May Round-Up

Live Lit & Book Tours

Lit Mags & Anthologies

The Nottingham Review launches Issue 7 and a call for submissions, and Fictive Dream celebrates their first birthday. The A3 Review tells us about its new things: An issue, A Contest and A3 on Instagram. Bunbury is back with Issue 15 and some exciting news.

Competitions

Ouen Press has announced the results of their 2016 short story competition. The Casket of Fictional Delights’ flash fiction competition 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.

Workshops & Courses

April Round-Up

Lit Mags & Anthologies

The A3 Review tells us about its new things: An issue, A Contest and A3 on Instagram. Bunbury is back with Issue 15 and some exciting news. Fictive Dream is open to submissions of short stories and flash fiction. DNA magazine asks if writing for DNA magazine is on your list of things to do. to be published in 2018.

Competitions

The Casket of Fictional Delights is running a flash fiction competition, deadline 31 May.  The 2017 Crediton Short Story Competition is now accepting entries, deadline 20 April, and you have until April 26th to enter the Shooter short story competition. The Reflex summer flash fiction competition is now open, deadline May 31.

Live Lit & Book Tours

Arachne Press presents Liam Hogan on a book tour for his new short story collection, Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed. While Talking Tales’ submissions are now closed,they’d like to invite you to their next event on April 22nd in Bristol.  Hand of Doom iscalling for submissions from Kent writers for its May event.  Stroud Short Stories isopen to submissions, deadline April 22nd, for their 21st May event in Stroud.  Here are the April dates for the Smut Slam UK tour. The UK’s first Flash Fiction Festival is being held in Bath on June 24th and 25th.

Workshops & Courses

 

March Round-Up II

Lit Mags & Anthologies

DNA magazine asks if writing for DNA magazine is on your list of things to do, and Bunbury would like you to vote for them in the Saboteur awards.

Chroma magazine is calling for submissions around the colour red for its first issue. England’s Future History wants your end-of-the-world stories by March 31st, and Fictive Dream would like your stories. Tales From The Forest has a call for submissions for Issue #5. Cornish Short Stories wants your stories set in Cornwall for an anthology to be published in 2018.

 

Competitions

The Print Express children’s short story competition closes on March 31st,  as does the  Short Fiction Prize 2017 – and the National Flash Fiction Day MicroFiction competition. Flash submissions for the NFFD anthology are open until April 14th. The2017 Crediton Short Story Competition is now accepting entries, deadline 20 April, and you have until April 26th to enter the Shooter short story competition. The Reflex summer flash fiction competition is now open, deadline May 31.

 

Live Lit & Festivals

The UK’s first Flash Fiction Festival is being held in Bath on June 24th and 25th. Stroud Short Stories is open to submissions, deadline April 22nd, for their 21st May event in Stroud.  Smut Slam continues its UK tour in March.

Workshops & Courses

 

March Round-Up I

Lit Mags & Anthologies

We’re delighted to welcome DNA magazine to our Lit Mags list: “devoted to the craft of detailing personal memories. We’re looking for 300-500 word non-fiction stories about real lives – of people, objects or places.” Check them out!

Chroma magazine is calling for submissions around the colour red for its first issue. Spelk is open for submissions of flash fiction until March 12th and England’s Future History wants your end-of-the-world stories by March 31st. Fictive Dream would like your stories, and Tales From The Forest has a call for submissions for Issue #5. Cornish Short Stories wants your stories set in Cornwall for an anthology to be published in 2018. and Number Eleven’s Issue 9 is now live.

Live Lit

Stroud Short Stories is open to submissions, deadline April 22nd, for their 21st May event in Stroud. Story Sunday is holding its next event on March 19th, in Bristol. Smut Slam continues its UK tour in March.

Competitions

Deadline is today (March 13th) for the SOURCE magazine Words X Images competition! Submit your flashes to the National Flash Fiction Day MicroFiction competition by March 31st and to the NFFD anthology by April 14th.

The Short Fiction Prize 2017 closes  on March 31st. The 2017 Crediton Short Story Competition is now accepting entries, deadline 20 April, and you have until April 26th to enter the Shooter short story competitionWin a place on the Swanwick Summer School in August.

Workshops & Courses

February Round-Up

Live Lit

Story Sunday wants your stories on the theme of “Another Country” for their next event, on March 19th, in Bristol. Talking Tales #12 is in Bristol on Feb 18th, with a “Bad Erotica” theme, and Hand of Doom present Twisted Love: An Antidote to Valentine’s,two nights of alternative love stories, in Faversham on Feb 14th & 17th. Smut Slam continues its UK tour throughout February.
 

