Sept Round-Up II

 

 

 

 

 

 

Competitions

The BBC National Short Story Award announces an all-female shortlist. The READ Foundation is running a writing competition, deadline Oct 10th, and has 12 tips to get you started.

Live Lit

An evening of stand-up storytelling is being held tonight (Monday 17th September) in Warwick. Stroud Short Stories is launching its anthology of stories performed at its events on Sept 28th, Stroud. Story Sunday is calling for submissions on the theme of “The Fall” by Sept 23rd for its event in Bristol on Oct 7th.

Lit Mags & Anthology

Fictive Dream is calling for submissions, as is Breve New Stories, deadline Oct 15th.

Workshops & Short Story Month

The inaugural Short Story September is half way through, run by Dahlia Publishing, with profiles of short story writers and a daily writing prompt.

Gail Aldwin is running a flash fiction workshop at the Clevedon Community Bookshop on Oct 4th. Paul McVeigh is running a workshop, That Killer First Page, in Dublin on October 13th.

September Round-Up

Workshops & Short Story Month

The inaugural Short Story September has started, run by Dahlia Publishing, with profiles of short story writers and a daily writing prompt.

Gail Aldwin is running a flash fiction workshop at the Clevedon Community Bookshop on Oct 4th. Paul McVeigh is running a workshop, That Killer First Page, in Dublin on October 13th. The Unthank School is offering an 8-week online short story masterclass with Tom Vowler, starting in September.

 

Lit Mags & Anthology

Story Cities Flash Fiction anthologyis calling for submissions of city-themed flash stories by Sept 16th. Breve New Stories’ Issue 2 is out now, and the Nottingham Review is now available in printrhaw magazine is open to submissions. The A3 Review reveals its new contest themes.

 

Competitions

Reflex Fiction, the quarterly flash fiction competition, introduces its new flash fiction forum. The Casket of Fictional Delights has announced its flash fiction competition longlist.

 

Live Lit & Short Story Festivals

Story Friday is calling for submissions on the theme of “tomorrow” for its September event in Bath.

August Round-Up

Lit Mags

Open Pen is holding its summer party in London on August 12th. Breve New Stories’ Issue 2 is out now, and the Nottingham Review is now available in print. Fictive Dream is calling for submissions for its September Slam, and rhaw magazine is also open to submissions. The A3 Review reveals its new contest themes.

Crossways is calling for submissions for issue 3 and Tales from the Forest has a call for submissions on the theme of “Limits”.

 

Competitions

Reflex Fiction, the quarterly flash fiction competition, introduces its new flash fiction forum – and is offering ten free contest entries for the Autumn competition, closing Aug 28th. The Casket of Fictional Delights has announced its flash fiction competition longlist.

The John O’Connor Writing School competition is open for stories from 1800-2000 words, deadline Aug 31st. The Aleph Writing Prize is accepting submissions of stories up to 10,000 words, deadline Sept 1st.

 

 

Workshops & Classes

The Unthank School is offering an 8-week online short story masterclasswith Tom Vowler, starting in September.

 

Live Lit & Short Story Festivals

Story Friday is calling for submissions on the theme of “tomorrow” for its September event in Bath.

July Round-Up

Books & Pamphlets

CG Menon talks on the blog about how she put her newly published short story collection, Subjunctive Moods, together. The Unthology 10 short story anthology has just been published by Unthank Books. V. Press is open for submissions of flash fiction pamphlets during July.

 

Lit Mags

Crossways is calling for submissions for issue 3 and Fictive Dream has a competition call for submissions. Tales from the Forest has a call for submissions on the theme of “Limits”.

 

Competitions

The London Independent Story Prize is open for entries up to 300 words long until July 16th. The Aleph Writing Prize is accepting submissions of stories up to 10,000 words, deadline Sept 1st.

The Grist competition is open for submissions of stories of protest,deadline July 15th. The Michael Mullan Cancer Fund competition for short stories, flash fiction and poetry closes on July 20th and the Sean O’Faolain short story competition is open until July 31st.

 

Workshops & Classes

Write & Shine is holding morning writing workshops in London from July 5th. The Unthank School is offering an 8-week online short story masterclass with Tom Vowler, starting in September.

Live Lit & Short Story Festivals

The next Flashers’ Club is being held in Cheltenham on Thurs 2nd August. Story Friday is calling for submissions on the theme of “tomorrow” for its September event in Bath.

