Wigleaf’s round-up of (very) short fiction

I’m delighted to learn that my flash piece Gravity was longlisted for Wigleaf’s yearly round-up of the best very short fiction available online. It was published last year in NANO Fiction, a great little mag specialised in that kind of petite stories.

The top list is 50-story strong, so that’s quite a lot of reading for these long summer nights we have ahead, and when you’re done the longlist will keep you going.



Writing competition deadlines – a quick round-up

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Here are a few writing competitions with deadlines coming up, should you have a few spare bucks or quid or rupees and a brilliant story or poem in your drawer. I kept it simple here, so follow the links for details, but all of them have pretty good prizes!

-May 31st: Bridport prize – short stories (under 5000 words) £9, flash fiction £7 (under 250 words – phew!), poems £8

-May 31st: Fiction Desk Flash Fiction Competition – £5 pounds for a story between 250 and 1000 words (in case you went overboard with your Bridport entry…)

-May 31st: Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition – €25 for 16 to 24 pages of poems

-June 30th: The Moth International Short Story Prize – €12 entry fee for a story under 6000 words (judged by Donal Ryan)

-July 1st: iYeats Poetry Competition – €5 for a poem (judges: Jane Clarke and Dave Lordan)

-July 7th: Brighton Prize: £6 for a story between 1000 and 2000 words (judge: Peter James)

-July 15th: Ambit Summer Writing Competition – £5 for a poem (judge: Dan O’Brien), £7 for a story (judge: Alison Moore)

-July 15th: Rattle Poetry Prize – $20 for up to four poems (AND you get a subscription to the magazine, ie 4 issues / 3 issues for non-US entrants to cover postage. Interesting system, makes it worth it even if you poems don’t get anywhere in the competition – it’s a damn fine mag!)

-July 17th: Bare Fiction Debut Poetry Collection Competition: £20 (judge: Andrew McMillan)

-July 24th: Wasafiri New Writing Prize – Fiction and Life Writing under 3000 words, and poems – £6 for entry in one category, £10 in two, £15 in three. (judges: Toby Litt, Yasmin Alibhai Brown, Roger Robinson)

-July 31st: The Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition – €15 for a story under 3000 words (judge: Danielle McLaughlin)

-August: competitions? writing? Get’out’o’here! Go to the BEACH, fool!

-September 30th: The Penny Dreadful Novella Prize – €10 for a novella between 15,000 and 35,000 words (judged by the following brilliants: Colin Barrett, Sara Baume and Paul McVeigh)

[oh, and by the way, the magazines behind some of these competitions are all well worth checking out, and submitting to outside of competitions too… Actually, why not buy one of them now?]

Submission deadlines : Tin House and Barrelhouse

Two very cool American magazines are open for themed submissions at the moment.

Winter 2014

Tin House accepts submissions on the themes of Theft until March 15th, and Faith until May 31st. They’re also open for non-themed submissions, and for the Flash Fridays series they run on their blog (I was delighted to have a story appear there a few months back. Submissions to The Open Bar blog should be sent via email to theopenbar@tinhouse.com with the name of the category (e.g. Flash Fridays, Flash Fidelity, etc.) in the subject line.)

Barrelhouse has two calls for submission at the moment: on Riots for their print issue (deadline May 1st), and the 90s for their online incarnation.

My year in writing: blowing my own trumpet

OK, so, with all those lists out there, and stock-taking and all, I thought I’d have a look back at what I did writing-wise in 2014…

– It’s been a great year for Armelian poetry! A poem of mine, “Wisdom of the origamist”, won the Bailieborough Poetry Prize, other poems were longlisted for the Over the Over The Edge Award and the Battle of the Books competition, and my unpublished pamphlet Secret tunnels through the Andes was Highly Commended in the Fool for Poetry Competition. I’ve also had poems in The Penny Dreadful, and so recently they haven’t yet found their way to me, in THE SHOp and The Poetry Bus.

Back in the nineties, writers had to manually blow their own analog trumpets.

-Dagornesque fiction has been quite healthy as well in 2014, sneaking in to publications I had only so far managed to drool on from afar… I’m talking about The Stinging Fly, Tin House (online), Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine and NANO Fiction.

“Armel Dagorn? I’d never have lent him my horn, man. All that cat could do’s blow his own trumpet…” Miles Davis

My only (small) disappointment is having had no short story published this year (all the fiction pieces above are flash-size…). But I’ve been working one big long long thingy, which I am determined to finish. In 2015. Or 2016. Inch’ Allah. Muse willing. Hence the nostalgic looking back on past achievements… Look, I can finish something!

[links to all magazines and competition are available here!]