Lit Mags

Fictive Dream would like your stories, and Token Magazine is calling for submissions for its first issue, with a particular focus on BAME writers. Number Eleven’s Issue 9 is now live. Tales From The Forest has a call for submissions for Issue #5.
 

Competitions

The Shooter short story competition is now open, deadline April 26th. Win a place on the Swanwick Summer School in August. The inaugural Reflex Flash Fiction competition is now open, deadline 28th Feb, and the Short Fiction Prize 2017 is openfor entries, deadline March 31st. The 2017 Crediton Short Story Competition is now accepting entries, deadline 20 April.

Anthologies

Stories for Homes Vol 2, an anthology raising money for the charity Shelter, is open for submissions until TOMORROW Feb 14th. Cornish Short Stories wants your stories set in Cornwall for an anthology to be published in 2018.
 

January Round-Up II

Lit Mags

We’re delighted to welcome two new lit mags to our list, one online and one print: Tales From The Forest “an online literary and art magazine…we release a new issue every 3 months. Each issue is based on a theme or phrase” and TOKEN Magazine, “an arts and literature zine that gives a voice to those who are rarely  given one.” Do check them out. Tales From The Forest has written its first blog post with a call for submissions for Issue #5.

Submissions are open for Shooter Issue #6: Bad Girls, Fictive Dream published its 50th post and is also calling for submissions. Popshot is still open for submissions for the ‘Future’ issue until Jan 26th.

 

Live Lit

Words Away is holding its January salon TONIGHT, Monday Jan 23rd, with Stella Duffytalking about writing short stories. Smut Slam launched in the UK this month, and Arachne Press are taking Shortest Day, Longest Night anthology on tour. Calling all flashers for the February Flashers’ Club in Cheltenham on Feb 9th.

Competitions

The A3 Review’s Leaders and Followers contest is now open, deadline Jan 28th and the2017 Crediton Short Story Competition is now accepting entries, deadline 20 April. The Short Fiction Prize 2017 is open for entries, deadline March 31st, and theinaugural Reflex Flash Fiction competition is now open, deadline 28th Feb.

 

Anthologies 

Workshops

The London Lit Lab are holding a one-day intensive beginners’ workshop on Jan 28th, in London. Bideford Bay Creatives are running a one day workshop on Feb 4th entitled “The People’s History – An Historical Fiction Creative Writing Workshop”, in Bideford Bay.

January Round-Up I

Happy New Year, short story lovers! May 2017 be filled with great writing & reading!
Best wishes,
Tania

Lit Mags

Here Comes Everyone is calling for submissions for its Toys & Games issue, deadline tomorrow Jan 10th. Fictive Dream published its 50th post and is also calling for submissions. Popshot is still open for submissions for the ‘Future’ issue.The Ham is open for submissions for ‘Change & Stasis’-themed Issue #2.  Brilliant Flash Fiction’s Aftermath writing contest deadline is Jan 15th. Structo has a new issue, a shortlisting and a rolling call for submissions.

Live Lit

We welcome a new event to our Live Lit List: The Speakeasy, a live event for short stories and flash fiction in Bath. Smut Slam is launching in the UK next week, and Arachne Press are taking Shortest Day, Longest Night anthology on tour. Calling all flashers for the February Flashers’ Club in Cheltenham on Feb 9th. You can watch/listen to Stroud Short Stories’ events on their YouTube Channel. 

Competitions

The Short Fiction Prize 2017 is open for entries, deadline March 31st, and the inaugural Reflex Flash Fiction competition is now open, deadline 28th Feb.

Anthologies

 

December Round-Up

Live Lit

Read Paper Republic are organising Dragonworld, an evening of genre-bending new fiction from China, in London tonight, Dec 12th. Hand of Doom productions presents Festive Phantoms & Yuletide Yarns in Folkestone on Dec 16th.  And Smut Slam is happening in London on Jan 11th. You can watch/listen to Stroud Short Stories’ events on their YouTube Channel. Arachne Press are taking their Liberty Tales anthology on tour.Story Fridays Ice is open for submissions for their event  in Bath on Jan 13th. TheSolstice Shorts Festival is being held in London on Dec 21st. Flashers Club blogged about their first event and announced their second, in Cheltenham on Feb 9th.

Lit Mags

Fictive Dream wishes you season’s greetings and is open for submissions. Popshot is also open for submissions for their ‘Future’ issue. The Ham is open for submissions for Issue #2 and is having a launch party for Issue #1 and Spelk wants your flash fiction. Brilliant Flash Fiction has blogged about their Aftermath writing contest, deadline Jan 15th. Structo has a new issue, a shortlisting and a rolling call for submissions.

