Writers from Wales and the South East – we want you!

Hometown Tales series title

We’re looking for new writers from Wales and the South East of the UK to be published alongside Tyler Keevil and Gemma Cairney in our series of books Hometown Tales.  

Hometown Tales aims to celebrate regional diversity by publishing voices from across the UK. Each of the eight books in our new series will feature work from two writers – one established and one previously unpublished, found through open submissions – both writing about the places they think of as home.

Writers who have not published a full-length work are invited to submit a piece of original fiction, memoir or history, of approximately 15,000 words based on the idea of ‘hometown’ before our deadline of 14 January 2018.

For more information on how to submit, please visit our Hometown Tales page and follow @wnbooks on Twitter.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Cover for Hometown Tales Glasgow

Here’s the cover for our book on Glasgow, featuring tales by acclaimed author of The Gracekeepers, Kirsty Logan, and new voice Paul McQuade.

 

 

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Countdown To Deadline – Polish That Prose

WORDS AND WOMEN ANNUAL NEW WRITING COMPETITION – GET YOUR ENTRIES IN!

Deadline Midnight, 15th November 2017

Win the national prize for women over 40 of £1,000 and a month’s writing residency provided by Hosking Houses Trust and a regional prize (East of England) of £600 and a mentoring session with Jill Dawson of Gold Dust.Poster 2017 Online low res

Winning entries will be published online and in a Compendium of Words and Women’s best entries from the last 4 prize-winning anthologies.

Entries can be fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction and life-writing on any theme.

2,200 words

Guest judges: Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney, authors of A Secret Sisterhood: The hidden friendship of Austen, Bronte, Eliot and Woolf. 

National prize open to women writers over the age of 40. Regional prize open to women writers over the age of 16 living or working in the East of England.

For more details email wordsandwomencomp@gmail.com or visit our blog at www.wordsandwomennorwich.blogspot.co.uk

Call Out : Solstice Shorts Festival: Dusk

Arachne Press are on the hunt for NEW short stories, poems (and songs) on the theme of DUSK for this year’s Solstice Shorts Festival. (Previously published also welcome but won’t be included in the book- see below)

These will be performed by actors at one of 12 sites across the UK as Dusk falls on 21st December, the winter solstice and shortest day of the year.

Starting in Ellon (Aberdeenshire) at 17:07, moving through Inverness, Carlisle, Lancaster, Rossendale (Lancashire), Holyhead (Anglesey), Birmingham, Nottingham, Greenwich, Bristol, Barnstaple (Devon), and finishing in Redruth (Cornwall) at 18:20, each site will perform for approximately 45 minutes and we aim to have a live video feed so that at some point we will all be speaking at once and in the ether there will be a murmuration of voices, like starlings at dusk.

Selected work will subsequently be published in an anthology which will pay royalties. (We will try mightily to get the book out for the festival but there may not be sufficient time).

Deadline 5th November, but time is very tight so we’d appreciate it if people get their submissions in EARLY!

lots more info on Submittable https://arachnepress.submittable.com/submit

If you know any song writers, particularly if they are local to any of the sites, or poets (anywhere in UK) please pass it on!

 

Come discover our new platform for literary fiction

Are you a fan or aspiring writer of literary fiction? Fairlight Books, a new Oxford-based publisher, is accepting submissions for its online short story publishing programme. Our mission is to champion good writing and bring eager readers and writers together. Our website is a showcase for the writing we believe readers shouldn’t miss, and we are currently receiving submissions for our short story programme. Our online portal is freely available to readers, because we want talented writers to come to public attention, and because we think the short story should get more attention than it does.

If you are a budding writer, but still unsure whether to submit any of your stories with us please head on over to our website for more information.  Our website has all the information you need to submit your work with us, as well as some truly interesting articles, advice and interviews reflecting our general love for books and reading: http://www.fairlightbooks.co.uk/about-us/

V. Press open for flash pamphlet submissions

V. Press is v. v. delighted to have opened its flash fiction submission window.

The press specialises in short fiction pamphlets, poetry pamphlets and poetry collections – publishing poetry and short fiction that is very very.

For more information about the press and the kind of writing we love, please see our website at http://vpresspoetry.blogspot.co.uk/.

Please make sure that you read and follow the submission guidelines before sending your work. These can be found at http://vpresspoetry.blogspot.co.uk/p/submissions.html.

The V. Press flash fiction (NOT poetry) submissions window is open until July 24, 2017.

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