December Round-Up

Hello short story fans!
This is the first of our fortnightly updates to let you know all the short story deliciousness going on around here at the moment. Even if you’re not based in the UK & Ireland, we’ve lit mags aplenty for you to read and who would love you to send them your short stories, as well as a long long list of authors of short story collections which make great holiday reading! This round-up gets sent out by email every few weeks, so click here to sign up for the newsletter…

There has been an explosion of activity on our blog already, here is a round-up:

Where can you go to hear fantastic short stories? Tomorrow night, December 10th, Liars’ League present Snow & Stars in London, and on December 12th, also in London, Stand Up Tragedy’s Tragic Christmas is a fundraiser for Arts Emergency.

If you have short stories looking for good homes – or need some stimulation to write something new – we have a few suggestions: What the Dickens? Magazine wants your Spooky Tales for their competition, closing date  Dec 31st; Number Eleven magpolitely introduced itself and welcomes submissions for Issue 4; brand new lit magBreadless Crust is seeking stories for its inaugural issue, launching Spring 2014; Story Fridays in Bath is calling for blue-themed stories for its next live lit night, deadline Jan 6th, and Riptide Journal is calling for submissions for Volume 10, on the theme of ‘Imaging the Suburbs’ (deadline March 1 2014). Riptide is also running a snow-themed competition to win a copy of their childhood-themed issue (deadline dec 13th).

And if you’re looking for stories to read, check out the December issue of Long Story, Short, featuring ‘The Forests of Antarctica’ by Courtney Watson.

A couple of recent additions to ShortStops you might like to check out are, on the Lit Mag front: the aforementioned Breadless Crust mag, ” a quarterly e-journal of innovative British and Irish writing”,  new kid on the lit mag block Confingo, “for readers and writers of contemporary fiction and poetry, coming April 2014”, Myths Of the Near Future magazine, “featuring new writing by the under-25s”, New Writing Scotland “an annual volume publishing new work by emerging and established writers”.

New on the Live Lit list  –  now organised by location to make life easier for you – are  First Draft Cabaret Night “for all kinds of new work – drama, poetry, music, comedy”  in Manchester every other month, and The Story Sessions, ” a free monthly live lit event” in London hosted by Arachne Press and featuring “flash from the floor”!.

On the blog, the creators of a forthcoming app that helps short story writers who work with images would like to know what you think of the idea…check it out and leave a comment.

If you think you should be on one of our lists, drop us an email – and we’re always looking for volunteers interested in interviewing and reviewing.

Happy December!

Tania x

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