Invite to indie press The Siren’s book launch: Fugue Vol. II

Dear Short Fiction fans,

The Siren Press invites you to the launch of Fugue Vol. II – the second volume of contemporary short stories in the Fugue anthology series.

Find out  more about The Siren Press here.

Featuring a group of explorative short story authors, writing to you from outside the construct of the thematic anthology, the ‘Fuguists’ bring to you an exceptional array of contemporary short fiction. Crafted in ways that play with traditional notions of short story form and content, accompanied by the equally disquieting illustrations of artist Alexandru Savescu, Fugue Vol. II is set to inspire and enthral.

We invite you to join us for author readings, a print exhibition of the illustrations featured in the anthology and drinks, at Enitharmon, one of Britain’s most enterprising and independent presses:

Enitharmon Press, 10 Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JL

Friday 24th July 2015

6.30pm – 9.30pm

Please RSVP here via Eventbrite

The Fuguists:

Brandon Robshaw, Alyson Hallett, Catherine McNamara, L. D. Lapinski, Clare Fisher, Sally Oliver, C. G. Menon, Darren Lee

Step into the visceral world of Fugue, and open your eyes to the blood soaked streets of Norfolk Drive; feel the weight of the brooding eyes that watch you from the confines of “the hole in the wall”; play detective and solve a murder that occurs in the space of another person’s dream; follow your feet into your past and metamorphose into the mythical creature whose image haunts you.

Fugue II continues the theme of disorientation and probing the unsettling, fantastically hilarious and often exceptionally dark minds of some of today’s most exciting short fiction writers. The Fugue series prides itself on featuring characters with divergent viewpoints of everyday reality, and hopes to promote alternative ways of experiencing and describing our world.

Please come along, all welcome!

The Siren

Invitation to the launch of The Siren’s first anthology, FUGUE!

We at The Siren are delighted to invite you to the launch of our first book, FUGUE.

Fugue: A Collection of Contemporary Short Stories, is a modern and eclectic take on a resurgent art form: short fiction. Intelligent, amusing and often rather dark, FUGUE’s authors take a wander into bizarre worlds, visiting situations such as the possibility of romance between man and machine, the unfortunate consequences of living in an adult anxiety dream, and the course of action you must take should you find that your city is beginning to melt around you.

FUGUE’s authors include many prize winners, including writers short listed for the Bath Short Story Award and the National Book Foundation’s 5 under 35 award.

We would be absolutely delighted if the ShortStops family would be able to attend the launch, which will be on the 24th October at 7pm at the London Review Bookshop (nearest tube Holborn).

There will be wine, readings from the authors, and a whole cohort of interesting people to chat with (all of whom have a similar interest in short fiction!!) Please RSVP to if you are able to support us there!    -The Siren Team


Get published in The Siren’s first anthology!

Why, hello there.

I guess you must have heard that The Siren is publishing our first anthology this summer. Exciting, isn’t it? There really isn’t enough quality short-fiction in the market place. And the stuff there is doesn’t seem to be of great quality. So, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to solve this by featuring you, our talented writers, in a quirky, original short-story anthology. One that’s sure to be a hit.

What we need from you is your writing experience, your skill and your time. We want to see strange stories, dark stories, humourous and downright surreal stories. But most importantly, we want to see that writing, as a craft of infinite complexities, is still thriving. Steer away from clichéd terms, from common-place themes and bland, unsophisticated plot-lines. What we all need to read is something that is that little bit different. Think Murukami!

Now onto the details. We recommend that your entry is of a minimum of 1000 words, and no more than 2500. Although we are a little flexible with this! The deadline for entry has been extended to finish on MARCH 15th. Submit your draft, if you have one, as early as you like, and we can get back to you with regards to the possibility of it fitting in with our aims and style. There is always the opportunity to rework successful submissions until the closing date.

Submit by following this link: 

Please get in contact if you have any queries. Good Luck!

– The Editor