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Welcome to the Atlantis Short Story Competition 2017/18

"I don't believe you have to be better than everybody else.
I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be." -Ken Venturi


>> International Call For Entries - Writers from all around the world are welcome <<

 


1st PRIZE: $300 + IN-DEPTH FEEDBACK + PROMOTION
2nd PRIZE: $100 + IN-DEPTH FEEDBACK + PROMOTION
3rd PRIZE: $50 + IN-DEPTH FEEDBACK + PROMOTION
TOP 15: IN-DEPTH FEEDBACK
TOP 40: NAME AND SHORT STORY'S TITLE POSTED ON WEBSITE

                   ***EVERY PARTICIPANT: BRIEF COMMENT AND EVALUATION TABLE ***
                           ** DETAILED CRITIQUE AVAILABLE FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS **

                                                                                        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Announcement of the winners: May 25, 2018 (see below).
Upcoming competition (2018/19): not in summer, to be scheduled and announced (request a free reminder via
e-mail here)

Questions, problems, suggestions? Please use the contact form or

write to submit[at]atlantis-shortstorycontest.com .

 

Request a free e-mail reminder for the next contest here

ATTENTION:

SAVE THE DATE: October 10, 2018. (amazon kindle release)

25 winning stories of the 2017/18 contest will be published in a digital anthology

available on amazon kindle.

                 

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                                                  May 25, 2018:

Dear valued participants,

there has been a plethora of splendid submissions. Indeed, every submitted story embodies a unique element or style.
Those who made it into the Top 40 or who are included in the Honorable Mentions can be particularly proud to have
succeeded thus far.

In the coming weeks of June, we will seek permission of the authors to publish the winning entries, so you get a chance
to immerse into a realm other than your own. The author retains all rights to her story.

No contest will be hosted in summer. Stay tuned and watch this space for future announcements! A free e-mail reminder
for the next submission opportunity can be requested here.

In the interim, there are three achievements by participating writers that we have announced just now. The accomplishments
are posted below the list of winners. Do not forget to check them out!

Without further ado, here are the winners . . .

 

The Atlantis Short Story Contest 2017/18 (258 short story entries) PROUDLY PRESENTS...

TOP 15:

  1. Repentance (non-fiction)          by Rebecca Sanger
  2. You Are Wonderful (non-fiction)      by Katharine Blachford
  3. Wrapped in Brown Paper         by Donna Smith
  4. THE LOOP           by Heledd Williams
  5. Lilies           by Alice Lam
  6. Weighing Up The Risks (non-fiction)               by Pauline Mary Curley
  7. DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT HISTORY         by Heledd Williams
  8. Trade Winds         by Anan Singh
  9. Hans and Greta     by Rebecca Alexandra-Green
  10. Corpses       by Paul Whelan
  11. The Artist    by Hannah Joy
  12. Mystery Car          by Trevor A. McGregor
  13. LOVE TRIANGLE         by Bronwyn Clifton
  14. Through the Mahogany Door     by C J Bouniu
  15. The Deliberate Swan         by Lillie Daye

 

TOP 16 - 40 (in alphabetical order):

A Letter Stained Red             by Steven Cini

Adrenaline      by Jo Mularczyk

AUSSIE HAPPY HOUR! (non-fiction)        by Paul Douglas Robertson

Black and Blue and Red All Over     by Gina Burgess

Break Her, Not Our Culture              by Kerri Sullivan

Buri Khabar               by Anan Singh

Crocodile Creek         by Timothy Nicol

Eleanor’s Lemurs      by Cosima Armstrong

HERO             by Poem Schway

Invisible         by Julie Vanessa Baker

Joseph, Joseph           by Leigh Dolinger

Marooned       by Lenore Hirsch

Pikachu, Tiaras & ECT (non-fiction)                       by Laura O'Hare

Reflections from SoCal         by Jin An Hirst

SIGN OF THE TIMES           by Mara Blazic

Spring Rain is a Different Entity      by Joyce Butler

The Black Wasp         by Stephan Ward

The Funeral Procession of Birds       by Sonja Murphy

The Great Escape       by Ketron Halasa

The Grown-Ups         by Jane Law

The husband’s coat (creative non-fiction)   by Anne Howell

The Long Goodbye    by Martin McSweeney

The Sanshin               by Judy S. Richardson

THERE WAS NO APPOMATTOX              by Bruce Feldhauser

Wavy              by Preston Copeland

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS (in alphabetical order):

Behind the Call          by Gabriel Sharp
BLACK BAG             by Anna Downes
Do-Over         by Tom Chambless
ELSIE'S TOAST        by Tony McGettigan
Ewen's Ponds (non-fiction)               by Ineke van Os
Fleeing to Safety (non-fiction)         by Barbara Boothe Loyd
Head in the clouds     by Gautam Banerjee
iPerson           by Annie Baker
ISAKOV IN A VALLEY       by Atorina Saliba
Lagoon Blue  by Mara Blazic
Leeches (creative non-fiction)          by Rebecca Isaacs
Lithium          by Aileen Ferris
Memories Need Not Apply               by Kali Myers
Scars (non-fiction, memoir)  by Ashleigh Hardcastle
St Bernard Spoiled The Party                       by Eamon O'Leary
The Adventures of Aria the Orca: Aria in Australia                       by Dominique Potvin
The Aroma of Popcorn (non-fiction)                       by Myra Koch
The Bookshop                        by Meghan Douglass
THE FREEZER          by Theresia Benker
The Shite House Crooner      by Cathy Collins

 

Celebrated accomplishments

Participating writer Christine Arata published her astonishing memoir

titled "Raised By Hollywood: Reflections from a latchkey kid". Learn more here.

