Solstice Shorts Short Story Competition Call Out for Short Story Writers.


IMG_8826Solstice Shorts Festival is a short story and folk music festival on the theme of TIME, for Short Story Day on the shortest day of the year: 21st December 2014 from sunrise (8.04) to sunset (15.53) on the Greenwich Meridian.

Competition NOW OPEN, Submit  on Submittable

Closing date 31st October 2014.


What we are looking for:

Stories (not poems, not memoir, not other kinds of non-fiction – just short fiction)

on the theme of TIME – in any way that the writers choose to interpret it.

Stories must be:
All your own work
Written in English
unpublished in print or on-line, and unbroadcast in any medium
between 1700 and 2200 words long.
The competition is open to anyone resident in the UK
Entry fee for the competition is be £5 per story, you can enter as many as you like.


Imogen Robertson, Anita Sethi, Alison Moore, Robert Shearman.


12 writers will be chosen for the Solstice Shorts Festival, and have their story read live by either themselves or an actor on the 21st December, alongside stories from the judges. (A new story every half hour from sunrise to sunset.)

We hope the entire festival performance will be broadcast live on the internet (funding permitting) but it will definitely be available as a podcast subsequently.
All 12 chosen stories will be published in electronic and print anthology together with stories from the 4 judges.

You will also be invited (you don’t have to, just if you want!) to contribute to one of three workshops being held during the afternoon,  hosted by Spread the Word.

all 12 winners will also receive a small silly trophy and a selection of Arachne Press books.

IMG_8842Judges recommendation writers will, in addition, receive one of 4  Debut Friendships with Spread the Word, or 1 membership of New Writing South.

So get writing! The Clock is Ticking…

More information about Solstice Shorts Festival on the Arachne Press Website




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