The A3 Review's themed monthly contest is brought to you by the folks who make Writing Maps. We believe in words and images, and love a combination of the two. We're looking for prose, poetry, graphic stories, photography, paintings, drawings, and other visual and word-based creations and various combinations of the above.

The two winning entries each month are published in The A3 Review, a fold-out literary and art magazine that comes out every six months. The current issue is Issue 5 (The Purple Issue), which came out in October 2016.

Issue 6 (The Orange Issue): Edited by KM Elkes and Shaun Levin. The two winning entries from each month, September 2016 till February 2017, will make up the list of contributors to Issue 6. From this list, three overall winning entries will be chosen in February 2017. These three ultimate winners will receive cash prizes: 1st = £150, 2nd = £75, 3rd = £50 (approx $190, $95, $65). Issue 6 will appear in early April.

Issue 7 (The Silver Issue): Edited by KM Elkes and Shaun Levin. The two winning entries from each month, March till August 2017, will make up the list of contributors to Issue 7. From this list, three overall winning entries will be chosen in August 2017. These three ultimate winners will receive cash prizes: 1st = £150, 2nd = £75, 3rd = £50 (approx $190, $95, $65). Issue 7 will be published in early October 2017. 
 
Writing:
No more than 150 words (title not included).

Art:
Must fit into an A6 panel. That's about 4 x 6 inches or 10 x 15cm. Send as low-res in the first instance. If your work is accepted, we'll ask for a hi-res image.

There is a small fee of $5 (approx £3) per entry to help us cover admin and printing costs and to make sure we can keep offering cash prizes.

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These are The Rules:

1. Entry fee is $5 (approx £3) per submission. Multiple submissions are welcome.

2. Enter online through Submittable.

3. Each contest closes on the 4th Saturday of the month.

4. Any entries submitted after the deadline will not be eligible.

5. The A3 Review's Monthly Contest is open to all writers and artists over 16.

6. We encourage prose, poems, prose poems, graphic stories, hybrid forms, photography, illustration, painting.

7. Maximum number of words is 150.

8. Artwork, graphic and comics stories must fit into an A6 panel.

9. Two winning entries from each month with appear in The A3 Review to be published every 6 months. From this shortlist of winners, 3 will be chosen to win cash prizes: 1st = £150, 2nd = £75, 3rd = £50.

10. Entries must be available for The A3 Review, and must not have been previously published.

11. The judges' verdict is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

12. Entries cannot be altered or substituted once they have been submitted.

13. Judging is anonymous.

14. Name and contact details must not appear on the entries.

15. Submission of entry is taken to be an unqualified acceptance of these rules.


Ends in 2 days, 10 hours $5.00
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Welcome to The A3 Review's February Contest

The prompt for February's Contest is: Postcards.  

Write about postcards you've written and ones you've received. Tell the story of the postcard you wish you had written or the one you wish you'd saved. Write about the art of writing postcards: list the 5 rules to writing the perfect postcard. Write about a character who communicates through postcards. How many postcards can you fit into a 150-word limit? For inspiration, read Charles Simic's "The Lost Art of Postcard Writing."

Postcards from the edge. Postcards from the future. Use an art postcard to inspire a story. Write that story on the back of the postcard. For more inspiration, visit the Postcard from the Past project on Twitter, or the brilliant PostSecret project. Create your own secret on a postcard. Postcards fit perfectly into our A6 panels. Make postcard art.

We welcome short stories, flash fiction, poetry, comics, graphic stories, a snippet of memoir, photographs, illustrations, and any combination of the above. The only restriction is a word-limit of 150 and images should fit well into an A6 panel.

For more inspiration, visit us on Twitter.

DEADLINE: 25 February 2017

Please make sure to view our full guidelines here.

Entry fee is $5 (approx £3) per submission. Multiple submissions welcome.
All genres welcome. All writers and artists welcome.

The two winning entries from each month's contest will be published in Issue #6 of The A3 Review. Winners will also receive contributor copies and Writing Maps goodies.

CASH PRIZES: Three overall winners of the September till February contests will receive cash prizes of £150 for 1st; £75 for 2nd; and £50 for 3rd.

Good luck and we look forward to seeing your work!

PS. The editors of The A3 Review offer feedback on submissions after the deadline date. If you'd like suggestions on ways to strengthen your work, just add the Brief Critique option to your submission fee, and we'll provide you with a line edit of your work, along with a 200-word critique.




Ends on March 25, 2017$5.00
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Welcome to The A3 Review's March Contest

The prompt for this month's Contest is: Forests and Woods. If you go down to the woods today.... write about it! Make art out of it! We're looking for stories, poems and art inspired by "areas with a large number of trees." The woods and the backwoods, forests - from tropical rain forests to the more temperate deciduous ones - and even the woodlands closest to where you live.

