October 2020 – Long List

Our entry inbox grows bigger with every fresh quarter, and the judges have had more stories to read this quarter than ever before. Our '4 entries for the price of 3' continues to prove popular, and we're delighted that it's encouraging so much great writing out there. So much so that we've decided to extend … Continue reading October 2020 – Long List

Short story competition – 4 for 3 offer extends into 2021

Ever get the feeling you're going through a sense of deja vu? Yes, here we are in another lockdown in the UK, with all the inconveniences and uncertainties that it brings. But one thing that remains ever constant is our 1500 word short story competition! Last quarter we received the biggest number of entries since … Continue reading Short story competition – 4 for 3 offer extends into 2021

Meet our first Anthology contributors

You may have noticed recently that we've been shouting about our upcoming Short Story Anthology. Well, we make no apologies for that! We're very proud of it, and we can't wait to share the fantastic work written by our thirty-three contributing authors. Publication date is 16th November, and you can pre-order your copies here. They … Continue reading Meet our first Anthology contributors

Get involved with us in the next stage at Cranked Anvil Media

Our two quarterly writing competitions - the 1500 word short story and the 500 word flash fiction - are both in full swing now, as regular visitors to our website will know. We've already got a bumper crop of entries for our current submission windows (ending October and November) and we're looking forward to receiving … Continue reading Get involved with us in the next stage at Cranked Anvil Media

Moth Woman by Sharon Boyle (1st place, Jul20)

The mirrors are back-chatting again, sliding in unwanted comments while reflecting for all they’re worth. ‘Give it a rest,’ I say to one over the mantelpiece as I pin the flower fascinator in my hair. ‘That’s enough,’ I tell another – bathroom – as I brush my teeth. It sheeshes back. ‘Au natural? Jesus, if … Continue reading Moth Woman by Sharon Boyle (1st place, Jul20)

How To Take An Inventory by Annalise Taylor (3rd place, Jul20)

Accuracy and efficiency are all. In order to be a successful Retail Inventory Associate you must be reliable and focused. Strong mental arithmetic will help you sail through the application process and before you know it, you will have been registered, with a navy polo shirt and name badge, and be awaiting notification of your … Continue reading How To Take An Inventory by Annalise Taylor (3rd place, Jul20)

Our new FLASH FICTION competition is now open for submissions

Writers and authors visiting Cranked Anvil regularly will know that we've been running our 1500 word short story competition for about 18 months now. With rolling submissions open quarterly throughout the year, the competition has grown from strength to strength, and we love reading all the short stories we receive. (Our next shortlist and three … Continue reading Our new FLASH FICTION competition is now open for submissions