Writers from Wales and the South East – we want you!

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We’re looking for new writers from Wales and the South East of the UK to be published alongside Tyler Keevil and Gemma Cairney in our series of books Hometown Tales.  

Hometown Tales aims to celebrate regional diversity by publishing voices from across the UK. Each of the eight books in our new series will feature work from two writers – one established and one previously unpublished, found through open submissions – both writing about the places they think of as home.

Writers who have not published a full-length work are invited to submit a piece of original fiction, memoir or history, of approximately 15,000 words based on the idea of ‘hometown’ before our deadline of 14 January 2018.

For more information on how to submit, please visit our Hometown Tales page and follow @wnbooks on Twitter.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Cover for Hometown Tales Glasgow

Here’s the cover for our book on Glasgow, featuring tales by acclaimed author of The Gracekeepers, Kirsty Logan, and new voice Paul McQuade.

 

 

THE 2017 FLASH FICTION COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED

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We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2017 Flash Fiction Competition.

The competition was judged by award winning writer Kit de Waal who says “Flash Fiction is the study of a moment in a much longer narrative. In a few hundred words, the writer must evoke character, place and setting”.

FIRST PLACE

Mam and She Worries by Douglas Bruton
Mam worries ‘bout stuff. Smallest things sometimes. Like when Mrs Kinnear was having her baby and she was rushed to the daytime hospital and no-one had opened the curtains on Mrs Kinnear’s windows.”……

SECOND PLACE

Kala Pani by Neema Shah
There was a smidge of Radha in my pocket, a smattering of her on the cruddy wooden deck. I drew the string together and put the cotton bag in my pocket.”….

THIRD PLACE

The Replacement by Zoe Meager
One year ago, Anne received almost exactly what she wanted for Christmas. It was me. I first detected signs of unease in February. The sideways looks and locked doors.”…

RUNNERS UP

Soiled by Alex Reece Abbott
The Ties that Bind by Gina Headden
Heavyweight Dreams by Louise Mangos
A Womb of One’s Own by Rosie Canning
Checkout Girl by Shirley Golden
Fragile by Shirley Golden
To See a Star by Susan Carey

All the winning stories have been professionally recorded and broadcast as a special audio podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, TuneIn and Stitcher internet radio and published as a download audio on The Casket website.

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Judge’s Report

Thank you to everyone who entered this year’s competition, we have been encouraged and overwhelmed by the response.

If you have not been successful this time there will be another opportunity next year, the 2018 Flash Fiction Competition will open for submissions on 17th March 2018.

WORDS AND WOMEN IS OPEN FOR ENTRIES

WORDS AND WOMEN ANNUAL NEW WRITING COMPETITION IS OPEN FOR ENTRIES

Deadline Midnight, 15th November 2017

The short prose competition offers the opportunity to enter not only short stories but non-fiction, memoir, and life-writing and this year’s guest judges arrive fresh from non-fiction triumph with their co-authored book, A Secret Sisterhood: The hidden friendships of Austen, Bronte, Eliot and Woolf.  Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney are also award-winning writers of fiction. Emily is a winner of the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, and Emma is author of the award-winning novel Owl Song at Dawn. They co-run SomethingRhymed.com, a website that celebrates female literary friendship.

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Both judges are looking ‘for compelling voices that combine a sensitivity to the musicality of language with a story that holds the reader’s attention from beginning to end.’ Narratives that are nuanced, complex and unusual will make them sit up and take note.

The national award, generously sponsored by Hosking Houses Trust, offers women writers over the age of 40 the opportunity to win £1,000 cash and a month-long writing retreat at Church Cottage, Stratford-Upon-Avon.

The East of England prize offers the winner £600 and a mentoring session with Jill Dawson of Gold Dust.  Both national and regional winners will be published in a compendium of the best stories published by Words and Women over the last five years. The compendium will be launched on International Women’s Day, 8th March 2018 in Norwich, as part of a year of activities supporting The Year of Publishing Women, a provocation launched in Norwich last year by Kamila Shamsie and supported by Words and Women.Young W logo copy 1

‘We are very grateful and excited that Hosking Houses Trust has agreed to sponsor our competition with such a substantial national prize for a second year. It is a brilliant opportunity for women writers over 40 and we are looking forward to receiving entries from Billericay to Belfast.  And to have Jill Dawson’s mentoring session again as part of our regional prize is immensely supportive and provides a great opportunity for our regional winner,’ said Bel Greenwood, co-organiser of Words and Women.

