KIERAN SHEA’s fiction has appeared in dozens of venues including Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Thuglit, Dogmatika, Word Riot, Plots with Guns, Beat to a Pulp, Crimefactory, and Needle: A Magazine of Noir well as in some beefy-looking anthologies most of which will make you question the tether of his shiny, red balloon. To his self-deprecating astonishment he's also been nominated for the Story South’s Million Writers Award twice without sending the judges so much as a thank you note. He co-edited the satiric transgressive fiction collection D*CKED: DARK FICTION INSPIRED BY DICK CHENEY and his debut novel KOKO TAKES A HOLIDAY is out now from Titan Books. Kieran divides his time between 38°58′22.6″N- 76°30′4.17″W and 39.2775° N, 74.5750° W.


Push the Novice, the Child

Seems like there's quite a few writing contests percolating out there on the web these days. Here's an odd one. If you have a friend or loved one who says things like, "Gee, I'd love to try writing something, but...I don't know...." kick them in the butt and tell them about this "flash" fiction contest for sci-fi stories on THE NEW SCIENTIST. Strictly amateur hour and pretty tight length too:

"Your story should be no more than 350 words in length – do watch your word count, we're always having to disqualify good competition entries because they're just a little bit too long – and participants should not have previously been published ANYWHERE-- The closing date is 15 October 2009."