FlashBack Fiction’s Summer 2019 Microfiction Competition: Moon Landing

 

Full_moon_partially_obscured_by_atmosphere20 July 2019 marks fifty years since the Apollo Moon Landing. To celebrate that small step and giant leap, FlashBack is holding our second historical microfiction competition.

We are looking for flash fiction, prose poetry and hybrid work of up to 100 words (excluding title) on the theme of  ‘Moon’.

Feel free to write about space programmes, but you don’t have to. Let your historical imagination lift off. Think eclipses, explorers, navigators, astronomers, smugglers, sonatas, festivals, harvests and hunters but the moon must play a significant role. Don’t just tell us the moon was shining. Your story can be set anywhere or anytime, as long as it’s before 2000 CE and linked to human history. We are not open to futuristic stories.

Want to know what type of story boosts our thrusters? Check out our WW1 micro comp winners and our timeline.

We will publish the top five stories, one each day, from 15-19 July on the FlashBack website.

The first entry is free (£3 for subsequent entries). Prizes are £25 for the winner, £15 for second place and £10 for third place.

Because of the very short turn-around time, we cannot consider simultaneous submissions. No previously published work either, please.

Entries must be received by 11.59pm BST on Sunday, 16 June 2019. Read the full competition submission guidelines here.

We look forward to reading your work!


Image of full Moon partially obscured by atmosphere courtesy of NASA under Photo ID: S103-E-5037.

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Call for Submissions: HCE’s Tomorrow Issue

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

 

The new theme: ‘TOMORROW’ (future/technology/space/other worlds/science etc.)

Deadline: 1st March 2018

POS Tomorrow Issue

We encourage bold/striking interpretations of the theme. If your link to ‘tomorrow’ 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 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…

 

 

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

The Queen’s Head #7 Sci-fi Special Submissions Call

Dear writers of the multiverse, strap on your helmet, or your exoskeleton, or your secondary flesh suit, any sort of outer body experience will do – we’re asking you to take us over the event horizon. Issue #7 of The Queen’s Head will be a Sci-fi spectacular.

 

Send in dystopias, aliens, androids and miracle drugs, mid-life-crisis holograms, time travelling social justice warriors, glitching realities, sentient toasters and love-torn supernovas. Bonus points for utopias, as they’re really fucking difficult, and no elves or witches unless they’re also in spacesuits. As always, we’re  looking to showcase the weird, the wonderful, the flippant, the barmy, the tentacle in cheek – but we’re especially interested in work that showcases characters that aren’t often at the forefront of sci-fi, and experimental forms are pretty much a no-brain-in-a-jar-er.

Deadline for submissions is Sunday 13th September, fiction word limit is 2000-ish, illustration queries are to be in monochrome, fuller guidelines are on our blog and out homepage.

We’re searching for new stars – show us future-shock!