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April 17, 2016

Twisted Tales Flash Fiction Competition Opens for Submissions

Filed under: Writing Tools — Annie Evett @ 10:52 pm

 

Celebrating International Flash Fiction Day, this annual anthology is seeking submissions between 350 and 750 words.  Twisted Tales is in its 5th year of running and has been thrilled with the extremely high calibre of talented entries.

DEADLINE – Saturday 4th of June 2016

Submissions are only accepted through Submittable.

Previously published works are most welcome to be entered – however it must attributed appropriately and permission for re-publication is the responsibility of the author to obtain. Please do check with this, as proper copyright is extremely important.

Theme: Twisted Tales. Please note that this DOES NOT MEAN sick, twisted tales of gore, brutal murder, rape, torture and horror. We are looking for stories which have a twist at the end – a surprise, a shock, a revelation…..so shock us…. surprise us.. but don’t revolt us.

Genre:  Open Flash Fiction. (No poetry please)

Judging Criteria : The normal stuff – stories which grab the reader’s attention and then leaves a surprise or has a twist at the end.

Who are the judges?

Stories will be judged on a strict marking matrix by a panel of editors and experienced short story writers who have both published and competed in similar competitions.

The 12 top scoring stories will be selected for publication. One story will be chosen as the judges favourite (It may or may not be one that scored highly, but amused, intrigued or delighted the panel).

In addition, purely for fun, all entrants may choose to load their stories onto ether ( see details once you have submitted) and allow the readers to choose via votes for a “Peoples Choice” ( This is purely voluntary and does not detract nor influencein any way the scored matrix the judges use)

MOST IMPORTANT CRITERIA

Your flash fiction MUST have a twist at the end.
1. Strictly up to two submissions per author. (please submit as separate documents- i.e you need to load it twice)

2. Raging Aardvark Publications acquires first time Australian rights upon publication. ( All that means is that we have the right to use it once only, for the purpose of this collection) All other rights revert to the author.

3. All stories must be submitted by midnight AEST on the  4th of June 2016.

4. A Long List will be announce and congratulate on International Flash Fiction Day, 25th of June 2016.

The top 12 scoring stories in addition to the Judges Choice and Peoples Choice stories will be notified via email and congratulations posted on the facebook page  on the 16th July 2016.

All entries will have the opportunity to be published via etherbooks.

Winning entries will be collated into an ebook anthology which will be made FREELY available from the website and possibly other sites which would promote the work. These details will be consolidated closer to the ebook publication and successful entrants notified of these plans.

The printed (hard copy) publication of Twisted Tales has the projected publication of November 2016.

It would be awesome if you then chose to distribute the free e-book yourselves and promote etherbooks through your own networks . As writers, one of our main goals is to have your work enjoyed and to collect readers. Right?

5. Length: Strictly between 350 and 750 words ( title and bio is not included in the wordcount)

6. No gratuitous violence or content which may be deemed racially, sexually or religiously offensive, defamatory or demeaning. If in doubt, contact the editor BEFORE submission. Profanity and sexual content are acceptable as long as it is contextually appropriate.

7. All stories must be beta read, line edited and proof read prior to submission. NO RESUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED DUE TO LACK OF PROOFREADING. However, if your story is chosen to appear within the anthology, there will be opportunity to work with an editor to conduct minor polish before publication.

8. Stories must be formatted in an easily read typeface and must not have indented paragraphs. If selected to be part of the anthology all stories will be formatted in a serif style chosen by the head editor.

(PS – This step is only here as some programs will allow formatting on text when you cut and paste it into the box. Otherwise, don’t stress about this!)

9. Only stories written in English will be considered.

10. All entries are to be submitted via the form on Submittable. Press the button saying ‘submit’ if you have an account , it will take you straight to the next step. If not, sign up ( its free) and submit then.

Other notes on submitting –

At present, there is a box asking for the title of your story. Below this box is another which says “Cover Letter” Please copy your bio and your story into this space. ( over the next few months this box title may change, but you get the idea)

No entries will be accepted from any other source. This form DOES NOT have an option for attaching your story. Please only cut and paste it into the box saying ‘cover letter’

11. Please include a short bio of less than 50 words at the TOP of your story. It would be super if you also put the word count underneath your title.

If your piece is successful, you’ll be asked if you’d like to  include a headshot, links to your writing website and networking sites. These will be included underneath your successful entry on the website,  These will be taken down after the International Flash Fiction day has ended.

12. Fees

US$3 per entry.

Unfortunately, due to alterations in the way the submissions website handles entries and access for our judges, we need to charge a small fee to cover the costs they charge us to run this competition.

13.  Prizes. 

1st (top scoring flash fiction) $50

2nd ( story scoring second highest) $20

3rd  (story scoring third highest) $10

Judges Choice (story voted by judges as their favourite – see above for explanation) $20

Prizes are in US$ and will be sent as either an Amazon gift voucher or as a paypal transfer in US$ ONLY.

There is no other payment for the other successful entries – apart from the immense sense of satisfaction of knowing your work is being read and enjoyed by other writers and readers – oh and all the fame and glory attached to being published – of course.

14. There is no contributor copies sent out.

We would dearly love to send you a free copy, but Twisted Tales Anthology operates as an ‘at cost’ publication, meaning that the price Amazon charges for the printed version is cents above what it ACTUALLY costs them to print it = no profit to Raging Aardvark.  For this reason, there is no payment or contributor copies of the printed anthology sent to successful writers. However, the e-book will be sent for free distribution to all contributors.

15. Winning entries may be subject to minor editing, which will be negotiated with the author. No changes will be published without the authors permission.

Please ensure your story meets ALL criteria before submitting and that you agree to ALL points before entering.

