Three New Things from The A3

A3 press copyThe A3 Review & Press announces its new monthly contest themes: Romance, parties, and whatever the word “top” inspires you to create. Anything from spinning tops to top-shelf magazines. Click here to see all the new themes, each with a deadline on the 4th Saturday of the month.

The current issue of The A3 Review has recently been published and is available to order here. Stories, poems and artwork about fairs, fireworks, and fathers, along with flies and zebras, too. Nancy Stohlman answers questions in the issue’s A6 Q&A.

The A3 Press is soon to launch alongside The A3 Review. The press is looking for manuscript submissions for this new chapbook press. Deadline for submissions is the 20th of November. Do you have a series of short stories, or maybe a long story that can be spread out over several pages? Do you have a combination of drawings and short stories? Or even photographs without text that would fit into our The A3 Press’s map-fold format.

The A3 Press will be a place for work that might struggle to find a traditional home, work that’s lyrical and intense, a bit weird, perhaps, hybrid, experimental. For all the details, please click here.

If you’d like to support the new press, you can also pre-order the first 6 titles via the website here.

John O’Connor Writing School Short Story Competition Update

Did you submit to the John O’Connor Short Story Competition? We will be contacting the winner of the 2018 John O’Connor Writing School short story competition in less than a week. We wish you every success.

The prize is a free pass and accommodation to the Festival which runs 1-4 November in Armagh, intensive 3 day writing course, meeting with publishers at the Publisher Panel, an industry talk with a well known writer in your chosen writing course, £250, an opportunity to participate in Lyrical Lunchtime event on 4 November AND a 3 day writing retreat at the River Mill Writing Retreat in the heart of rural County Down. Exciting, or what?

‘No Borders, No Boundaries. Celebrate & Inspire’

The John O’Connor Writing School and Literary Arts Festival (1-4 November, Armagh, Northern Ireland).  It’s a packed programme featuring its aclaimed writing school wtih international class poets, song writers, prose, stage and screen writers and how-to-write experts. Fiction in all its forms, including the short story are represented, and we are delighted to welcome Tom Bromley of Faber Academy as tutor for our intensive writing course (includes Industry Talk and Publisher’s Panel event). New this year are four ‘taster’ sessions, and we are delighted to welcome acclaimed author Paul McVeigh as ‘Step Into Fiction Writing’. An award-winning short story writer, Paul also has a keen insight into what makes a good short story and will help you discover what competition judges and journal editors are looking for.

An additional dimension to the Writing School which runs from November 1 to 4 and is funded by the Arts Council for Northern Ireland and Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon Council, is a parallel Arts Festival of staged drama, lectures, talks, and music.

The writing school will be hosted in various historic locations around Armagh including libraries, hotels, bars and restaurants.

A full programme and more information on the John O’Connor Writing School and Literary Arts Festival 2018 is available on www.thejohnoconnorwritingschool.com

Courses & Events can be booked on: https://visitarmagh.com/johnoconnnor

Early bird discount (10-15%) up to 4 October.

Shooter seeks submissions for “Rivalry”

Shooter Literary Magazine invites submissions of short fiction, non-fiction and poetry on the theme of “Rivalry” for its winter 2018 issue.

Writers should submit stories, essays, memoir, reported narratives and poetry on anything to do with competition, antagonism, warring forces and individual foes. The context might be sports, business, romance, politics, survival; the characters might be students, frenemies, parents, current and former lovers, courtroom opponents. As ever, the theme is open to wide interpretation.

Please visit https://shooterlitmag.com/submissions for guidelines; deadline is November 11th, 2018. Successful writers will hear from us within a few weeks of the deadline, if not before, and receive payment and a copy of the issue following publication. Due to the volume of submissions we no longer send rejection emails.

The 2018 Shooter Poetry Competition is also now open, with a discounted three-poem entry fee. Find guidelines for entering the competition at https://shooterlitmag.com/poetry-competition.

New Small Press: The A3 Press

a3 press logoThe A3 Review is launching The A3 Press, a new small press for short stories, poetry and artwork. All our titles will be printed in our signature map-fold format. Click here for all the details and find us at TheA3Press.com.

