Calling All Performance writers and artists!


Social distancing, self-isolation, lockdown – are words we now use every day. We want to hear your stories about isolation. It might be self-imposed, it might be enforced, maybe it’s a lifestyle choice. How does it make you/your characters feel, how are you/they affected? Tell us in no more than 400 words to enter our flash fiction competition.

Prefer spoken word to written word? That’s fine too. We are asking for performance poets and artists to send us an original spoken-word performance video of the same theme. The winners will be invited to perform their winning pieces at one of our next Litro Live! events to be held sometime soon. They will also receive one years free membership to Litro magazine and an artist profile on our website.

The closing date for entries is 22nd May and the winners will be announced and published online on 8th June.


-Entries for videos must be no longer than 5 minutes.

-Directly or indirectly, entries must be based on the theme of isolation.


Written pieces: Submit your work here.
Video recordings: Submit your work here.


Written flash fiction work will be judged by:
Catherine McNamara grew up in Sydney, ran away to Paris at twenty-one to write, and ended up in West Africa running a bar. She is the author of the prize-winning collection The Cartography of Others, Pelt and Other Stories and the forthcoming flash fiction collection Love Stories for Hectic People. Catherine’s work has been Pushcart-nominated and widely published in the U.K., Europe and the U.S.A. Catherine lives in Italy.

Video recording will be judged by:
Eric Akoto, Litro Creative Director & Editor in Chief.
Eric Akoto is Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts by invitation. He founded the Warwick University Young writers’ competition and has written for various publications and contributed to various books on culture. He also guest curates and comperes at festivals such as The Brooklyn Book Festival, Latitude Festival, The Jaipur Literary and Arts festival (the largest in the world) and The Hay Festival.

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