June Round-Up

New on ShortStops

This month we welcome another new magazine to our list – Pixel Heart,  “created to allow for writers and poets to showcase writing that they’ve created with heart, online.”

Competitions

The Michael Mullan Cancer Fund competition is open until 20 July, for short stories, flash fiction and poetry. The Sean O’Faolain short story competition is open until July 31st. Ouen Press announced its competition results.

The VS Pritchett Short Story Prizecloses on June 29th. The Grist competition is open for submissions of stories of protest, deadline July 15th.

 

Lit Mags

Pixel Heart is calling for submissions for its first issue, on the theme of “Love”. Tales from the Forest has a call for submissions on the theme of “Limits”, and Here Comes Everyone is calling for submissions for its Ritual issue.

Crossways #2 is now online, and Bunbury magazine launches a new podcast. Fictive Dream has a special call for submissions for its September Slam.  The A3 Review is looking for stories for its Circles issue.

 

Live Lit & Short Story Festivals

Story Friday is calling for submissions on the theme of “tomorrow” for its September event in Bath. Leicester Writes Short Story Festival is on June 30th in Leicester. Booking is now open for the 2018 Flash Fiction Festival, being held in Bristol in July.

 

Workshops

Inside Fictional Minds: Psychology for Writers’ workshop is being held in Chester June 30-July 1st.

May Round-Up

New on ShortStops


One new magazine has joined us – welcome to Rhawa magazine which “offers a voice to the local and student community of North Wales”.

 

Competitions

The Grist competition is open for submissions of stories of protest,deadline July 15th. Reflex Fiction has announced its 2017 competition winners – and May 31st is the deadline for its Summer 2018 Flash Fiction competition for stories of180-360 words.

new and free-to-enter short story competition for residents of Warwickshire closes on May 20th. May 31st is also the deadline for the Casket of Fictional Delights flash fiction competition, judged by David Gaffney, for stories 300 words or less. The VS Pritchett Short Story Prize is  open until June 29th.

 

Lit Mags

Infinity Words, Bunbury’s Issue 19, is here.  Fictive Dream is calling for submissions, as is Rhaw magazine. The A3 Review is looking for stories for its Circles issue, and The Shadow Booth is crowdfunding for Issue 2.

 

Workshops

Haringey Lit Live has a wealth of masterclasses and short writing courses come up from now until June in London. ‘Inside Fictional Minds: Psychology for Writers’ workshop is being held in Chester June 30-July 1st.

 

 

National Flash Fiction Day & Festivals

Write for a flash walk – send in your flash stories to be included in a FlashWalk in Bristol on June 16th. Booking is now open for the 2018 Flash Fiction Festival, being held in Bristol in July.

Bursaries for Arvon Flash Fiction course for BAME/Low income writers

Hello, I’m Tania Hershman and I run ShortStops! I’m also a short story writer and teacher – and I have crowdfunded so that I can now offer three £250 bursaries for BAME writers or writers on low income who would like to attend the Arvon foundation 5-day residential flash fiction course I am co-tutoring, with the amazing Nuala O’Connor, in Devon in November. More details about the course here – there are only a few places on the course left. This funding is coming directly from me –  if you’d like to be considered for one of the £250 bursaries (you will need to pay for the remainder of the course fee yourself) or you know someone who is not on social media who might like to apply, please email me taniah@gmail.com as soon as possible and let me know why you’d like the funding! It’s going to be a wonderful week, come join us!

 

Tania

April Round-Up

New on ShortStops


Two new lit mags join our list: The Shadow Bootha print mag for weird fiction, and audio podcast magazineOther People’s FlowersCheck out their ShortStops Pages…

 

Competitions

The Bristol Short Story Prize is open to entries of stories up to 4000 words long until May 1st. Reflex Fiction’s Summer 2018 Flash Fiction competition is now open, 180-360 words. deadline May 31st – which is also the closing date for the Casket of Fictional Delights flash fiction competition, judged by David Gaffney, for stories 300 words or less.

The VS Pritchett Short Story Prize is now open, deadline June 29th, and there is a new and free-to-enter short story competition for residents of Warwickshire, deadline May 20th.

 

Lit Mags

Crossways magazine is open to submissions for its summer issue. Fictive Dream is calling for submissions, as is DNA magazine, which has extended its call for submissions of creative nonfiction on the theme of Lies & Confessions until April 13th. Shooter magazine’s deadline for submissions is April 8th for its ‘Dirty Money’ issue and The Cardiff Review is open til April 15th for submissions for its queer issue.