‘This year, we have two outstanding guest judges with experience of both non-fiction and fiction, and we are looking forward to working with them and hearing their views on the selected long-list,’ said Lynne Bryan, co-organiser of Words And Women. ‘We work closely with the judges to select the winners but ultimately it is their choice after much discussion! It’s always an exciting process.’

Hosking Houses Trust is a unique charity which offers women over the age of 40 time in which to start, continue or complete interesting or innovative work, in a residency free from the pressures of everyday life. Writers who have been awarded residencies include Joan Bakewell and Sally Vickers.

Jill Dawson is the author of nine novels, including the best-selling Fred and Edie, (short-listed for The Whitbread and Orange Prize) and Watch Me Disappear (long-listed for the Orange Prize). Her novel The Great Lover, about the poet Rupert Brooke, published in 2009, was a best-seller and a Richard and Judy Summer Read.   Her latest is The Crime Writer, about Patricia Highsmith. Jill is the founder of Gold Dust, a high calibre mentoring scheme.  Gold Dust will offer all entrants to our competition a special discount on their mentoring scheme.

The Words and Women prose competition has proved itself to be a great showcase and previous winners have gone on to secure agent representation and increased interest in their work.

Entries should be 2,200 words or under.  Short works of fiction of any genre, memoir, life-writing, essays and creative non-fiction are all welcome. Extracts from longer works will not be considered. The deadline is 15th November 2017.  Winners will be announced in January 2018.  See www.wordsandwomennorwich.blogspot.co.uk for details

 

Need an opportunity to express yourself?

2017 Ouen Press Short Story Competition on ‘Taste’

Calling out to all talented wordsmiths for compelling, imaginative stories

For the third year running Ouen Press are delighted to extend an invitation for writers to submit an original short story in line with this year’s theme – ‘Taste’. Winning authors will receive cash prizes and be published in an anthology early in the New Year. This follows on from the popularity of past competitions and subsequent publication of the winning entries in Journey through Uncertainty & Last Call.

The short story must be a work of fiction that explores the concept of ‘Taste’ within its theme.  The ideal submission will be a well-crafted, compelling story – the judges will be particularly interested in imaginative interpretations of one or more of the various meanings that could be derived from the term ‘Taste’.

Deadline for entries is 31st December 2017 – full information and rules of the competition, which is open to writers worldwide, can be found at www.ouenpress.com

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Ouen Press is a small independent publisher seeking to establish a close working relationship with an ensemble of gifted storytellers, capable of offering readers compelling tales.

Both Journey through Uncertainty & other short stories AND Last Call & other short stories – distinctive anthologies including the winners from the 2016 & 2015 Ouen Press short story competitions respectively are available from Amazon in paperback & eBook.

For updates on our activities – we’d be delighted if you would come follow us on Twitter @OuenP or Like our Facebook page @OuenPress

JUST OUT! Final Results – Ouen Press Short Story Competition 2016

The very best 2016 competition entries have been published in one anthology entitled Journey through Uncertainty & other short stories features physical and emotional journeys, endured and enjoyed, with humour and courage – each one a testimony to a place, or an event, or a sentiment.

A collection of thought provoking and inspirational travel tales.

Contributors were encouraged to relay through their writing how they might have been changed by a ‘journey’ or how their travels allowed them time to reflect and reinforce, or challenge, accepted viewpoints.

Congratulations to the prizewinners and many thanks to all who entered the competition – visit www.ouenpress.com to view the FINAL RESULTS.

Eire based business writer and housewife, Emma Smith won top place for her work Journey through Uncertainty. Other prizewinners include former UK government advisor and diplomat John Frew, for Danny on the Beach, and London based actor, writer & adventurer Sophia Jackson-Gill for The Land of the Free.

We were delighted again with the global reach of the competition as we promoted a worldwide submissions policy, reflecting our interest in talented writers regardless of geography.

And what’s more, the show of interest in the competition from both experienced writers and those new to the short story form has encouraged us here at Ouen Press to continue with the annual competition. Deadline dates and details of the upcoming theme will be made available on our website later in the year – or you may wish to check in with us on Twitter @OuenP or Facebook @ouenpress for more regular updates on future competitions and all our other activities.

