Don’t miss First Story’s National Writing Competition!

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Competition closes 23 November

Students and teachers: don’t miss First Story’s National Writing Competition for state secondary schools!

There’s not long left to write 850 words on the theme ‘Footprints’ – you must get your entries to us by midnight, Wednesday 23rd November.

Short stories are welcome – but any form of writing is accepted. Flash fiction, poetry, drama: follow the theme wherever it leads you.

If you’re a young writer, or teach someone who is, don’t miss the chance to win an incredible Arvon residential writing course, and see your work in print in our professional anthology. Teachers can write alongside their students and enter too.

The amazing Mark Haddon, Juno Dawson and Salena Godden are the writers judging this year’s competition, which will be shortlisted by Penguin Random House.

Good luck, happy writing, and make sure you get your entries to us by November 23rd!

Find out more and enter at www.firststory.org.uk/footprints

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First Story National Writing Competition for schools

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Calling all state secondary school students and teachers: write 850 words on ‘Footprints’ for a chance to win an Arvon writing course!

First Story’s National Writing Competition is now open, and they need your 850 words by November 23rd 2016.

Short stories, flash fiction, poetry, drama: any form is welcome.

Schools get students writing and pick their top three pieces to send to First Story by November 23rd. Teachers can enter too!

The competition will be shortlisted by Penguin Random House, and Mark Haddon (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time) leads a judging panel of brilliant writers. First prize is a place on an Arvon residential creative writing course for the winning student, three of their friends and a teacher. Shortlisted students see their words in print in the professionally published competition anthology, and celebrated at a prestigious prize-giving ceremony in 2017.

Find out more at www.firststory.org.uk/footsteps

 

 

Call for submissions – Avis Magazine

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Run by students on the MMU’s MA Creative Writing programme, Avis Magazine seeks work from new and emerging writers on the theme of migration.

Across geographies big and small, wide and minor; across borders and boundaries, fences, walls, and lines in the sand. Think comets through the cosmos and piercings through the skin; people, their lives, their losses. Dip your fingers in your inkwells and let us have it. We support emerging writers – so if you’ve never had a story or poem published, send something across. We’re a print journal, so if your work is strange and/or lovely and you like to see it in a magazine, get in touch.

 

Prose
We are looking for your finest short stories and flash.
Submit up to 1 short story and 3 pieces of flash.
The short story word limit is 2,000 words.
The flash should range from 100 to 1000 words maximum.

 

Poetry
We are hungry for your leanest verse.
Submit up to 4 pieces of poetry.
The line-count limit is 40 lines per poem.

 

Non-fiction
We have a small section for essays and meditations on the issue’s theme.
Submit 1 piece of non-fiction  of up to 2,000 words.

 

For more details, include the format for submissions, deadlines, etc. go here. You’ll find contact details on the website if you have any queries.

 

Happy winter
The Avis Team

Octavius call for submissions

Octavius is now accepting submissions for Issue 3.

Building on the success of Issues 1 and 2, we are looking for prose, drama and poetry from any student studying at a Scottish college or university (regardless of age, studied subject or award level). Submissions must be made from a university or college email address and must not exceed 2000 words of prose or 100 lines of poetry.

With more beautiful custom artwork from Forevermore Tattoo Parlour’s Roberto Poliri, Octavius Issue 3 will showcase some of the best writing coming out of Scotland’s colleges and universities.

To submit, visit our submissions page, and for a sample of what we’re looking for, why not check out our previous issues?