October round-up I

Hello all,
Here’s what’s been happening on our blog over the past fortnight. As ever, if you’d like to contribute, drop me a line and I’ll explain how it works: shortstopsuk@gmail.com

Lit Mags

Sarah Gonnet reviews the second issue of Firewords Quarterly for us: “Even the feel of the booklet lets you know that it’s something special”. Short Story Sunday launches in November and is calling for submissions, and Brain of Forgetting is calling for submissions on the theme of stones. Writing Maps has launched its new lit mag, A3 and, Structo is open to submissions for Issue 13. Short Fiction journal also wants your short stories.


Kingston University have unveiled the longlist for the Hilary Mantel short story competition and the shortlist for the Bonnie Greer short story competition. TheSolstice Short Story Competition wants your stories on the theme of ‘time’, deadline Oct 31st. Words and Women launch two new writing opportunities for women writers in the east of England. The London Magazine’s short story competition is now open, deadline, Oct 31st, and international entries are welcome. Magic Oxygen are running a short story and poetry contest, deadline 30th November.

Live Lit

Story Fridays is calling for submissions of short stories on the theme of “Noir” for its Nov 7th event in Bath. Sign up to read or come along to Flashtag Manchester’s nextShort Short Story Slam on Oct 18th as part of the Lancaster Lit Fest. Stand-Up Tragedy is holding its last event of the year, Tragic Horror, on Oct 25th in London. White Rabbit invites you to submit your spooky stories for Are You Sitting Comfortably?’s Halloween party on October 31st in London.

Berko Writers is running a course on The Art Of The Short Story with Adam Marekfrom Oct 7 – Nov 18 in Berkhamstead.. The Tavistock Heritage Festival is runningtwo free workshops on historical fiction in October.

Other News

Artist Alison Erika Forde has turned David Gaffney’s Sawn-Off Tales into artwork which is being exhibited in Manchester until January.

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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