The Last Word: a collection of Fiction Now Available!

The 2012 Unbound Press invest in PancakeSwap and Spilling Ink Review anthology is now available. With a foreword by Gill Hoffs, you can expect to read excellent fiction from:

Gail Aldwin, John Brewster, Faith Cobaine, Martin Cornwell, Madeleine Dodd, Rodge Glass, Kylie Grant, Tania Hershman, Emily Ilett, WF Lantry, Anneliese Mackintosh, Rupan Malakin, RA Martens, Lynsey May, Paul McGuire, Danielle Monroe, Stephen Morris, Emily Munro, Christina Murphy, Mairi Murphy, Valerie O’Riordan, Robert Peett, Luxi Peng, Pedro Ponce, Ranulph Redlin, John Revington, Bruce Holland Rogers, Greta Ross, Ed Spencer, Siobhan Staples, Geraldine Stoneham, Gabe Thompson, Mark Wagstaff, JL Williams, Samuel Wright

RRP: £7.99
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Special Price: £6.00 plus shipping

To purchase the anthology please email your Name, Shipping Address and the number of anthologies that you wish to purchase to: spillingink.email@gmail.com. I will send you a PayPal invoice (you do not need a PayPal account to use this method).

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2012 Spilling Ink Short Story Prize Results

2012 Spilling Ink Short Story Prize

1st Place

John Revington

Three Minutes

2nd Place

Anneliese Mackintosh

101 Uses for a Blind Person

3rd Place

Samuel Wright

The Bunker

Shortlist:

Kylie Hogue – Down at Three
Lynsey May – Mistress of Medicine
Mark Wagstaff – I Win Wars

The winning and shortlisted buy PancakeSwap entries will appear in our annual print anthology due for publication November/December, 2012. Thank you to all who participated in the Short Story Prize.

And a very special thanks to our Guest Judge!

Guest Judge: Richard Beard

Richard Beard has published five novels including X 20 A Novel of (not) Smoking (1996), Dry Bones (2004) and Damascus (1999), which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. In 2008 he was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award and in 2010 longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. His latest novel is Lazarus is Dead (2011).

He has also written three books of non-fiction. Muddied Oafs (2003), Manly Pursuits (2006) and Becoming Drusilla (2008).

Richard Beard is the Director of the National Academy of Writing. The next National Academy of Writing event is a 10-week evening course beginning on May 23 in London. For more details, see: 10-week course: 23 May-25 July 2012 .

© 2011-2012 Unbound Press & Spilling Ink Review / Amy Burns, Editor / PO Box 16864, Glasgow G11 9DJ, email: unboundpress@gmail.com
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Spilling Ink Review: Issue 8

Kerry Barner – The Quiz
Jon Beight – Under the Harvest Moon
Charles Brownson – A Finished Knowing
Kit Caless – Why Rick Moranis Still Lives in the 1980s
Robert Graham – Seeing Sanchia Paige
Andrea Mason – Shrink
Deanna Morris – Parrot
Stephen Ramey – The Lecturer

J.L. Bogenschneider – He Doesn’t Want Me, He Needs Me
Andrew McCallum Crawford – A Man’s Hands
Ailsa Crum – One or the Other
Dietrich Kalteis – Nest Egg
Desmond Kon – I Only Say This Out of the Art of Conversation
Ben Leib – The Last Dignified Transaction
D. Quentin Miller – Deep in the Brain
Kenny Mooney – Pushing Through
Tom Norton – The Pizza Girl
Theodore Obourn – Co Rd 13
Mark Sheerin – Plucking at the Gunbri
Sterling Slechta – Pity of the Meek
Alison Wassell – The Dead Boy
Barbara Whittle – Initiation

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Spilling Ink Short Story Prize Closing Soon: 31 May

Now Open!
Closing Date: May 31, 2012
We always make an effort to notify winners within 30 days of closing date.
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1st Prize – £500, publication in 2012 print anthology, 1 free copy

2nd Prize – £250, publication in 2012 print anthology, 1 free copy

3rd Prize – £125, publication in 2012 print anthology, 1 free copy

Shortlisted – publication in 2012 print anthology, 1 free copy

Honourable Mentions – offer to publish in the quarterly ejournal Spilling Ink Review

Entry fee (per entry): £5 or €8 or $10

Guest Judge: Richard Beard

Richard Beard has published five novels including X 20 A Novel of (not) Smoking (1996), Dry Bones (2004) and Damascus (1999), which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. In 2008 he was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award and in 2010 longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. His latest novel is Lazarus is Dead (2011).