Think of us as a chapbook press, a place for work that might struggle to find a traditional home, work that’s lyrical and intense, maybe a bit weird, hybrid, experimental. We also welcome work that’s traditionally beautiful. We like work that is urgent, that says something about what it’s like to be alive at this point in history.

Our first six titles will appear in early 2019. We’ll then publish six new titles every six months.

Deadline for manuscript submission is 20th November. Visit our Submittable page, where you can also find details about our regular monthly contests and The A3 Review.

We’re excited to see where this new publishing adventure takes us and look forward to reading and seeing your work. Please do get in touch with any questions you may have.

12 Writing Tips To Get You Started

As Anne Frank poignantly wrote: “I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” Writing can be an incredible outlet, but sometimes there are stumbling blocks along the way.

Which is why the team at READ Foundation has put together a list of 12 Writing Tips to Get You Started.

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READ is an education charity which builds schools and enables children from poverty-stricken backgrounds to access schooling. We’re currently running a writing competition for short stories, poems and personal essays which will inspire children in their educational path. Scroll down for more details on how to enter.

The charity has gathered the best tips from well-known writers, blogs and the wider web to help writers in their pursuit of the perfect prose.

  1. Write from the heart. A book without a pulse is like a person without a spirit. – Linda F Rad
  2. We love the tips in this Guardian article on the Top 10 Writers’ Tips on Writing. Particularly this one from Katherine Mansfield: “Looking back I imagine I was always writing. Twaddle it was too. But better far write twaddle or anything, anything, than nothing at all.”
  3. Enter competitions, send off examples to agents, read up on literacy festivals to attend, join writing clubs either locally or online – research as many places as you can which can help you on your writing journey, whether the aim is to get published, receive feedback, or simply learn more about the writing process from the people who do it professionally.
  4. Write on a computer which is disconnected from the internet (after you’ve finished reading this blog, obviously). It’s a distraction you can do without.
  5. The “show don’t tell” mentality is well-known for a good reason: it’s true. As fiction author Anton Chekhov puts it: “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
  6. Oxford Dictionaries has some excellent general advice on better writing, whether it’s a letter, speech, email or something more creative. We like the tip “guide readers through what you write”. The advice is to “help readers understand your message quickly and precisely. To do this, it is necessary to show them clearly how the different parts relate to each other.”
  7. How about a writing tip from a Nobel winning author? Alice Munro, who was given the Nobel for Literature in 2013, has spent most of her writing life focussing on short stories. She said: “Usually I have a lot of acquaintance with the story before I start writing it….stories would just be working in my head for so long that when I started to write I was deep into them.”
  8. Proofread proofread proofread. It’s relly obviously when a sentennce has speling errors in it. If you’re entering a writing competition, judges may penalise you for the errors and it could mean the difference between winning or losing a contest.
  9. Write, even when you don’t feel like it. Get into the habit of writing on a regular basis. If you can commit to writing for a certain amount of time each day, for 30 days, it’ll soon become second nature. About 30-40 days is all you need to make a new habit stick.
  10. Recognise it’s not just your characters that are human – you are too! So if you have periods of struggle, you’re not alone. Don’t be too hard on yourself.
  11. Don’t wait for the perfect moment. Julie Duffy, founder of Story a Day, says “Don’t wait to write until you’re older/wiser/invited to the party. Don’t wait until you have something ‘important’ to say.” Other experts have revealed their best writing tips for beginners.
  12. Enjoy the process! It’s a journey you’ll be proud you’ve taken. Good luck!

While you’re here, we have some exciting news for you. Education charity READ Foundation is running its very first writing competition and needs people like YOU to take part. Read all about it here. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, 10thOctober 2018.

rhaw Magazine is open for submissions!

rhaw Magazine is now open for submissions all-year-round and we are looking for contributions to our second issue! As before, submission is free and we accept all forms of work except audio and visual pieces, including creative non-fiction, essays, all kinds of visual art, experimental writing, etc.

We now split the year into two reading periods. For our May ’19 issue, our reading period begins 1st January, so get your work into us before then! If you miss the date, don’t worry, we will consider your work for the next issue.