 

November Round-Up II

Lit Mags

Many lit mags want your stories! The Ham is open for submissions for Issue #2 and is having a launch party for Issue #1 and Spelk wants your flash fiction. Fictive Dreams says thank you and they are open to submissions.Brilliant Flash Fiction has blogged about their Aftermath writing contest, deadline Jan 15th. Structo has a new issue, a shortlisting and a rolling call for submissions.

Live Lit

Story Fridays Ice is open for submissions for their event  in Bath on Jan 13th. Read Paper Republic are organising Dragonworld, an evening of genre-bending new fiction from China, in London on Dec 12th. Talking Tales is open to submissions for its next event, Talking Tales #11, on Dec 10th in Bristol.The Solstice Shorts Festival is being held in London on Dec 21st. Flashers Clubblogged about their first event and announced their second, in Cheltenham on Feb 9th.

Competitions

The Bristol Short Story Prize is now open for entries, deadline May 3 2017.

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.

Competitions

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.

October Round-Up II

Lit Mags

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. Fictive Dream have announced their October call for submissions, and Flight Journal wants your microfiction for issue #3. The Lonely Crowd blogged with their most recent news.

Competitions

You have until Nov 15th to submit to Words and Women’s annual prose competition for women in the East of England and a new national award for women over 40, and Tears in the Fence magazine’s first flash fiction competition is now open for entries, deadline Nov 19th (and not, as mentioned in the newsletter, Jan 7 2017)

Live Lit

Hand of Doom is presenting Spooky Stories for Grownups in Folkestone on October 28th. White Rabbit is teaming up with London Dreamtime to tell Spooky Stories for Familiies at Farmopolis in London on Oct 30th. Flashers Club are holding theirinaugural open mic night on Nov 10th.

Other Calls for Submission

October Round-Up I

Lit Mags

Another lit mag joins our Lit Mags list: Irisi is a “new online platform, which co-founding sisters, Mairead and Caitlin Gillespie, aim to fill with diverse contemporary literature and visual art from around the world”. Do check them out! The Nottingham Review has published its first book, Dots by Santino Prinzi, and the fifth issue of The A3 Review is here. Fictive Dream have announced their October call for submissions, and Flight Journal wants your microfiction for issue #3. The Lonely Crowd blogged with their most recent news.

Live Lit

The next Stroud Short Stories is at the Cheltenham Lit Fest tonight, October 10th.Talking Tales #22 will be held in Bristol on October 22nd as part of the Bristol Festival of Literature, and White Rabbit is teaming up with London Dreamtime to tell Spooky Stories for Familiies at Farmopolis in London on Oct 30th. Flashers Club are holding their inaugural open mic night on Nov 10th.

Workshops, Salons & Critique

Writers’ HQ’s new online six week short fiction course starts today, Oct 10th. Words Away has launching a new monthly creative writing salon in London. The A3 Review is offering a new short story and flash fiction critique service.

Competitions

You have until Nov 15th to submit to Words and Women’s annual prose competition for women in the East of England and a new national award for women over 40, and Tears in the Fence magazine’s first flash fiction competition is now open for entries, deadline Jan 7th 2017.

September Round-Up I

Lit Mags

New Writing Scotland announces Talking About Lobsters: New Writing Scotland 34and calls for submissions for NWS 35. Long Story, Short have launched an Indiegogo campaign to pay their writers more than exposure. Holdfast blogged about their print anthology #2 and call for submissions. Structo 15 is now online for free, and Fictive Dream have posted August news and a call for submissions. The Short Anthology has launched its second issue. Shooter lit mag would like your submissions on the theme of ‘Cities’

Live Lit & Festivals

Competitions

Workshops & Critique

Write & Shine are running new early morning writing classes, both online and in London.  The A3 Review has launched a new short story and flash fiction critique service.

August Round-Up i

 

Lit Mags

Into The Void is calling for submissions for Issue 2 and Hotel Magazine are now open for submissions for their third issue. Bunbury Issue 13 is here and they have some more exciting news. The summer issue of Jotters United is out, and Flight Journal issue 2 has just been published.

England’s Future History has published its first seven stories, painting a bleak future. Fictive Dream are calling for submissions, 500-2500 words, and Holdfast are calling for submissions for their fiction supplement: Brexit issue and have been nominated for a British Fantasy Society award

 

Live Lit & Festivals

The Small Wonder Short Story Festival is on from Sep 29th. Bernadette Russell isgiving free performances of some of her short stories for families throughout August in Greenwich. White Rabbit are calling for submissions on the theme of ‘Monsters’ for their next event.