He has also written three books of non-fiction. Muddied Oafs (2003), Manly Pursuits (2006) and Becoming Drusilla (2008).

Richard Beard is the Director of the National Academy of Writing. The next National Academy of Writing event is a 10-week evening course beginning on May 23 in London. For more details, see: 10-week course: 23 May-25 July 2012 .

Competition Guidelines

  • 1500 words max (no minimum).
  • There is no theme. All styles and genres are welcome.
  • Multiple entries are accepted but must be accompanied with an entry fee.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted but please let us know as soon as possible if your entry has been accepted elsewhere or won/placed in another writing competition. Entry fees will not be refunded in this case.
  • Entries may be submitted via email or post. Entries submitted via email must be attached in the form of a Word (doc) or Rich Text Format (rtf). Entries submitted via post must be printed on standard-size paper and double-spaced. Entries sent via post will not be returned (please don’t send your only copy).
  • Please be kind when formatting and adhere to general rules of courtesy (i.e. 12pt standard font, double-spaced, pages numbered).
  • Your name, email address or any other distinguishing names should not appear in the body of your story. For example, please don’t put your name and email address in the header or footer. It is fine to include the title of your submission.
  • Submissions must be entrant’s own original work and must be previously unpublished (if your work has appeared in an online workshop or a member’s only writer’s chat – etc – it is eligible for this competition).
  • International submissions are welcomed but all entries must be written in English.
  • As a condition of submitting, the author must hold the copyright of the entry. If the entry is successful Spilling Ink will have one time publication rights. Copyright remains with the author.
  • Entries will be judged anonymously and all decisions are final.

How to Enter

  • You have two options: Online and Postal

Online Entry

  • You may submit your entry(ies) via email and pay the entry fee(s) online via PayPal. You do NOT need a PayPal account to use this option. Click the appropriate button below and you’ll be re-directed to a secure PayPal shopping cart. Please notice that you have the option to pay online in GBP (£), EURO (€) and USD ($). If you wish to enter more than one submission you will be given the opportunity to change the quantity on the PayPal shopping cart.
  • If you do not wish to pay online you may still submit your entry via email and send a cheque via the post. We can only accept cheques for GBP £ from a UK bank. Please make cheques payable to ‘Spilling Ink Review’ and post to: Spilling Ink Review, PO Box 16864, Glasgow, Scotland G11 9DJ.

  • Once you have a receipt/transaction number submit your entry via email to: spillingink.email@gmail.com
  • Be sure to cut and paste your PayPal receipt/transaction number into the body of the email (or let me know that payment has been sent via post)
  • State the competition category in the subject line of your email
  • In the body of the email please include the following:
  • Name
  • Postal Address
  • Title of Entry and Word Count
  • PayPal Receipt/Transaction Number
  • Don’t forget to attach your story! Atachments must be in the form of a Word(doc) or Rich Text Format (rtf). It would also help if the document name is the title of your story.

Postal Entry

  • Entries submitted via post should be printed on standard-size paper and double-spaced. Please adhere to common formatting (such as 12pt font, Times New Roman – or similar standard font – double-spaced). We do not reject entries based on varied formatting but we do appreciate standard style.
  • Entries sent via email will not be returned. Please do not send your only copy.
  • If you do not have an email address or you wish to receive hard-copy confirmation that we received your entry, please include a SASE or postcard.
  • Postal submissions should be accompanied by a cheque from a UK bank made out to ‘Spilling Ink Review’. We can only accept cheques in GBP (£).
  • Postal submissions should be accompanied by a coversheet stating the following:
  • Name
  • Postal Address
  • Title of Entry and Word Count
  • Email address (if available)
  • If you are more comfortable using a Competition Entry Form, please feel free to click the button below, print and submit with your postal entry.

