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.

 

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

Talking Tales #13 – 22nd April – Bristol

Unlucky for none Talking Tales #13 is still open for submissions until Friday 14th April and is due for take-off on Saturday the 22nd.

We can guarantee:

  • Complimentary smiles from all at Stokes Croft Writers
  • In-flight entertainment with stories to make you laugh, ponder, squirm and shiver
  • Unbroken sunshine…or if not that, a very warm welcome
  • A safe landing and happy times until you fly with us again

Our promise: if you book your seat at Talking Tales, you will fly with us. We have never felt the need to call security and have anyone dragged down our aisles.

Submissions for Talking Tales#13 close on 14th April.                            

E-mail your story (to be read in less than 10 minutes) to: stokescroftwriters@gmail.com

Event details – are stupendously straight-forward:

…venue:     Left Bank, 128 Cheltenham Road, Stokes Croft, Bristol BS6 5RW

…time:       cabin crew prepare for take-off at 6.30pm on Saturday 22nd April 2017.

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

We’d love to see you there – it’s our second birthday.

Story Fridays Ice – open for submissions!

Hi everyone.  Any plans for the New Year?  You have now!  Submit a story to Story Friday Ice and you could have the chance to come along to Bath and read it to a lovely warm and friendly audience!  We are teaming up with B&NES Library Service again and part of this Story Friday is a B&NES-wide competition.  So if you live in B&NES and haven’t had a story at Story Fridays before, you might win a thrilling prize as well as the chance to shine on stage!

We’re looking for submissions on the theme of ICE – short stories up to 2,000 words.  Deadline for submissions is 2nd January (plenty of time to get over that New Year’s Eve hangover!), and Story Friday Ice is at Burdall’s Yard in Bath on Friday 13th January.   Please make sure that you can come to the event before you submit.  Submit stories via the website www.awordinyourear.org.uk.

Thank you and we look forward to reading your icy tales!

The Story Sessions want your stories

Story Sessions logo copy

Arachne Press are reviving the Story Sessions, we hope permanently! We are settling in to our Brockley Max venue, The Brockley Deli for a few months, with support from the Arts Council, and then we’ll see how it’s going.

The Story Sessions in a live literature event, with themed sessions. We run it like a folk club, so there are headliners, support acts and floor spots*.

We  have a ‘test bed’ section where you can try out a new piece on the audience just before the interval, and get written feedback.
*Floor spots: Flash from the Floor a maximum of 100 words on theme, immediately after the interval. Just turn up with your 100 words and let us know you want to read, or write something in the interval, if inspiration strikes.

We have 4 sessions lined up over the next nine months:

16/11/2016 Freedom Tales deadline 02/11/16

18/01/2017 Winter Tales deadline 04/01/17

15/03/2017 Retelling Tales (Legend and Fable) deadline 01/03/17

17/05/2017 Fantastic Tales (Fantasy) deadline 03/05/17

We are looking for STORIES first and foremost, although we will consider very good poems. We are not interested in non-fiction of any kind.

ABSOLUTE maximum 2000 words, but we are happy with  a lot shorter as it means more people can read.

This can be previously published work as it will not lead to a book, and we encourage authors from London and environs, who have a new book to promote, to offer us something suitable to the theme, but unpublished work also welcome. So if you have something on theme and can come and read it on the day, let’s hear from you. There are a couple of slots available for out-of-towners as we have an actor at each session to take those on, but people like to meet the author so if you can get there all the better.

Apply through our submittable account. Tell us whether you see you piece as potential headline material, or test bed. no need to contact us in advance for Flash from the Floor.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – The Real Story – Creative Nonfiction

The Real Story is an Arts Council funded writing organisation devoted to developing creative nonfiction in the UK.

In our online journal, we publish original nonfiction short stories, including personal essays, lyric essays, reportage, narrative journalism and short memoirs of under 3,000 words.

Submissions are free and accepted on a rolling basis (simultaneous submissions ok), accepted pieces will be edited for publication.

See guidelines and submit here: https://therealstory.submittable.com/submit  

One Issue and Six Deadlines

The new issue of The A3 Review will be published on October 1. You can pre-order a copy via this link.

Each month we choose two winning pieces, then we publish them in an issue twice a year. We’re already on the look-out for new work to feature in Issue #6, and our first monthly contest ends on September 24th. Even if you missed it, there are five more till February.

The theme this month is ISLANDS. We want your best short fiction (as well as poetry or artwork) about desert islands or private islands, unexplored islands, prison islands, treasure islands, remote islands or the island you live on. Write about the islands you’ve never been to. Think about the geography of an island – does it have palm-fringed beaches or sheer cliffs? Is it covered in forest or volcanic wasteland? Who are the people and creatures that live on the island – are they hostile or friendly? Strange or familiar?

Think about other types of islands – islands of plastic in the middle of the ocean, log islands moving down river, misty islands in the middle of lakes. Tell the story (in no more than 150 words) about a surreal island where time and reality is subtly changed. Find inspiration in the symbolism of islands – their separation, their independence, their aloneness. Explore the word itself, the phrases hidden in it, its sound. Eye land. Aye! Land!

We welcome short stories, flash fiction, poetry, comics, graphic stories, a snippet of memoir, photographs, illustrations, and any combination of the above. The only restriction is a word-limit of 150 and images should fit well into an A6 panel. The deadline is 24th September 2016.

Editor KM Elkes will choose two winners for publication in Issue #6. All winning entries will receive Writing Maps and contributor copies, while three overall winners receive cash prizes.

You can get more inspiration by following The A3 Review on Twitter @TheA3Review and sign up for our newsletter here.

Editors KM Elkes and Shaun Levin also offer a critique service for writers looking for detailed, knowledgeable and forward-looking feedback on their work. To find out more about The A3 Review‘s Critique Service, click here.