Write about trees and picnics. A family picnic, a lover's picnic, that time you got lost in the forest. Write about how a character found their way out of the jungle. This month's contest is inspired by the Writing Map, Writing with Fabulous Trees. Check it out here for more arboreal inspiration.

So many folktales and fairytales happen in forests. Find a story you love and update it, whether in words or pictures. Think "Little Red Riding Hood", "Hansel and Gretel", and Baba Yaga. Think: Robin Hood. How would their stories play out in today's world? Be outrageous. Be controversial. Surprise us with new takes on old stories.

We welcome short stories, flash fiction, poetry, comics, graphic stories, a snippet of memoir, photographs, illustrations, and any combination of the above. The only restriction is a word-limit of 150 and images should fit well into an A6 panel.

For more inspiration, visit us on Twitter.

DEADLINE: 25 March 2017

Please make sure to view our full guidelines here.

Entry fee is $5 (approx £3) per submission. Multiple submissions welcome.
All genres welcome. All writers and artists welcome.

The two winning entries from each month's contest will be published in Issue #7 of The A3 Review. Winners will also receive contributor copies and Writing Maps goodies.

CASH PRIZES: Three overall winners of the March till August contests will receive cash prizes of £150 for 1st; £75 for 2nd; and £50 for 3rd.

Good luck and we look forward to seeing your work!

PS. The editors of The A3 Review offer feedback on submissions after the deadline date. If you'd like suggestions on ways to strengthen your work, just add the Brief Critique option to your submission fee, and we'll provide you with a line edit of your work, along with a 200-word critique.
Ends on April 22, 2017$5.00
$5.00

Welcome to The A3 Review's April Contest

The prompt for this month's Contest is: Dinners. School dinners and candlelit dinners. Dinners with friends and work dinners. Write about the character who spent all week preparing for the dinner. Write it as a list. Take a picture of a table after a lavish dinner, or the setting for a simple dinner for one. Create stories out of dinners you remember and dinners you wish you could remember.

What's the ideal time to have dinner? Or do you call it supper? Write about the subtle differences between dinner and supper. Write about guests and hosts, dinner parties, after-dinner mints. Aperetifs and cocktails. Fish fingers for dinner (yum).

This month's contest is inspired by the Writing Map, How to Turn Food into Words. Check it out here for more delicious inspiration.

We welcome short stories, flash fiction, poetry, comics, graphic stories, a snippet of memoir, photographs, illustrations, and any combination of the above. The only restriction is a word-limit of 150 and images should fit well into an A6 panel.

For more inspiration, visit us on Twitter.

DEADLINE: 22 April 2017

Please make sure to view our full guidelines here.

Entry fee is $5 (approx £3) per submission. Multiple submissions welcome.
All genres welcome. All writers and artists welcome.

The two winning entries from each month's contest will be published in Issue #7 of The A3 Review. Winners will also receive contributor copies and Writing Maps goodies.

CASH PRIZES: Three overall winners of the March till August contests will receive cash prizes of £150 for 1st; £75 for 2nd; and £50 for 3rd.

Good luck and we look forward to seeing your work!

PS. The editors of The A3 Review offer feedback on submissions after the deadline date. If you'd like suggestions on ways to strengthen your work, just add the Brief Critique option to your submission fee, and we'll provide you with a line edit of your work, along with a 200-word critique.



Ends on May 27, 2017$5.00
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Welcome to The A3 Review's May Contest

The prompt for this month's Contest is: Teachers. We've all had them and many of us are them. Write about a teacher you loved or hated, a memorable moment with that teacher. Write about the teacher who gets expelled. Watch Half Nelson. Make a list of what it takes to be a good teacher, or a list of all the things a character loves or hates about being a teacher.

bell hooks writes that
"Home was the place where I was forced to conform to someone else’s image of who and what I should be. School was the place where I could forget that self and, through ideas, reinvent myself."
And the teacher? Where do the teachers reinvent themselves? Create stories and poems about the differences between home and school, or the classroom and the staffroom, lesson time and break time. Where does the teacher shine? Where does the teacher really want to be?

This month's contest is inspired by the Writing Map, Write Through School.

We welcome short stories, flash fiction, poetry, comics, graphic stories, a snippet of memoir, photographs, illustrations, and any combination of the above. The only restriction is a word-limit of 150 and images should fit well into an A6 panel.

For more inspiration, visit us on Twitter.

DEADLINE: 27 May 2017

Please make sure to view our full guidelines here.

Entry fee is $5 (approx £3) per submission. Multiple submissions welcome.
All genres welcome. All writers and artists welcome.

