December Round-Up

Competitions

CLOSING TODAY: the Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition for stories of up to 1000 words. Ouen Press short story competition for stories on the theme of ‘the gift’  closes 31st December.

Lit Mags & Chapbooks

The A3 Review has announced its new contest themes. Fictive Dream is calling for submissions for Flash Fiction February 2020.

Workshops & Courses

Haringey Live Lit are running a Novella Fever course beginning end Jan in London. Claire Keegan is holding a manuscript workshop in Dublin on Dec 7th, and will be running a residential writing weekend in Tullow, Ireland, Jan 3-5th.

Live Lit & Festivals

Talking Tales will hold its next event on Dec 10th in Bristol, which will be an anthology launch for To Hull and Back. White Rabbit is calling for submissions for an evening of short stories in Ashford, Kent, on the theme of ‘Wonder’ in March 2020.

November Round-Up

News

We welcome a new lit mag to our Lit Mags list – Fat Cat magazine! “the new (and maybe kinda uncool) kid on the block, and we’re passionate about giving a home to the words of writers, especially those at the beginning of their careers.”

Live Lit & Festivals

White Rabbit is calling for submissions for an evening of short stories in Ashford, Kent, on the theme of ‘Wonder’ in March 2020. Untitled Writers is holding its third salon on Nov 7th in London.

Competitions

Reflex Fiction has announced its Summer 2019 flash fiction contest winners, the Autumn longlist, and submissions for the Winter contest are still open. Ouen Press short story competition for stories on the theme of ‘the gift’ is now open, deadline 31st December. and the Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition for stories of up to 1000 words closes on Dec 2nd.

Lit Mags

Fictive Dream is calling for submissions for Flash Fiction February 2020, and submissions are still open for Shooter lit mag‘s “supernatural” issue.

Workshops & Courses

Claire Keegan is running a residential writing weekend in Tullow, Ireland, Jan 3-5th.

October Round-Up

Lit Mags & Chapbooks

Fictive Dream is open for submissions for Flash Fiction February 2020. Pixel Heart is calling for submissions for its 4th issue, on the theme of ‘joy’, deadline Nov 1st, and submissions are now open for Shooter lit mag‘s “supernatural” issue.

Competitions

Ouen Press short story competition for stories on the theme of ‘the gift’ is now open, deadline 31st December. Oct 31st is the deadline for entries to A Story for Daniel, a flash fiction competition raising awareness of childhood cancer support. And you have until Dec 2nd to enter the Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition for stories of up to 1000 words.

Live Lit & Festivals

Warwick Live Lit is holding a spooky lit event, Words That Go Bump In The Night, on Oct 10th. Story Friday wants your stories on the theme of ‘Chemistry’ by Oct 28th for its Nov 8th event in Bath. Judy Darley invites you to the launch of her second short story collection, in the company of several other writers, in Waterstones, Bristol on Nov 2nd. Untitled Writers is holding its third salon on Nov 7th in London.

Workshops & Courses

Curtis Brown Creative is running a six-week online short story course taught by Cynan Jones, starting on Oct 17th. Haringey Live Lit’s weekly short story workshop with Kiare Ladner begins on Oct 30th in London.The next 30 Days of Writing online course begins on November 1st, run by Shaun Levin, editor of the A3 Review.

September Round-Up

Competitions

Oct 31st is the deadline for entries to A Story for Daniel, a flash fiction competition raising awareness of childhood cancer support. And you have until Dec 2nd to enter the Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition for stories of up to 1000 words.

Lit Mags & Chapbooks

Fictive Dream has some wonderful news and is calling for submissions. The Shadow Booth Vol. 4 is now available for pre-orderTales from the Forest is calling for submissions, deadline Sep 29.

Workshops & Courses

Haringey Live Lit is running a new weekly short story workshop with Kiare Ladner from Oct 30th in London. Claire Keegan is holding a weekend workshop on dialogue, Oct 5 & 6, County Wexford.

Live Lit

Stroud Short Stories is calling for short stories from Gloucestershire and S. Gloucestershire writers for its event on Nov 10th as part of the Stroud Book Festival, deadline Sep 29th.

August Round-Up

Competitions

A Story for Daniel, a flash fiction competition raising awareness of childhood cancer support, is open for entries, deadline Oct 31. Reflex Fiction announced its Summer longlist and the Autumn flash competition is open for entries of between 180-360 words, deadline Aug 31.  The Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition is open for entries of up to 1000 words, deadline Dec 2.

 

Lit Mags & Chapbooks

Tales from the Forest is calling for submissions, deadline Sep 29, Issue 13 of the Nottingham Review is now available. Fictive Dream is calling for submissions.

 

Articles & Blogs

Shannon Savvas reviews KM Elkesnew flash fiction collection, All That Is Between Us. Baret Magarian tells us about the gestation of his new short story collection, Melting Point.

 

Live Lit

Talking Tales is open for submissionsuntil Aug 9 for its flash fiction special in Bristol on Aug 20. Short Shorts Friday is holding its next event on August 30 at the Pentameters Theatre, London.

July Round-Up

News

We’re delighted to welcome another new Lit Mag to our list: Clover & White: “an online literary magazine that publishes all writers but with a real focus on showcasing the talents of underrepresented and emerging authors”

 

Competitions

The Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition is open for entries of up to 1000 words, deadline Dec 2. Reflex Fiction’s Autumn flash competition is open for entries of between 180 -360 words, deadline Aug 31. The Show Me Yours Prizefor writing on sex and desire closes on July 10th.

 

Lit Mags

Issue 13 of the Nottingham Review is now available. Fictive Dream is open for submissionsBlueHouse journal is calling for submissions for its first issue.

 

Articles & Blogs

Sandra Arnold writes a blog post for us about writing her new flash fiction collection, Soul Etchings. The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award tells ShortStops about its new initiative, I Heart Short Stories.

June Round-Up

News

We’re delighted to welcome two new Lit Mags to our list: BlueHouse Journal, which likes “the edged of things”, and Another North, “a new online platform for writing from, or set in the North of England.” Do check them out – and see BlueHouse’s call for submissions below!

Competitions

Flashback Fiction’s summer historical microfiction competition for pieces up to 100 words long on the theme of the Moon is now open for entries, deadline June 16. The Show Me Yours Prize for writing on sex and desire is open for entries until July 10th. The deadline for the Hastings Lit Fest short story competition – with short story & flash fiction categories – is  30 June.

Live Lit & Festivals

White Rabbit’s Bernadette Russell is taking part in The Hunters Grimm storyhunting show in London in June. Dive into Weekend of Words this weekend at Victoria Baths in Manchester, June 7-9, and catch Arachne Press at festivals in South London.

Lit Mags & Chapbooks

BlueHouse journal is calling for submissions for its first issue. All Those Things Left Unsaid is calling for submissions on the topic of “Things Left Unsaid”. Fictive Dream is open for submissions.

Courses & Workshops

Claire Keegan is teaching a weekend of fiction writing and reading on the subject of “The Child in Society”, in Co. Wexford at the end of June.  Novel Nights is holding a short fiction masterclass with Vanessa Gebbie on Sept 8th in Bristol.

Articles & Blogs

The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award tells ShortStops about its new initiative, I Heart Short Stories.