Our first flash fiction competition attracted a huge number of entries, and it has taken longer than ever for the judges to chose the shortlist and the two winning stories. (Christmas and New Year, plus the small matter of relocating the entire Cranked Anvil HQ up to rural Northumberland, didn’t help to speed the process along!)
But the results are now in, and we are delighted to publish the following placed entries:
1st: Hannah Sutherland – Warm Milk
2nd: Rose Walker-Taylor – Soup Kitchen
Prize money is on its way to you, and your stories are published here on our website.
Well done to the following writers who made it to the shortlist:
David Butler (1 story)
Linda Fawke (1 story)
Mary Francis (1 story)
Martin Kirkbride (1 story)
Jodi Moxon (2 stories)
J M Thomas (1 story)
Gillian Welby (1 story)
Barbara Young (1 story)
As you can see from the list above, many of our writers enter multiple entries, and hve made it onto the shortlist with at least one of their stories.
Both our writing competitions are open all year round with quarterly deadlines, so why not have a go and enter your work – we love to read and publish the best, both here on our site and in our annual print anthologies.
Enter our 1500 word Short Story Competition – next deadline 31 January.
Enter our 500 word Flash Fiction Comptition. – next deadline 28 February.
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:
J D Revitt
P J Stephenson
We hope you enjoy reading their stories as much as we have.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
The deadline is 30th November. We look forward to reading your work.