Wishing you every success with your future writing projects, all the best from the Ouen Press team.

2017 Flash Fiction Competition

The Casket of Fictional Delights

2017 Flash Fiction Competition 

Launched as part of the nationwide Get Creative weekend. We are looking for entries with a maximum of 300 words (excluding title). The competition is open to anyone over 18.

Judge: Kit de Waal
Closing date: 31st May 2017

Entry: £5 per flash fiction, £12.50 for 3 or £20 for 5

PRIZES

  • The winning flash fiction will receive £150.
  • The top three flash fictions will be published on The Casket of Fictional Delights.
  • The top 10 flash fictions will be professionally recorded and broadcast as a special audio podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, TuneIn and Stitcher, and promoted by The Casket of Fictional Delights.

Full set of rules and writing tips available on the website The Casket of Fictional Delights 

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Good Luck Everyone

Check out our interview with Kit De Waal talking about what she is looking for in a flash fiction

STROUD SHORT STORIES IS OPEN AGAIN FOR SUBMISSIONS

“Probasss_no14_invite_a4_050217_v2-1bly the best short story event in the South West” (Cheltenham LitFest programme), Stroud Short Stories is open again for your story submissions. And will be until 22 April 2017.

Ten stories will be selected to be read by their authors at our event on Sunday 21 May 2017 at the SVA (Stroud Valleys Artspace) in John Street, Stroud, GL5 2HA. Doors 7.30 for an 8.00 start. Tickets only in advance as we sell out each time. Ticket info will appear here when available.

The Rules and How to Submit are here. It’s free to submit, and the stories can be unpublished or previously published. These stories will be in our next anthology – due 2018.

The judges this time are brilliant short story writer Ali Bacon and SSS organiser John Holland. More info on them here.

Check out our website.

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

 

 

Words and Women launch annual prose competition for the East of England and a new national award for women over 40.

LOW RES ONLINE Words and Women Competition 2016The national award, generously sponsored by Hosking Houses Trust, marks the fifth anniversary of Words and Women and offers women over the age of 40 the opportunity to win £1,000 and a month-long writing retreat.

The East of England prize offers the winner £600 and a mentoring session with Jill Dawson of Gold Dust.  Both national and regional winners will be published in Words and Women: Four, alongside 20 runners up. The anthology, published in partnership with Unthank Books in Norwich, will be launched on International Women’s Day, 8th March, 2017.

This year’s guest judge is Naomi Wood, the prize-winning author of The Godless Boys and the bestseller Mrs. Hemingway (both from Picador). Mrs. Hemingway has been translated into ten languages, won the Jerwood Fiction Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2015 International Dylan Thomas Prize. It was also a 2015 Richard and Judy Bookclub choice.

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Wood is looking for ‘writing that is smart but also honest. Writing that challenges the reader and writing that may take risks in voice or form. But most of all, I’m looking for writing that has a big heart, and where the reader is left moved by the whole experience of being in the world created by the writer.’

Hosking Houses Trust is a unique charity which offers women over the age of 40 time in which to start, continue or complete interesting or innovative work, in a residency free from the pressures of everyday life. Writers who have been awarded residencies include Joan Bakewell and Sally Vickers.

Jill Dawson is the author of nine novels, including the best-selling Fred and Edie, (short-listed for The Whitbread and Orange Prize) and Watch Me Disappear (long-listed for the Orange Prize). Her novel The Great Lover, about the poet Rupert Brooke, published in 2009, was a best-seller and a Richard and Judy Summer Read.   Her latest is The Crime Writer, about Patricia Highsmith. Jill is the founder of Gold Dust, a high calibre mentoring scheme.  Gold Dust will offer all entrants to our competition a special discount on their mentoring packages.

The Words and Women prose competition has proved itself to be a great showcase and previous winners have gone on to secure agent representation and increased interest in their work.

Entries should be 2,200 words or under.  Short works of fiction, memoir, life-writing and creative non-fiction are all welcome. Extracts from longer works will not be considered. The deadline is 15th November 2016.  Winners will be announced in January 2017.  See www.wordsandwomennorwich.blogspot.co.uk for details.

 

 

Tears in the Fence Flash Fiction Competition

PRIZES

First Prize of £200, Second Prize of £150 and Third Prize of £100. The winners and other highly commended entries will be published in issue 65.

