Litro Magazine: short stories on the theme of Wants and Needs (deadline today)
There seems to be a constant battle between what we have, what we need and what we think we want.
Deadline: February 19, 2017
Max. word length: 4,000 words as a rough guideline. We do make exceptions.
If you're submitting artwork: 12 pieces maximum.
In a consumer society finding that healthy balance between our needs and wants remains one of the biggest challenges. While simple in theory, the calculation is much more complex in practice.
One of the most discouraging parts of modern life seems to be this never-ending sense that we should want more. We all tell ourselves to be content but it does seem like it’s become more difficult to be content with what we have.
For Litro 161, we want you to give us your tales of Wants & Needs!
We accept short fiction, flash/micro fiction, and nonfiction. We do not accept poetry.
Due to the volume of submissions we receive, please submit only one piece per theme. Additional submissions will unfortunately not be considered.
Please also note that if we have published your work in the magazine, we won't consider publishing your work again until a year has passed
Readers Digest 100 word story competition
Our incredibly successful 100-word-story competition is back for its seventh year. This is your chance to win £2,000 and see your work published in the magazine—all you have to do is write a brilliant work of fiction in just 100 words!
There are three categories—one for adults and two categories for schools: one for children aged 12–18 and one for children under 12.
Your stories should be original, unpublished and exactly 100 words long—not even a single word shorter or longer!
Entries must be in by February 20.
The editorial team will then pick a shortlist of three in each category and post them online on February 27.
You can vote for your favourite, and the one with the most votes will scoop the top prize. Voting will close at 8pm on March 20 and winning entries will be published in our June issue.
Entry is open only to residents of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland.
What you could win
In the adult category:The winner will receive £2,000, and two runners-up will each receive £200.
In the 12–18s category:The winner will receive a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (9.7" tablet, 32GB) and a Samsung Gear S2 watch (choice of colour), plus £150 for their school. Two runners-up will each receive £100.
In the under-12s category:The winner will receive a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (9.7" tablet, 32GB), plus £100 for their school. Two runners-up will each receive £75.
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