Writing better, and Dorset Fiction Award.

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Entering writing contests is possibly one of the best things you can do to improve yourself as a writer. You are given a challenge – it’s a motivation, a framework. You write for longer to meet a deadline, and edit better to meet a word limit. After that, once you submit your piece, you learn about the hope and anticipation of having your work judged. Then after a wait, when the winners are announced, you might be disappointed, or you might be ecstatic. Either way, you’ll always come out of it a better writer.

This is an ethos we believe at our competition, The Dorset Fiction Award. We’re running a short story contest, rolling twice a year. It’s open to anyone from anywhere, closing on the 10th of June. We’re looking for fewer than one thousands words of fiction in any genre/topic. The first prize is our unconditional love and admiration… as well as £500. You’ll also get published in our yearly anthology.

Also, on a lighter note, do you like otters? They’re the cute furry things that can swim. Because on this turn, we are supporting the International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF). A brilliant charity dedicated to the protection and conservation of otters. The winner of this competition will also get to choose the charity of the next turn.

For all the details, check out our website http://www.dorsetfictionaward.co.uk/

Also connect with us @DorsetFiction

And to all the writers out there – keep on at it, and we hope to read you soon!

Bunbury is back with Issue 15 and some exciting news!

Well, hello from all of us at Bunbury Magazine to you, Dear Bunburyists,

We’re not quite sure on the etiquette for how late we can wish you all a Happy New Year. We think after about 15th January it becomes a little awkward but, you know what? This is the first issue of 2017 so you’re getting it…

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We hope your 2017 has gotten off to a rollicking start. Ours has been a nice peaceful affair here so far. That’s what we’re going with anyway. In reality, we have been running around like blue-proverbialled flies getting this next nugget of loveliness together for you! We make it sound like a chore, don’t we? It really is not!

Once again, we have been blessed with some of the finest writing from around the world. It has been an honour to read all the words sent in to us. Not only that, but we have some wonderful art to bring to you (the front cover is more than a little spiffy, we’re sure you’ll agree!)

Without further ado, you can download this new issue for the (not so) new year by clicking on the gorgeous link picture below, kindly given to us by Vincent Davis.

As always, we recommend a £3 donation, which is really good value for all the joy we are bringing to your Kindles/Laptops/Eyes. However, if you would like to donate £15 to our support network for grass-roots creativity, we will send you a copy of The Bunbury Creative Anthology. Simply email us on bunburymagazine@gmail.com with your details when you have paid and we will put it in the post for you.

As well as all this, last year we had the pleasure of putting together two incredible features for you. As usual, we took our annual trip up to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. As usual, we spent five days legging it from one venue to the next, making sure we caught up with the very best shows at the Fringe and boy, did we see some utter crackers! This issue’s feature brings you the very best of The Fringe 2016.

As well as this, we are thrilled to bring you a feature on Evidently, one of Manchester’s premier spoken word nights. Honestly, if you love performance poetry, get down to this bad boy. We don’t care that you don’t live in the area. Travel! We interviewed the headliners and open mic guests to give you a flavour of what Kieren King and Ella Gainsborough, the eminent creators of Evidently, organise.

  Last but not least, the exciting news! We’ve been short-listed for Best Magazine in this year’s Saboteur Awards. Thank you so much to all those who voted for us to get to the short-list. Last year, we came third. This year, we want to win. We want to win for all the writers, artists, comedians, performers and all round magnificent people we have featured in all 15 issues. To vote for us, click on the picture below. (While you’re there, please vote for Evidently, stars of this issue, for Best Regular Spoken Word Show!) We’d really appreciate it.

            Anyway, happy new year again. Yeah, yeah, we know it’s too late for all that. Just go and read the magazine, will you?

Much love and keep scribbling,

Christopher and Keri.

Folk Tales in New Fiction – 1-day workshop

Sara Maitland wrote that folk tales speak deeply to us because they are ‘filled with the reverberations of everyone’s dreams’. On this course, we will explore the different ways in which we can harness the strange power of folk tales in our writing.

Folk tales have long been borrowed by writers, from Charles Perrault’s first ‘literary fairy tales’ in Mother Goose, to Angela Carter’s subversive and riotous remixes in The Bloody Chamber, to Lucy Wood’s Cornish folklore-infused Diving Belles.

Such writers have engaged with folk tales in myriad ways, from full-blown rewrites, to weaving in recognisable characters and symbols, to using tales as jumping off points for completely new work.

As well as exploring folk tales themselves, we’ll look at a range of published fiction that demonstrates this range of approaches. This might include short stories from writers such as Angela Carter, Marina Warner, Sara Maitland, Donald Barthelme, Joyce Carol Oates, Kirsty Logan, Lucy Wood and more.

