December Round-Up

New on ShortStops

Welcome to our final newsletter of 2018 – here’s to a great 2019 filled with short stories! This month we welcome Big Words Manchester to our Live Lit list, a new monthly spoken word night in Chorlton, Manchester.

Live Lit

Talking Tales #21 is being held on Dec 8th in Bristol and will feature the launch of the To Hull and Back short story anthology.

Lit Mags & Anthology

The A3 Review and Press has announced its new contest themes and the new issue is now available. Pixel Heart lit mag is calling for submissions for its second issue, on the theme of “Pride”. Unlit Press is inviting submissions on the theme of “darkness” for its first horror & dark fiction anthology, deadline 31 Dec.

Book Review

Ella March writes about her favourite story from Susmita Bhattacharya’s collection, Table Manners, published by Dahlia Publishing.

 

Short Story Workshops

The Unthank School is now open for enrolment in the online short story workshops and masterclass with Tom Vowler, which will start in January.

 

Competitions

Tavistock Library is running Gothic short story and flash fiction competitions, deadline May 31st.

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November Round-up

Lit Mags & Anthology

Jared Shurin is calling for submissions of stories previously published in 2018 for the Best of British Fantasy anthology, deadline 1 Dec. Fictive Dream is currently offering two submission opportunities. Unlit Press is inviting submissions on the theme of “darkness” for its first horror & dark fiction anthology, deadline 31 Dec.

 

Competitions

The London Independent Story Prize is open for entries, deadline Nov 12th. Writers HQ has announced its From LGBTQ+ With Love flash fiction competition, deadline 30 Nov. Reflex Fiction has announced its Summer 2018 winners.

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Competitions

The BBC National Short Story Award announces an all-female shortlist. The READ Foundation is running a writing competition, deadline Oct 10th, and has 12 tips to get you started.

Live Lit

An evening of stand-up storytelling is being held tonight (Monday 17th September) in Warwick. Stroud Short Stories is launching its anthology of stories performed at its events on Sept 28th, Stroud. Story Sunday is calling for submissions on the theme of “The Fall” by Sept 23rd for its event in Bristol on Oct 7th.

Lit Mags & Anthology

Fictive Dream is calling for submissions, as is Breve New Stories, deadline Oct 15th.

Workshops & Short Story Month

The inaugural Short Story September is half way through, run by Dahlia Publishing, with profiles of short story writers and a daily writing prompt.

Gail Aldwin is running a flash fiction workshop at the Clevedon Community Bookshop on Oct 4th. Paul McVeigh is running a workshop, That Killer First Page, in Dublin on October 13th.

September Round-Up

Workshops & Short Story Month

The inaugural Short Story September has started, run by Dahlia Publishing, with profiles of short story writers and a daily writing prompt.

Gail Aldwin is running a flash fiction workshop at the Clevedon Community Bookshop on Oct 4th. Paul McVeigh is running a workshop, That Killer First Page, in Dublin on October 13th. The Unthank School is offering an 8-week online short story masterclass with Tom Vowler, starting in September.

 

Lit Mags & Anthology

Story Cities Flash Fiction anthologyis calling for submissions of city-themed flash stories by Sept 16th. Breve New Stories’ Issue 2 is out now, and the Nottingham Review is now available in printrhaw magazine is open to submissions. The A3 Review reveals its new contest themes.

 

Competitions

Reflex Fiction, the quarterly flash fiction competition, introduces its new flash fiction forum. The Casket of Fictional Delights has announced its flash fiction competition longlist.

 

Live Lit & Short Story Festivals

Story Friday is calling for submissions on the theme of “tomorrow” for its September event in Bath.

August Round-Up

Lit Mags

Open Pen is holding its summer party in London on August 12th. Breve New Stories’ Issue 2 is out now, and the Nottingham Review is now available in print. Fictive Dream is calling for submissions for its September Slam, and rhaw magazine is also open to submissions. The A3 Review reveals its new contest themes.

Crossways is calling for submissions for issue 3 and Tales from the Forest has a call for submissions on the theme of “Limits”.

 

Competitions

Reflex Fiction, the quarterly flash fiction competition, introduces its new flash fiction forum – and is offering ten free contest entries for the Autumn competition, closing Aug 28th. The Casket of Fictional Delights has announced its flash fiction competition longlist.

The John O’Connor Writing School competition is open for stories from 1800-2000 words, deadline Aug 31st. The Aleph Writing Prize is accepting submissions of stories up to 10,000 words, deadline Sept 1st.

 

 

Workshops & Classes

The Unthank School is offering an 8-week online short story masterclasswith Tom Vowler, starting in September.

 

Live Lit & Short Story Festivals

Story Friday is calling for submissions on the theme of “tomorrow” for its September event in Bath.

July Round-Up

Books & Pamphlets

CG Menon talks on the blog about how she put her newly published short story collection, Subjunctive Moods, together. The Unthology 10 short story anthology has just been published by Unthank Books. V. Press is open for submissions of flash fiction pamphlets during July.

 

Lit Mags

Crossways is calling for submissions for issue 3 and Fictive Dream has a competition call for submissions. Tales from the Forest has a call for submissions on the theme of “Limits”.

 

Competitions

The London Independent Story Prize is open for entries up to 300 words long until July 16th. The Aleph Writing Prize is accepting submissions of stories up to 10,000 words, deadline Sept 1st.

The Grist competition is open for submissions of stories of protest,deadline July 15th. The Michael Mullan Cancer Fund competition for short stories, flash fiction and poetry closes on July 20th and the Sean O’Faolain short story competition is open until July 31st.

 

Workshops & Classes

Write & Shine is holding morning writing workshops in London from July 5th. The Unthank School is offering an 8-week online short story masterclass with Tom Vowler, starting in September.

Live Lit & Short Story Festivals

The next Flashers’ Club is being held in Cheltenham on Thurs 2nd August. Story Friday is calling for submissions on the theme of “tomorrow” for its September event in Bath.

June Round-Up

New on ShortStops

This month we welcome another new magazine to our list – Pixel Heart,  “created to allow for writers and poets to showcase writing that they’ve created with heart, online.”

Competitions

The Michael Mullan Cancer Fund competition is open until 20 July, for short stories, flash fiction and poetry. The Sean O’Faolain short story competition is open until July 31st. Ouen Press announced its competition results.

The VS Pritchett Short Story Prizecloses on June 29th. The Grist competition is open for submissions of stories of protest, deadline July 15th.

 

Lit Mags

Pixel Heart is calling for submissions for its first issue, on the theme of “Love”. Tales from the Forest has a call for submissions on the theme of “Limits”, and Here Comes Everyone is calling for submissions for its Ritual issue.

Crossways #2 is now online, and Bunbury magazine launches a new podcast. Fictive Dream has a special call for submissions for its September Slam.  The A3 Review is looking for stories for its Circles issue.

 

Live Lit & Short Story Festivals

Story Friday is calling for submissions on the theme of “tomorrow” for its September event in Bath. Leicester Writes Short Story Festival is on June 30th in Leicester. Booking is now open for the 2018 Flash Fiction Festival, being held in Bristol in July.

 

Workshops

Inside Fictional Minds: Psychology for Writers’ workshop is being held in Chester June 30-July 1st.