It’s deadline day: last chance to enter the OWT Short Fiction Prize Reply

Ladies and gentlemen, this is a final call for the Online Writing Tips short fiction prize. We are inviting short stories of between 2000 and 5000 words on any theme. The competition is open to writers based anywhere in the world, it pays cash prizes, and it’s completely free to enter. You’ve got to be in it to win it!

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Free writing critique: ‘Watching Bees’ by MD Commerford 6

Many thanks to MD Commerford who has sent us an excerpt from his story, ‘Watching Bees’. We’ll leave this post live for a week, during which time we’ll welcome any constructive comments. At the end of the week, the author will receive a free critique from one of our writing tutors. (If you’d like to share your work for critique, please see here for all the necessary information.)

MD commerfordMD Commerford is a mature student who has spent the last six years studying for an English Literature degree with the Open University. Having caught the creative writing bug, he’s just started an MA in English with a focus on creative writing at the University of Hull. He has written several short stories under the name MD Wilder, contributed to various blogs, and entered several poetry and fiction competitions. He enjoys the craft of writing and is constantly looking for feedback that can help him improve. You can find him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wilderwrites and he tweets at @thewilderwrites

Watching Bees is a 3000-word piece of fictionalised life writing aimed at adults. Here’s an extract – feedback welcome!

Watching Bees

I am over my mother’s knee. So close I can smell her Opium even though my nose is clogged with snot. Tears are blurring the floral print of her summer dress. I am wailing my unintelligible apologies over and over into fabric. She is using a hard soled Scholl shoe. It is her favourite instrument to beat me with. Each clap exploding on each word as she repeated that: Children. Should. Honour. Their. Father. And. Mother
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Featured Market: Whiskey Island Reply

This week’s featured market is Whiskey Island.

Whiskey Island is a non-profit literary magazine that has been published in one form or another by the students of Cleveland State University for over 30 years.

They are an attractive literary magazine that operates exclusively in print.

According to their submission guidelines page, they are looking for writing that surprises with language and plot.
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Featured Market: Bartleby Snopes Reply

This week’s featured market is Bartleby Snopes, a literary magazine who “aim to publish the finest fiction on the web”.

The online magazine publishes two stories per week, and round up each month with a Story of the Month competition, which is decided by the readers. The winner of each month’s competition receives $25 and publication in their semi-annual print magazine.

But what’s particularly great about Bartleby Snopes is their response time. Typically, they will respond to submissions within a week. If you like to get snappy submission responses, take a look at our blog featuring the 5 Fastest Responding Literary Magazines.

But that’s not all. Bartleby Snopes annual dialogue contest offers big cash prizes – last year they distributed $2300 between their 5 winning writers. The 2015 competition closes on September 15th, so if you have a short story (max. 2000 words) comprised entirely of dialogue, get your entry into them! See their full guidelines here.

Featured Market: The Lampeter Review 1

This September, we decided to start a weekly Featured Market post. Each Wednesday, we’ll pinpoint a magazine, competition or anthology that we think you should pay attention to. We know it’s time consuming to trawl through the thousands of markets out there, find one that’s suitable for you, scan through their submission guidelines and then eventually submit; so we thought we’d do the hard work for you.

This week’s Featured Market is The Lampeter Review – TLR for short.

What’s great about TLR is that they’re a really high quality publication. Seriously, it looks amazing. They publish prose, poetry and plays from writers such as Joe Dunthorne, David Vann, Rachel Tresize, and many other household names, including Online Writing Tips very own Tyler Keevil & DD Johnston!

But they also publish new and emerging writers. And that’s why it’s brilliant. If you’re an unpublished writer, you have a great opportunity to be published alongside some established authors, in a beautifully compiled publication.

Take a look at their Submission Guidelines below:

One submission per issue, in one file, of the following:

Prose: no more than 3,000 words in length.

Poetry: either 3 short poems or 1 long poem.

Plays/Screenplays: 1 scene (10 pages max.)

Please also include a short bio (4 sentences max.)

If your work is accepted, please wait an issue before submitting again.

Have a look, read some previous issues, and get submitting!