November Round-Up II

Hello short story lovers,
Happy National Short Story Week! Here’s what’s been going on on our blog over the past 2 weeks!

Cheers!
Tania

National Short Story Week
To celebrate National Short Story Week, 32 young writers have been published in an anthology, on sale now. Find out more about NSSW activities on their website.

Lit Mags
We welcome the Wales Arts Review to our lit mags list, “the critical writing hub for Wales”. Check them out!

The Emma Press has launched a call for prose pamphlet submissions Holdfast Magazine has launched Issue 4, Diverse Reflections and is also calling for submissions. Bunbury magazine is also calling for submissions and giving us a peek at what’s been going on over there. Freight Books is calling for short story submissons for an anthology inspired by Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity. Short Story Sunday, which has just launched its first issue, is calling for submissions and Short Fiction journal also wants your short stories.

Competitions
Writing Maps has launched its Survival Kit for Writers and its November contest is now open.

Live Lit
Word Factory #28 is this Sat night, November 22, in London, featuring a masterclass, short story reading group and live lit event. Fictions Of Every Kind is holding its next event, Help Yourself, on Dec 2nd in Leeds, including an open mic.

Radio
Ian McMillan, host of BBC Radio 3’s show, The Verb: Cabaret of the Word, dropped by to talk about his favourite short stories.

Last Minutes and Gentle Reminders
Magic Oxygen’s  short story and poetry contest closes on 30th November.

If you are eager for even more short-story-related news, do follow ShortStops on Twitter where, when we should be writing, we spend (far too) much time passing on news from lit mags, live lit events, short story workshops and festivals! If you’d like to review an event or a publication, drop me a line.

Our Last Few Weeks and Call for Submissions

It has been a busy few weeks here at Bunbury Magazine HQ. Where to begin?!

Last month saw the Manchester Literary Festival. We headed into town and had the pleasure of catching Faber New Poets 10 at the Manchester Central Library. Each year, Faber pick a handful of promising poets and give them tutelage from established writers to help hone their craft. They each put together a collection and then tour the country presenting their stuff. The highlight for us this year was a man called Will Burns. His poetry had a touching reality to it that really drew us in. You can catch up with him here – http://www.willburns.co.uk/.

We also caught The Other Room at The Castle Hotel in Manchester. The Other Room is an event which presents experimental poetry from around the world. Our highlight at this event on the 18th October was a German poet call Ulli Freer. When he first walked onto stage he reached into a rucksack and turned on a small tape-player which filled the room with tribal chanting. He started his first poem to this chanting. Once this had finished, he wrapped his arms in bandages and launched into an epic, 15 minute poem, from memory, which was relentless, deep assault on the sense, and so wonderful. His voice carried through from the stage and beyond. If you ever get the chance to see this man – and he says he only performs about 4 times a year, we urge you to get there!

The week ended with a huge opportunity for us – a guest spot on Fab International Radio‘s literary show, ‘Page Turner‘, hosted by the wonderful Anna Percy and fantastically assisted by Pete Ford. On the show, we talked about censorship in publishing, in special relation to the book being released by MLA about his abuse as a child. With this light-hearted start, we moved on to each present a short story of our own and some pieces that have inspired us. We had plenty of good conversation and laughs about Douglas Adams, George Orwell and ended with the tale of The Giraffe in the Flat who couldn’t claim benefits. The show will be up on-line soon for you all to catch up at www.fabradiointernational.com.

A couple of weeks later, we hosted our latest event for the writing group we run, Do The Write Thing. And it was a Hallowe’en special. A true fright fest it was! Our regulars all spooked us with their offerings and we were incredibly fortunate to have the fantastic Gemma Lees as our head-liner. Gemma Also runs her own night called Once More With Meaning at the Met Bar in Bury. Check here for details.

So that’s about it. Busy busy busy but no rest for the wicked. We’re now looking forward to the next issue of Bunbury Magazine. The theme for this issue is The Unexplained. Here are our T&C‘s for submission. If you want to get involved or even just drop us a line, our email address is bunburymagazine@gmail.com

Take care, dear Bunburyists!

Happy Birthday, ShortStops!

happy-first-birthday-cake-9945709Gosh, has it really been 12 months? Yup, ShortStops is a year old! It’s been a fantastic year, we now have 172 lit mags and 26 live lit events on our lists – with more still to be added, not to mention 2800 followers on Twitter and, uncannily, 2800 short-story-related tweets sent! The blog has hosted 229 posts – about lit mags, live lit, short story competitions, story anthologies, calls for submission, writing workshops, short-story-inspired art installations, stories on the radio, reviews and more –  which is an average of a post every day and a half – and people say there’s nothing happening with short stories in the UK & Ireland? If you know these “people” – send them our way!