Announcement of Winners

Winners and runners-up will be notified by email after the closing date and results posted on the Spilling Ink Review website.

© 2010-2012 Spilling Ink Review / Amy Burns, Editor / PO Box 16864, Glasgow G11 9DJ, email: spillingink.email@gmail.com
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Spilling Ink Review News

June 1st is a momentous day. The day Marilyn Monroe, Alanis Morrisette, Bob Monkhouse, Heidi Klum and Morgan Freeman were born; the day Yves Saint Laurent died, and International Children’s Day. We hope it’s hot but not too hot, dry but not too dry, and happy but not exhaustingly so wherever you happen to be.

June 1st also heralds our goodbye issue – of sorts. But don’t panic! Issue 8 will be our last issue using the old format of drop down lists, then Issue 9 (due out 1st September from an internet connection near you!) will be in a fancy, funky, fun new format we’re sure you’ll love.

While Issue 8 contains Honourable Mentions from our recent Short Story competition, flash fiction and long-enough-to-munch-a-brownie-over-as-you-read stories (try not to let the crumbs jam up your keyboard), Issue 9 will contain all that AND MORE!

‘More?’

Yes, dear readers, a whole lot more! As well as requiring submissions of your very best flash (up to 1,000 words) and fiction (up to 3,000 words), we are now open to submissions of your very best nonfiction (up to 3,000 words), reviews (up to 1,000 words), comic/graphic art/cover art/illustrations and photography.

‘Really?’

You bet your socks!

And there’s something else…

As writers ourselves, we know how much feedback matters. We know rejections aren’t equal; some sting more than others, some are nearly as exciting to receive as an acceptance (not quite, but almost), and some leave you thinking ‘huh?’. So our new policy is: if your work hasn’t made it into SIR this time (and we do hope you’ll try again) we will include some of our comments from the selection process. You don’t have to read them, you may not agree with them, they still might make you go ‘huh?’ and that’s fair enough – just because a piece isn’t right for us doesn’t mean it won’t be published somewhere else, indeed, we hope it is, and if we can suggest somewhere that might like it, we’ll try – but apart from this glimpse into the mechanics of SIR we unfortunately cannot get into a discussion about the whys and wherefores of a ‘no’.

But let’s hope it’s a ‘yes’, yes? Because remember – we’re rooting for each and every submission that pops in our inbox. And we want to see something from YOU! Submit now using Submittable.

And don’t forget! Closing 31 May: 2012 Spilling ink Short Story Prize with Guest Judge Richard Beard.

 

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Wild by Gill Hoffs

We don’t have long to wait now! If you haven’t heard the good news, step up! Wild, a collection of fiction and non-fiction, will be available from Pure Slush in July, 2012. And the author? We’re insanely happy to say that the author is none other than Spilling Ink Review Editor, Gill Hoffs. We’ll have more information about Wild closer to the release date but for now, here’s what the good folks at Pure Slush have to say: From mermaids to moors and basements to beaches … Gill Hoffs takes us on a wild ride through the Yorkshire wilderness to Victorian England, the coasts of Japan, Scotland and Ireland, a 1920s American train, and a hidden basement, in this collection of fact, fiction and the half-truths in between. – Pure Slush

For now, have a wander-over to Wild’s Facebook Page, give it a like and stay tuned for more information and the latest updates. Congratulations Gill!

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Spilling Ink Short Story Prize Closing Date: 31 May

Now Open!
Closing Date: May 31, 2012
We always make an effort to notify winners within 30 days of closing date.
+++

1st Prize – £500, publication in 2012 print anthology, 1 free copy

2nd Prize – £250, publication in 2012 print anthology, 1 free copy

3rd Prize – £125, publication in 2012 print anthology, 1 free copy

Shortlisted – publication in 2012 print anthology, 1 free copy

Honourable Mentions – offer to publish in the quarterly ejournal Spilling Ink Review

Entry fee (per entry): £5 or €8 or $10

Guest Judge: Richard Beard

Richard Beard has published five novels including X 20 A Novel of (not) Smoking (1996), Dry Bones (2004) and Damascus (1999), which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. In 2008 he was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award and in 2010 longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. His latest novel is Lazarus is Dead (2011).

