The Hunters Grimm- a storyhunting show in the streets of London

Bernadette Russell of White Rabbit  joins the wonderful Teatro Vivo cast in “The Hunters Grimm” a promenade performance in the streets of Catford and Stratford, London,aiding Jacob and Wilhem Grimm along with their companion Dot Wilde, in their search for a story of hope with a happy ending. Such stories seem in short supply in our troubled times….

The Hunters Grimm on the streets

The Hunters Grimm on the streets

Come and join us on our search! Who knows who you might meet on the way: a beggar Prince, Rapunzel now working in sheltered housing as a single mum, a young jobseeker in pursuit of 12 dancing princesses, a hungry wolf reminiscing about his glory days as a restaurant critic,  a step mother who needs a Kardashian make over….and many more

Dates are:

Stratford- 30th May- 1st June- please go here for more details and tickets

 

Catford- 6th-16th June- please go here for more details and tickets

 

For a tantilising taster go here

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FlashBack Fiction’s Summer 2019 Microfiction Competition: Moon Landing

 

Full_moon_partially_obscured_by_atmosphere20 July 2019 marks fifty years since the Apollo Moon Landing. To celebrate that small step and giant leap, FlashBack is holding our second historical microfiction competition.

We are looking for flash fiction, prose poetry and hybrid work of up to 100 words (excluding title) on the theme of  ‘Moon’.

Feel free to write about space programmes, but you don’t have to. Let your historical imagination lift off. Think eclipses, explorers, navigators, astronomers, smugglers, sonatas, festivals, harvests and hunters but the moon must play a significant role. Don’t just tell us the moon was shining. Your story can be set anywhere or anytime, as long as it’s before 2000 CE and linked to human history. We are not open to futuristic stories.

Want to know what type of story boosts our thrusters? Check out our WW1 micro comp winners and our timeline.

We will publish the top five stories, one each day, from 15-19 July on the FlashBack website.

The first entry is free (£3 for subsequent entries). Prizes are £25 for the winner, £15 for second place and £10 for third place.

Because of the very short turn-around time, we cannot consider simultaneous submissions. No previously published work either, please.

Entries must be received by 11.59pm BST on Sunday, 16 June 2019. Read the full competition submission guidelines here.

We look forward to reading your work!


Image of full Moon partially obscured by atmosphere courtesy of NASA under Photo ID: S103-E-5037.

The Child in Society

Weekend of Fiction Writing & Reading with Claire Keegan

Amber Springs Hotel, Gorey, Co Wexford

June 29 & 30, 2019children

There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children. Nelson Mandela

For two days, Claire Keegan, author of Foster (Faber & Faber) will explore fiction writing through the linked theme of The Child in Society. Discussion will include the rights of the child, having and not having children, fathering, mothering, fostering, adopting and neglecting children. Participants will be asked to imagine being a boy, a girl, a parent, a child minder – and undoubtedly there will be talk around housing, fathering, contraception, pregnancy, money, hunger, mothering, sleep and what it means to love and be loved, to mind and to be minded — from different points of view. The lecture will explore and display how time, tension, drama, dialogue and narrative structure are put to use in the following:

Jude the Obscure, a novel by Thomas Hardy

The River,” a story by Flannery O’Connor

Sleepyhead,” a story by Chekov, translated by Constance Garnett

The Widow’s Son,” by Mary Lavin.

Vera Drake, a film by Mike Leigh

Tuition 350 euro. Reservations can be made by emailing ckfictionclinic@yahoo.com

For more information, go to ckfictionclinic.com

I Heart Short Stories

This year the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award celebrates its tenth year as one of the world’s most significant prizes for short fiction.

Over the last decade, we’ve not only helped champion the form, but also, particularly because we read stories anonymously, discovered many fresh new writers who had not previously been given a platform – everyone from Roshi Fernando and Rebecca F John to Sally Rooney, who got her first shortlisting from the award.

Now we want to expand our commitment, with regular digital posts about everything to do with the short story under the banner of I Heart Short Stories. On our website over the next months you will find monthly news and views about short story writing and writers, interviews with authors, features on the short story landscape, and guest slots written by those with things to say about short story writing.

Already we have had news round ups, a long feature on short stories in the south west of England plus interviews with our prestigious winners such as Yiyun Li and C.K. Stead.

We have just announced our judges for the award – Sarah Churchwell, Kit de Waal, Carys Davies and Blake Morrison – and we’re hoping to have a piece from one of them to fill you in on the judging process. Also we would be delighted to hear about blogs from anyone with something to say about the short story. If you have any ideas please email shortstoryaward@sunday-times.co.uk or get in touch with us via Twitter.

This is all part of our determination, with the help of our sponsor Audible, to help make the short story a more central part of the literary landscape.

You’ll see everything we do under the “I Heart Short Stories” banner and #IHeartShortStories. And there’ll be more to see on Twitter at @shortstoryaward.

May Round-Up

News

We’re delighted to welcome two new Live Lit nights to our list – Untitled, London, for underrepresented writers; and Flash in Hand, Bristol’s first flash fiction open mic – and a new Lit Mag: All Those Things Left Unsaid, on the theme of conversations that were never had. The UK & Ireland short story scene is flourishing!

 

Competitions

The Reflex Fiction Summer ’19 flash fiction contest is open for entries until 31 May (180-360 words). The Hastings Lit Fest short story competition – with short story & flash fiction categories – is now open, deadline 30 June. The Creative Future Writers Award for under-represented writers is open, on the theme of “Home”, deadline 2 June.

 

Live Lit & Festivals

Join in Bristol’s first flash open mic, Flash in Hand, tonight, May 13th! Dive into Weekend of Words, at Victoria Baths in Manchester, June 7-9, and catch Arachne Press at festivals in South London. The next Stroud Short Stories is being held on May 19th in Stroud.

Lit Mags & Chapbooks

All Those Things Left Unsaid is calling for submissions on the topic of “Things Left Unsaid” and Pixel Heart is looking for stories on the theme of “Nature” by 31st May. Fictive Dream is open for submissions.

 

Courses & Workshops

Join in 30 Days of Writing, an online course starting in June and run by Shaun Levin of The A3 Press. Haringey Lit Live is running another Novella Fever course, starting on May 15th in Haringey. Novel Nights is holding a short fiction masterclass with Vanessa Gebbie on Sept 8th in Bristol.

 

Articles

Amira Richards blogs about reading and writing short stories

Dive in to Weekend of Words

Manchester’s iconic Victoria Baths is open for writing business on Friday 7, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June 2019, when the heritage pool and washhouse complex will be echoing with original voices thanks to a brand-new festival, Weekend Of Words.

As well as writing workshops – including flash fiction with Some Of Us Glow More Than Others author Tania Hershman at the helm – immerse yourself on Saturday with six brand-new short stories, specially commissioned for the event and taking the Baths as their jump-off point.

Grab a drink and a deckchair, sit back and enjoy a backdrop of magical projections and the writers in your midst: Victoria Baths’ inaugural Writer-in-Residence Sarah-Clare Conlon, Kate Feld, co-host of literary podcast The End Of All Things, Sawn-off Tales flash fiction master David Gaffney, Phil Olsen of Sabotage Reviews, Somerset Maugham Award-winner Joe Stretch, and Lara Williams, author of short story collection Treats and novel Supper Club.

All the ticketing links for Saturday’s events are here; wade in.

Weekend Of Words also marks the official launch of the Victoria Baths Splash Fiction Competition, complete with cash prize. Anyone can take the plunge – find out more here.