Anthologies and Other Short-Story News

Competitions

The Elbow Room Prize is open, deadline August 14.

 

Workshops & Critique

Writers HQ are
launching a new online six-week short fiction course, and you can win a year’s access to their online writing courses, deadline Aug 14. The A3 Review has launched a new short story and flash fiction critique service, and the Literary Consultancy are offering a short story self-editing workshop in London in November.

 

July Round-Up II

Hello all, here’s a round-up of what’s been on our blog over the past few weeks, for all your reading, writing, watching and submitting needs!  We’re delighted to welcome several new lit mags to our Lit Mags List: Fictive Dream: “new online magazine dedicated to the short story…stories with a contemporary feel that give an insight into the human condition”, The Ham: “a new free physical publication showcasing quality short fiction, poetry, photography & illustration” and Wildness: “an online literary and arts journal that seeks to promote contemporary fiction, poetry and non-fiction that evokes the unknown”. Check them out!

Tania x

Lit Mags

Flight Journal issue 2 has just been published, and England’s Future History haspublished its first seven stories, painting a bleak future. Fictive Dream are calling for submissions, 500-2500 words, and Holdfast are calling for submissions for their fiction supplement: Brexit issue and have been nominated for a British Fantasy Society award. Hotel Magazine are calling for submissions for their third issue.

Live Lit

An evening of readings by flash fiction writers is taking place in Bath on July 29, and Talking Tales are calling for submissions for their next event in Bristol on Aug 13. Bernadette Russell is giving free performances of some of her short stories for families throughout August in Greenwich. White Rabbit are calling for submissions on the theme of ‘Monsters’ for their next event and have published their latest podcast, Dreams 1.

Last Minutes & Gentle Reminders

The deadline for the Sean O’Faolain short story competition is July 31st –  also the deadline for the Print Express flash fiction competition and for Brum Radio’s call for submissions of short stories for its Tall Tales show, from writers based in Birmingham/ West Midlands.

Workshops

The Literary Consultancy are offering a short story self-editing workshop in London in November. Win a year’s access to online writing courses with Writer’s HQ, deadline Aug 14, and the London Lit Lab is offering two creative writing courses in London.

Other Short-Story-Related News

Read Paper Republic has come to the end of its first season translating Chinese short stories and would like your feedback.

July Round-Up I

Hello all, here’s a round-up of what’s been on our blog over the past few weeks, for all your reading, writing, watching and submitting needs!

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The Print Express are running a flash fiction competition, deadline July 31. Ouen Press invite you to submit a short story on the theme of ‘The Journey’, by Oct 31st

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Hotel Magazine are calling for submissions for their third issue and Popshot is looking for submissions on the theme of ‘Hope’. Short Fiction unveils the cover for Issue 10, now available for pre-order.

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White Rabbit are calling for submissions on the theme of ‘Monsters’ for their next event and have published their latest podcast, Dreams 1.

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The Literary Consultancy are offering a short story self-editing workshop in London in November. Win a year’s access to online writing courses with Writer’s HQ, deadline Aug 14, and the London Lit Lab is offering two creative writing courses in London.
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Other Short-Story-Related News

Read Paper Republic has come to the end of its first season translating Chinese short stories and would like your feedback. And Brum Radio is calling for submissions of short stories for its Tall Tales show, from writers based in Birmingham/ West Midlands.

June Round-Up II

Hello all, here’s a round-up of what’s been on our blog over the past few weeks, for all your reading, writing, watching and submitting needs!

Tania x

Lit Mags

Popshot is looking for submissions on the theme of ‘Hope’. Short Fiction unveils the cover for Issue 10, now available for pre-order, and Hotel Issue #1 is now available.

Contests

Live lit night Liars League is running its first short story competition, together with the National Gallery, deadline June 30th, and Ambit magazine’s 2016 competitions for short stories and poetry are now open for entries, deadline 1 July. The Crediton Short Story Competition announces the winners. Ouen Press invite you to submit a short story on the theme of ‘The Journey’, by Oct 31st

Workshops and Festivals

Win a year’s access to online writing courses with Writer’s HQ, deadline Aug 14. Write and Shine is offering early morning writing workshops in London, and the London Lit Lab is offering two creative writing courses in London.

