Ends on February 24, 2018

$5.00 USD

Welcome to The A3 Review's February Contest

The prompt for this month's Contest is: Brief Encounters & Chance Meetings. Whose that person you wish you'd spoken to at that party? Write about the one-night-stand that changed a character's life, or your own life. Write a poem about a brief encounter in a supermarket in California - is that García Lorca by the watermelons? - or anywhere else in the world.

Write about two characters who meet on holiday or on a retreat and feel they are meant for each other. Find inspiration in Paul Auster's The Red Notebook, and films like Brief Encounter.

Think about secific and dramatic situations such as: What if you met your first love by chance many years later in a casino on an island in the Med? What if a character met their long-lost brother in a coffee shop after a volcano erupts? Be dramatic. Make us believe the nigh-improbable. 

This month's contest is inspired by Write Over the Top 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: 24 February 2018

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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