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:
- write a stupidly brilliant story – 200 to 1500 words should do it
- send it to us – via e-mail to the address below
- prepare your best threads and polish the silver snuff-box
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The next Story Friday has the theme of ‘Stolen’: stolen hearts, stolen kisses, stolen jewels, stolen lives… who is the thief in your story? Will you go all Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels or are your robber’s deeds more domestic? We can’t wait to read your stolen stories! 2,000 words maximum, no minimum, deadline Monday April 30th. Story Friday Stolen is on Friday 11th May – please ensure you are available to come to the event before submitting. We have fine actors who are happy to read your story for you if you’d like them to – please let us know when you submit. For more information about Story Fridays, to listen to stories that we’ve recorded, for full submission details and to submit your story click here.
From action heroes to Irish farmers, murderers to museum guards, via cuckolds, crosswords, “relationship wine” and a man who starts growing balloons all over his body, we at Liars’ League have ten wild, weird and wonderful flash fiction stories for you in our birthday special* on Tuesday 10th April (click for Facebook event link).
Tickets to this terrific tasting menu of tiny tales are just £5 on the door (cash only) which adds up to 50p per story: probably the biggest entertainment bargain in the West End. Your £5 will also get you a programme, birthday cake, entry to our literary quiz (win books!), and of course all the small and beautiful sweets you can eat.
WINNING STORIES for SMALL & BEAUTIFUL
- Action by William Conway & Chiaroscuro by Richard A. Shury, read by Rich Keeble
- Lighter than Air by Anton Rose & Mugged by Stephen Baily, read by Miranda Harrison
- Wine Frame of Mind by Joseph Francis & The Last Real Thing by MFC Feeley, read by James Price
- Losers by Nicolas Ridley, read by Will Goodhand
- 24 Tiny Tales by Andreas Paraskevaides, read by Claire Lacey & Will Goodhand
- Decluttering by Sue Smith, read by Claire Lacey
- Mandatory Meeting for Museum Guards Before The VIP + Members’ Exhibition Opening Reception by Rachel Karyo, read by Keleigh Wolf
As always, doors open at 7pm and the show begins at 7.30. Drinks and food will be available at the bar, and the infamous interval quiz will feature fabulous free books to be won! There’s no pre-booking, but tables for four or more can be reserved by calling 07808 939535. And finally, if for whatever unimaginable reasons you can’t make the show, performances are recorded for podcast and videoed in HD for our YouTube channel.
The venue is the downstairs bar at:
The Phoenix pub
37 Cavendish Square
(The Phoenix is 5 minutes’ walk from Oxford Circus tube station, which is on the Victoria, Bakerloo and Central lines. Map here)
*we’re 11 this year, since you ask …
The Anthology of Authors returns! Following our postponed event (March 1st) at The Stagey Fox Leamington, we are pleased to announce – YAY! – (that’s us being pleased) that we will be back to entertain you with shorts, poems, flashes, flishes and most likely flushes on THURSDAY 22nd MARCH at The Stagey Fox, Regent Street Leamington Spa. Free to enter, free to listen, free to applaud and do feel free to flatter. First sentence 7.15pm, closing paragraph 9pm. Come one, come all!
of Bristol are delighted to be open for submissions once more for our first 2018 Story Sunday
event on Sunday April 29th
with the theme of A Moment in Time
when around ten writers will be invited to take to the Southbank stage in Bedminster and enthral us with their talent.
Submissions Open Now
Any genre is acceptable, a historical tale or an imagining of the future, or maybe just a moment, crystallised in words. As ever we love to be shocked, stunned, terrified or delighted.
If you’d like to send a story for our consideration, please observe the following:
- wordcount 500 – 1500 – complete stories please, no extracts
- your story can be published or unpublished as long as you have the right to read it out.
- deadline midnight Sunday April 8th 2018
- only submit if you can read on Sunday April 29th 2018 between 7 and 9 pm at Southbank Club, Dean Lane, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1DB. We’ll let you know if you’ve been chosen around a week before hand.
- email your submission to writersunchained at gmail.com with ‘A Moment in Time’ in the subject line
- attach the story as a Word doc (or docx) or in the body of the email. Make sure you include your own name, the title and the wordcount with the text
We think this should cover everything, but if you have any questions we suggest you contact us via Twitter @bww_unchained or email writersunchained at gmail.com with ”Story Sunday query’ in the subject line.
Hoping to hear from you soon!
Stroud Short Stories is open for submissions for the 20 May event – our 16th event. Submissions will close at the end of Saturday 14 April. It’s an open theme this time. As ever it’s free to submit and we accept both published and unpublished stories from Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire writers. Ten authors will read their work in front of a capacity audience of 70 short story lovers on Sunday 20 May at the SVA in John Street, Stroud, GL5 2HA.
We will also be publishing a second anthology later this year and all ten writers will be invited to have their story published in it.
All the info you need is on our website/blog – https://stroudshortstories.blogspot.co.uk/
Due to this week’s rubbish forecast of snow and ice, our live-lit event at The Stagey Fox, Regent Street has been postponed. Our anthology of authors will re-group on Thursday April 19th at 7.15pm instead.