DEADLINE

The competition will open on 1st October 2016 and close on 19th November 2016. Winning entrants will be announced on the Tears in the Fence website https://tearsinthefence.com/flashfiction site on 7th January 2017.

SUBMISSIONS

Submissions may be done on http://tearsinthefence.com or by post to Tears in the Fence
Flash Fiction Competition, Portman Lodge, Durweston, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 0QA, England

RULES AND GUIDELINES

All entries must be unpublished and 400 words or less and the original work of the author.

There is no set Theme.

There is no limit to the number of entries that one person may submit.

Entries may not be submitted elsewhere for the duration of the competition.

This competition is open to anyone over the age of 16 years.

The editors of Tears in the Fence will judge this competition.

The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

All entries will be judged anonymously and considered for publication.

Please do not put your name, address, email or any identifying marks on the Word or rtf document in which you enclose your flash fiction.

No entry form is required.

Please enter by email to tearsinthefence@gmail.com through the Submissions page on the magazine’s website or post to Tears in the Fence with a separate covering letter and appropriate fee.

Fees

Entries must be accompanied by submission fees of £5 for a single submission, £7.50 for two and £10 for three. More than three flash fictions should be made on another entry.

Entries are only included in the competition when payment is received by PayPal, follow the instructions on the DONATE button on the magazine’s website, or by cheque, made out to Tears in the Fence.

Are You on the Right Track?

The A3 Review has launched a short story and flash fiction Critique Service. Stories up to 5,000 words will receive detailed feedback and guidance from The A3 Review‘s editor, Shaun Levin, and guest editor, KM Elkes.

Find out more about the Critique Service and the Editors here.

This month’s A3 Review contest is the last chance to qualify for inclusion in Issue 5.The theme is TRACKS. Some things to think about for inspiration: Write about tracks listened to and tracks run on. Your favourite track, the song or tune that sends you back, the track you’ve played on a loop or cannot bear to hear. Use your favourite music track as inspiration (listen to it as you write). Write about the karaoke tracks you’d choose, the tracks that make you want to dance or cry. What do you listen to when working out or running (on a track!). Write from the musician’s point of view about cutting a track. Write or draw or photograph other types of tracks: ones you follow through woods or across fields; picking up the track of someone or something. Think train tracks, bike tracks, tracking someone online; the inside and outside tracks, being on the right track – or even the wrong track! Don’t backtrack. Make tracks. Explore the fast track, the wrong side of the tracks, or the one-track mind. Are you keeping track? Then enter the contest here.

We welcome short fiction, graphic stories, memoir, photographs, illustrations or any combination of the above. The only restriction is a word-limit of 150 and images should fit well into an A6 panel. The deadline is 27 August 2016.

Guest editor and award-winning author KM Elkes will choose two winners from the contest to go into Issue #5, to be published next month (September). All winning entries will receive Writing Maps and contributor copies, while three overall winners receive cash prizes (1st = £150; 2nd = £75; 3rd = £50).

Following The A3 Review on Twitter @TheA3Review and sign up to the newsletter here.

NEW Six Week Online Short Fiction Course from Writers’ HQ

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Writers’ HQ are launching a brand new six-week online short fiction course for writers who are tight on time and money (so… all of us then!) – starting 26th September, 2016.

Short stories have been here since the dawn of frickin’ time. Based in the oral tradition (stop sniggering at the back), they’re the apocryphal family legends our grandmas/weird uncle used to tell us over Christmas dinner; they’re the school-yard urban myths; the sleepover ghost stories; the soliloquies in our diaries; the wine-soaked rants to that random person you cornered in the kitchen at that party after so-and-so dumped you. Short stories are all around us. <cue X-Files theme>

But super short stories are not super easy for writers. In fact, the shorter your story becomes, the harder it is to distill what really matters onto the page. I would have written a shorter letter, so the famous quote goes, but I didn’t have the time…

The energetic, irreverent, slightly bonkers team at Writers’ HQ will help you come up with ideas, hone them into perfectly formed nuggets of fiction and build the confidence to send them out into the world. Spend six weeks developing your short fiction skills with the support of a thriving online community, top tips from award winning authors, inspiring writing exercises, and procrastination-busting tools and techniques.

