Fortnightly Round-Up Sept (I)

Hello lovers of well-crafted and brief particles of prose,
Welcome to autumn! 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

Jotters United publishes issue 6 and is calling for submissions for its women-only issue. Check out the summer issue of Long Story, Short and issue 6 of Alt Hist. Firewords Quarterly has launched its second issue (review coming soon).  And there’s also  one of the 100 stories that accompanied the release of Mark Watson’s new novel, Hotel Alpha, Issue 38 of Neon Magazine – and Battery Pack, Don’t Do It’s Issue 5, the Electricity issue, and Bunbury’s fifth issue is the Mythology special.

On the submissions front: Short Fiction journal wants your short stories. Holdfast is fundraising for its first ever print anthology and also calling for submissions for Issue 4: Diverse Reflections. The Manchester Review is also calling for submissions for Issue 13. The Casket of Fictional Delights is calling for your Christmas stories!

Competitions

The WriteIdea Prize unveils its longlist today… Words and Women launch 2 great new writing opportunities for women writers in the east of England. The London Magazine’s short story competition opens on Sept 1st, deadline, Oct 31st, and international entries are welcome. Not to be confused with the London Short Story Prize, for London writers only, whose deadline is Sep 19. The Historic House Short Story Comp (26 Sep) wants stories inspired by or set in a historic house. Magic Oxygen are running a new short story and poetry contest, deadline 30th November.

Live Lit

White Rabbit is holding a Wonderlands Storytelling Walk this Sunday Sept 14th in London, and also invites you to submit your spooky stories for Are You Sitting Comfortably?’s Halloween party on October 31st in London.

Workshops
The Tavistock Heritage Festival is running two free workshops on historical fiction in October. Alison Clayburn’s autumn fortnightly Focus On Fiction course at the Brunel Museum starts on Sep 22.

Last Minutes & Gentle Reminders

The RAC’s national short story competition on the theme of Driving in Europe, deadline 11 Sept; The short story competition from VCLL  (for people from Leicester and surrounding areas) deadline 12th Sep; Creative Industries Trafford’s flash fiction competition, deadline Sept 15th and the London Short Story Prize, for London writers only, whose deadline is Sep 19th.

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!

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July Fortnightly Round-up II

Hello everyone,
Here’s all the short story news from the ShortStops’ blog over the past fortnight.

Lit Mags

Things on the lit mag scene are rather “powerful” this month – check out Issue 38 of Neon Magazine – and Battery Pack makes its debut. And Don’t Do It has unveiled Issue 5, the Electricity issue. For your further reading pleasure, Bunbury’s fifth issue is the Mythology special. The deadline for this month’s Writing Maps contest has passed, but it has launched its new map, The Big Gay Writing Map.

The Manchester Review Issue 12 is now live and they are also calling for submissions for Issue 13. The Casket of Fictional Delights is calling for your Christmas stories! HeadStuff wants your writing, as does The Cro Magnon, for their website and perhaps for their travelling show.

Competitions

The London Short Story Prize is now open for entries, deadline Sep 19th. The new short story competition from VCLL is aimed at those from Leicester and the surrounding areas, deadline 12th Sept, and Magic Oxygen are running a new short story and poetry contest to create a tropical word forest, deadline 30th November.

More competitions: The 3rd annual A Spot of Hysteria Writing Competition run by the UK Hysterectomy Association (deadline Aug 31); the RAC’s national short story competition on the theme of Driving in Europe, deadline 11 Sept; Creative Industries Trafford’s flash fiction competition, deadline Sept 15th; and the Historic House Short Story Comp (26 Sep) wants stories inspired by or set in a historic house.

Workshops

The Berko Summer School is holding a series of one-off masterclasses, including a short story masterclass with Adam Marek tomorrow, July 29th.

Last Minutes & Gentle Reminders

The Sean O’Faolain short story competition and  Writeidea’s national short story contest, The Writeidea Prize both close on July 31st.

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

July Fortnightly Round-Up I

Happy July, short story lovers!
Here’s all the short story news from the ShortStops’ blog over the past fortnight.

Lit Mags

Welcome to our lit mag list Firewords Quarterly, “a new independent magazine packed full of powerful fiction and poetry from the best emerging writers” – who got busy straight away on the blog to call for submissions for Issue 2 by July 11th!

