Write for a Flash Walk

Totterdown coloured houses cr Judy Darley

After a year’s hiatus, the #FlashWalk is set to return as part of the National Flash-Fiction Day UK celebrations on 16th June 2018. Far less seedy than it sounds (depending on the tales submitted), the Flash Walk will take place in Bristol, celebrating fiction in its shortest and most intense form.

The Flash Walk will take place in central Bristol, and your words can be part of it.

To be in with a chance of being included, send us a piece of flash fiction, prompted by some aspect of the theme Urban Landscape. You can take this idea in any direction you choose, using any theme and any genre, providing your tale is between 40 and 400 words in length.

Bristol can be but doesn’t have to be a source of inspiration.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 21st May 2018.

The selected stories will be shared by actors during the walk, so if yours is chosen, all you need to do is come along and enjoy the performance!

The walk begins at 10.30am on 16th June, outside the main entrance to Bristol’s M-Shed on the harbour side. It will finish at the GreenHouse, Hereford Street, BS3 4NA (just under a mile’s stroll away), between an hour and an hour and a half later.

The GreenHouse will also be the venue for the afternoon’s free writing workshops.

To be part of National Flash-Fiction Day‘s #FlashWalk2018, submit your entries to bristolflash@gmail.com before midnight on Monday 21st May 2018. There’s no charge to enter, so why not give it a try?

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Talking Tales #18 – 21st April – Bristol

SHORT STOPS - TT18

It is my pleasure to announce a full cast of Stokes Croft Writers are ready, waiting, fit, able and back in the country for Talking Tales #18. No gratuitously titled ‘work commitments’ (in what looked suspiciously like a beach) in Thailand. No snuffles. And with a full complement of Talking Tales badges… probably… Bristol awaits.

After a fantastic start to the 2018 season, April marks Talking Tales’ 3rd birthday. For this special night you will be hosted by the Stokes Croft Writers’ official photographer:  Thomas David Parker. So, as we hoover the red carpet and erect barriers for the riff-raff paparazzi, you have four things to do:

  1. write a stupidly brilliant story – 200 to 1500 words should do it
  2. send it to us – via e-mail to the address below
  3. prepare your best threads and polish the silver snuff-box
  4. practice your most photogenic of poses for Tom’s discerning lens

There will be doors and they will be thrown open at 6.30pm.

There will be brilliance – there always is, it could be yours.

Submissions close on Saturday 14th April – at midnight.                            

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:       we start at 7pm on the dot on Saturday 21st April 18

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

Stokes Croft Writers would love to see you there.

Can You Play the Guitar?

a3 guitar contestAnd even if you can’t play the guitar, you’ve probably tried, or know someone who plays, or wanted to play, or serenaded you. The A3 Review‘s March contest theme is: GUITAR. For immediate inspiration, listen to BB King and write the blues.

You could write about a busker who becomes a star, or the family that jams together, or write about your first guitar teacher. Write an ode to your favourite chord: E, Dm7, or maybe C major 7 as a barre chord. Explore guitar-related settings like a Flamenco bar, the campfire on a holiday beach, or being part of the crowd at a music gig. Write about a late-night smoky blues bar in New Orleans.

Have you ever boarded a plane with a guitar? Read Debra Marquart’s beautiful poem “Traveling with Guitar” to trigger your memory.

Click here for more inspiration and ideas, and details about our contests and prizes.

Deadline is Saturday, 24th March.

We invite you to use the language of guitars as prompts for prose or poetry: riffs, licks, hammer, pull, slide, bend, distort, reverb, overdrive. Listen to an album by your favourite guitar band on a loop as you write, imagine being on a festival stage with a wild crowd in front of you, just about to strike your first chord…

The A3 Review publishes short stories, flash fiction, poetry, comics, graphic stories, 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.

Visit our Submittable page for more inspiration and details.

PS. Our Issue 8 is almost ready to launch. Click here to pre-order your copy.

Issue 8 and a New Press, Perhaps

Issue 8 coverWe’ve been thinking that it could be fun to set up a small press. The A3 Press. Same kind of format as The A3 Review and Writing Maps, a place for writers and artists to publish short work. We’re imagining these beautifully designed chapbooks that fold out. Let us know what you think! If you click here, you’ll be taken to the survey.

We’re almost ready to start compiling Issue 8, The Gold Issue. This month is the last opportunity to be included in our next issue. The theme is brief encounters and the deadline is Saturday, 24th February. Quickies, chance meetings, a brief exchange that changes a life. Click here for all the details and some further suggestions. You can also pre-order a copy of Issue 8 here.

For all our future contest themes, check out our Submittable page.

Happy Writing!

Call for submissions for The Corona Book of Science Fiction

Corona Books UK (www.coronabooks.com) invites submissions of science fiction short stories for its forthcoming The Corona Book of Science Fiction

Other than not wanting fan fiction submissions, we’re not imposing any restrictions in terms of SF sub-genres. We want The Corona Book of Science Fiction to embody variety and be a ‘selection box’ of the best in new science fiction writing. We’re simply looking for the best and most original stories, regardless of SF sub-genre and from talented writers no matter how unsung.

Our submission guidelines can be found here http://www.coronabooks.com/sf-book-call/4594156175

The deadline is 12th March 2018. We will acknowledge all submissions on receipt, and will write to all authors, successful and unsuccessful, after the deadline and after our panel has decided which stories to select.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Story Friday Call for Submissions

We all need a bit of hygge in the grey winter months so Story Fridays‘ next theme is ‘HOME’.  We’re going all cuppas with a nip of whisky and slippers by the fire.  But not all our stories will be that cosy, we can guarantee it.  If you’ve got a Home story we’d love to read it.  Stories should be 2,000 words or fewer, deadline for submissions is 26th February for Story Fridays event on 9th March in Bath.  Please ensure you are available to come along before you submit.  If you don’t want to read your story, and would like one of our wonderful actors to read it for you, please let us know when you send in your story.  We can’t wait to read them!  For more information, to listen to the kind of stories we like, and to submit your story, click here.

Talking Tales #17 – 17th February – Bristol

We’re going early for the first Talking Tales of 2018 – long before the weather, we’ll be the warm front you’ve been waiting for. Before the crocuses have bloomed, before you’ve started your third diet, before you’ve completely negated the effect of a dry January – we’ll be there for you.

There will be stories hot and cold, short and long, entertaining and hearty-breaking. There will be laughs, there will be surprises and there will be slush, probably – but of the city-snow variety rather than the ‘Love Is…’ cartoons. We’ll be looking ahead to the Spring, not looking back at the midweek romancing and tbh, we don’t know what we’ll get – it depends on what you submit. So get to it – surprise yourself and surprise us.

I said we’re going early and we are – a 6pm start. This will save you from the worst of weekend reality TV and leave you the second half of Saturday night to get home and read the Penguin classic of your choice. Send your thanks with your submission.

Submissions close on Saturday 10th February – at the last stroke of Match of the Day.                            

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:       we start at 6pm on the dot on Saturday 17th February 18 – doors open a bit before

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

Stokes Croft Writers would love to see you there.