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Writers – get involved with us in 2021

Hello Writers
 
First of all, Happy New Year. We hope you’re keeping safe and well, and looking forward to a busy 2021.
 
We’ve been quiet over the past month or so, what with Christmas, New Year, and a huge relocation to beautiful rural Northumberland. (The view from our office window now is loads of fields, a river, and a few cows – it’s great!)
But now, the office is refurnished and the internet is re-established, and we’re up and running again for 2021. So we wanted to share with you some of the plans we have for this year, and how you can get involved.
 
First of all, of course, our quarterly competitions continue to run. The next deadline is Jan 31st, for our 1500 word short story comp.
It’s worth noting that this quarter is the last chance writers will have to enter 4 stories for the price of 3.
And if you fancy a go at flash fiction too, our next 500 word comp deadlines on 28th Feb.
 
Speaking of flash fiction, our most recent winners were announced. You can find the shortlist and read the winning stories here.  (‘Soup Kitchen’ by Rose Walker-Taylor is a particularly pleasing read today. Have a look – you’ll see what we mean!)

And now – on to some of our other plans for the coming year… (and how you can contribute)
Podcasts. As part of our writing competitions and independent publishing arm, we’re planning to produce and release a podcast of some of the best winning stories – as well as short- and long-listed ones – from all our competitions. Kind of like our very own audiobook library. Every eligible story that’s entered into any of our comps will also be considered for the podcast, which will be released on all the usual platforms (Apple, Spotify, etc.), and will, of course, be completely free to download.
 
Writing resources. We’re planning to produce and build a collection of resource articles for writers on our website. ‘How To’ articles, writing prompts, tips, inspirational quotes from other writers, etc etc… You know the kind of thing. We’re proud to be a small, independent publishing house, with our writers and contirbutors at the heart of it, and this resource will be part of our commitment to inspire and encourage writers of all stages and abilities. We expect to open up for submissions for these articles, so do keep an eye on our website and social media for more details.
 
Author profiles/interviews. As we say, our writers and contributors are at the heart of what we do – so it’s about time we found out more about them! We want to interview our writers and find out what makes them tick. How their writing day works; where do they get their inspiration; what do they love/hate about writing; what tips can they pass on to fellow short story writers; where can you read/buy more of their work; plus lots more.
To begin with, these interviews will be done by email and published on our website. We’re hoping to get in touch with writers very soon to invite them to take part – but please do let us know by reply if you’d be interested in getting involved in the future.
 
There’s quite a few other ideas that aren’t yet fully formed (including a magazine-style newsletter and a YouTube channel), which we’ll be letting you know about as they develop.
 
In the meantime, here’s wishing you a happy, healthy, and prolific 2021! Thanks for being involved with Cranked Anvil so far, and we look forward to reading more of your work and submissions in the future.

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 the competition began. We were delighted that our special offer of allowing 4 entries for the price of 3 inspired so many of our writers – both new and regular – to create even more great work. We’re currently reading through all eligible entries and creating the longlist.

And because we love it so much WE WANT TO READ MORE!

Which is why we’ve decided, for yet another quarter, to extend the offer and do it all over again! (deadline 31st January 2021).

This will be the third quarter in a row that we’ve done this, as we continue to strive to be a thoroughly affordable and accesible writing competition. It’s open to any theme or genre, the only limit is the word count of 1500 words (not including the title).

The fee for one or two stories remains the same – £5 for one, £8 for two – but if you pay the fee of £10 you will qualify to enter FOUR stories, instead of the usual three. This equates to just £2.50 per story entered; we know of very few paid competitions which are better value than that!

So go on – take advantage of the offer once more. Enjoy creating your four new stories – you have three months in which to write them.

We look forward to reading them.

You can enter the competition here. Make sure you carefully read and abide by all the rules of the competition. If you would like to read previous winners and placed entries, you can do so here.

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 make a fantastic Christmas present for anyone in your life who loves reading (including yourself!)

If you’re a regular subscriber to our website you’ll know that our competitions are open to any theme or genre, and the anthology really reflects that, with a fantastic mix of humour, drama, sci-fi, supernatural… you name it, it’s in there!

And here are the authors whose work is featured in the book:

Matt Allen
Andy Banks
Edward Barnfield
Cath Barton
Joe Bedford
Peter Boyle
Sharon Boyle
Richard Garcka
Carole Garrett
James Hancock
Alyson Hilbourne
Sue Hoffman
John Holland
Jason Jackson
Alan Kennedy
Gwenda Major
Robbie McHarg
Lindsay McKean
Sherry Morris
Lauren O’Donoghue
Tony Oswick
Nicki Parkins
J D Revitt
Michele Seagrove
Liane Smith
P J Stephenson
Andrew Stott
Annalise Taylor
Sonia Trickey
Betty Weiner
Gillian Welby
Claire Wilson
Barbara Young

We hope you enjoy reading their stories as much as we have.

