some wonderful readings and music. Drop me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to do a reading of your work too!
It’s all go in the world of Structo.
Issue 16 was released into the world in mid-October, featuring 94 pages of outstanding fiction and poetry, alongside photography from Minoru Karamatsu and an interview with Minae Mizumura, novelist and author of The Fall of Language in the Age of English.
Around the same time, issue 15 was shortlisted for the Stack Award for Best Original Fiction. The nominated story was Paula Hunter’s wonderful ‘3 for 2’. The winner will announced at a ceremony in London on November 23rd.
Finally—for this brief roundup at least—came the announcement that Structo is now accepting rolling submissions. Send in your best.
Structo issue 15 is now online, in its entirety, to read for free. This most recent issue features 11 short stories, 17 poems, a feature on cover on design, an interview with three of our favourite cover designers and another with the ex-poet laureate of North Korea Jang Jin-sung. You can find more details, as well as bonus material such as audio recordings, at the issue page.
To mark the occasion, the physical issue is currently discounted from £7 to £5, so if you want one before they sell out, now’s the time! Head here to pick up your copy. That said, the most valuable thing you can do is read the magazine and tell a friend about Structo, as magazines like ours thrive by word of mouth. Share and enjoy.
The fourth issue of Confingo is now available – stories by David Gaffney, Matt Harris, Andrew Hook, Kieran Lambe; poems by Karl Astbury, Marianne Daniels, Helena Torres; photography by Rebecca Driffield, Chan-Yang Kim, Zoë McLean, Lucy Ridges, Jordan Sweke; artwork by Ailsa Rhiannon; interview with Lucy Ridges.
Structo issue 14 is now online, in its entirety, to read for free. This most recent issue contains 14 short stories, 14 poems, and two interviews—one with David Gaffney and another with Ursula K. Le Guin. It’s a monster of an issue at 138 pages, and we were delighted when it was recently shortlisted for a Stack Award for Best Original Fiction. You can find more details, as well as listen to bonus material from issue contributors, at the issue page.
We are marking the online launch by putting the final box of physical magazines on sale at 40% off, so if you want one of the last 25, now’s the time! Just enter the code ’14at40′ at checkout or use this direct link.
But really, the most valuable thing you can do is tell a friend about Structo, as magazines like ours thrive by word of mouth. Share and enjoy!