July Fortnightly Round-Up I

Happy July, short story lovers!
Here’s all the short story news from the ShortStops’ blog over the past fortnight.

Lit Mags

Welcome to our lit mag list Firewords Quarterly, “a new independent magazine packed full of powerful fiction and poetry from the best emerging writers” – who got busy straight away on the blog to call for submissions for Issue 2 by July 11th!

The Manchester Review Issue 12 is now live and they are also calling for submissions for Issue 13; Issue 2 of Control magazine has just been published. There is also a limited window of opportunity to submit to the Transportation: Islands and Cities anthology – the project is being launched on Tues 12 July at an event in London.

Popshot is open for literary submissions on the theme of Time. Here Comes Everyone would love to consider your short stories for the Boy/Girl issue and, starting early, The Casket of Fictional Delights is calling for your Christmas stories! HeadStuff wants your writing, as does The Cro Magnon, for their website and perhaps for their travelling show.

If you haven’t already checked them out, new issues of the following mags are there for your reading pleasure: Issue 7.1 of Flash! is out now, as is Spontaneity’s Issue 4, Only Human,  Jotters United’s Retro Issuethe June issue of Long Story, Short: The Art of Losing and Don’t Do it magazine’s Issue 4: Translations.


Congrats to Colin Barrett, winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award!

There’s a new short story competition from VCLL, aimed at those from Leicester and the surrounding areas, deadline 12th Sept, and Magic Oxygen are running a new short story and poetry contest to create a tropical word forest, deadline 30th November.

More competitions: The 3rd annual A Spot of Hysteria Writing Competition run by the UK Hysterectomy Association (deadline Aug 31); the RAC’s national short story competition on the theme of Driving in Europe, deadline 11 Sept; Creative Industries Trafford’s flash fiction competition, deadline Sept 15th; and the Historic House Short Story Comp (26 Sep) wants stories inspired by or set in a historic house.

For inspiration, read Stinging Fly editor Thomas Morris’s short essay Beautiful Animals: Theorising and Defining the Short Story (In Under 1000 Words).

Live Lit & Short Story Events

As mentioned above, the Transportation: Islands and Cities anthology project is being launched on Tues 12 July at an event in London. Word Factory #25 is being held on July 26th in London – a masterclass, short story reading group and live reading in the evening.


The Berko Summer School is holding a series of one-off masterclasses, including a short story masterclass with Adam Marek on July 29th.

Last Minutes & Gentle Reminders

The Sean O’Faolain short story competition and  Writeidea’s national short story contest, The Writeidea Prize both close on July 31st.

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!
Tania x

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