 

As a young kid of working parents, I entertained myself by watching TV and

movies while home alone. As I wrote these reflections of my life up to 2012,

I realized there was a theme, a Hollywood influence, one that was laced with celebrities

and notables, albeit mostly from a distance. And yet, it gave a shy kid a boldness to

dream big and actually hit some heights. Star or no star.

 

 Purchase Christine Arata's ebook nowPurchase Christine Arata's ebook now

 

 

Christine Arata wrote her first published article, “Compassionate Caregivers:
Experienced Voices Heard” in 2011. Two years later, she founded a
memoir business. Then, in 2016, she started a business and blog devoted
to cats, art and culture. After finishing those two ventures, she decided
to freelance and become, SimplyAWriter.com. She holds a B.A. in
Anthropology with a minor in Film.

 

 

Little Wonder Radio Plays

 

 

 

 

 

 

My name is Keith Crawford (follow on twitter) and I’m director of Little Wonder Radio Plays (follow on twitter),
an anglophone production company based in Paris, France.  We publish 10-20 minute long full-cast audio dramas, both new and classics, free to download or stream, every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month.  This post is about what we do, how I got into it, and why writing radio play is a great thing for any writer to try – including you, if you enter our free competition from July.

 

But first, here is the latest radio play, written by yours truly and fresh from Soundcloud:

 

Back in 2014 my wife fell pregnant and I decided to quit my job lecturing law at Sciences Po, stay at home with the kids, and write fiction full time.  One of the first things I did was enter the Atlantis Short Story Competition - I wrote about my experiences here

 

That was tremendously encouraging.  I wrote a novel, which is currently being read by publishers and agents (exciting!), but being at home with the kids all the time left me feeling a little out of touch.  I needed to find a form of writing that would challenge me viscerally without crippling me practically.  That was where radio plays came in.

 

Radio plays are a wonderful medium for people with more imagination than time or freedom.  I can write about anything I want, spaceships or dragons or small walking trees living in people’s bloodstreams, without having to worry about budget or feasibility.  My professional actors rehearse and record three new plays in an afternoon, instead of the months of rehearsal for a play or the complicated set up for film, and modern recording kit is excellent:  see this behind-the-scenes preview we put up on YouTube last week for an example of us in action.

 

 

As well as recording classics, I set up a writers group to produce new scripts which we shared, improved together, and staged a public performance at Moving Parts (an anglophone theatre company in Paris)

– all six scripts are in post-production now and you can check out our release schedule for the year.

 

We’re also looking for new writers, as we expand and grow.  That’s where you come in.

 

Little Wonder are running a short radio play competition that will be open from July12th-August 30th for entries of plays between 1600 and 2000 words long.  The competition is free to enter, and all longlisted entries will receive feedback on their plays and a chance to review before submitting for the shortlist.  Shortlisted plays will be performed and recorded live before the winner, in turn, gets the full cast audio treatment.  For more information about the competition, check out here.

 

And to keep in touch with our project, subscribe to the website Little Wonder website or any of the social media platforms described here

 

Atlantis was a big turning point for me:  the first moment I started to believe I could really be a writer.  If you’d like to have a crack at radio, whether you have experience or not, then why not try with us?  Don’t want to write?  Subscribe, listen, and give us feedback:  we appreciate the audience!

 

 Last but not least, we are delighted to hear that Ruth O'Shea is the third of ten winners in the Fish Publishing Short Memoir Prize 2018. Her winning memoir "Glue" will be included in the anthology available for purchase in July. Most recently, Ruth has won a bursary to participate in a Flash Fiction workshop this weekend in London with the Word Factory. The theme of the workshop is the Suffragette movement which is timely seen, as the Irish people vote on whether to grant women the right to a legal abortion or not tomorrow.

Ruth Mary O'Shea is a Celtic Blues vocalist, musician, filmmaker and writer from County Meath, Ireland. She has performed across the US, Canada and Europe and was a recent winner in the annual Fish Publishing Short Memoir Competition. Her collection of short childhood memoir stories, "Glue", will be published as part of the Fish Publishing
                                      Anthology 2018. She is currently working on a new album and a series of short stories for children.
                                      She is always interested in collaborating with other musicians and filmmakers. Visit her website here.

 

Since 2011, many more participants reported their impressive achievements. Read further success stories here

Questions, problems, suggestions? Please use the contact form or write to submit@atlantis-shortstorycontest.com .

What participating writers say about us. Read here                             

Read the winners of the 2016/17 competition here