Ends on December 23, 2017

$5.00 USD

Welcome to The A3 Review's December Contest

The prompt for this month's Contest is: Gold Things. Write about all that gliters and is gold. From lamé shorts to wedding rings, gold leaf to gold bullion. Tell the story of a heist in 150 words, or write a poem about a heist gone wrong. Or a guide to reaching a golden wedding anniversary. Write about gold diggers and detectorists. Tell the story of a day in the life of a detectorist. Give us a recipe using gold leaf... in sonnet form. Write about going for gold, and gold medals. Write the story behind the gold medal you won, or almost won, or wish you'd won.

Explore different idioms with "gold" in them: a heart of gold, good as gold, silence is golden. Write about rainbows and what's at the end of them. Do an in-depth critical analysis of Spandau Ballet's "Gold". Or Goldilocks.

Write a non-fiction piece about the brutal reality of gold mines. Tell the story of a person looking back at the golden age of their life, or make it your story. What would you do if you found a gold stash in the apartment you're renting?

Be inspired by Rachel Hadas' poem "Green and Gold" and Sandra M. Gilbert's "Gold Tooth" - then write about your own golden fruit and gold tooth.

Some suggestions for opening words: start with "Gold is the colour of..."  or "When I think of gold..."

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: 23 December 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 #8 of The A3 Review in early April 2018. 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 £175 for 1st; £100 for 2nd; and £75 for 3rd (approx: $220, $130, and $95).

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.

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