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If the writing is honest it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it. –Tennessee Williams
Arc is a digital quarterly of futures and fiction from the makers of New Scientist, with a belief that we can shape the future through fiction.
They also run a quarterly short story competition with partners the Tomorrow Project, to generate ideas and conversations about the future.
To find out more about Arc, visit arcfinity.org
It is strongly recommended that you read the publication before submitting. You can read all Tomorrow Project/Arc stories, beginning with their inaugural competition winners, here.
Arc publishes short stories over 5000 words.
On acceptance, it pays a flat fee of £1500 (c. US$2370) for first world serial rights.
The Small Axe Literary Competition encourages the production and publication of Caribbean fiction and poetry. The competition focuses on poetry and short stories from emerging writers whose work centers on regional and diasporic Caribbean themes and concerns. This competition is part of the Small Axe Project’s ongoing commitment to Caribbean cultural production and our mission to provide a forum for innovative critical and creative explorations of Caribbean reality. With this competition, we hope to encourage and support the region’s rich literary heritage, in the tradition of precursors such as Bim, Kyk-over-al, Focus and Savacou.
The competition consists of two categories: poetry and short fiction. Two winners are chosen from each category by a distinguished panel of judges. First Prize: $750 Second Prize: $500. 2013 Competition submission deadline: 31 May, 2013
Winners of the 2012 competition will be published in Small Axe 42 – July 2013.