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.

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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.

May Round-Up

News

We’re delighted to welcome two new Live Lit nights to our list – Untitled, London, for underrepresented writers; and Flash in Hand, Bristol’s first flash fiction open mic – and a new Lit Mag: All Those Things Left Unsaid, on the theme of conversations that were never had. The UK & Ireland short story scene is flourishing!

 

Competitions

The Reflex Fiction Summer ’19 flash fiction contest is open for entries until 31 May (180-360 words). The Hastings Lit Fest short story competition – with short story & flash fiction categories – is now open, deadline 30 June. The Creative Future Writers Award for under-represented writers is open, on the theme of “Home”, deadline 2 June.

 

Live Lit & Festivals

Join in Bristol’s first flash open mic, Flash in Hand, tonight, May 13th! Dive into Weekend of Words, at Victoria Baths in Manchester, June 7-9, and catch Arachne Press at festivals in South London. The next Stroud Short Stories is being held on May 19th in Stroud.

Lit Mags & Chapbooks

All Those Things Left Unsaid is calling for submissions on the topic of “Things Left Unsaid” and Pixel Heart is looking for stories on the theme of “Nature” by 31st May. Fictive Dream is open for submissions.

 

Courses & Workshops

Join in 30 Days of Writing, an online course starting in June and run by Shaun Levin of The A3 Press. Haringey Lit Live is running another Novella Fever course, starting on May 15th in Haringey. Novel Nights is holding a short fiction masterclass with Vanessa Gebbie on Sept 8th in Bristol.

 

Articles

Amira Richards blogs about reading and writing short stories

Tonight – Short Shorts Friday

Today, Friday April 26th – an evening of short story reading with Anne Aylor, Roelof Bakker, Alan Franks, Charles Harris, Jowonder and Jan Woolf at Pentameters theatre, 28 Heath St (entrance Oriel Place, Hampstead, London NW3 6TE.  8pm. £10 on the door.

 

March Round-Up

Competitions

The Creative Future Writers Award for under-represented writers is open, on the theme of “Home”, deadline 2 June. National Flash Fiction Day is calling for flash fiction on the theme of “Doors” for its annual anthology, and for entries to its microfiction competition, deadline 15 March for both. The deadline for Writers HQ’s new quarterly flash competition, for stories up to 500 words, is 31 March.

 

Lit Mags

Shooter lit mag is open for submissions for its “Identity” issue, deadline April 21st. Fictive Dream is calling for submissions.

 

 

Chapbooks & Small Presses

The A3 Press is open to submissions for its chapbook series, especially of weird, hybrid and experimental work.

 

Live Lit

Story Friday is calling for submissions on the theme “Invitation”, deadline 11 March, for their event in Bath on 22 March.

February Round-Up

Competitions  

National Flash Fiction Day is calling for flash fiction on the theme of “Doors” for its annual anthology, and for entries to its microfiction competition, deadline 15 March for both. Reflex Fiction has announced its Autumn 2018 winners – and the Spring flash fiction contest is now open, deadline Feb 28th. Writers HQ has announced its new quarterly flash competition, for stories up to 500 words, deadline 31 March.

 

Lit Mags

Fictive Dream is calling for submissions. Tales from the Forest is calling for submissions for its tenth issue, which is unthemed, deadline Feb 17.

 

Live Lit  

Story Friday is calling for submissions on the theme “Invitation”, deadline 11 March, for their event in Bath on 22 March.

 

Mentoring & Courses

Word Factory is looking for four emerging short story writers to take part in its Apprentice Award programme, deadline Feb 7. 

 

Books  

Spotlight Books is calling for short fiction manuscripts from English writers from underrepresented backgrounds, deadline 24 Feb.