 

Workshops

Irish writer Claire Keegan is holding a two-day fiction workshop at Goldsmith’s University, London, on April 21-22.

Anthologies and Festivals

Cornish Short Stories: A Collection of Contemporary Cornish Writing is now available and the launch is 19 April in Falmouth. Booking is now open for the 2018 Flash Fiction Festival, being held in Bristol in July.

March Round-Up

New on ShortStops

Welcome to new online literary magazine Words for the Wild  – check out their ShortStops Page here! And to new flash fiction magazine, flash & cinder, have a look at their ShortStops Page!

 

 

 

Lit Mags

The Cardiff Review is calling for submissions for its queer issue and the Nottingham Review wants your stories for its first print issue. The A3 Review is almost ready to start on Issue 8 and would like your thoughtson their small press. New flash fiction magazine flash & cinder is born. Shooter magazine wants your stories for its ‘Dirty Money’ issue and Fictive Dream is open for submissions, too.

Live Lit

Story Friday’s next event is “home”-themed, 9 March in Bath. Writers Unchained is calling for submissions on the theme “A Moment in Time” for its next event, on April 29th, in Bristol. Stroud Short Stories is now open for submissions for its May 20th event in Stroud. Flashers’ Club have posted an update about how their Feb 8th event went.

Anthologies etc…

Corona Books is calling for submissions for the Corona Book of Science Fiction, deadline March 12th. And submissions for National Flash Fiction Day 2018 are now open.

 

 

Competitions

Enter Brittle Star’s short story and poetry competitions, judged by Nicholas Royle and Pascale Petit, deadline March 14th, for free when you buy a subscription to the magazine.  There is a new and free-to-enter short story competition for residents of Warwickshire, deadline May 20th.

February Round-Up

New on ShortStops


Welcome to new online Irish literary magazine Crossways  – check out their ShortStops Page here!

 

 

 

Lit Mags

Here Comes Everyone is open for submissions for their Tomorrow issue, and new Irish online magazine Crossways is calling for submissions. Bunbury magazine unveils issue 18 and issue 19 is open for submissions, and the A3 Review has announced 6 new themes for you to submit work on.

 

Live Lit

There are two Twisted Love events being held by Hand of Doom Producitions, in Folkestone and Faversham, on Feb 16 and 17. Telling Tales is calling for submissions for its Feb 17th event in Bristol – and audience members, and Story Friday is calling for submissions for its “home”-themed event on 9 March in Bath.

 

Competitions

Words and Women announces the winners of its 2017/2018 competition.

January Round-Up

Happy New Year from ShortStops Towers! Here’s to a year filled with short stories, great reading, performing and writing!

New on the site: We welcome new Leicester Live Lit Night, Buzzword – check out their ShortStops Page here!

Lit Mags

The Shadow Booth Vol. 1, a new journal of weird and eerie fiction, is out now, and the brand new issue of Here Comes Everyone, the Brutal Issue, is out. Fictive Dream is open to submissions of stories from 500-2500 words with a contemporary feel.

Competitions

Two days left to enter the London Independent Story Prize, which closes on January 10th. The Squat Pen Rests short story competition is open til January 19th and six finalists will read their stories at a live event in Swindon on January 26th. Reflex Fiction announces its Autumn 2017 winners, it’s Winter 2017 longlist, and opens the Spring 2018 contest to submissions.

December round-up

Lit Mags

We’re delighted to welcome two new lit mags to our list: Use Your Words, “open to submissions of all kinds; poetry, short stories, personal essays and anything in between”, and the Arts Foundry, “a website and journal based in the Black Country, championing regional art and writing”.

Fictive Dream has a special call for submissions for Flash Fiction February. Open Pen releases its 20th issue, and the A3 Review’s 7th issue is here. Bunbury has a new issue, Fallout, and Palm-sized Press’ ‘Retrospective’ zine is now available for pre-order. Spelk is open to flash fiction submissions.

Anthologies

Hometown Tales are looking for writers from Wales and the south-west for their new series of anthologies.

Live Lit

Talking Tales is holding their next event on Dec 9th in Bristol.