For full details on our submission process and guidelines, click here.

Good luck and we look forward to seeing your work!

Best,

The rhaw Magazine Team

Thieves and New Contest Themes

new themes 2 copyOur next contest deadline is July the 28th, and we also have new monthly themes for other A3 Review contests till November. We’re looking for short fiction, mini essays, poetry and artwork on the theme of Ears, Hats and Triangles, for example.

Visit our Submittable page for all the details.

The next theme is Thieves. Hearts, heists, identities, or apricots from a neighbour’s tree. We like work that feels immediate and edgy, so check out the prompts and start creating now! We welcome submissions from around the world.

Three winners per issue receive cash prizes, and all monthly winners receive contributor copies, back issues and Writing Maps. All the details are here.

You can read some of the work that we feature in The A3 Review on our Instagram page.

Any questions, please do write to us at a3 [at] writingmaps.com

Start your day with a burst of creativity!

Write & Shine runs a programme of writing workshops that embrace the inspirational power of the morning.  Writer Gemma Seltzer will guide you through the sessions, waking you up with words & energising you for the day ahead.

Our workshops take place bright & early in peaceful central London locations & are open to everyone, whether you’re new to writing, have some experience or simply want to add more creativity into your life. You won’t be expected to share your work, which offers great freedom & encourages all kinds of unexpected ideas to emerge.

For the summer series of workshops, we’ll find inspiration in sunshine, the lighter mornings & the 200th anniversary of Emily Brontë’s birth. Join us from 5 July.

Workshops cost £19 or you can purchase our seasonal membership to motivate you to enjoy all the workshops, events & online sessions we have on offer this summer. Find out more on our website: www.write-and-shine.com

Call for Submissions: Pixel Heart Literary Magazine – Issue One

 

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Pixel Heart Literary Magazine is currently open for submissions for its first ever issue. The theme is ‘Love’, and the magazine accepts flash fiction (under 750 words), poetry (of any length), and short stories (1,000 – 2,500 words).

There is no submission fee, and we’d love to read anything you’d like to send to us, whether you’re a new or experienced writer – as long as your submission sticks to the theme in some way. (But in what way is up to you!)

For our more specific submission guidelines and info on how to submit, please click here. Submissions for Issue One are currently open until midnight BST on June 30th, 2018. ❤

Crossways #2 Online Now!

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Crossways #2  is now online! Enjoy poetry and short fiction from both emerging and established authors. Crossways publishes a broad selection of work from around the world but we have a particular interest in writing with an Irish connection.

Come visit the site and you are bound to find something you’ll like.

Yes, take a stroll down to the crossways and see who you might meet! It’s fabulous and it’s free! We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Call for Submissions: HCE’s Rituals Issue

The editors at Here Come Everyone magazine (HCE) are seeking submissions for our upcoming Rituals Issue. We’re a literary magazine of short fiction, poetry, articles and artwork based around topical and interesting themes. HCE aims to bring together a network of artists, writers and thinkers to create new and innovative content, as well as carry out community creative writing projects. Our team strives to make each magazine an open and accessible platform for readers and contributors.

The new theme: RITUALS

Deadline: 01 July 2018

We encourage bold/striking interpretations of the theme. If your link to rituals 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 2,000 words.

Non-fiction: please submit only one piece per issue; articles may be up to 1,500 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 work…

 

To get an idea of what HCE is looking for, you can check out our recent release: The Brutal Issue – now available for purchase from our shop! Full of short stories and flash fiction, plus art, poetry and other writing.

You’ve read Bunbury, now listen to us!

Hello to you all from Bunbury Magazine!

We’re just dropping by the give you a quick update on what we are up to at Bunbury HQ.

Did you know we’re now doing podcasts? Well we are. This is a very exciting development and means you won’t be too long between bouts of Bunbury. Currently, we are running two.

Bunbury Speaks, which is a monthly interview podcast with a twist. As well as talking to some very special people about writing, inspirations and all manner of other things, each guest contributes to a chain story, taking a starting point to some very interesting places. Currently, there is one episode available where the guest is our very own poetry editor Malika Street.