And, due to funding from the fantastic Arts Council England, Writers’ HQ are able to offer this great course at the low price of £130. Or, if you’re feeling lucky, why not enter their competition to win a fully-subsidised place on all five of their new online courses? Click here for more info.

And if that wasn’t enough, the first 25 people to book will also receive free membership to 750 Words – a fantastic productivity app that will get you writing every day! What more could you ask for (aside from someone to write the darn thing for you)?

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Oh wait, that’s not all.

If you’re based in Sussex and fancy spending a morning at the beautiful National Trust property Monk’s House (historic home of Virginia Woolf and haunt of the Bloomsbury Group) writing and reading flash fiction, come along to the Fiction in a Flash workshop on the 20th of August.

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If you fancy streamlining your writing down into bite-size chunks, or have always wanted to write a short story but didn’t know where to start, flash fiction is your answer! This two hour workshop covers everything you need to know to get you flashing like a – err, no never mind – to get you writing confident, impactful flash. At the beautiful, inspiring Monk’s House, home to Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group, we’ll cover the basics of form and structure, show you how to make characters come to life in just a handful of words, and experiment with prompts to get your flashy juices flowing.

In this workshop we’ll look at the fundamentals of flash fiction and experiment with different ways of approach writing fantastic minimalist fiction. Learn how to wring every last drop of goodness from your words and tell a story in fewer than 1000 words.

Explore the world of short fiction, write your own flash, and if you’re feeling brave, share your work with the group. We can direct you towards a stiff drink afterwards…

 

 

 

 

 

The Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition

Have you got a story to tell?

Southword Literary Journal’s Sean O’Faolain International Short Story Competition is now open for submissions to writers from around the world, for stories of up to 3000 words. Fantastic first prize includes €2000 (money converted into winner’s currency, (approx $2308/£1583 in May 2016), short story published in Southword Literary Journal, and a week at Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat . ALSO if the winner comes to Cork to collect their prize, we will lavish them with hotel accommodation, meals, drinks and VIP access to the literary stars at the Cork International Short Story Festival (7 – 11 September 2016). 2nd Prize €500 and Southword publication; four more highly commended stories receive publication and €120.

Judge: Danielle McLaughlin. Deadline: 31 July.

Entry fee: 15 Euro per story (Paypal will convert your currency to Euro).

The Munster Literature Centre is a not-for-profit organisation; all moneys raised from the competition benefits writers and writing.

View our competition page for submission guidelines, payment information and more!

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July Contest: Attics & Basements

enter the a3 reviewIt’s all about Attics & Basements for The A3 Review’s July Contest, the penultimate contest to qualify for Issue 5. Click here to visit the Submittable page.

Some suggestions and prompts… From The Picture of Dorian Gray to Jane Eyre, mysterious rooms and their contents have always been an inspiration. Think also: Office basement, room above a shop, wine cellar, a loft that runs above several buildings. What feelings are evoked in such rooms? What is the mood-music of these places: safe, melancholy, terrifying? What secrets do they hold? What histories have unfolded? Think about the senses – the smell, sight, touch and sounds of attics and basements. What’s the most vivid memory you have of an attic or a basement, or write a comparative analysis of the two spaces. This could go either way: up or down!

We welcome short fiction, graphic stories, memoir, photographs, illustrations or any combination of the above. The only restriction is a word-limit of 150 and images should fit well into an A6 panel. The deadline is 23rd July 2016.

Guest editor and award-winning author KM Elkes will choose two winners from each themed monthly contest to go into Issue #5, out in September.

All winning entries will receive Writing Maps and contributor copies, while three overall winners for the issue receive cash prizes (1st = £150; 2nd = £75; 3rd = £50).

Guidelines and submissions are all on The A3 Review‘s Submittable page.

The A3 Review is now offering a Critique Service for writers who’d like detailed and forward-looking feedback on their work. Click here to read more about the service and about the editors.

Happy Writing!

Win a year’s access to online writing courses with Writers’ HQ!

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To celebrate the launch of FIVE brand spanking new online writing, Writers’ HQ are offering FIVE deserving writers a year’s access to their creative writing programme, worth over £500.

The nitty gritty: 

Deadline: 14th August 2016

Prize: Access to our 5 short courses (7 ideas in 7 days, novel plotting, novel editing, manuscript submission & short fiction) for a whole year.