Competitions

The Ruth Rendell short story competition closes on December 22. The Casket of Fictional Delights has announced its 2017 Flash Fiction competition winners, and Reflex Fiction has announced its summer 2017 winners

November Round-Up

Lit Mags

Competitions

Words and Women are counting down to their competition deadline on Nov 15th and asking you to polish that prose. The Casket of Fictional Delights has announced its 2017 Flash Fiction competition winners, and Reflex Fiction has announced its summer 2017 winners – its Winter 2017 Flash Fiction competition is open until November 30th. and the Ruth Rendell short story competition is open until December 22.

Live Lit

White Rabbit is celebrating World Kindness Day on November 13th with a free storytelling event in London. Story Fridays gets the shivers – and wants your storiesfor its ‘haunting’ event in Bath, deadline Nov 13th. There’s even more Smut Slam across the UK in November. 

October Round-Up

Lit Mags

Competitions

Words and Women writing competition for women writers is open to entries, deadline November 15th, and Reflex Fiction’s Winter 2017 Flash Fiction competitionis now open, deadline November 30th.The Walter Swan Short Story Prize is now open to submissions, deadline 16 October, and the Ruth Rendell short story competition is open until December 22.

Live Lit

Talking Tales is calling for submissions for its event as part of the Bristol Festival of Literature on Oct 28th. Solstice Shorts is calling for submissions on the theme of “dusk” for its festival on December 21st.

Workshops

London Lit Lab is running a Write and Edit A Story In A Weekend Workshop, Oct 7-8th. Words and Women have launched a series of Writing Sundays in Norwich in September and October.

September Round-Up

Lit Mags

Bunbury has a call for submissions for Issue 18. The A3 Review is all about Silver, Gold and Some Hard Cash with their silver-themed contest and new submission themes. Fictive Dream wants your stories, and Dopplegänger has blogged with a call for submissions. Tales from the Forest has several upcoming themed deadlines. Fairlight Books has launched a new platform for literary fiction. Shooter magazine has opened submissions for its next issue, ‘New Life’.

Workshops

London Lit Lab is running a Write and Edit A Story In A Weekend Workshop, Oct 7-8th. Get a free short story critique with the Writers HQ online writing short fiction course, which begins Sep 18th. Words and Women have launched a series of Writing Sundays in Norwich in September and October.There are two free writing workshops in Devon on medieval murder and 17th century romance on Sept 14th  – and a free Writing & Walking “walkshop” in Bristol on 15th September.

Live Lit

Story Fridays is calling for submissions on the theme of Speed of Light for their next event in Bath, and Stroud Short Stories want stories from Gloucs writers for their November event. There’s more Smut Slam in September. Speed book-clubbing with four shorts translated from Chinese and a discussion with translators is being held in London tomorrow, September 5th.

Short Story Publishers

Arachne Press is celebrating 5 years of short stories and more with a party on Friday 8 Sept, London.

Competitions

The Walter Swan Short Story Prize is now open to submissions, deadline 16 October, and the Ruth Rendell short story competition is open until December 22. The Casket of Fictional Delights has unveiled its flash fiction competition longlist. Reflex Fiction brings us Autumn news about its flash fiction contests.

August Round-Up

Lit Mags

The A3 Review is all about Silver, Gold and Some Hard Cash with their silver-themed contest and new submission themes. Fictive Dream wants your stories, and Dopplegänger has blogged with a call for submissions. Bunbury magazine now comes to you in the flesh, in physical form.

Tales from the Forest has several upcoming themed deadlines. Palm-Sized Press is now open for flash fiction submissions, and Fairlight Books has launched a new platform for literary fiction. Shooter magazine has opened submissions for its next issue, ‘New Life’.

 

Anthologies & Pamphlets

Normal Deviation is seeking short stories based on one weird pic, deadline Aug 31.

 

Competitions

The Walter Swan Short Story Prize is now open to submissions, deadline 16 October, and the Ruth Rendell short story competition is open until December 22. The Casket of Fictional Delights has unveiled its flash fiction competition longlist. Reflex Fiction brings us Autumn news about its flash fiction contests.

Workshops & Live Events

Speed book-clubbing with four shorts translated from Chinese and a discussion with translators is being held in London on September 5th. There are two free writing workshops in Devon on medieval murder and 17th century romance on Sept 14th  – and a free Writing & Walking “walkshop” in Bristol on 15th September.

