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.

 

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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.

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.

Sept Round-Up II

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.