May Round-Up III

Hello, story lovers, we’re slipping in a third round-up just before June – here’s what’s been happening recently on the ShortStops blog… Don’t forget to check out our Twitter feed for more!
Tania x

Lit Mags

Contests

The Crediton Short Story Competition has announced its shortlistBath Flash Fiction Award entries open til June 12th, The Creative Future Literary Awards are accepting entries til June 13th on the theme ‘a sea change’, and the V S Pritchett Memorial Prize is now open to entries from writers resident in the UK, deadline June 20th.  Ouen Press invite you to submit a short story on the theme of ‘The Journey’ by Oct 31st

Workshops and Festivals

The Northern Short Story Festival is being held for the first time this year, in Leeds, on Sat June 4th. Write and Shine is offering early morning writing workshops in London, and the London Lit Lab is offering two creative writing courses in London.

Live Lit

Story Sunday in Bristol is calling for submissions for its July 3rd Midsummer Madness event, you are invited to Write a Bristol Flash to take part in a walk on National Flash Fiction Day, Talking Tales is on as part of the Bath Fringe Festival on June 5th, Bath, and the literary event Love, Life and Mortality is being held on Thurs 9th June in St John On The Wall, Bristol. Story Friday is calling for submissions for its June event on the theme of “solstice.”

Last Minutes & Gentle Reminders

The Still Point Journal is calling for submissions on the theme of ‘Digital Selves in Research’ by May 31st for an online symposium.The University of Sunderland’s inaugural Sunderland Short Story Award is accepting entries until June 1st, and the Brighton Prize 2016 closes on June 10th

May Round-Up II

Hello, story lovers, here’s what’s been happening recently on the ShortStops blog…

Tania x

Live Lit

A lot of activity in the south-west right now: Story Sunday in Bristol is calling for submissions for its July 3rd Midsummer Madness event, you are invited to Write a Bristol Flash to take part in a walk on National Flash Fiction Day, Talking Tales is onas part of the Bath Fringe Festival on June 5th, Bath, and the literary event Love, Life and Mortality is being held on Thurs 9th June in St John On The Wall, Bristol. Story Friday is calling for submissions for its June event on the theme of “solstice.”

Lit Mags

Flight Journal are calling for submissions for Issue 2, Avis Magazine have a final call for submissions, The A3 Review wants your best work on the five senses, and Bunbury has some amazing news for you.

Into the Void are calling for submissions for Issue 1, The Still Point Journal is calling for submissions on the theme of ‘Digital Selves in Research’ for an online symposium. Jotters United unveils Issue 22 and wants your stories for Issue 23.

Contests

Ouen Press invite you to submit a short story on the theme of ‘The Journey’, by Oct 31st. 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, Bath Flash Fiction Award entries open til June 12th, The Creative Future Literary Awards are accepting entries til June 13th on the theme ‘a sea change’, and the V S Pritchett Memorial Prize is now open to entries from writers resident in the UK, deadline June 20th.

Workshops and Festivals


The Northern Short Story Festival is being held for the first time
this year, in Leeds, on Sat June 4th. Write and Shine is offering early morning writing workshops in London, and the London Lit Lab is offering two creative writing courses in London.

May Round-Up I

Hello, story lovers, here’s what’s been happening recently on the ShortStops blog…
Tania x

Lit Mags

We’re delighted to welcome Into The Void magazine to the Lit Mags list: “a non-profit print and digital literary magazine dedicated to providing a platform for fantastic fiction, non-fiction and poetry”. They have already posted their first blog post, calling for submissions for Issue 1! The Still Point Journal is calling for submissions on the theme of ‘Digital Selves in Research’ for an online symposium. Jotters
United unveils Issue 22 and wants your stories for Issue 23, and the London Journal of Fiction would very much like you to send your writing too.Avis magazine is calling for submissions for issue 3, on the theme of “influence”.Bunbury has a favour to ask… Chroma want your stories for their first issue, based around the colour red.

Live Lit

Story Friday is calling for submissions for its June event on the theme of “solstice.”

Contests

England’s Future History announces the first three winners.  Bath Flash Fiction Award entries open til June 12th. The V S Pritchett Memorial Prize is now open to entries from writers resident in the UK, deadline June 20th. 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 Awardis June 12th. The Creative Future Literary Awards are accepting entries til June 13th on the theme ‘a sea change’.

 

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The London Lit Lab is offering two creative writing courses in LondonThat Killer First Page – Submitting to Competitions and Journals workshop is being held in Lancaster on May 7. And the new Words and Women anthology is out.

Last Minutes and Gentle Reminders

The Cardiff Review’s Short Story Award for new writers is open until May 15.