Hello short story lovers!
As the first hint of heat arrives, here are all the delicious happenings from the ShortStops’ blog over the past fortnight.
Lit Mags, Workshops & Competitions
ShortStops was delighted to get the scoop on the shortlist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award – find out which collections were shortlisted here. Read Stinging Fly editor Thomas Morris’s short essay Beautiful Animals: Theorising and Defining the Short Story (In Under 1000 Words). Jotters United’s Retro Issue is out now, as is the June issue of Long Story, Short: The Art of Losing.
Here Comes Everyone would love to consider your short stories for the Boy/Girl issue, and Visual Verse would be tickled by your writing in response to their June image. Getting in there early, The Casket of Fictional Delights is calling for your Christmas stories!
The Sean O’Faolain short story competition is now open, deadline 31 July. Creative Industries Trafford are holding a flash fiction competition, deadline Sept 15th.
Writing Maps has a monthly contest and lit mag and Writeidea’s national short story contest, The Writeidea Prize, closes on 31 July. More contests: the 3rd annual A Spot of Hysteria Writing Competition run by the UK Hysterectomy Association is now open for entries (deadline Aug 31), and the Historic House Short Story Comp (26 Sep) wants stories inspired by or set in a historic house.
Live Lit & Short Story Events
We welcome Listen Softly London to the Live Lit list: “Our motto is Using Words Powerfully”. London sees its first Short Story Festival this weekend, June 20-22, find out more about the readings, workshops and other activities. Story Fridays wants your stories by 23 June on the theme of ‘Independence’ for its July 4 event in Bath. Head over to Word Factory #24 in London on June 28th, featuring a masterclass, short story reading club and live lit night. There’s another Short Short Story Slam in Manchester on July 8th.
Live Lit Review: Louise Tondeur went to Rattle Tales’ Brighton Prize awards night for us: “”There was a sense that it is writing that’s important, not publication or prizes”…Read more >>
Last Minutes & Gentle Reminders
The Moth International Short Story Prize closes June 30th, as do Kingston University’stwo new short story competitions – one judged by Hilary Mantel and one, for stories to be read aloud, judged by Bonnie Greer.
If you are eager for even more short-story-related news, do follow ShortStops on Twitter where, when we should be writing, we spend (far too) much time passing on news from lit mags, live lit events, short story workshops and festivals! If you’d like to review an event or a publication, drop me a line.
Happy reading, writing, listening and performing!