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September Slam 2018

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Submission Guidelines
for September Slam 2018

New from Fictive Dream is September Slam in which we will feature seven new short stories, one for each day of the week from Monday 24 to Sunday 30 September 2018. As always we’re interested in stories with a contemporary feel on any subject that gives an insight into the human condition. But here’s the twist. Your story must include the following sentences courtesy of short story writer, novelist and publisher, Nicholas Royle:

I met him in a faded restaurant in a small, rainy town on the main line between Brussels and Paris. There were mirrors on the walls all around the room. 

This sentence may appear anywhere in your story but please keep it intact and that means punctuation too!

Nicholas Royle is the author of three short story collections—Mortality (Serpent’s Tail), Ornithology (Confingo Publishing), The Dummy and Other Uncanny Stories (Swan River Press)—and seven novels, most recently First Novel (Vintage). He has edited more than twenty anthologies and is series editor of Best British Short Stories (Salt). Reader in Creative Writing at the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University, he also runs Nightjar Press and is head judge of the Manchester Fiction Prize.

Here are a few simple guidelines:

Word count 1,000 – 2,000 words excluding title.

Add a bio of around 50 words written in the third person with links that you would like to be included.

September Slam 2018 is open to simultaneous submissions.

Your submission must not have been previously published, either in print or online including on your own blog or social media.

Unfortunately, there is no payment for material, only our unceasing gratitude.

The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2018. Authors will be contacted with a decision by September 7, 2018.

The winning stories will appear over seven consecutive days from Monday 24 to Sunday 30 September 2018.

Submit your story as an attachment to with ‘September Slam 2018’ as the subject of your email.

Note that for standard submissions (500-2,500 words) we remain open as usual.




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