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PERISCOPE LITERARY

Periscope Open Fiction Award 2022

the theme: INFINITY

FIRST PRIZE: £1,500

DEADLINE 20th December

** THIS IS AN INTERNATIONAL EVENT

Full details, T & C’s below…

Contest Details:

INFINITY could be without or within and maybe they’re the same in the universe of your design. It could be the last chance you keep giving someone, the name of a lover you can never attain or the sound of a door slamming that changes your life forever. Here at Periscope, we have reason to believe that you’ll know what infinity means to you but also that your mind could be forever stretched by taking this writing journey along with us. Let’s go!

Although we’ve been indulging in flash fiction recently, we’d like to see entries of between 1000-2000 words for the purposes of this contest. Less is not always more and vice versa so please do meet the target (we’ll allow a +/- 10% margin).

The ‘Open Award’ means we’re accepting (and hoping for) the widest possible range in means of expression and interpretations of the theme. Be it comedy, sci-fi, fantasy, fictionalised personal stories or speculation, bring it on home here. We’ll be seeking to award the prize and mentions to the pieces which touch us most and defy our expectations. Anyone has a chance to win!

DEADLINE: December 20th 2022

PRIZES: £1,500 for First Place

ENTRY FEES:

Entry is £9 per piece (maximum two per writer)

We would like to offer a very reasonable feedback option this time for all interested. Your work will be reviewed by a minimum of two team members for the all-inclusive fee of £15 per piece (entry fee and feedback). Should you wish for feedback, please state so in your submission email and we’ll send the appropriate fee request.

As always, we maintain a reduced fee for students: £6 per entry (£12 with feedback).

We will also grant fee waivers to the first 50 applicants who find the entry fee prohibitive due to low-income or other difficult circumstances. Please apply via email.

WINNER ANNOUNCED: by 1st February 2022

RULES – GOTTA HAVE ‘EM

We’ll state the rules as clearly as we can, but if you’re still unsure of anything, please drop us a line to: bethestudent@icloud.com and somebody friendly will get back to you asap

• Contestants must be 18+ by Dec 20th 2022

• Contestants are to submit entries by email to: bethestudent@icloud.com

• Submissions must be sent as .doc or .docx (.pdf as a last resort) files, attached to the email. Please do not paste your entry into the email body.

• Submissions must contain an original title (obligatory) and be prose-based. Do not place any identifying information on the submission document. This is to allow for fair adjudication.

• Submissions should be typed in a standard 12pt font with no frills, and double-spaced.

• For administrative purposes, we ask that you type: PERISCOPE OPEN in the email subject line. Please add some basic contact information, your real name (and a brief bio if you want to brighten the coordinator’s day) in the email body.

• A fee request will be sent from PayPal on receipt of your submission. Prior to this, you will receive a confirmation email (within 48 hours of submitting).

• All prize monies will be transferred by PayPal within four weeks of notification.

• We ask for one-time publication rights in regard to the winner and honourable mentions. Authors retain all other rights to their work.

• We accept simultaneous submissions but please notify us immediately so we can withdraw your entry if it has been successful elsewhere.

• Please do not submit work that has been successful in another contest or published elsewhere (bar your personal website).

• Material that is discriminatory or blatantly offensive will be disregarded in whole.

• We support equal opportunities for writers and extend the same welcome to all individuals, regardless of background, identification or personal mythology.

• Results will be announced by 1st Feb 2022. Prior to this, progressing contestants will be notified personally about the shortlist.

• The decisions of the adjudicators are respected and considered final.

‘The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits’ 

- A.E.

RESOURCES FOR WRITERS:

https://www.christopherfielden.com/

https://dystopianstories.com/

Yes, we offer a range of editorial services too. From in-line editing, structural editing, proofreading and advisories on writing commercially, we’ll work with you to produce polished manuscripts that satisfy. Drop us a line: bethestudent@icloud.com with an overview of your aims and the expected extent of your project. We’ll respond promptly with a free quote.

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THE PERISCOPE PRIZE:

WINNER ‘IMPOSTER’ FLASH FICTION 2022

‘Supermarket Sweep’ by David Earle

1st HONOURABLE MENTION for ‘IMPOSTER’

‘What Happened To Earl’ by Geoffrey Graves

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WINNER ‘FATE’ FLASH FICTION 2021

‘Space’ by Dan Herron

HONOURABLE MENTIONS for ‘FATE’

‘The Unwilling Virgin’ by Tony Warner

‘Mad Man’ by Jane Ryan

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WINNER ‘GENIUS’ FLASH FICTION PRIZE:

‘Being Frank’ by Lena Halbis

HONOURABLE MENTIONS ‘GENIUS’ 2021:

‘Nyet Brainer’ by Stu Duval

‘Knowing Your Steves’ by Mark Perfect

‘Nobody Liked Semmelweis’

by Michael Addis

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WINNER 2020 OPEN FICTION CONTEST:

‘Nobody Knows How Much You Love Him’

by Dean Gessie

RUNNER-UP 2020:

‘The Source’ by Michael Coleman

HONOURABLE MENTIONS 2020:

‘How To Deal With A Dark Smoke Offence’

by Will Kemp

‘Jackfruit and Jaggery’

by Dawn Sommerlad

‘The Confirmation Hat’ by Peggy Dowling

‘Cicadas’ by Dean Gessie

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KEEP ON DREAMING

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