Flash Fiction Competition, London Independent Story Prize

London Independent Story Prize, LISP is holding a writing contest. Their aim is to discover extraordinary artistic approaches to story writing, stories that embrace the diversity of gender and culture whilst being brave and passionate. They are looking for unique and strong voices. BAME, Women, and LGBTQ are especially welcome. They’ll be delighted to read it and you could be in with a chance to win!

Entries can be sent through their website www.londonindependentstoryprize.co.uk

Follow their Facebook and Twitter @LIStoryPrize for the announcements.

Early Bird Deadline: 1st of January 2018

Submissions Close on 10th of January

Winner announcements, on 10th of February

Prizes: £100 First, £30 Second, £10 Third

Check their amazing judge list from this link.LISP-5

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The Cardiff Review Short Story Award

The Cardiff Review Short Story Award

The Cardiff Review Short Story Award, an annual prize for excellence in short fiction from new writers, is now open for submissions. The winning story will be published in a future issue of The Cardiff Review and awarded a cash prize of £150. We accept stories in English, between 1000 and 5000 words, from anywhere in the world; though each entrant may only submit once.

Eligibility

The Cardiff Review Short Story Award is open to new writers, which we define as individuals who have yet to begin a postgraduate/graduate programme, have not yet published a major piece of work and are not widely published in literary magazines. If you are unsure of whether you fall into this category or not, feel free to email us at award@cardiffreview.com. The award is open to any young writer working in English.

Read more and enter The Cardiff Review Short Story Award.

Young Writers Published While Still At School

The Mistake anthologyShort stories by thirty two young writers have been published in an anthology to celebrate National Short Story Week. The stories were chosen from nationwide entries to last year’s National Short Story Week Young Writer competition for year 7 and 8 pupils.

The anthology ‒ The Mistake: 32 tales to make you think, shiver and smile ‒ was published on Monday November 17th, the start of this year’s National Short Story Week. It is available as an ebook and paperback exclusively from Amazon. All proceeds from the anthology will be donated to Teenage Cancer Trust.

We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the talent of these young writers than to have their work available in print, and for that work to help young people and their families who are going through a challenging time in their lives. Not only are these pupils now published writers, they can take great satisfaction in knowing that their stories will make a difference to other young people just like them.

Our young writers were very inventive in how they chose to interpret the title The Mistake. Their stories show a remarkable level of maturity, and encompass serious issues such as the tragedy of war, bullying, gambling and homelessness. But there are lighter moments too, and some poignant explorations of what it is like to be a young person growing up today. Whether making us think, shiver or laugh, these young writers have all written highly accomplished tales.

We’ve already had some lovely praise for the anthology from acclaimed writers. Simon Brett said: “The Mistake demonstrates great variety and diversity. The settings for the stories range from school playgrounds, via Brazil and Mount Everest, to the trenches of the First World War. The characters include teenage girls, ghosts, shape-shifters, murderers and the Lady of Shallot. As the book’s subtitle says, here are stories to make you ‘think, shiver and smile’. The one thing that wasn’t a mistake was producing this anthology.”

Ali Smith has called the anthology “a book full of life, intelligence and range – page after page of impressive and witty engagement with its theme. It’s a pleasure to read so many stories filled with promise and energy.”

Hailey Acton DeBoik of Teenage Cancer Trust says: “We are ever so grateful to be benefiting from this wonderful project. What an innovative way for young people to help other young people by showcasing their talents.”

Young Writer, and the overall winner of the competition, Gemma Craig-Sharples of Ursuline High School in London says: “I was really happy when I found out my story had won. I hope people enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.” Her story is also published on the Guardian‘s Children’s Books section online.

www.amazon.co.uk/Mistake-stories-think-shiver-smile-ebook/dp/B00OO5UBTM/

Ian Skillicorn, National Short Story Week