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Reflex Fiction is a quarterly international flash fiction competition for stories between 180 and 360 words. We publish one story every day as we count down to the winner of each competition.
Flash Fiction Forum
We’re very excited to announce a new feature on our website: the flash fiction forum – a place to share advice, ask questions, discuss stories and share your success. To celebrate the launch, we’re giving away ten free entries to our competition. Head over to the forum page for more details on how you could win a free shot our £1,000 prize.
Autumn 2018 Open for Entries
The entry period for our Autumn 2018 competition closes in one month. Here are the important details:
Prizes: £1,000 first, £500 second, £250 third (or the equivalent in your local currency)
Entry Fee: £7 / $9 / €9
Entries close: August 31, 2018
Judge: Annemarie Neary
“The world of John O’Connor is a world of the freshly snedded turnip, the new-sawn plank, the sod shining under the plough. His gift is to render the life of the Mill Row in Armagh as deftly and definitively as Steinbeck renders Cannery Row or Bob Dylan Desolate Row”
The John O’Connor Writiing School and Literary Arts Festival, sponsored and supported by internationally renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Paul Muldoon, has a two-fold purpose. It aims to to celebrate and commemorate the life and works of John O’Connor as well as offering practical guidance and assistance to aspiring writers through its workshops and master classes in the various literary genres and writing for commercial purposes.
Entries are currently invited from aspiring writers for the third John O’Connor Short Story Competition. It is being held to commemorate the Armagh born writer whose impressive literary legacy includes a collection of short stories which still retain a timeless appeal.
The prize winner will be awarded a full bursary to attend the John O’ Connor Writing School and Literary Arts Festival which will be held in Armagh from 1st to 4th November, 2018, plus a cash prize of £250. The bursary prize allows the recipient to enjoy all events in the John O’Connor Writing School and Literary Festival 2018, and to attend one class in the writing genre of his/her choice. The winner will be notified by 2 October.
The winning entrant will be formally announced at the opening of the Writing school on Friday 2nd November, and will have the opportunity to read at an event on Sunday 4th November 2018. Single room accommodation will be available free of charge to the winning entrant.
Ts & Cs
The competition is open to those 16 years and over. Short stories must be the original work of the author and not previously published or have received awards in other competitions. Entries must be in English and between 1,800 and 2,000 words in length. There is an entry fee of £10. One entry per person. Submit your entry online by 12.00 noon on 28 August 2018.
Find full terms and conditions, and online entry form on http://thejohnoconnorwritingschool.com
re-blogged from ShortStops
New from Fictive Dream is September Slam in which we will feature seven new short stories, one for each day of the week, from Monday 24th to Sunday 30th September 2018.
As always we’re interested in stories with a contemporary feel on any subject that gives an insight into the human condition. But here’s the twist. Your story must include two sentences courtesy of short story writer, novelist and publisher, Nicholas Royle.
Nicholas Royle is the author of three short story collections—Mortality (Serpent’s Tail), Ornithology (Confingo Publishing), The Dummy and Other Uncanny Stories (Swan River Press)—and seven novels, most recently First Novel (Vintage). He has edited more than twenty anthologies and is series editor of Best British Short Stories (Salt). Reader in Creative Writing at the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University, he also runs Nightjar Press and is head judge of the Manchester Fiction Prize.
Check out the Fictive Dream website here.
See our September Slam 2018 submission guidelines here.
For standard submissions (500–2,500 words) we remain open as usual.
We’re looking forward to receiving your best!
The old woman said
that there is only one way
to remove a wart
bury a toad before dawn
it will be gone by sunset
Whilst perusing the newspaper shelves in my local Sainsbury’s I was attracted to one of the smaller periodicals that tends to get overlooked on the magazine shelves in the supermarkets and I was happy to see the lines I have looked for each month. I am pleased to bring to your notice that the Reader’s Digest 100-word short story competition is now promulgated. The first prize is £1000, and it’s free to enter. With three categories – one adult category and two for schools there is plenty of time to pick up your pens or polish the keyboard, delve into your imagination and get a mark on next year’s diary as the closing date for entries is February 2018. If you wish to find out more about this annual competition why not visit their competition page at http://www.readersdigest.co.uk/100-word-story-competition-2017
A reminder about the Dorset Fiction Award’s bi-annual short story competition! They’re looking for short stories, fewer than one thousand words in any genre and topic.
They want to help the great art of writing thrive, and welcome entries by anyone from anywhere. The winner will receive a £500 cash prize, and will be featured in their yearly anthology and on their website along with the next nine runner ups.
So if you are a fanatic writer, or perhaps have lying dormant within you the creative flare to produce something brilliant — then enter. So why not pop by and have a look at their full details page for all the information.
This turn, they are supporting First Story, as chosen by their previous winner Marie Gethins. First Story is a national charity who are dedicated to reducing gaps in literacy and attainment through creative writing.
Norah Colvin writes in the upcoming The Congress of Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology, Vol. 1: “Flash fiction is a form of short writing. In its various forms, it may be known as, for example, micro fiction, sudden fiction, or six-word stories; the length may vary from as few as six to as many as […]
The balloon soars high
all the waiting is over
up to the heavens
Checking the pressurised suit
ready for freefall descent