Just Write Speaks, the recording of our monthly spoken word event. There are open micers and special guests bringing a huge variety of rhymes and words to your ears. There is almost 6 months worth of events live right now, with guests including Rose Condo, Genevieve L Walsh, Broccan Tyzack-Carlin and many more!

Both of these can be found by clicking the lovely photo below.

This month, we have Joe Williams as our special guest. If you are in or around Manchester, please drop by. There are open mic slots available as well as the chance to compete in the Haiku Death Match. Search Just Write Speaks on Facebook or follow the link to the event right here – Just Write Speaks June.

If you enjoy the podcasts, please consider subscribing and reviewing us on iTunes while you are there.

In other news, Bunbury is still open for submissions. The theme is run and we are looking for short stories, poetry, flash fiction and all manner of writing. Details of our submissions guidelines can be found below.

That’s all from us, folks. Before submitting, consider looking through some past issues to see the kind of thing we do. You can get to our past issues through our website.

Much love and keep scribbling,

Christopher and Keri.

Writing Competition: Short Story, Flash Fiction, Poetry

Just over a week to go now for this great competition for a great cause. So get finalising those poems, flash fictions and short stories. Closing date is next Friday 20th July at 17.00hrs.

Just over 3 weeks to go on this one so get the biros, pencils and laptops working. Closes 5 pm on 20th July

Writing Competition in aid of the Michael Mullan Cancer Fund.

Michael Mullan (26) is battling cancer for third time and needs funds to continue availing of life saving treatment in Boston that is not available in Ireland.

How to Enter

  • Email your short story, flash fiction or poetry entry to: mmcancerfundwritingcompetition@gmail.com.
  • Pay: PayPal.Me/mmcancerfund or by clicking here. Donations in excess of the stipulated entry fee would be most welcome for this deserving cause.

  • Competition is open in Ireland and internationally.

  • Longlist of top 20 authors will be published on www.michaelmullancancerfund.com in mid-August 2018.

  • Shortlist of top 6 authors will be published in early September.

  • Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded at Kildare Readers Festival on 3rd October 2018.

  • Please read the Terms & Conditions before entering: Terms & Conditions

To the Moon and Back

The A3 Review is looking for entries to their May contest. This month, they’re inviting stories, poems and artwork on the theme of The Moon. Mystery, cheesy, bloody, science-fictiony, or with cows jumping over it… they welcome all moon-inpired stories.

Stories about werewolves, high tide and low tide, moonlit sonatas, stories based on myths and folklore. Stories about dancing to the light of the moon. What happens to you on nights when the moon is full? Write about that!

For more lunar inspiration, and to enter The A3 Review‘s May contest, check out our Submittable page.

As always, the word limit is 150 words, and all artwork needs to fit into an A6 panel.

Mooning anecdotes most welcome!

Visit them at TheA3Review.com.

 

Infinity Words (Bunbury issue 19 is here!)

Hello hello fans of Bunbury Magazine, we’re back so pop on your fancy gem encrusted glove, pause from attempting to rule the universe and relax with the latest issue.
The theme this time was Infinity and whoowee, do we have some excellent content to share with you! From the front cover to the logo on the back page, we think this will be right up your street.
‘But how do we buy this magnificent display of work from authors and artists from around the world’? I hear you cry. Well, if you click on the pictures of the front covers below, your quest will come to an end.
You can get the physical version of the magazine here:
Please note that the physical copy includes Short Stories, Flash Fiction and Poetry.

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And we have digital copies for sale here:
Please note that the digital copy includes bonus content.

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We really had a lot of fun putting this issue together and we hope you enjoy it.
FUN FACT! If you buy the physical copy
We also, as always have our back catalogue for you get stuck into, just click on the picture to unlock the gateway to Bunbury issues past. Not future though, what do you think this is, The Eye Agamotto? No, it isn’t. Sorry. We’ll try and sort that out for next time.

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And now dear reader, allow us to make a horrifically dated music reference.
*eh hem*
What’s that coming in to your ears is it a podcast? Is it a podcast!
*takes bow painfully aware of the void of silence*

Yes! That’s right! You heard us, Bunbury Magazine now has not one, but TWO PODCASTS, oh my word! The rumours were true!

