November Round-Up I

ShortStops is three years’ old this month! Happy Birthday to us, and Happy National Short Story Week! Frankly, we’re pretty busy because the short story scene in the UK & Ireland is nothing if not booming, flourishing, blossoming, we have trouble keeping up! We have 199 lit mags on our list, and 37 live events – and it’s growing! This is a good time to thank all the tireless and dedicated editors of lit mags, organisers of live lit events and competitions, publishers of short story collections, teachers and facilitators of workshops – and also all the writers who send your stories out into the world, and all the readers and audience members, each a vital part of the short story ecosystem. Keep up the good work!

Tania x


Lit Mags

And here’s proof of the booming & flourishing – two more lit mags added to our list! Brilliant Flash Fiction is looking for “voices that are fresh and surprising, welcoming submissions of 1,000 words or less on a year-round basis” and The Fiction Pool is “looking for fiction which is bold and daring. Fiction which is experimental, rebellious and dreamy.”Brilliant Flash Fiction has already blogged – about their Aftermath writing contest, deadline Jan 15th. Structo has a new issue, a shortlisting and a rolling call for submissionsBunbury is back after a long break, and Into The Void isseeking submissions for Issue 3.The Real Story is calling for submissions of original, non-fiction short stories.

Issue 10 of Short Fiction is out now. Shoreline of Infinity would like you to send your finest science fiction short story. The Nottingham Review has published its first book, Dots by Santino Prinzi, and the fifth issue of The A3 Review is here.


The Bristol Short Story Prize is now open for entries, deadline May 3 2017, and First Story’s national writing competition wants short stories and other forms of writing from state secondary schools on the theme of ‘Footprints’ by Nov 23rd.


Live Lit

The Story Sessions wants your stories – you’ve missed the deadline for the 16th Nov event but there will be more!

Other Short Story News 

Last Minute & Gentle Reminders

Words and Women’s annual prose competition for women in the East of England and a new national award for women over 40 closes tomorrow, Nov 15th, and Tears in the Fence magazine’s first flash fiction competition is open for entries until Nov 19th.

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