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Call for Submissions: Tales From The Forest

A great way to make your mark

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Tales

Tales From The Forest is a quarterly online magazine full of art and poetry and fiction, and we’re delighted to announce the theme for our 10th issue.

It’s X.

What’s the literary term for “free-for-all”? That’s the theme of our next issue. X for 10. Write whatever you want.

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Fiction: no more than 1,000 words. Submit one piece only. 
Art: any medium. Submit one piece only. 
Poetry: any length. You guessed it: Submit one piece only.

Deadline: Sunday February 17th.

Please send your submission to talesfromtheforest.mag@gmail.com with a short bio.

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We are open to work that has been printed elsewhere.

We maintain the right to publish and archive your work.

All other rights remain with the author or artist.

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Photo prompt round-up: Untrodden #writephoto

You can see how popular this weekly exercise is, have a read and why not join us and get your name on the ever-growing list

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

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Magic and silence

In perfect combination

A landscape of dreams

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The photo for this week’s prompt was taken around the corner from my home last winter, when the Small Dog demanded a romp in the snow…and I was happy to oblige. We were the first to walk the path as the snow was falling and had a silent world to ourselves.

Thank you so much to everyone who took part this week, and especially to those who keep on coming back. I wish there was space to reblog all the contributions, as there are some beautiful pieces every week that I would love to reblog, but which come in after I have filled all the reblog slots.

All the posts are listed below, so please click on the links to read them and leave a comment for the author.

Thank you too, to everyone who reblogged the…

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Submission opportunity Flash Fiction February 2019

So much to do, so little time

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Four weeks left to get your story in for Fictive Dream’s Flash Fiction February 2019. Submissions close on midnight December 31 2018.

During Flash Fiction February we will feature a new piece of flash fiction throughout February 2019. That’s a new story, every day, starting on 1 February for the entire month. As always we’re interested in stories with a contemporary feel.

We’ve put a squeeze on our usual word count though, so only stories of between 200 – 750 words please.

Read our Flash Fiction February submission guidelines here.

Check out the Fictive Dream website here.

We’re looking forward to receiving your best work!

Laura Black
Editor

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Ten word story

 

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His master was not impressed with the meal he proferred

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What a Team: Vincent van Gogh and Don McLean

Words and pictures in perfect harmony

Expat Journal: Postcards from the Edge

Vincent van Gogh – Dutch Post-Impressionist Painter (30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890)

Two of my favourite artists, one a painter the other a songwriter/performer—Vincent van Gogh and Don McLean. Though it’s rather cliché to like van Gogh these days I still do. Reviled, attacked and dismissed as heretical and inconsequential in his own time van Gogh has since come to be revered as both a genius and legend in art circles now. I recently shared this video on my Facebook page and it got a great reception—so I thought: why deprive my readers of the experience. So here for your viewing and listening pleasure is Vincent van Gogh and Don McLean in Starry, Starry Night. Please enjoy it my friends. SFD 

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The Crux Anthology is Released!

Looking forward to an interesting read here.

E.E. Rawls Writes

Remember the ASF (Adventure, Scifi, Fantasy) Short Story Writing Contest I entered way back near the start of the year? Well, my short story, along with the other winners of the contest, is being published in an anthology, and the release date is…

TODAY!

That’s right. You can read my short story, Vanished, along with sixteen other stories by authors of adventure, mystery, and supernatural wonder!

Here’s the book blurb and details:

The Crux, book anthology, adventure scifi fantasy anthology, scifi fantasy book, green cave, short story collections, Rachael Ritchey, R.J. Rodda, Joy E. Rancatore, Audrey Driscoll, E.E. Rawls, Gary Jefferies, V.P. Grey, Victoria Lynn, Angie Thompson, K.R. Ludlow, books 2018,The Crux, book anthology, adventure scifi fantasy anthology, scifi fantasy book, Rachael Ritchey, R.J. Rodda, Joy E. Rancatore, Audrey Driscoll, E.E. Rawls, Gary Jefferies, V.P. Grey, Victoria Lynn, Angie Thompson, K.R. Ludlow, books 2018, short story collections,

Come on an adventure! Within these pages you’ll find yourself battling with faeries against evil, waking on an unfamiliar planet, fighting for survival after an apocalypse, having the strangest conversation with aliens half your size, uncovering mysteries, opening doors to other dimensions, and so much more!

Edited & Compiled by YA author Rachael Ritchey, these short stories are a compilation of entries to the ASF Short Story Contest by seasoned and new authors across the globe. While style…

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Submission opportunities at Fictive Dream

Right now Fictive Dream has two submission opportunities. We’re open for submission of stories of between 500 – 2,500 words. As always, we’re interested in material with a contemporary feel on any subject. Your stories may be challenging, dramatic, playful, exhilarating or cryptic. Above all, they must be well-crafted and compelling.

Check out our standard submission guidelines here.

In addition, our submissions window for Flash Fiction February 2019 is open until December 31st. For this though we’ve put a squeeze on word count so, for this category, only stories of between 200 -750 please.

All the information you need for Flash Fiction February 2019 is here.

Check out the Fictive Dream website here.

We’re looking forward to receiving your best work!

Laura Black
Editor

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Call for submissions…The Best of British Fantasy, from Short Stops

I’m currently seeking stories for The Best of British Fantasy series from the award-winning NewCon Press.

NewCon already publish fantastic science fiction and horror ‘Best of’ anthologies, and I’m glad to be adding this new horse to their stable.

The Best of British Fantasy will reprint stories first published – in any format (anthology, online, zine, website) – in 2018. All authors born in and/or long-term residents of the UK are welcome to submit.

Ideally, I’m looking for stories between 2,500 and 6,000 words, but I will be flexible. Multiple submissions are welcome. All the submission details can be found here.

Any questions? My email address is at the link above, or prod me on Twitter at @straycarnivore

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#FirstlineFriday

Amber light streamed down from the arched windows, splattering the altar and their upturned faces. The priest held the ornate, silver chalice in both hands and raised it above his head. His low, droning incantation repeated by his two surplice-clad assistants. 

All three turned to face the expectant congregation. Already a queue had formed for the communion ritual. The first communicants already knelt before the screen that separated them from the Holy of holies.

The three officiates moved towards the kneeling line with their platters of communion wafers and wine chalice.

As the priest leaned forward he lurched and trying to grasp the arm of his assistant he dropped the wine chalice to the stone floor before collapsing with his hands clasped to his breast. A red stain slowly spread across the flagstones as the echo of the falling cup died away.

Cries of alarm and shock escaped the stunned congregation.

All except one.

A tall, strangely pale figure got up from his seat at the back of the nave and laughed. Placing his black cape over his shoulders he skipped to the door and exited.

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Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge Energy & Value

When you find you can

greet each new day with vigour,

realise your worth

then, though there are challenges,

they will not overwhelm you

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