January Round-Up

Happy New Year from ShortStops Towers! Here’s to a year filled with short stories, great reading, performing and writing!

New on the site: We welcome new Leicester Live Lit Night, Buzzword – check out their ShortStops Page here!

Lit Mags

The Shadow Booth Vol. 1, a new journal of weird and eerie fiction, is out now, and the brand new issue of Here Comes Everyone, the Brutal Issue, is out. Fictive Dream is open to submissions of stories from 500-2500 words with a contemporary feel.

Competitions

Two days left to enter the London Independent Story Prize, which closes on January 10th. The Squat Pen Rests short story competition is open til January 19th and six finalists will read their stories at a live event in Swindon on January 26th. Reflex Fiction announces its Autumn 2017 winners, it’s Winter 2017 longlist, and opens the Spring 2018 contest to submissions.

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December round-up

Lit Mags

We’re delighted to welcome two new lit mags to our list: Use Your Words, “open to submissions of all kinds; poetry, short stories, personal essays and anything in between”, and the Arts Foundry, “a website and journal based in the Black Country, championing regional art and writing”.

Fictive Dream has a special call for submissions for Flash Fiction February. Open Pen releases its 20th issue, and the A3 Review’s 7th issue is here. Bunbury has a new issue, Fallout, and Palm-sized Press’ ‘Retrospective’ zine is now available for pre-order. Spelk is open to flash fiction submissions.

Anthologies

Hometown Tales are looking for writers from Wales and the south-west for their new series of anthologies.

Live Lit

Talking Tales is holding their next event on Dec 9th in Bristol.

Competitions

The Ruth Rendell short story competition closes on December 22. The Casket of Fictional Delights has announced its 2017 Flash Fiction competition winners, and Reflex Fiction has announced its summer 2017 winners

November Round-Up

Lit Mags

Competitions

Words and Women are counting down to their competition deadline on Nov 15th and asking you to polish that prose. The Casket of Fictional Delights has announced its 2017 Flash Fiction competition winners, and Reflex Fiction has announced its summer 2017 winners – its Winter 2017 Flash Fiction competition is open until November 30th. and the Ruth Rendell short story competition is open until December 22.

Live Lit

White Rabbit is celebrating World Kindness Day on November 13th with a free storytelling event in London. Story Fridays gets the shivers – and wants your storiesfor its ‘haunting’ event in Bath, deadline Nov 13th. There’s even more Smut Slam across the UK in November. 

October Round-Up

Lit Mags

Competitions

Words and Women writing competition for women writers is open to entries, deadline November 15th, and Reflex Fiction’s Winter 2017 Flash Fiction competitionis now open, deadline November 30th.The Walter Swan Short Story Prize is now open to submissions, deadline 16 October, and the Ruth Rendell short story competition is open until December 22.

Live Lit

Talking Tales is calling for submissions for its event as part of the Bristol Festival of Literature on Oct 28th. Solstice Shorts is calling for submissions on the theme of “dusk” for its festival on December 21st.

Workshops

London Lit Lab is running a Write and Edit A Story In A Weekend Workshop, Oct 7-8th. Words and Women have launched a series of Writing Sundays in Norwich in September and October.

September Round-Up

Lit Mags

Bunbury has a call for submissions for Issue 18. The A3 Review is all about Silver, Gold and Some Hard Cash with their silver-themed contest and new submission themes. Fictive Dream wants your stories, and Dopplegänger has blogged with a call for submissions. Tales from the Forest has several upcoming themed deadlines. Fairlight Books has launched a new platform for literary fiction. Shooter magazine has opened submissions for its next issue, ‘New Life’.

Workshops

London Lit Lab is running a Write and Edit A Story In A Weekend Workshop, Oct 7-8th. Get a free short story critique with the Writers HQ online writing short fiction course, which begins Sep 18th. Words and Women have launched a series of Writing Sundays in Norwich in September and October.There are two free writing workshops in Devon on medieval murder and 17th century romance on Sept 14th  – and a free Writing & Walking “walkshop” in Bristol on 15th September.

Live Lit

Story Fridays is calling for submissions on the theme of Speed of Light for their next event in Bath, and Stroud Short Stories want stories from Gloucs writers for their November event. There’s more Smut Slam in September. Speed book-clubbing with four shorts translated from Chinese and a discussion with translators is being held in London tomorrow, September 5th.

Short Story Publishers

Arachne Press is celebrating 5 years of short stories and more with a party on Friday 8 Sept, London.

Competitions

The Walter Swan Short Story Prize is now open to submissions, deadline 16 October, and the Ruth Rendell short story competition is open until December 22. The Casket of Fictional Delights has unveiled its flash fiction competition longlist. Reflex Fiction brings us Autumn news about its flash fiction contests.

August Round-Up

Lit Mags

The A3 Review is all about Silver, Gold and Some Hard Cash with their silver-themed contest and new submission themes. Fictive Dream wants your stories, and Dopplegänger has blogged with a call for submissions. Bunbury magazine now comes to you in the flesh, in physical form.

Tales from the Forest has several upcoming themed deadlines. Palm-Sized Press is now open for flash fiction submissions, and Fairlight Books has launched a new platform for literary fiction. Shooter magazine has opened submissions for its next issue, ‘New Life’.

 

Anthologies & Pamphlets

Normal Deviation is seeking short stories based on one weird pic, deadline Aug 31.

 

Competitions

The Walter Swan Short Story Prize is now open to submissions, deadline 16 October, and the Ruth Rendell short story competition is open until December 22. The Casket of Fictional Delights has unveiled its flash fiction competition longlist. Reflex Fiction brings us Autumn news about its flash fiction contests.

Workshops & Live Events

Speed book-clubbing with four shorts translated from Chinese and a discussion with translators is being held in London on September 5th. There are two free writing workshops in Devon on medieval murder and 17th century romance on Sept 14th  – and a free Writing & Walking “walkshop” in Bristol on 15th September.

July Round-Up II

Lit Mags

We’re delighted to welcome FOUR new lit mags to our list, do check them out:

Dopplegänger: “x 6 short stories, in print, twice a year. x 3 of those stories will be realist. x 3 will be magical realist.”
Ellipsis Zine: “an online publication for beautifully written fiction & creative nonfiction. 1,000 words or fewer, any genre.”
Idle Ink: “an independent zine published in Hull which features the weird and wonderful inner workings of emerging creatives”
Palm-Sized Press: “a small independent press based in the North East of England, which accepts writing from all over the world.”

And Dopplegänger has already blogged with a call for submissions. Fictive Dreamwould also like your stories, and Shooter magazine has opened submissions for its next issue, ‘New Life’. DNA mag wants your submissions for Issue 2 by tonight, Monday July 24th.

 

Live Lit

Flashers Club announces its next event, on Aug 3rd, in Cheltenham. There are more Smut Slams around the country this summer. Talking Tales is still open to submissions for its 15th event, on Aug 12th in Bristol.

Anthologies & Pamphlets

V. Press is open for flash pamphlet submissions until tonight, July 24th, and Normal Deviation is seeking short stories based on one weird pic.

Competitions & Courses

Reflex Fiction brings us Autumn news about its flash fiction contests. Writers HQ has an online course for anyone whose short story might want to be a novel, beginning Aug 7th.