So let’s raise a glass to the thriving short story party that is going on round here, and look forward to the flourishing continuing to flourish! Below are a few examples of that from the blog from the past 2 weeks!

Cheers!
Tania

 

Radio

Ian McMillan, host of BBC Radio 3’s show, The Verb: Cabaret of the Word, dropped by to talk about his favourite short stories.

Lit Mags

We welcome Timezone magazine to our lit mags list, “a magazine created in London dedicated to short stories”.

Freight Books is calling for short story submissons for an anthology inspired by Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity. Short Story Sunday, which has just launched its first issue, is calling for submissions. Brain of Forgetting is calling for submissions on the theme of stones and Short Fiction journal also wants your short stories. Jotters United has a new issue out, Pins and Needles, the all-women issue and Bunbury magazine tells us about Issue Six, and Transportation tells us more about its London-Tasmania short story anthology, Islands and Cities.

Competitions
Kingston University announces the shortlist for the Hilary Mantel short story competition, the WriteIdea prize announces its finalists and Words And Women unveil the winners of the ‘About’ commission. Magic Oxygen are running a short story and poetry contest, deadline 30th November.

Live Lit

Fictions Of Every Kind is holding its next event, Help Yourself, on Dec 2nd in Leeds, including an open mic.

Conferences & Workshops

Judy Darley is running a Writing From Art workshop on Nov 12th in Bristol.

If you are eager for even more short-story-related news, do follow ShortStops on Twitter where, when we should be writing, we spend (far too) much time passing on news from lit mags, live lit events, short story workshops and festivals! If you’d like to review an event or a publication, drop me a line.

Happy reading, writing, listening and performing!

October Round-Up II

Hello brevity fans,
Here’s what’s been happening on our blog over the past fortnight. As ever, if you’d like to contribute, drop me a line and I’ll explain how it works: shortstopsuk@gmail.com

Lit Mags

We’re thrilled to welcome Spelk magazine to our Lit Mags list: “a new platform for the very best flash fiction on the web”. Jotters United has a new issue out, Pins and Needles, the all-women issue and Bunbury magazine tells us about Issue Six. The Siren invites you to the launch of its first anthology, Fugue, in London on Oct 24th. Transportation tells us more about its London-Tasmania short story anthology, Islands and Cities.

Short Story Sunday, which launches in November, is calling for submissions. Brain of Forgetting is calling for submissions on the theme of stones and Short Fiction journal also wants your short stories.

Competitions

Writing Maps has launched a new map and also opened its October contest. Kingston University announces the shortlist for the Hilary Mantel short story competition, the WriteIdea prize announces its finalists and Words And Women unveil the winners of the ‘About’ commission. Magic Oxygen are running a short story and poetry contest, deadline 30th November.

Live Lit

Stand-Up Tragedy is holding its last event of the year, Tragic Horror, on Oct 25th in London. That same night in London is Word Factory #27 and a masterclass with David Constantine. White Rabbit invites you to submit your spooky stories for Are You Sitting Comfortably?’s Halloween party on October 31st in London. And Fictions Of Every Kind is holding its next event, Help Yourself, on Dec 2nd in Leeds, including an open mic.

Conferences & Workshops

Creative Industries Trafford welcomes Will Self to its Northern Lights Writers Conference on Oct 25th in Manchester. Judy Darley is running a Writing From Art workshop on Nov 12th in Bristol.

Last Minutes and Gentle Reminders

You have two days to send Story Fridays short stories on the theme of “Noir” for their Nov 7th event in Bath The Solstice Short Story Competition wants your stories on the theme of ‘time’, deadline Oct 31st. The London Magazine’s short story competition is now open, deadline, Oct 31st, and international entries are welcome.

October round-up I

Hello all,
Here’s what’s been happening on our blog over the past fortnight. As ever, if you’d like to contribute, drop me a line and I’ll explain how it works: shortstopsuk@gmail.com

Lit Mags

Sarah Gonnet reviews the second issue of Firewords Quarterly for us: “Even the feel of the booklet lets you know that it’s something special”. Short Story Sunday launches in November and is calling for submissions, and Brain of Forgetting is calling for submissions on the theme of stones. Writing Maps has launched its new lit mag, A3 and, Structo is open to submissions for Issue 13. Short Fiction journal also wants your short stories.

Competitions

Kingston University have unveiled the longlist for the Hilary Mantel short story competition and the shortlist for the Bonnie Greer short story competition. TheSolstice Short Story Competition wants your stories on the theme of ‘time’, deadline Oct 31st. Words and Women launch two new writing opportunities for women writers in the east of England. The London Magazine’s short story competition is now open, deadline, Oct 31st, and international entries are welcome. Magic Oxygen are running a short story and poetry contest, deadline 30th November.