July Round-Up II

Lit Mags

We’re delighted to welcome FOUR new lit mags to our list, do check them out:

Dopplegänger: “x 6 short stories, in print, twice a year. x 3 of those stories will be realist. x 3 will be magical realist.”
Ellipsis Zine: “an online publication for beautifully written fiction & creative nonfiction. 1,000 words or fewer, any genre.”
Idle Ink: “an independent zine published in Hull which features the weird and wonderful inner workings of emerging creatives”
Palm-Sized Press: “a small independent press based in the North East of England, which accepts writing from all over the world.”

And Dopplegänger has already blogged with a call for submissions. Fictive Dreamwould also like your stories, and Shooter magazine has opened submissions for its next issue, ‘New Life’. DNA mag wants your submissions for Issue 2 by tonight, Monday July 24th.

 

Live Lit

Flashers Club announces its next event, on Aug 3rd, in Cheltenham. There are more Smut Slams around the country this summer. Talking Tales is still open to submissions for its 15th event, on Aug 12th in Bristol.

Anthologies & Pamphlets

V. Press is open for flash pamphlet submissions until tonight, July 24th, and Normal Deviation is seeking short stories based on one weird pic.

Competitions & Courses

Reflex Fiction brings us Autumn news about its flash fiction contests. Writers HQ has an online course for anyone whose short story might want to be a novel, beginning Aug 7th.

July Round-Up

Dear short story lovers, if you are on twitter, could you spare a minute to vote in our Twitter poll, asking what UK short story writers want, as research for an article I am writing for Mslexia?
Thanks, and happy July!

Tania

Lit Mags

Shooter magazine has opened submissions for its next issue, ‘New Life’. DNA mag instructs you to read Issue 1 and submit for Issue 2. Token Magazine also wants submissions for its second issue on the theme of ‘bodies’ and issue 16 of Bunbury is here. Popshot magazine wants your writing for its ‘Light’ issue, and Fictive Dream wants your stories.

Anthologies

Live Lit

 Talking Tales is open to submissions for its 15th event, on Aug 12th in Bristol. Flashers Club brings you news about its next event in August in Cheltenham.

June Round-Up

Lit Mags & Anthologies

Popshot magazine wants your writing for its ‘Light’ issue. Tales from the Forest announces a bunch of issues, and Breadless Crust returns with a call for submissions. Short Fiction announces their competition longlist and other stories, and Fictive Dream wants your stories. The A3 Review wants you to vote now and help them decide. The Ham has launched Issue #2. Here Comes Everyone is calling for submissions for their next issue, ‘Brutal’.

Live Lit

Smut Slam is continuing its UK tour in June. Story Friday is calling for submissions on the theme of ‘South’ for its June event in Bath. Flashers Club brings you news about its next event in August in Cheltenham. White Rabbit is hosting a story cabaret as a fundraiser for Refugee Week in June. The UK’s first Flash Fiction Festival is being held in Bath on June 24th and 25th.

Competitions

The V S Pritchett Memorial Prize closes today, 14 June. Ouen Press has announced the results of their 2016 short story competition.

May Round-Up II

Hello short story fans, welcome to the second round-up in May of what’s been going on here on the blog over the past few weeks, from new issues of lit mags to calls for submission for live lit, journals and competitions.
Happy reading!
Best wishes,
Tania

Lit Mags & Anthologies

The Ham has launched Issue #2, and The A3 Review instructs you to Behave Yourself and Submit. Here Comes Everyone is calling for submissions for their next issue, ‘Brutal’. The Nottingham Review launches Issue 7 and a call for submissions, and Fictive Dream celebrates their first birthday.

 

Live Lit & Book Tours

Story Friday is calling for submissions on the theme of ‘South’ for its June event in Bath. Flashers Club brings you news about its next event in August in Cheltenham. White Rabbit is hosting a story cabaret as a fundraiser for Refugee Week in June. Smut Slam iscontinuing its UK tour in May. Talking Tales’ next event is at the Bath Fringe Festival on June 2nd. Also in Bath, the UK’s first Flash Fiction Festival is being held on June 24th and 25th.

 

Competitions

Don’t miss your chance to submit to the Casket of Fictional Delights’ flash fiction competition – which closes on 31 May, as does  the Reflex summer flash fiction competition. The Dorset Fiction Award is accepting entries until 10 June, and the V S Pritchett Memorial Prize is open, deadline 14 June. Ouen Press has announced the results of their 2016 short story competition.

 

Workshops & Courses