a slightly earlier fortnightly newsletter due to ShortStops Towers being merrily unstaffed next week…Happy June!
Stand Up Tragedy’s Tragic Summer is tonight at the Hackney Attic, London. Ark Stories is curating a literary bestiary – an immersive short story show in London, on June 9th. Join Arachne Press on 18 June for Liberty Tales, celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta in Greenwich, London. And on Friday 19th June – also in London! – Are You Sitting Comfortably presents Heroes & Villains.
Short Story Sunday celebrates 250 members and wants your stories, as does the Nottingham Review, which is open for submissions for its first issue. Jotters United has a new issue out and is calling for submissions for the next issue, Magnets. Hotel Magazine has announced issue 1 and is calling for submissions for its second issue, and Paper and Ink want your stories on the theme of ‘childhood’. The third issue of Confingo is now on sale, Firewords Quarterly’s Issue 4 is hot off the presses.
Ambit magazine has launched its first annual short story competition, judged by Alison Moore, deadline July 15th. Headstuff magazine has launched a knockout comic short fiction competition with a prize fund of 3200 euros! The Creative Future Literary Awards are now open to marginalised writers, deadline 15 June, and The Moth’s International Short Story Prize is open, deadline June 30th.
The fourth Hysteria writing competition is open for entries, deadline 15 August. Holland Park Press is running a short story competition, I Is Another, deadline 31 August. The University of Leicester’s 2015 short story competition is now open, deadline 11 September.
Festivals & Workshops
Swanwick Writers Summer School invites you to live, laugh and learn with fellow writers this August. The full programme for this year’s London Short Story Festival in June has now been announced.
Last Minute & Gentle Reminders
The Queen’s Head zine has launched a flash fiction competition, with illustrator Mahr, closes tomorrow, June 7
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Happy reading, writing, listening and performing!