Upcoming deadline for Tales From The Forest

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Tales From The Forest is welcoming standalone submissions or interlinking pieces for our issues #6, #7 and #8.

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Issue #6: “How It Begins” – To allow our triptych format, the sixth issue will be focused on beginnings. The first words spoken, the first meeting, the first time something appears or disappears. The Start Of Something. Deadline September 3rd 2017.

Our cover for issue #6, courtesy of Larry Dunne:

How It Begins

Cover for issue #6

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Issue #7: “Continuity” – The midpoint. Send us art and stories that started elsewhere (in issue 6, or not), send us re-occurrences, send us the realisation of things changing or staying exactly the same. The Middle Of Something. Deadline December 3rd 2017.

Issue #8: “Ever After” – The ending. We want to see how things fall apart or come back together. Happy or sad, alive or otherwise, “fare thee well” or “come with me.” Deadline March 4th 2018.

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Stories: Max 1,500 words for individual pieces, 4,500 for a piece that spans all 3 issues.
Art & Poetry : No limitations.

Submissions to talesfromtheforest.mag@gmail.com. This is an unpaid opportunity, with no entry fee. We are open to work that has been printed elsewhere. We maintain the right to publish and archive your work. All other rights remain with the author or artist.

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Medieval Murder and 17th Century Romance – Two free workshops in Devon

‘Cullopmton’s Wool Trade, Coldharbour Mill and the Walronds –

 A Historical Fiction Romance and Adventure Creative Short Story Workshop’.

Thursday the 14th of September – Free Morning Workshop

(9.45am registration and a 10am start. Finish at 12 o’clock.)

To book contact:  cullompton.library@librariesunlimited.org.uk

 

 

Your Workshop Facilitator will be Myfanwy (Vanni) Cook, who is currently the ‘New Voices’ Feature Editor for ‘The Historical Novel Society Review Magazine’ and an Associate Fellow at two Universities. She is the author of ‘Historical Fiction Writing – A practical guide and tool-kit’ and is passionate about bringing local history alive.

www.historicalnovelsociety.org  

https://twitter.com/MyfanwyCook

Thursday the 14th of September – Free Afternoon Workshop

The “Golgotha” and St. Andrew’s Church –A Historical Crime Fiction Creative Short Story Workshop

for those who enjoy the writing of Ellis Peters and Umberto Eco

(1.45pm Registration and a 2pm start. Finish at 4pm.)

To book contact:  cullompton.library@librariesunlimited.org.uk

Come discover our new platform for literary fiction

Are you a fan or aspiring writer of literary fiction? Fairlight Books, a new Oxford-based publisher, is accepting submissions for its online short story publishing programme. Our mission is to champion good writing and bring eager readers and writers together. Our website is a showcase for the writing we believe readers shouldn’t miss, and we are currently receiving submissions for our short story programme. Our online portal is freely available to readers, because we want talented writers to come to public attention, and because we think the short story should get more attention than it does.

If you are a budding writer, but still unsure whether to submit any of your stories with us please head on over to our website for more information.  Our website has all the information you need to submit your work with us, as well as some truly interesting articles, advice and interviews reflecting our general love for books and reading: http://www.fairlightbooks.co.uk/about-us/

Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition 2017

Tuesday 1st August 2017 sees the launch of the sixth biennial Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition hosted by the award-winning charity InterAct Stroke Support.

The short story competition was first launched in 2008 and the challenge remains the same: writers are requested to write a piece, in any genre, in no more than 1000 words. The winner of the competition will write four further stories for InterAct Stroke Support over the course of one year and will receive £1000.

The closing date for submissions is Friday 22nd December 2017 and first place will be awarded at the winner’s ceremony in 2018 (date and venue to be confirmed).

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Baroness Ruth Rendell, a beloved patron, judge and friend of InterAct put her name to the award after the first short story competition in 2008 and sadly passed away in 2015. The competition continues to inspire writers in her honour.

 

InterAct Stroke Support is the only UK charity dedicated to supporting stroke recovery by using professional actors to deliver hospital readings and community projects. InterAct specialises in delivering stimulating and inspiring short stories specially selected to suit the needs of stroke patients.  The readings are designed to assist recovery by improving mood, stimulating the brain and providing a much-needed creative outlet.

Stories of any genre can be submitted by email or post and the submission fee is £15.00 per story. Please find more details and terms and conditions of entry on the InterAct Stroke Support website: www.interactstrokesupport.org/news

 

Palm-Sized Press call for submissions

Originally founded as an online flash fiction writing community, Palm-Sized Press is now open to submissions for its debut print zine. Flash fiction up to 500 words and black & white artwork on the theme ‘Retrospective’ will be considered until 6 August.

Responses submitted to the monthly prompts will also be considered through August. Anyone can submit a response, as long as it is no longer than 500 words.

For more information about submissions, see our website.

Happy writing!
E.M. Killaley
Editor

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.

Reflex Fiction Autumn 2017 & Other News

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It’s been a busy couple of weeks at Reflex Fiction. At the end of June, we published the winning stories from our inaugural competition. You can read the winning stories here.

At the beginning of July, we published the long-list for our Summer competition. You can read the long-list here. We’ve already started publishing some of our favourite non-longlisted stories as we count down to the publication of the winners at the end of September.

And becuase Reflex Fiction is a rolling competition, we are accepting entries for our Autumn 2017 competition:

Prize fund: £1,750 (approx. $2,250 / €2,040)
Prizes: £1,000 first, £500 second, £250 third
Entry Fee: £7 / $9 / €9
Entries close: August 31, 2017
Judge: Tim Stevenson

SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY