Friday, July 29, 2016

Gemini flash fiction contest, Twisted Sister wants short twisted prose, Circa wants short historical fiction & creative nonfiction and Canadian Stories wants true Canadian stories

Gemini Magazine is pleased to announce the Eight Annual Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Contest.
GRAND PRIZE: $1,000. Second place wins $100, and four honorable mentions each receive $25. All six finalists will be published online in the October 2016 issue of Gemini.
Maximum length: 1,000 words. Deadline: August 31, 2013. Open to ANY subject, style or genre. Both new and established writers are welcome.
ENTRY FEE: just $5 ($4 for each additional flash). Enter by email or snail mail. Full details here.
David Bright, Editor

Hello, Brian.
Can you share a call for submissions with your readers?
We are Twisted Sister – a brand spankin’ new lit mag looking for submissions. We want those weird twisted pieces that nobody knows quite what to do with. Blood spatter and gore friendly – we want short, sharp, and potentially violent, but still feminist and queer positive. (I know, eh?)
We’ll take what you got, but the shorter the better. Flash, short stories, essays and even some poems.
Check it all out here.
 Thank you,
Twisted Sister

Circa is an online journal dedicated to short historical fiction. “Have you got a love story set during the Great Fire of London, a mystery among the Mayans, an homage to Ancient Rome?  We’d love to read it! We love vintage, we love retro, and we love great writing.
“To increase your chances of acceptance, remember Circa loves anything that provides a fresh take on history and resists cliche.  We love genre-crossing, speculative and alternative history, too.  Be original, bold and striking!
We nominate for prizes such as the Pushcart Prize and the storySouth Million Writers Award.
Circa accepts fiction, creative nonfiction, and articles on an historical theme.   Short stories and creative non-fiction should not exceed 2,500 words and articles should not exceed 800 words.  As a Canadian journal, we have a special place in our heart for Canadian stories.  Novel excerpts are welcome, but only if they can stand alone.
Full submission guidelines here.

Canadian Stories is a folk magazine featuring family stories, personal experiences and memories of the past. It is written by "ordinary" Canadians sharing material that is extraordinary. Readers identify strongly with our stories and reach back into their own memory banks to find pleasure and strength in their own histories.

What is a "folk magazine"? Edith Fowke defined "folklore" as "material that is handed on by tradition, either by word of mouth or by custom and practice." (Folklore of Canada, McClelland and Stewart, 1976) We feel that it is important to publish stories of the past to preserve them for future generations.

In CANADIAN STORIES, you will find excerpts from olden-day memoirs alongside new material set in the present. We have also published essays speculating about the future. We like family stories about pioneer days, and about life during the Great Depression and the World Wars. Country life, the joys of moving, encounters with animals, vacation experiences, the significance of Remembrance Day -- these are just some of the themes that have been presented in CANADIAN STORIES.

Traditional, structured poems and free verse sprinkle our pages. Children's stories are welcome; in fact, we have a young writers' page for authors aged ten to nineteen. Some fiction is also offered, particularly if it is Canadian in setting, plot or characters. Any topic is considered as long as it meets our Authors' Guidelines.

Although our reading diet may range from cereal boxes to thousand page tomes,
" we must have something to read "!

We hope you will enjoy CANADIAN STORIES and share some of your stories with us.
Ed Janzen, Publisher

See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Ingersoll, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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