The recent US presidential election has left a tear in the world. A divide; fear; unrest; and confusion. We are enraged, dumbfounded and our voices can be heard over the din of political ignorance and prejudice.
We are bruised and worn. Life all feels a little too close for comfort. It leaves us reeling with the thought that the classics, Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four, were terrifyingly prophetic.
For us, it has taken time to sort through our own feelings about what has taken place, what is to come. To come to a conclusion about what we can do, how our voice can be heard.
And so we announce our next International Short Story Competition in conjunction with The Leonard A Koval Memorial Prize for our next anthology 'Gem Street: Dystopia'.
This competition opens on 14th February 2017. The theme is Dystopia. All genres are acceptable, all styles - the work is not limited to Sci-Fi or Speculative. We are looking for fiction that encompasses the subtle and not so subtle impact of disintegration, how lives and states of mind are affected. We want to read of transitions, transitioning, change, internal struggles, bleakness, strength, passion, overcoming. We want different perspectives, unique voices, an edge with heart and soul.
This year we're going about the process a little differently. We are especially interested in fiction submissions from the LGBT community and all those who feel marginalised, ostracised and discriminated. The world needs your words, your voice, your spirit. Bring it.
In the coming days our Submissions page will set out full guidelines for entering.