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Welcome to The A3 Review's May Contest

The prompt for this month's Contest is: Moon. One of the most evocative mysteries of life and stories... associated with legends and folklore, myths and magic, the moon effects us in visible and invisible ways. Tell the story of a werewolf who can sing, or how the cow jumped over the moon. Write about low tides and walking along river banks. Think of a character navigating their way home by the light of the moon, or being over the moon at good news. Write about what happens to you on nights when the moon is full. 

Investigate the myth of the moon rabbit, or write about lunar deities like Artemis, Selene and Thoth. Base a story on the theory that the moon is a hollow spacecraft. And speaking of rabbits and moons, we love Guess How Much I Love You, and would love to read some 150-word bedtime stories featuring moons and loveable furry creatures.

Create the job specifications for the first writer-in-residence on the moon. Write a poem from the perspective of someone who's missed the journey home from a moon mission - "We told him to stay close to the spacecraft!"

Use the different phases of the moon as subheadings for a poem or short story about changes you're going through. Read "The Harvest Moon" by Ted Hughes and "Moon Fishing" by Lisel Mueller, and be inspired by Basho's haiku:

Autumn moonlight--
a worm digs silently
into the chestnut.  

Write about a memory of mooning. What made you do it and what was the outcome? Howl at the moon!

If you like our writing prompts and inspiration, visit the Writing Maps online store.

We welcome short stories, flash fiction, poetry, comics, graphic stories, a snippet of memoir, photographs, illustrations, and any combination of the above. The only restriction is a word-limit of 150 and images should fit well into an A6 panel.

For more inspiration, visit us on Twitter.

DEADLINE: 26 May 2018

Please make sure to view our full guidelines here.

Entry fee is $5 (approx £3) per submission. Multiple submissions welcome.
All genres welcome. All writers and artists welcome.

The two winning entries from each month's contest will be published in Issue #9 of The A3 Review in early October 2018. Winners will also receive contributor copies and Writing Maps goodies.

CASH PRIZES: Three overall winners of the March till August contests will receive cash prizes of £175 for 1st; £100 for 2nd; and £75 for 3rd (approx: $220, $130, and $95).

Good luck and we look forward to seeing your work!

PS. The editors of The A3 Review offer feedback on submissions after the deadline date. If you'd like suggestions on ways to strengthen your work, just add the Brief Critique option to your submission fee, and we'll provide you with a line edit of your work, along with a 200-word critique.

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