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.
Just a few days left until the Deadline! 10th of January!
Polish those 300-word short-short stories and take your chance. Become a part of this wonderful community of writers and storytellers. Take the chance of winning the prize! Give your story a chance to be recognised.
Check out the 2018 Calendar from here LISP.
LISP judges are looking for strong and unique voices, check out the interviews with the judges on the website.
‘Originality must come from other resources: from one’s own voice, personality, character.’ Luis Pizarro, LISP judge.
‘Given that the story can only be 300 words, I am looking for something beyond the ephemeral, a story that will make an impression.’ James Kirchick, LISP judge.
‘LISP is based on creating a great community and, of course, all the writers who attend the competition will definitely be a part of this network. However, winners are winners, and they will have the greatest advantage. First of all, the prize and publication, and when you win a competition, it means that your pen has been recognised, which is a great feature for any writer. Not only while trying to reach agents or publishers, but also the personal satisfaction is priceless. Especially for young writers, it’s a way to build confidence.
As an award winner, I can also say that it helps you to improve. Now you see that you can write things that others appreciate as well, which encourages you to be even bolder.’ Ozge Gozturk, LISP founder.
Tuesday 1st August 2017 sees the launch of the sixth biennial Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition hosted by the award-winning charity InterAct Stroke Support.
The short story competition was first launched in 2008 and the challenge remains the same: writers are requested to write a piece, in any genre, in no more than 1000 words. The winner of the competition will write four further stories for InterAct Stroke Support over the course of one year and will receive £1000.
The closing date for submissions is Friday 22nd December 2017 and first place will be awarded at the winner’s ceremony in 2018 (date and venue to be confirmed).
Baroness Ruth Rendell, a beloved patron, judge and friend of InterAct put her name to the award after the first short story competition in 2008 and sadly passed away in 2015. The competition continues to inspire writers in her honour.
InterAct Stroke Support is the only UK charity dedicated to supporting stroke recovery by using professional actors to deliver hospital readings and community projects. InterAct specialises in delivering stimulating and inspiring short stories specially selected to suit the needs of stroke patients. The readings are designed to assist recovery by improving mood, stimulating the brain and providing a much-needed creative outlet.
Stories of any genre can be submitted by email or post and the submission fee is £15.00 per story. Please find more details and terms and conditions of entry on the InterAct Stroke Support website: www.interactstrokesupport.org/news
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (subject line: SUBMISSIONS — “STORY TITLE”).
Words Away is a new series of monthly creative writing salons taking place at the Tea House Theatre Cafe in London. Each month, over tea and cake or a glass of wine, writers Emma Darwin and Kellie Jackson meet up with a different guest author for a focussed discussion on aspects of writing fiction. The audience plays a key part in the evening; exchanging ideas, asking questions and with a chance to socialise after.
We have some great guests lined up for 2017 including, Ruth Ware, Essie Fox, Sara Grant and Francis Spufford.
Our next salon, Writing Short Stories with Stella Duffy, is on Monday 23rd January at 7.30pm. All welcome.
Venue: Tea House Theatre Cafe, 139 Vauxhall Walk, London, SE11 5HL
Cost: £10 to book online or or £12 on the door.
For more info and to book: wordsaway.info
The very best 2015 competition entries have been published in one anthology entitled ‘Last Call & other short stories’ which features fictitious canines portrayed in many different roles – companion, hero, fighter, helper – from Swiss mountain ranges to small-town Canada, across urban and rural landscapes – providing the reader with a compelling variety of tales and countless memorable journeys. Naturally, we think this would make a ‘novel’ gift for any dog owner or short story enthusiast!
A compelling variety of tales and countless memorable journeys.
Encouraging this theme provided a broad canvas of possibility whilst highlighting the potential and positive impact canine companions have on human lives. We were delighted with the global reach of the competition as we promoted a worldwide submissions policy, reflecting our interest in talented writers regardless of geography.
Congratulations to the prizewinners and many thanks to all who entered the competition -visit www.ouenpress.com to view the FINAL RESULTS.
London-based Guardian newspaper journalist and author, Robert Hull won top place in for his work ‘Last Call’. Other prizewinners were fellow British journalist Jane Connolly, for Old Tricks and Canadian author, Claire Lawrence for God’s Dog Day.
Having seen the interest this competition has generated with both experienced writers and those new to the short story form, it is our intention to run an annual competition.
Deadline dates and next year’s theme will be made available on our website early in 2016 – or you may wish to check in with us on Twitter @OuenP for more regular updates on future competitions and all our other activities.
Good luck with your writing projects and very best for the festive season!
Ouen Press team