April Round-Up I

Hello, story lovers, welcome to Spring! Or if you’re in the southern hemisphere, at least I hope the sun’s shining. Here’s some short story news from the blog…
Tania x


You have until April 30th to submit your stories to the 2016 Bristol Short Story Prize. The V S Pritchett Memorial Prize is now open to entries from writers resident in the UK, deadline June 20th. And England’s Future History wants your stories set in the future and based in England – deadlines are rolling, next one end of June.

The second Crediton Short Story competition is open for entries, on the theme of food, deadline April 24th, and the Bath Short Story Award closes on April 25th. The Oxford Festival of The Arts is running a competition for stories by and for children, deadline April 29. You have until May 1st to enter Shooter Literary Magazine’s first short story competition and the Cardiff Review’s Short Story Award for new writers is open until May 15.June is full of deadlines: The University of Sunderland’s inaugural Sunderland Short Story Award is accepting entries until June 1st. The Brighton Prize 2016 is now open for entries, deadline June 10th, and the deadline for third round of the Bath Flash Fiction Award is June 12th. The Creative Future Literary Awards are accepting entries til June 13th on the theme ‘a sea change’.

Lit Mags

We’re delighted to welcome several new mags to to our Lit Mag list: Chroma “taken from the Greek word for colour… a magazine concerned with Photography, Art, Ideas, Poetry and Creative Writing”, Irish Pages, “a journal of contemporary writing”,  and The Still Point Journal, “a new literary journal for Arts and Humanities researchers”

Chroma want your stories for their first issue, based around the colour red. Bunbury is back with Issue 12 and some special announcements. The Fractured Nuanceseeks submissions for Issue 4 on the theme of “place”. And The Casket Of Fiction Delights would like your views on their future – take a minute to complete their survey.

The Nottingham Review’s third issue is now available and they are calling for submissions, and the A3 Review has a new guest editor and new contests. Laura Perram interviews Mandy Taggart about her story in Long Story, Short.  Submissions are still open now for Shooter Issue #4: Technology.


Live Lit

There will be an event on The Art of the Short Story at the Oxford Literary Festival on April 9th. Talking Tales in Bristol is having its first birthday party on April 18th, and is calling for submissions.



 Workshops, anthologies etc…

 Just published, Joe Stepped Off The Train is a short story anthology raising moneyfor War Child. White Rabbit’s Bernadette Russell is offering free short story workshops in Deptford, London, in April and May. The Open Pen anthology is now published – and you can read Jo Gatford’s short story, If, Then, exclusive to ShortStops.

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