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Welcome to The A3 Review's December Contest

The prompt for this month's Contest is: Transformations. Write about becoming and unbecoming, moving from one state of being to another, then back again. Write about magical transformations and hard-won revolutions, conversions and epiphanies.   

Send us poems, stories and artwork about the ways in which you've changed over time, the transformations you've gone through. Write about changing your name, your gender, your marital status. What's it like to become an ex? Write about exes, as in "How to Be a Dream Girl Not a Doormat about the 'Ex'" by Kathryn Maris.

Visit the world of fairytales and folklore, the prince that became a frog that became a prince. Be inspired by the shapeshifting in folklore: Eshu and Loki, Hermes or the Tokoloshe. Conjure them up to inspire your story or illustration.

Write a poem entitled "How to Become a [fill in the blank]"

Think about Gregor Samsa and the perils and psychology of metamorphosis. If you were to wake up one morning in another form, what would you be?

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: 28 December 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 #12 of The A3 Review in early April 2020. Winners will also receive contributor copies and Writing Maps.

CASH PRIZES: Three overall winners of the September till February 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.