The two winning entries from each month's contest will be published in Issue #7 of The A3 Review. Winners will also receive contributor copies and Writing Maps goodies.

CASH PRIZES: Three overall winners of the March till August contests will receive cash prizes of £150 for 1st; £75 for 2nd; and £50 for 3rd.

Good luck and we look forward to seeing your work!

PS. The editors of The A3 Review offer feedback on submissions after the deadline date. If you'd like suggestions on ways to strengthen your work, just add the Brief Critique option to your submission fee, and we'll provide you with a line edit of your work, along with a 200-word critique.



Ends on January 1, 2018$35.00 - 70.00
$35.00 - 70.00
The editors of The A3 Review offer a Critique Service for writers looking for detailed, knowledgeable and forward-looking feedback on their work.

We will focus on the strengths of your work, and suggest ways to revisit and improve on the weaker points. We will look particularly, where relevant, at characterisation, dialogue, point of view and voice, structure, and offer ways to pinpoint what the story wants to be, which is sometimes different to what the writer wants the story to be. Through our feedback, we also aim to offer you tools to carry forward into the other stories and essays you are working on.

Critiques are for flash fiction up to 500 words, short prose between 500 and 2,500 words, and longer prose between 2,500 and 5,000. Please contact us if your prose piece is longer than 5,000 words.

An overview of what we offer:
  • 250-word feedback (flash fiction)
  • 500-word feedback (short prose)
  • 750-word feedback (longer prose)
  • a line edit, via Track Changes, of your work
  • suggestions for further reading
  • suggestions of places to submit your work
Before sending us your work, please click here for formatting guidelines.

We are passionate about writing and believe strongly that rewriting and refining a short story is an essential and satisfying part of your growth as a writer. We look forward to being part of the ongoing development of your work.
 
About the Editors:

Shaun Levin, Editor, is the author of Seven Sweet Things, Trees at a Sanatorium, and the short story collections A Year of Two Summers and Snapshots of The Boy. His short stories and essays have been anthologised alongside writers such as Ali Smith, Nadine Gordimer and Edmund White. He has won an Arts Council Writers' Award and the Moment-Karma Short Fiction Prize, judged by Jonathan Safran Foer. Shaun is the founding editor of the literary magazine Chroma, and the creator of Writing Maps. Anthologies he has edited include Things that Have Happened and Writers in the Crowd.

KM Elkes, Guest Editor, has had winning stories in, amongst others, the Bath Short Story Award 2015 and the Labello Press International Short Story Competition 2014. He won the Prolitzer Prize 2014, Brighter Writers Flash Prize 2014, Fish Publishing Flash Fiction Prize 2013, Words With Jam Prize 2013. His stories have appeared in anthologies including the Fish Prize Anthology, An Earthless Melting Pot 1, 2 & 3, Your Messages, Heat, Conspicuous Accents, Lightship Anthology 3, Words With Jam, Labello Press Gem Street Anthology and Aesthetica Annual Anthology. And in literary magazines such as Structo, Accenti Magazine (Canada), Litro and online at East Of The Web. His fiction has also been used on schools and college curriculum in USA, Canada, Switzerland, UK and China (Hong Kong).

What people say:

"Shaun's biggest gift to me was to teach me never to be satisfied with the mediocre - to dig beneath my words until I found their core beauty or anger or power; in other words to find the truth of what I was trying to say." Rosie Rowell, author of Leopold Blue.

"I was impressed by the breadth and depth of the service, and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for the kind of feedback that is both challenging and supportive. A combination of written critique and detailed edit of my manuscript provided tremendous scope for my learning, and helped identify the most critical areas for focus." Dr Jacqui Scholes-Rhodes.

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When choosing a payment option, please select from the drop-down menu below. The three payment options correspond to the length of your story.
Ends on June 24, 2017$5.00
$5.00

Welcome to The A3 Review's June Contest

The prompt for this month's Contest is: Dates & Dating. This month is all about the dates. Those sweet fleshy things. The sugar you find in most raw food diets. And yes, about dating, too. Sweet fleshy moments of love, potential love, and times when the sugar's just not there! Write about a couple on a date in a noisy bar. Turn a Tinder, Findhrr or Grindr profile into a poem. Compose a praise song to that perfect dating partner, or an elegy to that awful date. Make a list of all the things a character expects from a first date. Sex on the first date: yes or no? Should that even be a question!? Discuss. Look, they're feeding each other fleshy dates.

This month's contest is inspired by The Raw Soul Food Map.

We welcome short stories, flash fiction, poetry, comics, graphic stories, a snippet of memoir, photographs, illustrations, and any combination of the above. The only restriction is a word-limit of 150 and images should fit well into an A6 panel.

For more inspiration, visit us on Twitter.

