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

Talking Tales @ Bath Fringe – 2nd June

 

Talking Tales iStokes Croft Writerss going back to the Bath Fringe Festival on 2nd June.

You may remember that Banksy came along last year – but was stood up by Jane Austen. So in 2017 there’ll be ‘Even More Banksy…’ as the ever hopeful Stokes Croft Writers take the best stories from Bristol and beyond to grace the stage at Burdall’s Yard.

Talking Tales earned a rare and coveted 5-Star review at last year’s Fringe. In 2017, we want to do even better.

So we don’t just need submissions (all your own work – no more than 7 minutes when read), we need your best work. We need stories that will amuse and entertain a Friday night audience. We need humour and laughs. We need EPIC!

Think shining wit, think props, think glitter and submit your works to stokescroftwriters@gmail.com by midnight on 19th May 2017.

You can BUY TICKETS HERE and come along:

…venue:    Burdall’s Yard, 7A Anglo Terrace, Avon, Bath BA1 5NH.

…time:       8pm on Friday 2nd June 2017.

…join-in:    the ‘finish the lines’ competition – win a badge.

 

Tales for the month of May

Come and listen to some tales of May madness, Mayans and a certain hairy rock star at Hand of Doom’s May-themed story nights in Kent.

They take place in Folkestone on Friday, May 19 at the Grand Hotel, The Leas, and the following evening, Saturday, May 20, in Faversham at The Guidhall, both from 7.45pm for an 8pm start.

For more information, please go to Facebook Hand of Doom Productions

 

 

 

Smut Slam: May

In May Cameryn Moore brings even more Smut Slam nights to the UK

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where sex and storytelling collide

You know what a poetry slam is, and maybe you know about story slams, too. Now it’s time for London’s first-ever SMUT SLAM, a fast-paced storytelling open mic based on real life, real lust, real sex. The Smut Slam features real-life, first-person sex stories, guest stories from our panel of celebrity judges, and also THE FUCKBUCKET, a convenient and funnily named receptacle for all your anonymous questions and confessions!

In April Cameryn was stuck in Berlin (long story) and so some of the nights had exciting replacement guest hosts, but for May Cameryn is BACK and she’s also bringing her SMUT SLAM Cabaret to the Brighton Fringe!

Tuesday 9th May: SMUT SLAM Bristol: Spring Fever! at The Brunswick Club (16 Brunswick Square, Bristol, BS2 8NX )

Wednesday 10th May: Stand Up Tragedy Presents SMUT SLAM London: BACK at the Dogstar (389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LQ )

Sunday 11th May 11th, 17th-18th, 24th-25th, 31st May, and 1st June: 9pm (1hr): SMUT SLAM Cabaret at Brighton Fringe: at Sweet Venues (Sweet Waterfront, Jury’s Inn Brighton Waterfront, Kings Road)

Monday 15th May: SMUT SLAM Glasgow: Let’s Play! at The Rum Shack (657 – 659 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G41 2AB)

Tuesday 18th: SMUT SLAM Edinburgh: The Great Outdoors at Woodland Creatures (260-262 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 5EL)

SMUT SLAM Manchester: Date, venue and theme tbc – Search for Smut Slam Manchester on FB

SMUT SLAMMERS sign up on the night to tell a 5-minute dirty story, based on their real lives, and a lucky eight to ten names will be drawn at random.

NOT A SMUT SLAMMER? Don’t worry. The audience is in for a good time at SMUT SLAM! Sit back and enjoy. All we ask is: – No interrupting. – No heckling. – No necking in the front row. Doors open at 8pm, and the smut starts slamming at 8:30. Admission is only £10 at the door, 18 and over please!

SMUT SLAM is CREATED by Cameryn Moore, an award-winning playwright/performer, sex activist and educator, and, oh yeah: a phone sex operator. She is super excited to introduce London and Smut Slam to each other! When not performing, taking calls, or actually having sex herself, Cameryn writes Sidewalk Smut: custom type-written pornography as street performance and literary art.

The Smut Slam originated in Boston in 2011, became thoroughly established in Montreal that same year, and has since traveled all over the world, with standing-room-only shows in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a whopping 100+ crowd in Atlanta last November, and a sold-out show in Boston in 2016.


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Fictive Dream is one year old!

Fictive Dream is a year old and to mark this we’ll be publishing eight stories from our best-loved writers.

Steve Carr (USA) and Anne Goodwin (UK) will kick off the series on 7 May 2017. Following on throughout May will be Sandra Arnold (New Zealand), Paul Beckman (USA), Tamar Hodes and James Wall both from Britain, Annie Dawid (USA) and rounding off, Isobel Blackthorn (Australia).