The Just Write Speaks podcasts are recordings of out Spoken Word night that we hold in Bury Lancs on the last Tuesday of the month of the same name. There really are some smashing spoken word artist performing wonderful stuff.

The Bunbury Speaks podcast is, not to give too much away, an interview podcast with a twist that we think you’ll really like. Intrigued? Good. You should be.

Tell you what, why don’t you give it a listen? Just click the picture below and you shall be transported to Bury’s best regular spoken word night or our studio where you can hear talk to some marvelous people!

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And finally, we’re open for submissions dear, dear friends.
The theme this time is ‘Run’ and we’re looking forward to reading all of the lovely submissions.
If you would like to submit, please click on the poster below to find out how!
We look forward to hearing from you!

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Well, lots of news there huh? We’re going to leave you to it and we’ll speak to you next time.
OKTHANKSLOVEYOUBYE!

Call for Submissions

DEADLINE: 10th May / DYDDIAD CAU 10 MAI

rhaw Magazine is a new arts and culture magazine focusing on the creative work produced in North Wales, by both students and the local community. Our first issue is due to be published on the 1st July and is not theme-specific. You are welcome to submit any work you have as long as it complies with the submission guidelines. We look forward to receiving your work, be it a short story, poem, a photograph, a comic strip, or anything in between.

Mae rhaw yn gylchgrawn celfyddyddau a diwylliant newydd sy’n canolbwyntio ar y Gwaith creadigol a gynhyrchir yng Ngogledd Cymru, gan fyfyrwyr a’r gymuned leol. Disgwylir cyhoeddi ein rhifyn cyntaf ar y 1af o Orffenaf; ac nid yw’n thema-benodol. Mae croesoi chi gyflwyno unrhyw waith sydd genych chi cyhyd a’i fod yn cydymffurfio â’r canllawiau cyflwyno. Edrychwn ymalen at dderbyn eich gwaith, boed yn gerdd, ffotograff, stribed comig, neu unrhyw beth tebyg.

 

For more information visit our website / Am fwy o wybodaeth ewch i’n gwefan:

www.rhawmagazine.wixsite.com/home

 

To submit your work, go to / I gyflwyno’ch gwaith, ewch i: 

www.rhawmagazine.wixsite.com/submission

 

 

Can You Play the Guitar?

a3 guitar contestAnd even if you can’t play the guitar, you’ve probably tried, or know someone who plays, or wanted to play, or serenaded you. The A3 Review‘s March contest theme is: GUITAR. For immediate inspiration, listen to BB King and write the blues.

You could write about a busker who becomes a star, or the family that jams together, or write about your first guitar teacher. Write an ode to your favourite chord: E, Dm7, or maybe C major 7 as a barre chord. Explore guitar-related settings like a Flamenco bar, the campfire on a holiday beach, or being part of the crowd at a music gig. Write about a late-night smoky blues bar in New Orleans.

Have you ever boarded a plane with a guitar? Read Debra Marquart’s beautiful poem “Traveling with Guitar” to trigger your memory.

Click here for more inspiration and ideas, and details about our contests and prizes.

Deadline is Saturday, 24th March.

We invite you to use the language of guitars as prompts for prose or poetry: riffs, licks, hammer, pull, slide, bend, distort, reverb, overdrive. Listen to an album by your favourite guitar band on a loop as you write, imagine being on a festival stage with a wild crowd in front of you, just about to strike your first chord…

The A3 Review publishes short stories, flash fiction, poetry, comics, graphic stories, 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.

Visit our Submittable page for more inspiration and details.

PS. Our Issue 8 is almost ready to launch. Click here to pre-order your copy.

Live Lit Leamington Returns!

The Anthology of Authors returns! Following our postponed event (March 1st) at The Stagey Fox Leamington, we are pleased to announce – YAY! – (that’s us being pleased) that we will be back to entertain you with shorts, poems, flashes, flishes and most likely flushes on THURSDAY 22nd MARCH at The Stagey Fox, Regent Street Leamington Spa. Free to enter, free to listen, free to applaud and do feel free to flatter. First sentence 7.15pm, closing paragraph 9pm. Come one, come all!