August Round-Up

Competitions

A Story for Daniel, a flash fiction competition raising awareness of childhood cancer support, is open for entries, deadline Oct 31. Reflex Fiction announced its Summer longlist and the Autumn flash competition is open for entries of between 180-360 words, deadline Aug 31.  The Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition is open for entries of up to 1000 words, deadline Dec 2.

 

Lit Mags & Chapbooks

Tales from the Forest is calling for submissions, deadline Sep 29, Issue 13 of the Nottingham Review is now available. Fictive Dream is calling for submissions.

 

Articles & Blogs

Shannon Savvas reviews KM Elkesnew flash fiction collection, All That Is Between Us. Baret Magarian tells us about the gestation of his new short story collection, Melting Point.

 

Live Lit

Talking Tales is open for submissionsuntil Aug 9 for its flash fiction special in Bristol on Aug 20. Short Shorts Friday is holding its next event on August 30 at the Pentameters Theatre, London.

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July Round-Up

News

We’re delighted to welcome another new Lit Mag to our list: Clover & White: “an online literary magazine that publishes all writers but with a real focus on showcasing the talents of underrepresented and emerging authors”

 

Competitions

The Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition is open for entries of up to 1000 words, deadline Dec 2. Reflex Fiction’s Autumn flash competition is open for entries of between 180 -360 words, deadline Aug 31. The Show Me Yours Prizefor writing on sex and desire closes on July 10th.

 

Lit Mags

Issue 13 of the Nottingham Review is now available. Fictive Dream is open for submissionsBlueHouse journal is calling for submissions for its first issue.

 

Articles & Blogs

Sandra Arnold writes a blog post for us about writing her new flash fiction collection, Soul Etchings. The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award tells ShortStops about its new initiative, I Heart Short Stories.

June Round-Up

News

We’re delighted to welcome two new Lit Mags to our list: BlueHouse Journal, which likes “the edged of things”, and Another North, “a new online platform for writing from, or set in the North of England.” Do check them out – and see BlueHouse’s call for submissions below!

Competitions

Flashback Fiction’s summer historical microfiction competition for pieces up to 100 words long on the theme of the Moon is now open for entries, deadline June 16. The Show Me Yours Prize for writing on sex and desire is open for entries until July 10th. The deadline for the Hastings Lit Fest short story competition – with short story & flash fiction categories – is  30 June.

Live Lit & Festivals

White Rabbit’s Bernadette Russell is taking part in The Hunters Grimm storyhunting show in London in June. Dive into Weekend of Words this weekend at Victoria Baths in Manchester, June 7-9, and catch Arachne Press at festivals in South London.

Lit Mags & Chapbooks

BlueHouse journal is calling for submissions for its first issue. All Those Things Left Unsaid is calling for submissions on the topic of “Things Left Unsaid”. Fictive Dream is open for submissions.

Courses & Workshops

Claire Keegan is teaching a weekend of fiction writing and reading on the subject of “The Child in Society”, in Co. Wexford at the end of June.  Novel Nights is holding a short fiction masterclass with Vanessa Gebbie on Sept 8th in Bristol.

Articles & Blogs

The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award tells ShortStops about its new initiative, I Heart Short Stories.

May Round-Up

News

We’re delighted to welcome two new Live Lit nights to our list – Untitled, London, for underrepresented writers; and Flash in Hand, Bristol’s first flash fiction open mic – and a new Lit Mag: All Those Things Left Unsaid, on the theme of conversations that were never had. The UK & Ireland short story scene is flourishing!

 

Competitions

The Reflex Fiction Summer ’19 flash fiction contest is open for entries until 31 May (180-360 words). The Hastings Lit Fest short story competition – with short story & flash fiction categories – is now open, deadline 30 June. The Creative Future Writers Award for under-represented writers is open, on the theme of “Home”, deadline 2 June.

 

Live Lit & Festivals

Join in Bristol’s first flash open mic, Flash in Hand, tonight, May 13th! Dive into Weekend of Words, at Victoria Baths in Manchester, June 7-9, and catch Arachne Press at festivals in South London. The next Stroud Short Stories is being held on May 19th in Stroud.

Lit Mags & Chapbooks

All Those Things Left Unsaid is calling for submissions on the topic of “Things Left Unsaid” and Pixel Heart is looking for stories on the theme of “Nature” by 31st May. Fictive Dream is open for submissions.

 

Courses & Workshops

Join in 30 Days of Writing, an online course starting in June and run by Shaun Levin of The A3 Press. Haringey Lit Live is running another Novella Fever course, starting on May 15th in Haringey. Novel Nights is holding a short fiction masterclass with Vanessa Gebbie on Sept 8th in Bristol.

 

Articles

Amira Richards blogs about reading and writing short stories

February Round-Up

Competitions  

National Flash Fiction Day is calling for flash fiction on the theme of “Doors” for its annual anthology, and for entries to its microfiction competition, deadline 15 March for both. Reflex Fiction has announced its Autumn 2018 winners – and the Spring flash fiction contest is now open, deadline Feb 28th. Writers HQ has announced its new quarterly flash competition, for stories up to 500 words, deadline 31 March.

 

Lit Mags

Fictive Dream is calling for submissions. Tales from the Forest is calling for submissions for its tenth issue, which is unthemed, deadline Feb 17.

 

Live Lit  

Story Friday is calling for submissions on the theme “Invitation”, deadline 11 March, for their event in Bath on 22 March.

 

Mentoring & Courses

Word Factory is looking for four emerging short story writers to take part in its Apprentice Award programme, deadline Feb 7. 

 

Books  

Spotlight Books is calling for short fiction manuscripts from English writers from underrepresented backgrounds, deadline 24 Feb.

 

January Round-Up

Happy New Year – may it be filled with short stories and writing successes!

Lit Mags

Here Comes Everyone is calling for submissions for their ‘Classified’ issue, deadline 1 Feb. The Shadow Booth is open to submissions of weird and eerie fiction from womenwriters only in January. Tales from the Forest is calling for submissions for its tenth issue, which is unthemed, deadline Feb 17.

Live Lit

Story Friday is open to submissions for its next live event, in Bath, on the theme of ‘2018’, deadline 14 Jan.

 

Mentoring & Courses

Word Factory is looking for four emerging short story writers to take part in its Apprentice Awardprogramme, deadline Feb 7. Haringey Live Lit is running a 6-week novella-writing course in London, beginning Jan 30.

Books

Spotlight Books is calling for short fiction manuscripts from English writers from underrepresented backgrounds, deadline 24 Feb.

 

Competitions

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

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.