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.

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

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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.

 

 

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

 

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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

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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.

Just One Week Left to Submit to Into The Void Issue 2!

Into The Void Magazine seeks fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art for Issue Two. There is no theme. We want work that screams out from inside you and grabs hold of us. We want to hear what you have no choice but to tell. Unpublished and less established writers have as good a chance as any—it’s all about the writing. The deadline is September 25th. https://intothevoidmagazine.com/submissions/ cover

 

POETRY

We accept poems of all forms and styles of up to 80 lines with no minimum line or word count. The key here is two-fold: A clear display of the intention to create a beautiful sounding poem, and an economical use of well-chosen words of powerful meaning and description. Poems can be about anything at all, and of all shapes.

 

FICTION

We are open to all genres and styles of up to 4,000 words with no minimum. Although literary fiction tends to be our favourite, we love any kind of story that blows us away, from science fiction to speculative to fantasy to horror. The only requirement is writing your little heart out! We aren’t too fussed about flawless grammar and technique; we’re much more interested in stories that grab and enthral and refuse to let go. We prize beautiful, unique prose but clarity is a must. The most important thing we can tell you is this: Stories, always, always, always, are about people. Everything else is secondary. Write the story you simply must write–the one that screams its way out of your fingers because it needs to be read.

NON-FICTION

We accept essays of up to 4,000 words on any topic whatsoever that conveys passion and truth, be it personal or issue-focused. We want essays that bite!

For more details and the guidelines on how to submit, see our submissions page: https://intothevoidmagazine.com/submissions/

Call for submissions and British Fantasy Society best speculative fiction magazine nomination

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 Deadline 15 August 2016

 Holdfast magazine is an award winning speculative fiction magazine, that explores our world, minds, hearts, dreams, (anything really) through the lens of weird and wonderful writing.

We are looking for speculative fiction drawing from all of the themes from issues 5 – 8, but also specifically inspired by the UK’s recent decision to leave the EU. Where can you see this going? Are we headed for dystopia or utopia? What would the ghosts of people that died in our two world wars think? What would a secret supernatural underworld be feeling right now? How would this affect witches, robots, fairies? Is there a terrifying lizard monster wearing a human’s skin and leading a certain political party that really doesn’t like immigrants? Perhaps someone can go back in time to alter the result? Or maybe someone is mind-controlling the population?  We want your most imaginative speculative fiction to explore your thoughts and feelings concerning this historic time.

Please remember this is a speculative magazine, so we only accept fiction which falls under this umbrella – fantasy/horror/science fiction/magic realism etc:

  Themes to hang your Brexit fiction on:

Issue #5 Of Land, Sea and Sky
(think place/borders/ownership/migration/refugees/origins)

 Issue #6 Gods and Monsters
(think politics/manipulation/power)

 Issue #7 Looking Forward Looking Back
(think dystopia/utopia/time travel/origins of EU)

 Issue #8 Love Sex Romance
(think relationship/friendship/heartbreak/ unity)

 The fiction supplement will be published online on the magazine site and sent out as a newsletter to subscribers.

 Please read our submission guidelines before submitting.

 All submissions to: submissions@holdfastmagazine.com

We are also excited and very thankful to be shortlisted for the British Fantasy Society award for best magazine again, after we won it last year! (Still super amazed at that)

Liars’ League | Work & Play Story Submissions

THIS Sunday 3rd July: Liars’ League are looking for new, unpublished short stories of 800-2000 words on a Work & Play theme for our Tuesday 9th August event. Do you live to work, or work to live? And what do you do for fun? We want to hear about the 9-5 as well as the after-dark hours this month. 

Email your tales to us at liars@liarsleague.com by midnight on Sunday 3rd July.

For additional information, visit Liars’ League’s guidelines page.  

Are You Sitting Comfortably? MONSTERS

Award winning White Rabbit  are seeking short story writers interested in having their work showcased at their next event “Monsters.”

