October Round-Up II

Hello brevity fans,
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

We’re thrilled to welcome Spelk magazine to our Lit Mags list: “a new platform for the very best flash fiction on the web”. Jotters United has a new issue out, Pins and Needles, the all-women issue and Bunbury magazine tells us about Issue Six. The Siren invites you to the launch of its first anthology, Fugue, in London on Oct 24th. Transportation tells us more about its London-Tasmania short story anthology, Islands and Cities.

Short Story Sunday, which launches in November, is calling for submissions. Brain of Forgetting is calling for submissions on the theme of stones and Short Fiction journal also wants your short stories.


Writing Maps has launched a new map and also opened its October contest. Kingston University announces the shortlist for the Hilary Mantel short story competition, the WriteIdea prize announces its finalists and Words And Women unveil the winners of the ‘About’ commission. Magic Oxygen are running a short story and poetry contest, deadline 30th November.

Live Lit

Stand-Up Tragedy is holding its last event of the year, Tragic Horror, on Oct 25th in London. That same night in London is Word Factory #27 and a masterclass with David Constantine. White Rabbit invites you to submit your spooky stories for Are You Sitting Comfortably?’s Halloween party on October 31st in London. And Fictions Of Every Kind is holding its next event, Help Yourself, on Dec 2nd in Leeds, including an open mic.

Conferences & Workshops

Creative Industries Trafford welcomes Will Self to its Northern Lights Writers Conference on Oct 25th in Manchester. Judy Darley is running a Writing From Art workshop on Nov 12th in Bristol.

Last Minutes and Gentle Reminders

You have two days to send Story Fridays short stories on the theme of “Noir” for their Nov 7th event in Bath The Solstice Short Story Competition wants your stories on the theme of ‘time’, deadline Oct 31st. The London Magazine’s short story competition is now open, deadline, Oct 31st, and international entries are welcome.

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