We welcome a new live lit event to our list: The Whole Story is a new poetry, prose and music night which takes place in London on every fourth Friday of the month.
Lit Mags & Anthologies
Here Comes Everyone wants your green-themed stories for its next issue by 10 Feb, and Guts Publishing is calling for submissions for its anthology on the theme of cyberlives, deadline 15 Feb.
The Quiet Man Dave prize, a new international prize for flash fiction and flash non-fiction, is now open for entries, deadline April 17. The Creative Future Writers Awards are open now for short fiction up to 2000 words, deadline May 30. Reflex Fiction announces its Autumn winners, and the spring competition for flash fiction between 180-360 words closes on Feb 29. The Short Fiction/ University of Essex prize for short stories up to 5000 words closes on March 31.
Live Lit & Festivals
Short Shorts is holding its Valentine’s Special in London on Friday Feb 14. Stroud Short Stories is calling for submissions by March 8 for its April event.
White Rabbit is calling for submissions for an evening of short stories in Ashford, Kent, on the theme of ‘Wonder’ in March 2020, deadline 14th Feb. Story Friday is calling for submissions for its Leap-themed event on Feb 28th in Bath, deadline 17th Feb.
Workshops & Courses
Haringey Live Lit is running another Novella Fever novella-writing course beginning at the end of February in London. Claire Keegan is running six days of short stories over six Saturdays in March and April in Dublin.
An international award for new and emerging flash fiction and flash non-fiction writers has been launched in memory of a popular Manchester-based writer and critic. The QuietManDave Prize will be run by the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University, in conjunction with the Manchester School of Theatre, named in honour of Dave Murray, a keen writer and theatre blogger, and lover of flash fiction and non-fiction, who passed away last year.
In recognition of Murray’s achievements and his passion for writing that he embraced later in life, the QuietManDave Prize offers awards of £1,000 for Flash Fiction and Flash Non-Fiction under 500 words, as well as runner-up prizes. the Flash Non-Fiction category open for everything from creative non-fiction – which weaves fact into the form of a story using the tools of fiction, to blog posts or theatre reviews, which were QuietManDave’s particular passions. Judges are ShortStops curator, poet and short story writer Tania Hershman, short story writer, essayist and poet Kate Feld, and Shane Kinghorn, Senior Lecturer in Drama and Contemporary Performance at Manchester Metropolitan.
Both prizes are open internationally to writers aged 16 or over – with award judges keen to encourage, discover and celebrate new writers, particularly those who have come to writing later in life. Sponsored entry is available for those who might not otherwise be able to participate. The deadline for entries is Friday April 17. Enter here
Work on a novella this Spring with tutor Kiare Ladner in Collage Writing Room’s cosy North London retreat and join a supportive writing community.
Wednesday evenings 6.45pm-9.15pm; Feb 26, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1; cost £99; venue Writing Room, 40 Cumberland Road, London N22 7SG. Contact Kate Pemberton at email@example.com for more information or to book a place.
Are you intrigued by the idea of writing a novella? Maybe you’re wondering how to finish that short story that keeps getting longer and longer… or you have a novel that’s run out of steam. Perhaps it wants to be a novella?
Although still very popular in Europe, the novella is a neglected form in the UK in these days of ‘more bang for your buck’ doorstop novels. So why not do something different with this year’s writing resolution and get Novella Fever with short story writer and author, Kiare Ladner. Kiare’s short stories have been shortlisted or received honourable mentions in competitions including the BBC National Short Story Award, the Bridport Prize, the Short Fiction Competition among others and appeared in Ambit Magazine. Kiare’s debut novel Nightshift will be published by Picador in 2021. Here’s what she says about the course:
“In six weeks, we will aim to make a start on (or even finish) drafting a novella. There will be plenty of exercises in class, and the opportunity for your work/ideas to be work-shopped by your peers. We will look at the various elements of fiction: creating characters, plot and structure, dialogue, editing, point of view, voice and tenses. The focus will be on examining the craft, as well as on your own writing practice, and lots of published works will be referenced for your information.
During intensive weekly sessions, we will discuss what gives the novella form its particular power. We will also think about the value of the instinctive in our writing and the general shape a story of this length this may take.”
All levels welcome.
Stroud Short Stories is currently open for submissions for its special 20th event which is dedicated to Stroud writer Rick Vick who sadly died at the end of November. There were obituaries for Rick in The Times and The Guardian. Here is the latter.
The event is for all Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire writers. The theme this time is DISRUPTION. Submissions are free and you may submit unpublished or published stories. Ten stories will be selected and their authors will read/perform them at our event.
The deadline is the end of Sunday 8 March and the event is on Sunday 19 April at the 150-seater Cotswold Playhouse. Tickets will go on sale on 20 March.
Reflex Fiction is a quarterly international flash fiction competition for stories between 180 and 360 words. We operate a choose your own entry fee system.
Autumn 2019 Winners
At the end of December, we published the three winning stories from our Autumn 2019 flash fiction competition as chosen by Naomi Booth. Here are the winners and links to the stories:
You can read Naomi’s thoughts on the winning stories here.
Winter 2019 Long-List
We’ve also just published the long-list for our Winter 2019 competition and have started publishing stories as we count down to the announcement of the winners at the end of March.
Spring 2020 – Choose your own entry fee
We’re also accepting entries for our Spring 2020 competition. For this round, we’re delighted to have flash-fiction legend Kathy Fish as our judge.
We’re continuing with our choose-your-own-entry-fee system. If the suggested entry fee of £7 is prohibitive, just pay what you can afford. If you’d like to support a writer who can’t afford the full fee, why not add a pound or two? More details on our website.
Here are the important details:
Prizes: £1,000 first, £500 second, £250 third (or the equivalent in your local currency)
Entry Fee: Choose your own
Entries close: 29 February 2020
Judge: Kathy Fish
SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY
Stories About Cyber Lives
Guts Publishing. Ballsy books about life. An independent publisher in London specializing in short story anthologies, fiction & nonfiction, and often with poetry. We also publish full-length memoirs. Our goal is to support exceptional writers to ensure that readers can find bold life stories (and that other stuff they call fiction) in the marketplace.
On 28 November 2019 we released our debut anthology Stories About Penises, a collection of 21 poems and short stories about, well exactly what it sounds like. We have some nice reviews on our website, and also on Goodreads.
We are thrilled to announce that we are open for submissions for our next anthology Stories About Cyber Lives. Seeking poetry and short stories (fiction & nonfiction) by UK writers. Which means anyone currently living in the UK, or anyone who was born in the UK. Closing date is 15 February 2020. This is wide open and anything goes (poetry, memoir, erotica, literary fiction, sci fi, lgbt, etc) as long as it aligns with the theme.
For details visit gutspublishing.com/submissions and our Submittable page.
We can’t wait to read your stories! xx Guts