Submit to 2020 Shooter Short Story Competition

Shooter Literary Magazine’s 2020 Short Story Competition is now open to stories of any style, subject or genre, up to a max of 5,000 words. The contest spotlights the best emerging literary talent, with £500 in cash prizes and publication both in the magazine and online.

Shooter seeks imaginative, absorbing and beautifully written work that brings characters to life and elicits an emotional response from the reader. In short, we want well written tales that appeal to both the head and the heart.

In return for the £7 entry fee (or £10 for two), all entrants receive an e-copy of Shooter’s winter 2021 issue, which will feature the winning story.

  • The winner of the 2020 Shooter Short Story Competition will receive £400, publication in the winter issue and on the website, and promotion on Shooter’s social media.
  • The runner-up will receive £100, publication on Shooter’s website, and promotion on social media.
  • All entrants will receive an e-copy of Shooter’s winter issue.
  • Stories may be any theme or genre, up to a max of 5,000 words.
  • The competition is open to entries through May 31st, 2020.
  • Winners will be announced in July 2020
  • All proceeds from entry fees go toward prizes, contributor payments and Shooter’s production costs, supporting our mission to promote the best new writing and encourage the principle of paying writers for their work.

To enter, please email your story (as a Word or PDF file) to competition.shooterlitmag@gmail.com by the deadline of May 31st, 2020. Include your name, title of story and word count in the body of the email, with no identifying information on the story itself. Multiple entries are accepted. Payment can be made via Shooter’s website at https://shooterlitmag.com/competition.

Other information can be found at https://shooterlitmag.com. We look forward to reading your work – good luck!

Six Days of Short Stories with Claire Keegan

An exploration of the short story over six Saturdays

WEEK ONE

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March 21: Four Russian Stories

1. “The Overcoat” by Gogol, translated by Constance Garnett.

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2. “Kasyan from the Beautiful Lands” by Ivan Turgenev, translated by Constance Garnett. Text

3. “Family Happiness” by Leo Tolstoy, translated by Constance Garnett. PDF

4. “Gusev” by Anton Chekhov, translated by Constance Garnett. Text

WEEK TWO

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March 28: Classics

1 “An Adventure in Paris” by Guy de Maupassant.

2. “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce.

3. “The Horsedealer’s Daughter” by D.H. Lawrence.

4. “The Garden Party” by Katherine Mansfield.

Stories 1–4 are published in The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction edited by Richard Bausch and R.V. Cassill. Shorter, 8th edition.

WEEK THREE

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April 4: Four American Stories

1. “I Want to Know Why” by Sherwood Anderson.

2. “The Chrysanthemums” by John Steinbeck.

3. “A Worn Path” by Eudora Welty.

4. “The Man Who Was Almost a Man” by Richard Wright.

Stories 1–4 are published in The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction edited by Richard Bausch and R.V. Cassill. Shorter, 8th edition.

WEEK FOUR

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April 11: Five Irish Stories

1. “The Girl and the Sailor” (a folktale).

2. “The Faithless Wife” by Sean O’Faolain.

3. “The Majesty of the Law” by Frank O’Connor.

4. “Irish Revel” by Edna O’Brien.

5. “Midnight Blue” by Elaine Walsh.

Stories 1–4 may be found in The Oxford Book of Irish Short Stories, edited by William Trevor. We may also discuss Trevor’s introduction to the anthology.

WEEK FIVE

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April 18: Four Canadian Stories

1. “Royal Beatings” by Alice Munro.

2. “The Ice Wagon Going Down the Street” by Mavis Gallant.

3. “The Island” by Alistair MacLeod.

4. “Death by Landscape” by Margaret Atwood.

Stories 1, 2 and 4 are published in The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction edited by Richard Bausch and R.V. Cassill. Shorter, 8th edition.

WEEK SIX

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April 25: Stories from Elsewhere

1. “The White Horse” by Yasunari Kawabata.

2. “Signs and Symbols” by Vladimir Nabokov.

3. “The Management of Grief” by Bharati Mukherjee.

4. “Gimpel the Fool” by Isaac Bashevis Singer.

Stories 1–4 are published in The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction edited by Richard Bausch and R.V. Cassill. Shorter, 8th edition.