They say we always get the monsters we deserve, that they are simply a dark reflection of ourselves, our fears and our desires. What makes a monster?
Are they amoral,inhuman beasts, eyes glittering with madness? Or beautiful and seductive beings, tempting us to sin? Or, worse of all, misunderstood creatures, unfairly hunted, lonely, unloved? We are hosting an evening of short stories read aloud, chosen and read by the team at White Rabbit. The evening will include B-movie visuals, monster mash music from the 1920s to now, ghastly games, free food served by a lycanthropist waiter, and blood drenched cocktails.

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Writers who would like their work showcased at this event should email a story of around 1000 words to areyousittingcomfortably@live.com by midnight 26th August 2016. Please note we prefer the writers to attend.

PLEASE PUT MONSTERS IN SUBJECT LINE AND ENSURE YOUR NAME IS ON EVERY PAGE OF YOUR SUBMISSION! Thanks

If you’d like to see what one of the shows looks like please go here

If you’d like to find out more about Are You Sitting Comfortably? and White Rabbit please go here

EVENT DETAILS

Friday 9th September

7.30- late

Arts Admin @Toynbee Studios

28 Commercial St, London E1 6AB

nearest tubde Aldgate East.

tickets £8 includes free food. (writers get complimentary ticket)

Last call for nominations — Best Small Fictions

It takes many small things to make something big. Best Small Fictions 2016 is seeking nominations from around the world.

The deadline for nominations for international submissions (Best Small Fictions is based in the United States) from editors and presses is fast approaching: postmarked by Monday, January 11, 2016.

BSFCover_webIn 2015, fifty-five acclaimed and emerging writers—including Emma Bolden, Ron Carlson, Kelly Cherry, Stuart Dybek, Blake Kimzey, Roland Leach, Bobbie Ann Mason, Diane Williams, and Hiromi Kawakami—made the debut of The Best Small Fictions series something significant, something worthwhile, and something necessary. Featuring spotlights on Pleiades journal and Michael Martone, this international volume—with Pulitzer Prize–winning author Robert Olen Butler serving as guest editor and award-winning editor Tara L. Masih as series editor—is a celebration of the diversity and quality captured in fiction forms fewer than 1,000 words. Best Small Fictions 2015 is available on Amazon UK.

Writing from journals as varied as Matter Press, Wigleaf, The Stinging Fly, Workers Write!, Contemporary Haibun Online, Neon Literary Magazine , Smokelong Quarterly, Flash Frontier, Sand, decpomP, The Los Angeles Review, Bartleby Snopes and Gargoyle were included in the 2015 volume—and that’s just a sample.

Coming in October 2016, the second volume, guest edited by Stuart Dybek, promises the same excitement and depth as the first.

Click here for full guidelines and send your nominations today:

http://www.queensferrypress.com/bsf/bsf2016guidelines.pdf.

The editors are especially looking for nominations by international writers. More information and reviews can be found on The Best Small Fictions page on Facebook.

Please enjoy the 2015 volume and see why acclaimed writer Nuala Ni Chonchuir said “there is pathos, depth and welcome language—fireworks in these small gems.”

And please nominate for the 2016 volume!

 

Call for Submissions for issue#8: Love, Sex, Romance

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Space romance opera? Sex and sorcery? The Red (hot) wedding?

Call for Submissions

Deadline 15 Jan 2016

In this issue we’ll be looking at that element of the human experience that levels all barriers and spans all narratives. Desire, attraction, relationships, whether riding a horse across fantastic landscapes or spiralling through space, love almost always has a place in our most beloved speculative fiction. For this issue we want stories that explore this in some way, whether it’s horror, urban fantasy or space opera, sparks will fly. We are particularly interested in stories and articles that contain diverse relationships. Please look through the submissions guidelines for info on how to submit. (Remember we are a speculative fiction mag, so that means fantasy, SF, horror, magic realism, dystopia, and general weird stuff)

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