Welcome to autumn! Here’s what’s been going on in the short story world… lots of live lit announcements over the past 2 weeks!
We’re delighted to welcome a new event to our Live Lit list: Story Sunday Bristol: “live performances of short stories, flash fiction (and sometimes poetry) … on the first Sunday of every month.” They’ve written their first blog looking for performers for the inaugural Story Sunday on Nov 1st. The Short Story Slam in Chorley on Nov 14th is also looking for entrants, as is White Rabbit, who are looking for ghost stories for their winter event! Stand-Up Tragedy announces its autumn events. Unsung Live #2 is on 20th October in London. The Word Factory #37 live lit and masterclass is on Oct 31st in London.
Bunbury has published Issue 10 – Politics Special! Shoreline of Infinity is still open for submissions. Elbow Room magazine is having a prize event and an anthology, and new lit mag Boundless blogged about their upcoming launch. Holdfast is still open for submissions for Issue #8: Love, Sex & Romance. Tube Flash is back and wants your flash fiction. Issue 1 of the Nottingham Review is now available. Shooter Literary Magazine is calling for submissions for its ‘Surreal’ issue, and the London Journal of Fiction also wants your stories.
The Less Than 100 Words short story competition runs weekly. The deadline for the Galley Beggar Press short story prize is Nov 15th, the same day as the deadline for Words and Women’s 2015 writing competition (women writers only). Shoreline of Infinity magazine is running a science fiction competition, deadline 21 Dec.
Festivals & Workshops
Ethel Rohan is running a Brilliance of Brevity workshop at the Abroad Writers Conference in Dublin in December. Beach Hut Writing Academy kicks off with a short story course in Brighton.
Last Minute & Gentle Reminders
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!