There Is a War has been selected as one of the sixteen Battle Royale competitors in this year’s Indie Writers’ Deathmatch.
Since 2008, Broken Pencil, the magazine of zine culture and the independent arts, has been running the world’s most audacious short story contest — The Indie Writers’ Deathmatch Short Story Contest.
In the Deathmatch short story contest, the top 16 stories as selected by the Broken Pencil editors are pitted against each other in our online arena. In the online arena, anyone and everyone can read the stories and vote on which one deserves to reign supreme. The authors will be in constant communication with their audience through the comment boards, and they can hype up their own story, or trash-talk their opponent’s writing. The winning story moves on to the next round until there are only two stories left, battling it out for ultimate victory! With over 100,000 votes cast each year, the Deathmatch is a high stakes struggle for literary bragging rights!
Impermanent Facts is the anthology of winning stories from the 2017 RW Short Story and RW Flash Fiction Prizes.
A woman ventures out into a marsh at night seeking answers about herself that she cannot find; a man enjoys the solitude when his wife goes away for a few days; two young women make a get rich quick plan; and a father longs for the daughter that has gone to teach English in Japan.
These stories and more make up a wonderful collection looking at relationships of all kinds – the ones we have with ourselves, our lovers, our friends and our mothers. They are funny, poignant, sad and strange but all beautifully written and a fine example of the wonderful writers from all around the world that are creating short stories and flash fictions today.
Published: 3rd September 2018
Published: 3rd September 2018
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Mid Air has been published in online literary short story magazine STORGY.
STORGY was founded in 2013 by Tomek Dzido and Anthony Self as a means by which to explore the short story form and engage with readers and artists alike. STORGY seeks to publish and promote exceptional literary fiction whilst providing authors with the opportunity to reach a wider literary audience.
DOWN TO THE RIVER TO PRAY has been selected for publication as part of Dark House’s Sanctuary-themed anthology.
The e-book and print collection is due for release in August 2018.
Delighted to announce that after much re-reading of the longlisted stories, which you can see here, we have the final 10 shortlisted stories for both the 2017 RW Short Story Prize and RW Flash Fiction Prize. All of which have now been forwarded to the judges for the final round and will be published in the anthology later this year, through Retreat West Books.
There were some really fantastic stories on the longlist so well done to everyone whose stories appeared there and huge congratulations to all of the writers on these shortlists. I look forward to working with you to produce the anthology and hopefully celebrating with you at the launch party too.
2017 RW Short Story Prize Shortlist:
An Entry in the Yellow Book by Diane Bown-Wilson
Boys Outside by Laurence Jones
Calvo Marsh by Karen Featherstone
Home Improvements by Joanna Campbell
Options for the Ridiculously Poor by Ian Tucker
Roast Potatoes by Rachael Dunlop
The Distance by Keren Heenan
The Land of Bondage by Bettina Daniel
The Martha Rhymes by Susan Breall
Thou Shalt Not Kill by Bettina Daniel
Best of luck for the final round! The results will be announced in February. Thanks again to everyone who has taken part.
The extract received an honourable mention in the 2017 Tallahassee Writers Association’s Seven Hills Review and Penumbra Poetry Contest and will now be featured in their print and digital edition.
DOWN TO THE RIVER TO PRAY has been published in quarterly short fiction magazine NEW ZENITH.
The story is one of the November 2016 Web Edition exclusives and can be found here.
“The TLC Pen Factor was superb. I was delighted to be shortlisted in the first place, particularly given the quality and diversity of competition. It seems like no time at all since New Country was an idea scribbled in the back of a notebook. Fast forward and suddenly I’m on stage pitching to a panel of industry movers and shakers. Their considered feedback was excellent, particularly in terms of how to “elevator pitch” a novel which very much blurs the boundaries of genre. I was familiar with some of the panel from previous writing events but that didn’t make the experience any less daunting. There was encouragement, constructive criticism and a real sense of perspective on the expectations of the marketplace. Surreal, nerve wracking and absolutely worthwhile pretty much sums the whole experience up.”
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