Submissions are only accepted through Submittable.

Good Luck!

October 19, 2015

Miranda Kate – Author in the Spotlight for Twisted Tales 2015

Filed under: Interview with Author — Annie Evett @ 4:24 am
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Welcome Miranda Kate as this weeks Author in the Spotlight. She is our last author to be interviewed who is featured in the upcoming Twisted Tales 2015 Anthology. 

Miranda adores writing Flash Fiction. Primarily a novel writer, flash brings out her darker side, allowing the disturbing elements to bubble and surface. Whether a side effect from years of reading horror, or just how she sees the world, she’s not quite sure, but she thoroughly enjoys it.

Miranda Kate

The title of your flash fiction.

 The Cabin

What was your initial motivation or prompt to write this story?

 This story initially arose from a song prompt for a Flash Fiction challenge. When I saw the Twisted Tale competition, I was reminded of it, revising and adapting it for submission. The song was Home in the Woods, by Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons.

Is the character in your story a reoccurring character in your writing?

 Not specifically, although I do tend to write characters that do very dark things, especially in my Flash Fiction. I like them to do the unexpected, or what initially seems out of character.

What sort of message of feeling are you hoping you leave your audience with?

 With all my stories I like to leave the readers with a chill, making the story, and/or characters, difficult to forget. I like to leave them with something to think about, force them to look at people and life from a different perspective. And sometimes I try and work it so the audience feels sympathy for the main character, despite what they may have done.

What sorts of challenges or insights have you had writing this?

 I tried to make it unpredictable, so the reader would not see the twist at the end before it arrived; taking out any sentences that gave clues or suggestions about what was coming. I kept refining it, and reducing it. The written tense was also a challenge, because he was thinking back to what had taken place, and to make it immediate so the audience could see what happened as well as keep it in the past was hard.

What sort of stories do you normally write? Is this story a break from your norm?

 This story is very much what I write for Flash Fiction. I usually go for dark or suspense filled pieces. I am a lover of horror, although less blood and gore and more psychologically disturbing. I consider a story good if I am still thinking about it days later, whether wondering at a characters motivations or disturbed by what they did. I grew up reading Stephen King, Clive Barker, and James Herbert. I loved the stories they weaved, and the worlds they led me into, and the surprises they revealed that kept me turning the page. 

 Are you focused on one particular genre or story length style? 

 I either write really short fiction (less than a 1000 words), or really long fiction – novels (exceeding 100K words). I find it really difficult to write in between, whether short stories of 1600 words or novellas/anthology length pieces of 4-25K.

 In my short fiction I go for dark, disturbing or sad story lines, but in my novels I tend to go more with suspense filled real life general fiction, or science fiction/fantasy. But I don’t tend to restrict my writing to any one genre; in fact I rarely consider it when I am writing, unless I am writing something specific to submit.

What projects or new story lines do you have coming up in the near future?

 I am currently working through a second round of edits on my novel, so I can send it out to beta readers. And for National November Writing Month, I will be working on another novel that I began some time ago. Both are general fiction, and are exploring characters that have something revealed about them that they are not completely comfortable with the world knowing. 

Do you enter many writing competitions?

I regularly take part in Flash Fiction competitions and challenges online. There are several weekly ones that I take part in, as much for motivation and honing writing skill as for the winning and feedback from readers. I enjoy taking part and it is a great way to connect with other writers, and get feedback on your writing.

Are you a member of a writing group – either online or a physical one?

 Due to being an expat living in foreign speaking country, a physical writing group is hard for me to find, as I don’t read or write fiction in the native language of the country I am living in. I also don’t live in or near big cities that would offer expat writing groups. But I am part of one online, although it is not a traditional group in that we don’t submit a piece for others to read on a regular basis. It is simply a collection of writers and artists, who support each other in their creative endeavours.

Do you think these groups help or hinder a writer’s journey?

 I think writing groups are invaluable. They give support to writers through positive encouragement and feedback. I found mine through connecting with other writers on Twitter, through hashtags for National November Writing Month (#NaNoWriMo) and Writers in general (#Writer #amwriting #amediting). There is a wealth of people and information out there, and it is a great way to find help and support for all and any writing genre or type of writing. Writing is a solitary business, and it has helped me feel less alone and more connected to others.

What encouragement or advice do you have for emerging writers?

 Write what you like to write, what comes to you, what feels good to you. When you can tell the writer loves what they have written, that is what gives writing life – no matter the genre or content. Do hone your skill. Do read about how to write. Filter it all and use what works for you. There is no right or wrong, there is only writing. And the more often you write, the easier it gets.

What advice or tips do you have for writers who feel they are stuck or have “writers block”?

 I have never had writers block, as my biggest problem is having too many idea, and not being able to find the time to get them all out – a bit like a traffic jam in my head! But I do know others that have suffered. My advice would be take a break, and decide to stop for a while, take the pressure off, and do something else that you enjoy. It will come back. Journaling can also be helpful, to write about your feelings about being stuck or having writers block. Sometimes it is fear – either of success or of failure – in that case, share your fears with other writers. Connecting really helps.

How can others follow your journey? 

 I’m all over the place!

Twitter: @purplequeennl

Google+: Miranda Kate

My Blog: Finding Clarity –  http://purplequeennl.blogspot.nl/

Twisted Tales is an annual flash fiction competition celebrating (Inter)National Flash Fiction Day, published by Raging Aardvark Publications. Judged by a panel of experienced short story writers and editors, submissions over the last four years have been extremely high quality; making the job of the judge a difficult one. Authors are drawn from around the globe and stories ranging from lighthearted tales of childhood memories, to gruesome stories to make the reader shiver.

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