Submission requirements: Free entry! Just send us a sample of your writing (either the opening of a novel or short fiction piece – maximum 1,500 words) AND a brief statement about why you would benefit from our courses.

CLICK HERE FOR FULL COMPETITION DETAILS AND SUBMISSION FORM

More info:

As writers/parents/employees/freelancers, we know all too well how hard it is to hold down a job, wrangle a family, battle imposter syndrome and wrestle the evil guilt that comes with trying to carve out time to write. And in the last four years of running writing retreats we’ve met hundreds of time-starved, finance-poor writers who feel the same.

And so! We decided SOMETHING MUST BE DONE. We’ve put together five new affordable, arse-kicking, profanity-laden, online writing courses, covering everything from idea generation to short fiction to novel plotting to manuscript submission to first draft editing. These short courses, spanning between one to six weeks, will help you to develop your writing skills in small, manageable chunks, whenever you can fit them in. And there’s more! With the generous aid of a development grant from the amazing, wonderful and vitally important Arts Council England, we’re ecstatic to be able to offer five fully subsidised places on all our short courses, giving the winners access to the course material for a whole year.

All you have to do is send us a bit of your work and let us know why you’d benefit from access to our new courses. Do it! Details of how to enter can be found HERE.

Good luck!

 

Bunbury has some amazing news for you!

Hello to you all from Bunbury Magazine! We hope you’re doing well. We’ve just swing by quickly to give you some absolutely terrific news and give you some updates.

First off, there is this:

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You may remember last time we came by we were asking for your votes to get shortlisted for the Saboteur Awards 2016. Well, we only flippin’ went and did it, didn’t we? We want to thank you all for helping us make the shortlist. The groundswell of support has really blown us away. Keri and I are going to be true to our word and get the tattoos. Christopher is going for the words ‘DON’T PANIC’ and Keri will be getting an ampersand.

Now, we feel like the support we have got from you all has been showered over us but let’s turn this into flowers for May! We’re on the shortlist. We’re in it so we would like to try and win it. There is another round of voting to decide the winner open now. We would be absolutely made up to be able to come home with the big prize. If you need a little convincing, here are some reason that Bunbury Magazine is worthy of Best Magazine:

  1. Our commitment to supporting grassroots creativity, giving a platform to those who may not find it through traditional media.
  2. Our commitment to bringing you the best interviews we possibly can. In the past, we have had the honour to talk to Jasika Nicole, Michael R Perry, Phil Jupitus, Christian Reilly, Wil Hodgson to name but a few.
  3. The Edinburgh Fringe feature we do every year, giving coverage to the stars of the Free Fringe, those who make it a phenomenal place to be for a whole month!
  4. The focus we are now bringing to writing in our local area, giving space and a platform to the wonderful talent in the North West area.
  5. Check out some of the front covers. They’re so damn pretty!

 

And finally, if we win, not only will we get the tattoos, but we’ll go live on Periscope so you can witness them being done first hand. It’s going to be worth checking that out as Christopher is a complete wimp and will probably have a breakdown! You know you all want to see that. So get voting now folks. The link is below for you. There are lots of categories to get involved in too!

Sab AwardsIn other news, work is underway editing issue 13 for all you folks. If you sent a piece in to us, we will be in touch with you very soon. In the meantime, here is the theme for issue 14! The inbox is open now so let us see what you got, good folks! Click to the picture below for our submissions guidelines and details.bu275lp3jp

Other than that, we’re just keeping up the good work for you good folk. We have our trip to Edinburgh Fringe 2016 coming up so if you are up there performing do let us know and we will get an interview for our feature to you.

Thank you all so much once again for all your help and support. It really does mean the world to us.

Much love and keep scribbling,

Christopher and Keri xxx

V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize 2016

The Royal Society of Literature is delighted to announce that our annual prize for unpublished short stories is now open for entries. The winning story receives a prize of £1,000 and is published in Prospect online and the RSL Review. In addition to this, there will be an opportunity for the winner to appear at an RSL event with established short story writers in autumn 2016.

Entrants must be resident in the UK and likely to be available for a prizegiving event in autumn 2016. Stories entered for the competition must not have been published previously, or broadcast in any other medium. Stories should be 2,000 and 4,000 words in length. Submission fee is £5 per story.

Enter online via our Submittable site:
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The closing date for entries is 20 June 2016.

Bunbury is back with issue 12 and some special announcements!