He has also written three books of non-fiction. Muddied Oafs (2003), Manly Pursuits (2006) and Becoming Drusilla (2008).

Richard Beard is the Director of the National Academy of Writing. The next National Academy of Writing event is a 10-week evening course beginning on May 23 in London. For more details, see: 10-week course: 23 May-25 July 2012 .

Competition Guidelines

  • 1500 words max (no minimum).
  • There is no theme. All styles and genres are welcome.
  • Multiple entries are accepted but must be accompanied with an entry fee.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted but please let us know as soon as possible if your entry has been accepted elsewhere or won/placed in another writing competition. Entry fees will not be refunded in this case.
  • Entries may be submitted via email or post. Entries submitted via email must be attached in the form of a Word (doc) or Rich Text Format (rtf). Entries submitted via post must be printed on standard-size paper and double-spaced. Entries sent via post will not be returned (please don’t send your only copy).
  • Please be kind when formatting and adhere to general rules of courtesy (i.e. 12pt standard font, double-spaced, pages numbered).
  • Your name, email address or any other distinguishing names should not appear in the body of your story. For example, please don’t put your name and email address in the header or footer. It is fine to include the title of your submission.
  • Submissions must be entrant’s own original work and must be previously unpublished (if your work has appeared in an online workshop or a member’s only writer’s chat – etc – it is eligible for this competition).
  • International submissions are welcomed but all entries must be written in English.
  • As a condition of submitting, the author must hold the copyright of the entry. If the entry is successful Spilling Ink will have one time publication rights. Copyright remains with the author.
  • Entries will be judged anonymously and all decisions are final.

How to Enter

  • You have two options: Online and Postal

Online Entry

  • You may submit your entry(ies) via email and pay the entry fee(s) online via PayPal. You do NOT need a PayPal account to use this option. Click the appropriate button below and you’ll be re-directed to a secure PayPal shopping cart. Please notice that you have the option to pay online in GBP (£), EURO (€) and USD ($). If you wish to enter more than one submission you will be given the opportunity to change the quantity on the PayPal shopping cart.
  • If you do not wish to pay online you may still submit your entry via email and send a cheque via the post. We can only accept cheques for GBP £ from a UK bank. Please make cheques payable to ‘Spilling Ink Review’ and post to: Spilling Ink Review, PO Box 16864, Glasgow, Scotland G11 9DJ.

  • Once you have a receipt/transaction number submit your entry via email to: spillingink.email@gmail.com
  • Be sure to cut and paste your PayPal receipt/transaction number into the body of the email (or let me know that payment has been sent via post)
  • State the competition category in the subject line of your email
  • In the body of the email please include the following:
  • Name
  • Postal Address
  • Title of Entry and Word Count
  • PayPal Receipt/Transaction Number
  • Don’t forget to attach your story! Atachments must be in the form of a Word(doc) or Rich Text Format (rtf). It would also help if the document name is the title of your story.

Postal Entry

  • Entries submitted via post should be printed on standard-size paper and double-spaced. Please adhere to common formatting (such as 12pt font, Times New Roman – or similar standard font – double-spaced). We do not reject entries based on varied formatting but we do appreciate standard style.
  • Entries sent via email will not be returned. Please do not send your only copy.
  • If you do not have an email address or you wish to receive hard-copy confirmation that we received your entry, please include a SASE or postcard.
  • Postal submissions should be accompanied by a cheque from a UK bank made out to ‘Spilling Ink Review’. We can only accept cheques in GBP (£).
  • Postal submissions should be accompanied by a coversheet stating the following:
  • Name
  • Postal Address
  • Title of Entry and Word Count
  • Email address (if available)
  • If you are more comfortable using a Competition Entry Form, please feel free to click the button below, print and submit with your postal entry.

Announcement of Winners

Winners and runners-up will be notified by email after the closing date and results posted on the Spilling Ink Review website.

© 2010-2012 Spilling Ink Review / Amy Burns, Editor / PO Box 16864, Glasgow G11 9DJ, email: spillingink.email@gmail.com
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