All lectures will be held at the Carmelite Community Centre, 56 Aungier Street, Dublin City Centre from 10am to 5pm on Saturdays.

Participants are welcome to either book into the full six-week course for 780 euro tuition or pay 150 per day. To book, please contact clairekeeganfictionclinic@gmail.com

Anyone with an interest in short stories is welcome to attend.

Stroud Short Stories is Open for Submissions until 8 March 2020

Stroud Short Stories is currently open for submissions for its special 20th event which is dedicated to Stroud writer Rick Vick who sadly died at the end of November. There were obituaries for Rick in The Times and The GuardianHere is the latter.
 
The event is for all Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire writers. The theme this time is DISRUPTION. Submissions are free and you may submit unpublished or published stories. Ten stories will be selected and their authors will read/perform them at our event.
The deadline is the end of Sunday 8 March and the event is on Sunday 19 April at the 150-seater Cotswold Playhouse. Tickets will go on sale on 20 March.
 
All information about submitting is on the Stroud Short Stories website.

Call for Submissions: HCE’s Green Issue

The editors at Here Come Everyone magazine (HCE) are seeking submissions for our upcoming Green Issue. We’re a tri-annual literary magazine of short fiction, poetry, articles and artwork based around topical and interesting themes. HCE aims to provide an open and accessible platform for readers and contributors.

 

The new theme: GREEN

Deadline: 10 Feb 2020

We encourage bold/striking interpretations of the theme. If your link to ‘green’ isn’t self-evident, we advise you to include a few lines in your author bio to provide context.

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Fiction: please submit only one piece per issue; stories may be up to 2,000 words.

Poetry: you may submit up to three poems of no longer than 35 lines each.

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 submissions form on our website; stuff we receive via email will not be accepted. Any Word or .docx 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…

FRONT COVER Classified

To get an idea of what HCE is looking for, you can check out our brand new Classified Issuenow available for purchase from our shop! Full of short stories and flash fiction, plus art, poetry and other writing.

Is Your Work Too Intense?

deadline 10 janIf it is, we’d like to see it. The A3 Review and Press is seeking flash fiction or short stories that overshare, are deeply lyrical, and say something about what it’s like to be alive at this point in time. Deadline is 10th January 2020.

For examples of the kind of prose The A3 Press publishes, check out MASH by Lena Ziegler, Jason Jackson’s The Unit, and My New Car by Alan Sincic.

Selected titles receive £200 and 10 copies of the published work.

For more details and how to submit, visit their Submittable page here.

Fictive Dream’s Flash Fiction February 2020

Exactly three weeks left to submit your best flash fiction to Fictive Dream’s Flash Fiction February 2020.  

During Flash Fiction February, now in its third year, we will feature a new piece of flash fiction throughout the month. That’s a new story, every day, starting on 1 February right through to February 29. Our submissions window will remain open until December 31, 2019.

As always, we’re interested in material with a contemporary feel on any subject. Your stories may be challenging, dramatic, playful, exhilarating, even cryptic. Above all, they must be well-crafted and compelling.

We’ve put a squeeze on our usual word count though, so only stories of between 200–750 words please.

Read our Flash Fiction February 2020 submission guidelines here.

Check out the Fictive Dream website here.

For those of you who prefer to write longer stories we remain open to standard submissions (500–2,500 words). 

We’re looking forward to receiving your best work!

Laura Black
Editor

Website www.fictivedream.com
Twitter @fictivedream
Instagram fictive.dream

Story Friday LEAP! Call for submissions

Story Friday in February has the theme LEAP! in celebration of 2020 as a leap year. Story Friday is on 28th February, the day before the leaping day, and we want to revel in the glory of this springing theme! Whether your stories feature proposals or boxing hares, Christmas lords or death defying jumps, we are so looking forward to reading what you come up with!

Story Friday LEAP! will be on 28th February, deadline for submissions is 17th February. We’re looking for stories that are 2,000 words or fewer.  (Full submission details are here).  Writers must be available to come to Bath for the event.  If you’d rather not read, we have wonderful actors who can read your story for you.

For more information about Story Friday, to listen to stories that we have recorded at our events over the years, and/or to submit your story please visit A Word In Your Ear.