Today we are launching the 2022 Outsideleft Short Story Competition.
We love writing and it’s in the Outsideleft DNA to encourage more of it. We got this website going in 2004 to encourage people to write about music and arts, to enable people who wanted their words to be heard by offering a platform that hadn’t really been available before, where people could come together and air their views.
The inaugural version of our short story competition invites writers to send in a story of 1000 words or less, based on a theme. That theme this year is CONCRETE.
Concrete is so much more than the material from which the world’s cities, roads and flyovers are constructed from. 'Concrete' is the unmoving, the hard to get round. Solid. Ideas can be concrete. Beliefs can be concrete. Unassailable truth is 'concrete'. Your concrete might not be our concrete.
There is a £100 prize for the winning story, with winner and runner up trophies designed by the acclaimed artist Chantal Pitts. And the competition is free to enter. Entries must received by May 31st, 2022. Soon we will reveal and profile our accomplished judges. We are grateful too, for the help and support provided by the Bear Bookshop.
All of the details on how to submit your entry can be found on our dedicated Concrete web page here. https://outsideleft.com/concrete/
Outsideleft exists on a precarious no budget budget. We are interested in hearing from deep and deeper pocket types willing to underwrite our cultural vulture activity. We're not so interested in plastering your product all over our stories, but something more subtle and dignified for all parties concerned. Contact us and let's talk. [HELP OUTSIDELEFT]
If Outsideleft had arms they would always be wide open and welcoming to new writers and new ideas. If you've got something to say, something a small dank corner of the world needs to know about, a poem to publish, a book review, a short story, if you love music or the arts or anything else, write something about it and send it along. Of course we don't have anything as conformist as a budget here. But we'd love to see what you can do. Write for Outsideleft, do. [SUBMISSIONS FORM HERE]