Hello to you Dear Bunburyists from all of us at Bunbury Magazine.

Is is too late now to kick this off with a Happy New Year? Hmmm, it is? Well tough! You’re getting one anyway. Happy New Year, dear Bunburyists, and welcome to the first Bunbury of 2016. Thank you for joining us once again as we explore some of the best writing and art from around the world, as well as speaking to some very exciting people. The theme for this issue is Self. Perfectly fitting. New year, new you and a brand new Bunbury. What could be better?

Well, what is better is getting your hands on it today. Click the beautiful picture below to download it. It is Pay-What-You-Like but we think £3 is a fair price for something so lovingly crafted!

Issue 12

Whenever we choose a theme for an issue, we try to pick something that can be interpreted in almost countless ways. We like to see a wide variety of beautiful, shocking, touching, scary (and many more emotions besides) creativity. Then we like to throw it all together – or more accurately, carefully and lovingly decide which to publish – in the magazine to create something that has something for everyone. What better theme than Self to achieve this?

The world is full of such diverse characters and, as we all know, creativity is driven by character. What we are goes in to what we create. There is something of us in the characters we create, the paintings we paint, the photos we take. For example, Stephen King spent an entire summer dressed as a red-and-white 1958 Plymouth Fury.

This Bunbury is packed full of everything you have come to expect from us. Top-notch poetry, short stories, flash fiction et al. We have also been spoiled with the art and photography we have received for this issue. As usual, on top of all that, we have very exciting interviews with Angie Belcher, whom we met in Edinburgh, about what she’s been up to and about to be up to. Also, Joz Norris about his web series and other things. And, because we love you, a third interview with Nico Reznick, a fantastic indie author you really need to check out.

We feel like we’re reaching milestone after milestone here, with the 3rd anniversary of Bunbury rapidly approaching. We like celebrating prime numbers so this year is a special one for us. To celebrate, we are launching our first physical product! We are deeply excited about this. It is a collection of the best bits of the first 12 issues. You can see where the anthology has been developed from by getting all our back issues, again on Pay-What-You-Like. Go on, treat yourself to some brilliant writing, art and interviews!

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As always, we know full well that without all your support, we would not be able to do this so thank you. Thank you to everyone who reads it and submits. Could we ask one more favour? Give us a share on your social media gubbins? The more people see this, the better we can make it for you all and our support network can grow. We want to make this platform for new writers and projects as expansive as possible. Click below to get to our Facebook and Twitter stuff.

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One more thing and I promise we are done. We are still taking submissions for issue 13 of Bunbury. The theme is space and it is a little bit of a Bowie Tribute too! Click the picture below for details on how to submit.

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Enough rambling! Once again, Happy New Year, Happy Valentine’s Day, Easter, Summer Soltice and…why not, might as well say Merry Christmas 2016 while we’re at it!

Keep scribbling,

Christopher and Keri.

P.S. – that thing about Stephen King isn’t true! We have nothing worth suing for!

A3 Review: New Guest Editor, New Contests

A3 Review Issue 4 CoverThe next edition of The A3 Review, the literary magazine from the people who make Writing Maps, has guest editor KM Elkes at the helm (you can find out more about him and his writing via his website).

From March to August 2016, The A3 Review will be running their monthly competition looking for flash or micro fiction, poems, illustrations, graphic stories, memoir pieces, etc. The limit for each piece is 150 words and any illustrations must fit easily into an A6 size panel.

The theme for the March competition is: Purple Things. Write some purple prose or poetry about this deep, rich colour, once so rare only the wealthiest and most privileged could wear it. Get inspired by literature such as Alice Walker’s The Colour Purple or let music be your muse – listen to some Deep Purple or tracks like “Purple Rain”, “Purple Haze”, “Purple People Eater”! On the subject of eating, find inspiration from ripe damsons and plums hanging from a tree. Think rain-heavy clouds, purple bruises or a Purple Heart medal for bravery. Think Cadbury’s Dairy Milk.

KM Elkes will choose two winners from each monthly competition to go into Issue 5 of The A3 Review. All winning entries receive Writing Maps and contributor copies, and the three overall winners receive cash prizes. Future themes include Waterways, Odd Couples, and Basements, amongst others.

The deadline for the Purple Things competition is 26th March, so get writing! To find out more go to: writingmaps.submittable.com/submit