Christmas Flash Fiction Fantasia…(subs wanted!)

Summer is finally here and to kick things off let’s all celebrate National Flash Fiction Day on 21 June 2014! Coinciding with the summer solstice, the annual event is now in its third year and sees a number of events run throughout the UK.

To gChristmas Flash Fiction Fantasiaet in the spirit, submissions to our next collection are set to open 21 June and run until 1 September 2014. This time the call is for, you guessed it, flash fiction!

Just as British summer starts to heat up we’re cooling things down with a callout for a Christmas collection! We’re looking for flash fiction stories of between 500-1500 words and the theme is fantasia. The stories need not be strictly Christmasy or traditionally festive but should at least hint at the season. However, should you wish to go all tinsel and figgy pudding then that’s okay, too. Make of it what you will!

DEADLINE is 1 September 2014. Publication will be in print and ebook editions in late November. Payment is £3 per flash by PayPal only. Please see full guidelines. Your submission indicates acceptance of the guidelines and terms and conditions.

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Submit  here to Christmas Flash Fiction Fantasia

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To further get in the spirit of celebrating the short story’s shortest form, Chuffed Buff Books is also running a Kindle promotion on two of our titles which contain short stories as well as a number of flash fiction!

You, Me & a Bit of We, and Sunday Snaps: the Stories, will be available from Amazon.co.uk for 99p (and the USD equivalent on Amazon.com) for the whole week. That’s less than a quid, folks! The print editions are also available via amazon. Sunday Snaps: the Stories in all its full colour glory is currently £6.87 and You, Me & a Bit of We can be had for £8.99 with, of course, the usual free supersaver delivery from Amazon.

Happy reading, happy writing and happy National Flash Fiction Day!

Call for subs!

DEADLINE is 20th July 2014 for ‘COURTSHIP TANKA’ and ‘FOR THE LOVE OF IT’ entries.

General submissions for the summer issue are now closed. However, there’s still time to get involved in two new sections of Kigo: Seasonal Words.

For the love of it!

Submissions are now open for short personal essay type pieces telling us what you love about haiku/tanka/haibun/senryu etc. What does Japanese poetry mean to you? When/how did  you start writing it? Do you use the form in your teaching? Interesting experiences? Are you involved in a poetry group or other association that supports the form? Do you have a pamphlet of your own, or are you involved in any collaborative haiku projects/anthologies? Here’s your chance to shout about it!

Please keep pieces around the 500 word mark. Images may be included (jpeg, low res only please). Email to haiku@chuffedbuffbooks.com by 20th JULY 2014. Selected entries will appear in the August issue, available via this website.

Courtship tanka!

Calling for writers to take part in writing tanka on the theme of courtship/love/secret messages. Each writer will write a tanka for the summer issue and will then respond to a tanka (other than their own) in the autumn issue.

Tanka were traditionally used by men and women engaged in courtship. After a night of passion, lovers would busy themselves with the task of creating the perfect romantic gift, or ‘short song’ for their loved one. The ability to write verse was cherished and tanka became well respected vehicles for the exchange of romantic messages.  (For an interesting piece on the topic – and informational website – visit Tanka for the Memory by Jane Reichhold, here.)

The brief is for each writer to write a tanka to a lover – real or imaginary it’s up to you! It may be about any aspect of courtship/love. Selected tanka will appear in the August issue of Kigo: Seasonal Words.

Writers of selected tanka will then be asked to write a tanka in response to a tanka other than their own. At this stage (in Sept or Oct), names will be drawn to ensure each of the selected tanka receives a response. The responding tanka will then appear in the Autumn/Winter (December) issue of Kigo: Seasonal Words.

Please do not submit courtship tanka if you cannot also take part in the follow up December issue!

As always, only submit original and previously unpublished work – see the general submission guidelines here. Unfortunately, there is no payment for selected entries. This project is fuelled by love and a desire to have a bit of fun with poetry. Issues of Kigo: Seasonal Words are available for download from this website, free of charge.

You may submit no more than two courtship tanka.

For those who have already submitted haiku/tanka for the summer issue, this callout is separate and you may still submit up to two courtship tanka.

Email your entry to haiku@chuffedbuffbooks.com by 20th July 2014.

DEADLINE is 20th July 2014 for ‘COURTSHIP TANKA’ and ‘FOR THE LOVE OF IT’ entries.

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