The Manchester Review Issue 12 is now live and they are also calling for submissions for Issue 13; Issue 2 of Control magazine has just been published. There is also a limited window of opportunity to submit to the Transportation: Islands and Cities anthology – the project is being launched on Tues 12 July at an event in London.

Popshot is open for literary submissions on the theme of Time. Here Comes Everyone would love to consider your short stories for the Boy/Girl issue and, starting early, The Casket of Fictional Delights is calling for your Christmas stories! HeadStuff wants your writing, as does The Cro Magnon, for their website and perhaps for their travelling show.

If you haven’t already checked them out, new issues of the following mags are there for your reading pleasure: Issue 7.1 of Flash! is out now, as is Spontaneity’s Issue 4, Only Human,  Jotters United’s Retro Issuethe June issue of Long Story, Short: The Art of Losing and Don’t Do it magazine’s Issue 4: Translations.

Competitions

Congrats to Colin Barrett, winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award!

There’s a new short story competition from VCLL, aimed at those from Leicester and the surrounding areas, deadline 12th Sept, and Magic Oxygen are running a new short story and poetry contest to create a tropical word forest, deadline 30th November.

More competitions: The 3rd annual A Spot of Hysteria Writing Competition run by the UK Hysterectomy Association (deadline Aug 31); the RAC’s national short story competition on the theme of Driving in Europe, deadline 11 Sept; Creative Industries Trafford’s flash fiction competition, deadline Sept 15th; and the Historic House Short Story Comp (26 Sep) wants stories inspired by or set in a historic house.

For inspiration, read Stinging Fly editor Thomas Morris’s short essay Beautiful Animals: Theorising and Defining the Short Story (In Under 1000 Words).

Live Lit & Short Story Events

As mentioned above, the Transportation: Islands and Cities anthology project is being launched on Tues 12 July at an event in London. Word Factory #25 is being held on July 26th in London – a masterclass, short story reading group and live reading in the evening.

Workshops

The Berko Summer School is holding a series of one-off masterclasses, including a short story masterclass with Adam Marek on July 29th.

Last Minutes & Gentle Reminders

The Sean O’Faolain short story competition and  Writeidea’s national short story contest, The Writeidea Prize both close on July 31st.

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

Word Factory #25 & Masterclass – 26th July, London

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A warm welcome awaits you at Word Factory on the 26th July, a day packed with literary wonder at Waterstones Piccadilly:

Social Media for Writers – Masterclass with Paul McVeigh – 1.30-4.30pm

Social media has transformed the way writers communicate with the industry and has become an essential tool for gaining readers and even getting published . As more and more voices battle for attention on-line, how do we make sure that we stand out from the crowd? Paul McVeigh, writer and Word Factory’s social media guru, will explore how to improve your social media profile, plan more effective strategies and better connect with our audience. Paul will review blogging, translating followers to book buyers and how to best utilise Facebook and Twitter. He will advise on writing an author profile and the etiquette of on-line conversations.

This class is for you if you are looking to improve your social media profile, enhance the effectiveness of your current activity, grow your online audience or are new to social media and looking to get started.

Cost: £40 per person with free entrance to the evening reading included.
Buy your tickets here.

Short Story Club – 5-6pm

This month: George Saunders – In The End of Firpo in the World

In July, we’re reading a short story by the award-winning George Saunders, a “savage satirist” who critics have praised for his “demented black comic view of modern American culture”. In The End of Firpo in the World, selected from Saunders’ 2001 collection Pastoralia, an overweight, bullied boy rides round his neighbourhood on his bicycle, reflecting on his unpopularity. This story has been described as the perfect example of the short story as a form, and is full of irony and pathos.

Simply email Sophie Haydock for more details and a copy of the story: sophie@thewordfactory.tv

The Word Factory #23 – the intimate short story salon – 6-8pm

Bring a friend for free and enjoy a memorable summer salon in the heart of Soho with the Word Factory team in association with Fiction Uncovered and three brilliant Jerwood Fiction Uncovered 2014 winners – Evie Wyld, Cynan Jones and Naomi Wood. They will be joined by our own Paul McVeigh, after her has shared his knowledge on how writers can make the most impact on social media in this month’s Saturday masterclass. All will join Cathy Galvin in conversation about their writing lives. Book early to secure your place and a free glass of wine at Waterstones’ flagship store in Piccadilly.