DEADLINE: 24 June 2017

Please make sure to view our full guidelines here.

Entry fee is $5 (approx £3) per submission. Multiple submissions welcome.
All genres welcome. All writers and artists welcome.

The two winning entries from each month's contest will be published in Issue #7 of The A3 Review. Winners will also receive contributor copies and Writing Maps goodies.

CASH PRIZES: Three overall winners of the March till August contests will receive cash prizes of £150 for 1st; £75 for 2nd; and £50 for 3rd.

Good luck and we look forward to seeing your work!

PS. The editors of The A3 Review offer feedback on submissions after the deadline date. If you'd like suggestions on ways to strengthen your work, just add the Brief Critique option to your submission fee, and we'll provide you with a line edit of your work, along with a 200-word critique.


Ends on July 22, 2017$5.00
$5.00

Welcome to The A3 Review's July Contest

We've made this month an open-themed contest. It's summer up here in the NH, so we encourage you to run wild, be free! This month is your chance to share those flash fiction pieces eager for a home; those poems snuggled away on your hard-drive; the sketches and photographs you've been deliberating where to send to. Send us your best and your favourites.

And for those (like us!) who like a prompt: Open is your prompt of the month. Open doors, open hearts, "open sesame", open books, open relationships. Have we opened a can of worms? We tend to be open minded, in general.  

We welcome short stories, flash fiction, poetry, comics, graphic stories, a snippet of memoir, photographs, illustrations, and any combination of the above. The only restriction is a word-limit of 150 and images should fit well into an A6 panel.

For more inspiration, visit us on Twitter.

DEADLINE: 22 July 2017

Please make sure to view our full guidelines here.

Entry fee is $5 (approx £3) per submission. Multiple submissions welcome.
All genres welcome. All writers and artists welcome.

The two winning entries from each month's contest will be published in Issue #7 of The A3 Review. Winners will also receive contributor copies and Writing Maps goodies.

CASH PRIZES: Three overall winners of the March till August contests will receive cash prizes of £150 for 1st; £75 for 2nd; and £50 for 3rd.

Good luck and we look forward to seeing your work!

PS. The editors of The A3 Review offer feedback on submissions after the deadline date. If you'd like suggestions on ways to strengthen your work, just add the Brief Critique option to your submission fee, and we'll provide you with a line edit of your work, along with a 200-word critique.



Ends on August 26, 2017$5.00
$5.00

Welcome to The A3 Review's August Contest

The prompt for this month's Contest is: Silver Things. Make a list of silver things. Write about that samovar that's been in the family for generations. Clouds with silver linings. Literally. Bring a bit of sparkle into your stories and poems. Disco balls and glitter. And those silver foxes? Who loves them? Write the story of a day in the life of a silver surfer. Write about your favourite stars of the silver screen. An ode to Joan Crawford. Or Gary Cooper.

We'd particularly like to include black and white photographs in this issue. Send us your best. We'd love to see them. 

And because of the limits of CMYK and our budget, we'll probably have to settle for the grey that looks like silver! So write about grey, too. Going grey and grey areas. Greyhounds and grey squirrels and koala bears. And pigeons ("on the grass alas"). Write a piece and call it "My First Grey Hair." Write about your gran, the one who is anything but grey. Draw grey. Describe grey. Write 150 words on grey. Write about people in grey suits, take pictures of people in grey suits.

Grey, psychologically speaking, is the colour of compromise. Write about a time you had to back down from an either/or position. Write about a character who sits on the fence, who remains neutral, and how that impacts on their life. Write about a chromophobe who is calmed by grey, who wears only grey. What colour scares them the most?

Start with the words: "Grey is the colour of..."  or "When I think of silver..."

This month's contest is inspired by The Description Writing Map.

We welcome short stories, flash fiction, poetry, comics, graphic stories, a snippet of memoir, photographs, illustrations, and any combination of the above. The only restriction is a word-limit of 150 and images should fit well into an A6 panel.

For more inspiration, visit us on Twitter.

DEADLINE: 26 August 2017

Please make sure to view our full guidelines here.

Entry fee is $5 (approx £3) per submission. Multiple submissions welcome.
All genres welcome. All writers and artists welcome.

The two winning entries from each month's contest will be published in Issue #7 of The A3 Review. Winners will also receive contributor copies and Writing Maps goodies.

CASH PRIZES: Three overall winners of the March till August contests will receive cash prizes of £150 for 1st; £75 for 2nd; and £50 for 3rd.

Good luck and we look forward to seeing your work!

PS. The editors of The A3 Review offer feedback on submissions after the deadline date. If you'd like suggestions on ways to strengthen your work, just add the Brief Critique option to your submission fee, and we'll provide you with a line edit of your work, along with a 200-word critique.