And if you’d like the chance to feature in one of our future anthologies – as well as winning cash prizes – take a look at our Short Story and Flash Fiction competitions, and GET WRITING!

Our first print anthology is almost here!

It’s been about a year in the planning and production, but now our first ever print anthology is almost here!

Featuring prize-winning stories from the first year (and a bit) of our short story competition – plus many of the fantastic short-listed entries too – the book is over 170 pages of brilliant fiction.

It will be available to buy EXCLUSIVELY from our website. We’ll be offering readers the chance to pre-order very soon, so keep watching this space, as well as our twitter and facebook, to make sure you stay in the loop.

THIS ANTHOLOGY WILL BE A STRICTLY LIMITED PRINT RUN – once they’re gone, they’re GONE!

(If you’re a contributing author to the anthology and you’re reading this – don’t worry. You’ll hear from us before the book goes on general sale, to make sure you’re able to pre-order all the copies you require!)

Though we say so ourselves, we’re very chuffed with how the volume is turning out, and we can’t wait for you to read this fine collection of stories from thirty-three superb writers. A fantastic value-for-money read if ever there was one – and just in time for Christmas too!

Happy reading folks!

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 a lot more.

We’ve already got an impressive back catalogue of winning and short-listed entries, and we’re very excited about the next stage of Cranked Anvil’s development. We want our regular writers and subscribers to be in on the act from the beginning, so here’s what we want you to do…

Like our facebook page.

Click this link to head over to the page and click like.

But why? we hear you ask.

Well, it’s on the facebook page where we’ll be posting a lot more exclusive content and information in the near future, and that’s the best place to see it and get notifications of its existence. This will include pre-recorded and live videos, and news of our upcoming published anthologies.

 

Anthologies

Yes, the first anthology is on its way. Cranked Anvil Press is currently hard at work putting together a selection of work from our first year of short stories, and we can’t wait to share more info about it with you. Make sure you like our page to keep fully up to date.

 

Videos/live broadcasts

An exciting new idea we’re currently working on is to present readings of some of the best stories we’ve received and published. We’re thinking of it as a kind of ‘grown-up Jackanory for the 21st century’! There’ll be plenty more news and information as the project develops, which is why you need to like the facebook page now to get all the latest updates.

We also want to hear what you have to say about this and other projects, so while you’re following us on the facebook page, why not also jump on twitter and follow us there as well, where we’ll be asking questions, putting out polls, as well as giving you all the latest information on all our projects.

 

So what are you waiting for?

Get writing, and get liking. And if you know of a few writer friends who don’t yet subscribe to our website, drop them an email and let them know.

We can’t wait to welcome you as part of our team!

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 placed winning stories will be announced on 11th September, with the three top stories published here on our website.)

So why a new Flash Competition?

Flash fiction is an increasingly popular form, and we’ve been noticing more and more that many entries into our regular short story competition take the form of flash fiction – often with a word count below 500 words.

So we thought: why not open a seperate comp – with diferent deadline dates – for those who want to focus on writing and submitting flash fiction?

Click the image to go to the Flash Fiction page.

Of course, our regular 1500 word short story competition is still continuing to run, but now writers also have the chance to submit flash fiction – any theme or genre – for a chance to win cash prizes and publication on our website.

The first comp is now open for entries – just £3 for one story, or £5 for two.

Make sure you read and adhere to all the rules, and then enter your story here. We also reccomend that you familiarise yourself with our GDPR/Privacy Policy here.

The deadline is 30th November. We look forward to reading your work.

 

 

Short story competition – ‘4 stories for the fee of only 3’ offer continues!

Last quarter we received the biggest number of entries into our short story competition since it began over a year ago. No doubt this was thanks to our special offer of allowing 4 entries for the price of 3, and we’re delighted that it inspired so many of our writers – both new and regular – to create even more great work. We’re currently reading through all eligible entries and creating the longlist.

And because we love it so much WE WANT TO READ MORE!

Which is why we’ve decided, for the next quarter, to extend the offer and do it all over again! (deadline 31st October 2020).

The fee for one or two stories remains the same – £5 for one, £8 for two – but if you pay the fee of £10 you will qualify to enter FOUR stories, instead of the usual three. This equates to just £2.50 per story entered; we know of very few paid competitions which are better value than that!

So go on – take advantage of the offer once more. Enjoy creating your four new stories – you have three months in which to write them.

We look forward to reading them.

You can enter the competition here. Make sure you carefully read and abide by all the rules of the competition. If you would like to read previous winners and placed entries, you can do so here.