Ends on May 25, 2019

$5.00 USD

Welcome to The A3 Review's May Contest

The prompt for this month's Contest is: Four. Four eyes, four-letter words, The Four Seasons - the band, the concertos, or the seasons themselves, as in Henry Carlile's poem. Write a praise poem to your favourite four-legged friend or a story about being four sheets to the wind. What was it like to be four years old? Or to watch your four-year old child, or four-month old baby. Be inspired by Carrie Fountain's "Four Months Old."

Our word limit is 150. See if you can fit 4 stories into a single submission. Four haikus might be easier. Tell the story of a life in four anecdotes, as in Mary Ruefle's "Four Anecdotes from the Life of Dang Yo-une." There's something very neat about four. A square. Four seasons, four corners, four walls. Double-dating. Is four always a comfortable number? Is it always as lucky as a four-leaf clover?

You could write or draw a piece based on the four humours. Or your night at the Four Seasons Hotel. Or what it's like to be one of four siblings. You could use the number four to divide your story into four chapters, or create a collage out of four images.

You could use this quote by James Thurber as a starting point: “Two is company, four is a party, three is a crowd. One is a wanderer.” 

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.

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DEADLINE: 25 May 2019

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 #11 of The A3 Review in early October 2019. Winners will also receive contributor copies and Writing Maps.

CASH PRIZES: Three overall winners of the March till August contests will receive cash prizes: 1st = £250, 2nd = £150, 3rd = £75 (approx: 1st = $325, 2nd: $195, 3rd: $95).

Good luck and we look forward to seeing your work!

PS. We 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.