Fictive Dream is open to submissions throughout the year.

Check out our submission guidelines here and send us your best. 

Happy reading.

Laura Black
Editor

www.fictivedream.com
@FictiveDream

Storytelling fundraiser for Refugee Week

White Rabbit is proud to be hosting a short story cabaret for Refugee Week.

In line with this year’s Refugee Week theme of ‘Our Shared Future’, we invite you to an evening of read aloud brand new short stories responding to the theme of The Future. In a rapidly changing world, we are inspired to explore what Utopian/dystopian futures might lie ahead.

Tickets includes free food, competitions and prizes and all proceeds will go to Greenwich Refugee Aid 

The Show

Date and time:23rd June 2017, 7.30pm (ends 11ish)

Place: Toynbee Studios
28 Commercial Street
E1 6AB
London
UK

Nearest tube: Aldgate East

Tickets : £8 with free food, all proceeds going to GRACE (see above)

Book here

We are looking for writers!

We are looking for FICTION stories of around 1000 words on the theme of The Future. We would love to hear from writers who have a personal connection, indirectly or directly, with the refugee experience, AND/OR writers who are moved or inspired by the refugee experience. We prefer writers to attend so please let us know if you are unable to. We can give you complimentary tickets for two of your guests. Please email us at areyousittingcomfortably@live.com by midnight Friday 2nd June.

“Comic… haunting… offbeat… unexpected… an enchanted night” ****
Total Theatre

Seven Days of Story Inspiration from Writers’ HQ

writers' hq seven ideas in seven days online writing course

SEVEN IDEAS IN SEVEN DAYS – 1 WEEK ONLINE WRITING COURSE – STARTS 5th JUNE (£20)

Learn how to see, hear and think like a writer with Writers’ HQ’s 5-star online creative writing course, Seven Ideas in Seven Days.  Designed to fit around every day life and a busy schedule wherever you are in the world, we’ll give you techniques and exercises for generating ideas and turning them into usable outlines for brilliant stories.

If you’ve ever sat down with good intentions to write a short story but find your brain (and the page) utterly blank, then this is the writing course for you. Ideas are the bedrock of story writing. Sometimes they come thick and fast, and sometimes they seem to languish in the dank cellar of your subconscious and refuse to come out to play. Seven Ideas in Seven Days will help you to turn into an idea-generating machine using inspiring exercises, forum discussions, writing prompts, feedback and support.

Over the course of the week, we’ll teach your brain to germinate those idea-seeds. (Seedy ideas? Something like that.) We’ll give you techniques to spot ideas in both the fantastic and the mundane, exercises to encourage them to grow and bloom, ways to record them for when you need them, and generally help you get into the habit of THINKING.

By the end you will have: seven ideas that can be grown into fully fledged stories, or inserted into existing stories to make them even better. Book your place HERE!

WHAT YOU GET

  • Seven ideas that you can use, grow, nurture, or throw on the floor in frustration (then pick up again and hope no one saw)
  • Daily inspiration, whip-cracking, writing exercises and prompts
  • Top tips from tip-top authors
  • A private student forum to discuss ideas, techniques and get advice from your tutors and fellow writers
  • Dedicated support by email from your fantastic tutors
  • Feedback and writerly conversation from the LOVELY social media community of Writers HQers

STARTS MONDAY 5th JUNE (and costs just £20!) – BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW!

Still not convinced? Check out just a few of the 5-star reviews from previous students:

“More ideas than you can shake an inspiration stick at! Fab exercises for toning up your idea muscles. A fun, inspiring week.”

“Super splendid idea generating joy! I’d been feeling like I’d lost the ability to generate ideas but this course gave me my confidence back. You’ll get the chance to play around with some really fun exercises and just see what happens! I got at least seven really decent ideas to develop further. It’s great value for money and will really give you a great big creative kick. Five gold stars from me!”

“A mysterious benefactor gives you a task a day and – shazam! – by the end of the week you’re a-fizzing with ideas. Tis witchcraft. Do it.”

“Inspiring! A really varied crash course in ideas generation. It was great sharing the course with a small group of fellow students and Sarah is a wonderful course leader. I’ll definitely use the ideas I came up with and the techniques I learned in my writing. Five gold stars!”

” Just a fab way to work. Really enjoyed myself and discovered so many aspects of the writing process I didn’t know or ignored. They throw you in at the deep end but best way to question your process and the way you work. We are so easily stuck in a rut. And this course is a real encouragement to define a box and then think outside it.”