Monday, 14 December 2009

Mslexia looking for flash fiction

Women writers, take note: Mslexia is looking for flash fictions of a maximum 150 words on the theme of "harness." The deadline is 12 February 2010. Further details are available here.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

An online journal reviewing short story collections

The Short Review is a monthly online journal that publishes reviews of short story collections and anthologies as well as interviews with short story authors. They also have regular competitions and book giveaways. It's edited by Tania Hershman, author of The White Road and Other Stories (Salt, 2008), a collection of short and short short stories which was longlisted for the Orange Prize.

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Ambit 200 Words Competition

"Ambit magazine 200 words poetry and prose competition

To celebrate our 200th issue Ambit invites you to enter our 200 WORDS COMPETITION! Judged by Ambit writers Naomi Foyle and David Gaffney.

Send us poems or prose of 200 words* for a chance to win!

1st prize: £500
2nd prize: £200
3rd prize: £75

What sort of writing does Ambit like? Buy a copy to find out. Better yet, subscribe!

Entries cost £4 for the first one, and £3 for subsequent entries.

(*no shorter than 196, no longer that 204. This includes the title!)

Closing date is 15 February 2010."

You can find the entry form on Ambit's website.

Friday, 23 October 2009

Forthcoming books for Sudden Prose at Bath Spa

These are to improve our holdings in prose poetry and have just been ordered. I'd be glad for suggestions for short-short story collections beyond what we already have.

Jamey Dunham, The Bible of Lost Pets. Salt, 2009.
Gary Young, Pleasure: Poems. Heyday Books, 2006.
Ian Seed. Anonymous Intruder. Shearsman, 2009.
Peter Riley, Greek Passages. Shearsman, 2009.
Lesle Lewis, Small Boat. Iowa University Press, 2003.
Charles Simic, The World Doesn't End. Mariner, 1989.
Charles Simic, Selected Poems 1983-2001. Faber, 2004.

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Flash fiction with teenaged main characters wanted NOW

"Persea Books is looking for flash fiction, stories of no more than 1000 words, with teenaged main characters, for a Persea anthology that will be used in schools and colleges, as well as sold in bookstores. We're reading now…and the deadline is now! So send asap to"

Monday, 21 September 2009

Another kind of sudden prose, the short nonfiction essay

There are journals for prose poems and journals for short-short stories, and now there's one for short-short essays. Brevity is dedicated to nonfiction pieces of 750 words or fewer and features both established and emerging authors, and for those looking to hone their work, there's a section on craft with essays with much more precise advice than most of what can be found online.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Leaf Books Microfiction Competition 2009

Here are the details:

Enter online and pay via PayPal, or by post. If entering online, after making your payment you can send us your entry as an attachment (.doc or .rtf only, please – we can’t open .docx or .wps files) to

Entry fee: £3 per entry; four entries for £10

1st prize: £100, copy of the anthology and collection of Leaf pocket-books.

Runner-up: copy of the anthology and collection of Leaf pocket-books.

The winning piece, runner-up and selected commended entries will be published in an anthology.

Closing date – September 30th 2009

Results announced October 2009.

Monday, 17 August 2009

New Sudden Prose titles for Autumn '09

These titles have been ordered and should be available at Bath Spa University's Newton Park library from the start of term.

Clary, Killarney. Potential Stranger. U of Chicago Press, 2003.

Edson, Russell. See Jack. U of Pittsburgh Press, 2009.
---. The Tormented Mirror. U of Pittsburgh Press, 2001.

Eggers, Dave. How We Are Hungry. Penguin, 2006.

Kennard, Luke. The Solex Brothers (Redux). Salt, 2007.
---. The Harbour Beyond the Movie. Salt, 2007.
---. The Migraine Hotel. Salt, 2009.

Rhodes, Dan. Don’t Tell Me the Truth About Love. Canongate, 2005.

Young, Gary.
No Other Life. Heyday Books, 2005.
Pleasure: Poems. Heyday Books, 2006.
Braver Deeds. Gibbs M. Smith, 1999.

There will also be another magazine among the periodicals for Sudden Prose writers (in addition to
Quick Fiction and Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics):

lash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine.

Sunday, 10 May 2009

Flash Fiction open reading in Frome, 19 June

On Friday, 19 June at 7:45 p.m. at the Merlin Theatre on Bath Road in Frome, 15 names will be drawn from a hat. Each reader will read a single short-short story up to 400 words in 4 minutes, and the best reading/story, as judged by a novelist, a journalist, and a publisher, will win £40. Tickets are £4. 

Friday, 27 March 2009

Fast Forward Press Wants Your Flash Fiction

Stories of 1,000 words and fewer are wanted for an anthology to be published next year; the deadline for submission is 31 December 2009, and full details are available here. Former SP student Leslie Smith's story 'The Mug' (see below) will appear in this year's anthology--congratulations, Leslie!

Tuesday, 3 March 2009