Online tickets – £12 | Concessions – £8 | On the door – £15
Buy your tickets here – Bring a friend for free on all salon tickets.

Writing Maps June Contest and Pack of Notebooks

Writing Maps NotebooksWriting Maps, the illustrated posters with creative writing prompts and story ideas, launches its 4th monthly Writing Contest. The June contest coincides with the official launch of the Writing Maps Pack of 5 Notebooks, and this month’s two winners will receive a complete pack of notebooks, along with publication in A3, a new fold-out literary magazine. The first issue will appear in September 2014.

The challenge is to write a 150-word piece in response to the Prompt of the Month.  June’s Writing Maps Writing Contest opens on 21st June 2014. Deadline is: 28 June 2014. Did you know we’re the quickest contest in town – one week between announcement and deadline!

The prompt for June’s Writing Contest is a title. Write a story, poem, graphic story or snippet of memoir called “Ode to My Notebook”. For some extra inspiration, check out Pablo Neruda’s “Ode to My Suit” or Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons. As always, we’re looking for pieces that are quirky and intense, that give us a glimpse into private worlds, and that make us feel nicely awkward. In 150 words, show your notebook (or a character’s notebook) some love!

Please make sure to view our full guidelines here or on the Writing Maps website by clicking here. In brief, the main rules are:

Entry is free. One entry per person.
All genres welcome. All writers welcome.
150 words max.
Deadline is 28 June 2014, which is just a few days from now.
The two winning entries will be published in A3, the Writing Maps Journal.

June Round-Up I

Hello short story lovers!
As the first hint of heat arrives, here are all the delicious happenings from the ShortStops’ blog over the past fortnight.

Lit Mags, Workshops & Competitions

ShortStops was delighted to get the scoop on the shortlist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award – find out which collections were shortlisted here. Read Stinging Fly editor Thomas Morris’s short essay Beautiful Animals: Theorising and Defining the Short Story (In Under 1000 Words). Jotters United’s Retro Issue is out now, as is the June issue of Long Story, Short: The Art of Losing.

Here Comes Everyone would love to consider your short stories for the Boy/Girl issue, and Visual Verse would be tickled by your writing in response to their June image. Getting in there early, The Casket of Fictional Delights is calling for your Christmas stories!

Don’t Do it magazine’s Issue 4: Translations is now live. HeadStuff wants your writing, as does The Cro Magnon, for their website and perhaps for their travelling show.

The Sean O’Faolain short story competition is now open, deadline 31 July. Creative Industries Trafford are holding a flash fiction competition, deadline Sept 15th.
Writing Maps has a monthly contest and lit mag and Writeidea’s national short story contest, The Writeidea Prize, closes on 31 July. More contests: the 3rd annual A Spot of Hysteria Writing Competition run by the UK Hysterectomy Association is now open for entries (deadline Aug 31), and the Historic House Short Story Comp (26 Sep) wants stories inspired by or set in a historic house.

Live Lit & Short Story Events
We welcome Listen Softly London to the Live Lit list: “Our motto is Using Words Powerfully”. London sees its first Short Story Festival this weekend, June 20-22, find out more about the readings, workshops and other activities. Story Fridays wants your stories by 23 June on the theme of ‘Independence’ for its July 4 event in Bath. Head over to Word Factory #24 in London on June 28th, featuring a masterclass, short story reading club and live lit night. There’s another Short Short Story Slam in Manchester on July 8th.

Live Lit Review: Louise Tondeur went to Rattle Tales’ Brighton Prize awards night for us: “”There was a sense that it is writing that’s important, not publication or prizes”…Read more >> 

Last Minutes & Gentle Reminders

The Moth International Short Story Prize closes June 30th, as do Kingston University’stwo new short story competitions – one judged by Hilary Mantel and one, for stories to be read aloud, judged by Bonnie Greer.

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

Call for Submission – Christmas Stories

The Casket of Fictional Delights is calling for Submissions for its Christmas Short Story. It may be flaming June, with the sun shining  and the BBQ smouldering in the garden, but here at The Casket of Fictional Delights we have our thoughts firmly on tinsel, turkey, mince pies, mistletoe and stories.

 

We are looking for our annual unconventional  Christmas Short Storychristmas tree

It 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 and submit your Christmas Story.  Please submit by the end of September.  The 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.

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