Flash Around The World

Our 2018 Flash Fiction competition has attracted entries from Australia, Canada, the UK and the USA. Thank you! Now we have the pleasure of reading all those little gems. Choosing the eventual finalists looks as if it will be as difficult as ever.

Short Story Competition opens in DecemberMeanwhile, authors can start flexing their writing muscles for our next competition, details coming in the next  few weeks. But it’ll be for short stories this time, again with no theme. Likely opening date will be December 1st with latest entries January 31st. Yes, there will be prizes.

Words That Jump Off The Page

Getting close to having that story polished and ready to send in? Something brand new? Or an old favourite re-worked, distilled to a few hundred words? Either way we’re looking forward to seeing your story before the deadline. Give us something to make us sit up and take notice, give us words that jump off the page.
Details here.

Who’s judging the Flash Fiction competition?

Caroline Jaine

As we’ve previously announced, Askance’s founder, Caroline Jaine, will make the final selection. Although Caroline is no longer formally connected with Askance, she was delighted to accept the invitation to choose the winners from the shortlist. Caroline is an accomplished artist and writer of short and long fiction in addition to being the author of the widely acclaimed A Better Basra.

Selecting the long and short lists will be two long-time friends of Askance, both skilled in the art of storytelling.

Grace Keating

Canadian Grace Keating has written many short stories, winning  and being short-listed in competitions in the USA and the UK. Her stories have featured in two anthologies, including Askance’s Positional Vertigo.

David Wiseman – Amtraking across the USA

David Wiseman is British, although now living in Canada, and has edited Askance’s Homes and Positional Vertigo to which he also contributed. He’s also won and been shortlisted for several competitions in the UK and the USA. Askance has published three of his novels.

2018 Flash Fiction competition

Ready To write

The Askance 2018 Flash Fiction competition is open!

We’re really looking forward to reading your stories, so don’t leave it until the last minute to send them in. There is no theme, just a good story well told, which is really what Askance has always been about. But we do like innovation too, whether that’s in the form or the content. Look at our competition details page for full details of how to enter. And if you have a question then please get in touch.

Flash Fiction Comp opens on 17th September

Our first flash fiction competition opens for entries on 17th September 2018.

Prizes? Yes, there are prizes! 1st £100, 2nd £50, 3rd £25 plus publication on the Askance website and as much publicity as we can muster.

How many words is ‘flash’? For this competition we mean a minimum of 250 and a maximum of 1000 words.

Any theme? Yes, any theme you like, we’re not telling you what to write.

So what are we looking for? Others express plenty of lofty ambitions about exciting new voices and stories that thrill and entrance etc etc but what it comes right down to is this: a good story, well told. We’re always open to originality of form or content just so long as you keep that basic premise in mind.

Any entry fee? Yes, the entry fee for each story will be £6.00.

We welcome writing from anywhere in the world, previous entries to Askance competitions have come from many countries including Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Mexico, South Africa, United States and the United Kingdom.

Check back to the website on September 17th details of how to enter. We’ll post it on Facebook too. Get writing!

Short Story Competition – closes 31st May

It’s time to remind you that our competition closes in 20 days time, on 31st May. We have received a fair amount of entries so far – but not as many international stories as in previous years.  Remember that we accept entries from anywhere in the world. So get writing!  Full details are on our competition pages.  We are looking forward to a good read in June and handing out a cash price in the autumn.

THE ASKANCE SHORT STORY COMPETITION IS BACK!

The 2015 competition is now open for entries.  Closing date: 31 May 2015.

askance competition imageWe are pleased to announce that Askance are running a competition again this year. Building on the success of our 2012 and 2013 competitions, we have made a few exciting changes for 2015.

To be inclusive, there is no theme this year and Askance will be accepting short stories of any length. You can also enter more than one story.  Our 2015 competition is open to all writers over 16, from anywhere in the world.

Entrants are able to submit unpublished stories that may or may not have been submitted for other competitions, and as before, must be happy for Askance to publish their story if it is shortlisted.

Askance Publishing are keen to encourage innovative writing and provide a showcase for writers who might not otherwise have a chance of publication. Experienced writers with a previous publishing record should not feel excluded – they are also very welcome.

Askance are funding a first prize of £300 (roughly $500) for the winning story selected by our judges. The entry fee for each story is £15 (or $25).

We very much look forward to reading all your stories this year and announcing the shortlist and the overall winner in September 2015.

Please see the Conditions of Entry below for how to pay the fee and submit a story.

In the meantime why not read the stories by our winners from previous years?

2013 FINALISTS ARE PUBLISHED HERE

2012 FINALISTS ARE PUBLISHED HERE

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

  1. Entries to be received by 31 May 2015.
  2. There is a fee of £15 ($25) for each story submitted.
  3. Fees may be paid by PayPal by clicking here or direct to askance.publishing@gmail.com(If you don’t have a PayPal account you can use a credit or debit card through PayPal.)
  4. There is no word limit.
  5. Each story must be previously unpublished in any form, including peer review websites.
  6. Each story submitted must be the author’s own work, written in English. You are welcome to submit co-authored work.
  7. The competition is open to any writer aged 16 or over.
  8. Entrants may be resident anywhere in the world.
  9. Entries may be submitted by email to askance.publishing@gmail.com as an attachment in either .doc, .docx, .odt, .txt, .rtf or .pdf formats.
  10. Entries must be page numbered and preferably contain the title of the story on every page, but must NOT contain the name of the author.
  11. The email submitting the entry as an attachment should contain the PayPal payment reference, the author’s full name, full address including postal code, and daytime contact telephone number. The subject of the email should be ‘Askance 2015 Short Story’ followed by the title of the story being submitted.
  12. By submitting a story to the competition, authors accept all rules and outcomes.
  13. Up to 20 of the entries will be selected for inclusion in the Askance Short Story collection to be published in digital formats in 2015. One story will be selected as the overall winning entry and receive a prize of £300 (approximately $500).
  14. The copyright of each story submitted remains entirely with the author.
  15. By submitting the story to the competition the author grants an exclusive licence to Askance Publishing, which allows them to publish the story in any form for a period of one year from 31 May 2015.