Literary journal SmokeLong Quarterly is inviting applications from new and emerging flash fiction writers for the 2018 Kathy Fish Fellowship.

Established in 2003, SmokeLong Quarterly aims to publish the best flash fiction to the web, whether written by widely published authors or those new to the craft. Flash fiction published by SmokeLong has been recognised by the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Web, Best Small Fictions and the Wigleaf Top 50.

The winner of the Kathy Fish Fellowship 2018 will act as a writer-in-residence, with their flash fiction appearing in every issue of the magazine next year. The successful writer will receive a total remuneration of US$500; $100 per story plus $100 when the fellowship is announced.

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The Arkansas International is inviting entries for its inaugural emerging writer’s prize. The winner will receive US$1000 and publication. The prize is only open to writers who have not yet published a full-length book.

The Arkansas International is a journal of literature from the University of Arkansas Program in Creative Writing and Translation. Its first issue was published in Fall 2016 with the aim of publishing the best fiction, poetry, essays, comics and works in translation from the United States and abroad.

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first-person-plural

A guest post by Sadye Teiser, Editorial Director of The Masters Review

When it is done right, a story told in the first-person plural can hold incredible power. In this craft essay, we take a look at successful uses of this point of view and some of its common pitfalls.

“If the first-person plural tries to be too sweeping, if it does not acknowledge its own subtleties, it can miss the mark.”

Here at The Masters Review, we often see trends among submissions. During any given reading period, patterns emerge: sometimes, there are a remarkable number of stories with surreal elements; lately, we’ve been seeing a lot of pieces about drones; for one anthology, we received an uncanny number of stories that involved fish hooks. One of the most interesting trends to identify, however, is the popularity of specific points of view. For a while, we received an enormous amount of stories told in the second person (and we still get a bunch of these). But what we have been noticing a lot of lately (and loving) is fiction told in the first-person plural. Authors are embracing the collective voice—“us” and “we”—to tell tales about group experience.

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Literary magazine Prairie Schooner is currently accepting fiction and poetry manuscripts for its popular annual book prize contest. The winners will each receive US$3000 and publication through the University of Nebraska Press.

Entries must unpublished and fit into one of two categories:

  • fiction collections of at least 150 pages comprised either entirely of short stories or one novella along with short stories
  • poetry collections of at least 50 pages

The competition is open to writers worldwide, and both unpublished and published writers are welcome to enter. Entries can be submitted electronically or in hard copy, and a reading fee of $25 is payable.

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Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers

Boulevard is accepting entries for its annual short fiction contest for emerging writers. The winner will receive US$1500 and have their story published in the magazine.

Boulevard is an American literary magazine established in 1985 and based at St. Louis University in Missouri. Boulevard aims to publish the finest in fiction, poetry and non-fiction and was described by Poet Laureate Daniel Hoffman as ‘one of the half-dozen best literary journals’. The magazine has been edited throughout its history by Richard Burgin, a five-time Pushcart Prize winner.

Boulevard’s Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers is only open people who have not yet published a book of fiction, poetry or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press. Stories may be up to 8000 words and must be previously unpublished.

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