We will try out these methods for ourselves, using folk tales, themes, characters and objects in writing exercises throughout the day.

If you have a favourite folk tale, or folk-tale inspired short story or novel, please feel free to bring it along to discuss.

This course is aimed at new or established writers, who are either already experimenting with using folk tales in their writing, or who would like to learn about this approach for the first time.

This one-day workshop will be led by London Lit Lab’s Zoe Gilbert, who is currently completing a Creative Writing PhD on folk tales in new short fiction. Her own book of folk tale-inspired stories will be published by Bloomsbury in early 2018. You can read her award-winning stories online here and here.

Course fee: £99 early bird bookings. £129 full fee.

Date and time: 20th May 2017, 10am-4pm (please arrive 15 mins early)

Location: Clapton Laundry, London, E5 8DJ – a luxurious, inspiring space in East London, where lunch will also be provided. For more info, look here.

Places are limited to 12. To reserve yours, or for more information, please contact us at info@londonlitlab.co.uk. Find out more about London Lit Lab here.

Vote Bunbury for Saboteur Awards 2017

As you remember, last year, Bunbury Magazine had the great honour to be short-listed for Best Magazine at the Saboteur Awards.

This year, we want to go one better and win!

To do this, we need your help. We would love to have your vote for best magazine. A vote for us is a vote for every poet, writer, artist, comedian, every beautiful creative we have featured in our pages.

It has been our great pleasure and joy to bring you the finest writing and art & photography from around the world for the past 4 years. We want this recognition not just for us but for everyone that has made doing Bunbury as amazing as it is. In case you need more encouragement, here are some of the gorgeous front covers we have had:

You have to vote in three categories this year in order for your vote to count so while you are there, could you please vote for our anthology, The Bunbury Creative Anthology, as Best Anthology, and our Editor Christopher Moriarty’s book Lightspeed as Best Short Story Collection? It would mean an awful lot to us!

The Anthology is the best of the first 12 issues of Bunbury Magazine. We had so much fun reading everything again and making the editorial decisions. It was out first foray into physical publishing and having recognition for this would be amazing.

So just to remind you, please, please vote for:

Best Magazine – Bunbury Magazine

Best Anthology – Bunbury Creative Anthlogy

Best Short Story Collection – Lightspeed by Christopher Moriarty

You can find the link for voting right here:

Flash Fiction Festival: Saturday 24th June & Sunday 25th 2017, in Bath.

The first literary festival in the UK entirely devoted to Flash Fiction. Happening on the weekend of National Flash Fiction Day UK 2017, our first year will be taking place in Bath. Our venue, The New Oriel Hall, is a short bus ride or a twenty minute walk from the town centre, with wifi, disabled access and a hearing loop.The whole building is available for the festival.

The Flash Fiction Festival is for beginning and experienced writers who want to learn more about flash fiction – an exciting and continually emerging short-short form of prose, growing in popularity around the world. Come and be inspired by the UK’s leading flash fiction practitioners and to immerse yourself in writing, reading and listening to flash fiction throughout the weekend. All sections of the community, from all corners of the globe, are welcome.

Workshops and talks generously funded by The Arts Council England include: Vanessa Gebbie, Kit de Waal, Tania Hershman, Paul McVeigh, David Gaffney, Ashley Chantler, Peter Blair, David Swann, Meg Pokrass, Jude Higgins, K M Elkes, Christopher Fielden, Michael Loveday, and The National Flash Fiction Day Anthology Launch with Calum Kerr.

For more information and to book tickets, please visit our website: https://www.flashfictionfestival.com

We hope to see you there for a fun-filled weekend of flash fiction!

Words X Images competition – SOURCE magazine – London

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We’re very happy to announce that the shortlist of photos for the Words X Images competition for Source magazine is now available to writers!

Get in touch now to register and receive the photos that will inspire your work!

Deadline is March 13th.

Each published winner (3 photographers, 3 writers) will receive a £100 prize.

No entry fee.

We’re happy to answer any questions you may have, so please feel free to get in touch: p.sabatini@totality.co.uk

We hope these will capture your imagination & look really forward to reading your work – good luck!

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Eligibility:

-The writer must either reside in or belong to a writing club within the key London boroughs surrounding Woodberry Down (Haringey, Islington, Hackney)

-The story must be related to and inspired by one of Totality’s chosen photographs.

-Short stories must be between 500 and 1,000 words

Subject:

– Given the criteria above are met, the subject matter is open to the writer, fiction or non-fiction, on the conditio
n that the short story is set in and around the key borough/s

Before you get going, please ensure you have read the criteria here:

http://www.totality.uk.com/news/short-story-competition-register-your-interest-now