Live Lit

Story Fridays is calling for submissions of short stories on the theme of “Noir” for its Nov 7th event in Bath. Sign up to read or come along to Flashtag Manchester’s nextShort Short Story Slam on Oct 18th as part of the Lancaster Lit Fest. Stand-Up Tragedy is holding its last event of the year, Tragic Horror, on Oct 25th in London. White Rabbit invites you to submit your spooky stories for Are You Sitting Comfortably?’s Halloween party on October 31st in London.

Workshops
Berko Writers is running a course on The Art Of The Short Story with Adam Marekfrom Oct 7 – Nov 18 in Berkhamstead.. The Tavistock Heritage Festival is runningtwo free workshops on historical fiction in October.

Other News

Artist Alison Erika Forde has turned David Gaffney’s Sawn-Off Tales into artwork which is being exhibited in Manchester until January.

If you are eager for even more short-story-related news, do follow ShortStops on Twitter where, when we should be writing, we spend (far too) much time passing on news from lit mags, live lit events, short story workshops and festivals! If you’d like to review an event or a publication, drop me a line.

Happy reading, writing, listening and performing!
Tania x

Sept Fortnightly Round-up II

Hello all,
Here’s what’s been happening on our blog over the past fortnight. As ever, if you’d like to contribute, drop me a line and I’ll explain how it works: shortstopsuk@gmail.com

Lit Mags

We welcome THREE new publications to our Lit Mags list: Winamop: “our content is international and eclectic”;  Short Story Sunday “a new online short story and flash fiction publication launching Nov 2014”, and Brain Of Forgetting: “an online forum for writing and artwork that relates to memory, history and heritage”. Check them out!

Brain of Forgetting got straight in there with a blog post calling for submissions on the theme of stones. And Writing Maps launches its new lit mag, A3, and its September contest. Talking of contests, Structo is celebrating the unveiling of Issue 12 with a Margaret Atwood competition.  And it’s last call for submissions of Christmas stories to the Casket Of Fictional Delights.

Jotters United publishes issue 6 and is calling for submissions for its women-only issue. Short Fiction journal wants your short stories. Holdfast is fundraising for its first ever print anthology. The Manchester Review is also calling for submissions for Issue 13.

Competitions

Words and Women launch 2 great new writing opportunities for women writers in the east of England. The London Magazine’s short story competition is now open, deadline, Oct 31st, and international entries are welcome. Magic Oxygen are running a short story and poetry contest, deadline 30th November. The WriteIdea Prize has unveiled its longlist.

Live Lit

Stand-Up Tragedy is holding its Edinburgh reunion event, Tragic Friends, on Sep 25 in London and is calling for submissions for its new-look blog. The Word Factory is holding its monthly live lit event this Saturday Sep 27th in London, as well as a masterclass and short story reading club. White Rabbit invites you to submit your spooky stories for Are You Sitting Comfortably?’s Halloween party on October 31st in London.

Workshops
Berko Writers is running a course on The Art Of The Short Story with Adam Marekfrom Oct 7 – Nov 18 in Berkhamstead.. The Tavistock Heritage Festival is runningtwo free workshops on historical fiction in October. Alison Clayburn’s autumn fortnightly Focus On Fiction course at the Brunel Museum starts today, Sep 22.

Last Minutes & Gentle Reminders
Last call for submissions of Christmas stories to the Casket Of Fictional Delights. The Historic House Short Story Comp (26 Sep) wants stories inspired by or set in a historic house.

If you are eager for even more short-story-related news, do follow ShortStops on Twitter where, when we should be writing, we spend (far too) much time passing on news from lit mags, live lit events, short story workshops and festivals! If you’d like to review an event or a publication, drop me a line.

Happy reading, writing, listening and performing!
Tania x

Last Call for Submissions for Christmas Story

The Casket of Fictional Delights is calling for Submissions for its Christmas Short Story.

We are looking for our annual unconventional  Christmas Short Story.    Submissions close at the end of September.  christmas tree

Your story should be between 1200- 3000 words.  In the past we have had a ‘tongue in cheek’ take on the nativity story, a series of Christmas letters, and a carol service with a difference.  So why not join our band of guest writers.  Please submit by the end of September.  The sucessful Christmas short story will be published on The Casket of Fictional Delights in December and recorded as an audio Storycast and published on iTunes as a podcast.

To submit go to The Casket Submit Short Story ~ In the title section please include in brackets (Christmas Story). Please note – The Casket of Fictional Delights does not publish work containing excessive swearing, sex or violence.

Thank You and we look forward to receiving your stories by the end of September.

To find out more visit The Casket of Fictional Delights website where you can subscribe to the mailing list to receive all Short Stories, Flash Fiction and Tube-Flash stories direct to your inbox SUBSCRIBE

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