The Short Anthology – The First Issue

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The Short Anthology‘s First Issue has launched.

Each issue of The Short Anthology will be a collection of short stories based on photography. The first issue used 8 photographs of the sea by Joe Coleman and had 6 writers create short stories based on one or a few of the photos. The stories are a very eclectic mixture, ranging from dystopian African sci-fi to a story about immigration and loneliness set in Dover, UK.

The writers are:

  • Dilman Dila, who was shortlisted for the 2013 Commonwealth Short Story Prize and is based in Uganda
  • Jonathan Kearnes, an MA graduate in Creative Writing based in London
  • Scott Morris, who was shortlisted for the 2013 White Review Short Story Prize and is Fiction Editor of The Literateur
  • Katherine Proctor, non-fiction editor of Should Does from North Carolina
  • Michael Salu, former artistic director of Granta Publications who has had his work published in various magazines
  • Matthew Sperling, a writer of poetry, fiction and criticism and a Leverhulme Trust research fellow at Reading University

The First Issue is available to buy here: www.theshortanthology.com

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Bristol Short Story Prize Closes April 30!

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“Bristol Short Story Prize’s promotion and publication of my short story helped me to find an agent which led to an offer of publication for my novel and, also, helped get my short story broadcast on BBC Radio 4.” Emily Bullock, winner of the 2011 Bristol Short Story Prize

This year it could be you! The 2014 Bristol Short Story Prize is open for entries – closing date is midnight on 30th April. 20 stories will be published in our 7th anthology, 1st prize £1000, 2nd prize £700, 3rd prize £400. 17 further prizes of £100. Entry can be made online or by post. Please click here for more details.

We interview the chair of this year’s judging panel, former BBC Radio 4 producer, Sara Davies, here. Sara is joined on this year’s judging panel by literary agent, Rowan Lawton, and celebrated writers, Sanjida O’Connell and Nikesh Shukla.

The 2013 Bristol Short Story Prize was won by London-based writer, Paul McMichael, Paul’s brilliant winning story, along with the 19 other shortlisted stories, are available in our latest anthology . We interview Paul about his success and his writing here.

Read more about how Emily Bullock secured an agent and publishing deal after being discovered in our volume 4 anthology here. Follow us on Twitter for very regular updates on the competition and links to the exciting and dynamic world of short stories, writing, reading and publishing.

Adam Foulds, SAND Journal and unknown writers making it

This month is proving a very exciting one for Visual Verse contributors. As well as having Booker Prize nominated author Adam Foulds headlining on the site, we are thrilled to announce a collaboration with the Berlin based literary journal, SAND.

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More of that shortly, though. First, Kristen Harrison (Visual Verse curator) and I want to thank all the contributors who made the March Visual Verse our best month since we launched last November. Our image was by artist and illustrator Denise Nestor: a precariously balanced tower of birds who seemed to be sleeping, or dead. The writers loved it – so much so, we had 80 submissions in one month, which was unprecedented. Each piece was astonishing: carefully observed and written to make every word carry weight. The chapter as a whole is a thing of beauty in itself, it is fascinating to see how one image can bring so many responses.

Some of my favourite lines: ‘What does the sheep think of the sky?’ in Tristan Forster’s elegiac prose poem; Sarah James’ wonderfully  forensic piece, with the line,  ‘the delicacy of coiled intestines and death plucks song’ and of course our lead writer Adam Marek’s short story, with its simple control of voice: ‘The cheese was all prickly. Like battery tops. We fought the cheese was bad, but when we noticed the same taste was in everyfin, we realised it was our mouths.’

This month is lead by another Adam – Adam Foulds, whose Booker nominated ‘The Quickening Maze’ and ‘The Broken Word’ are poetry laced with violence and despair. The perfect choice for this month’s image, by photographer Marcus Bastel. I absolutely love reading all the submissions we get each day, and even more taking part in the conversation about them that is growing on twitter. I read and consider everything  – there are only a couple of rules – it must be 50-500 words, written in the space of one hour in response to the image. It should not have been published anywhere before.

Those who submit find new opportunities opening up for them too. I’m delighted to say that Berlin-based SAND journal will be featuring Visual Verse in their next issue. In consultation with us, they have selected four pieces to publish in SAND Issue 09, both in print and online. SAND exposes fresh literary talent from Berlin and beyond and we are proud to be featured in it.

I can’t wait to read what the month will bring. If you are thinking of submitting, the only thing I would say is  – you won’t regret it. Visual Verse is all about collaboration between what you see and how you write, you, us, our readers: art and words. The image is the starting point, the text is up to you. Enjoy!

Preti Taneja
Editor, Visual Verse

 

Creative Future – Museum Tales

Every object tells a story… Come and listen to writing inspired by the artefacts in the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, read by the writers themselves at the launch of Museum Tales II – a pamphlet of work created on our popular Museum Tales courses. Copies will be on sale fresh from the printers. Come and support your fellow writers and see Brighton Museum through fresh eyes!

When? 27 March 2014, 2 – 3pm

Where? Fashion Gallery, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

March Fortnightly Roundup II

Hello story lovers,
Here’s our roundup of what’s been happening on ShortStops over the past fortnight:

Lit Mags and Competitions
Mslexia’s short story competition closes today, March 17th, get your entries in quick! We welcome new lit mag Jotters United to our list. You can now enter Brittle Star’s short story and poetry competitions online, deadline March 21st. Read an extract from a story from Neon’s Winter issue and check out their call for proposal for chapbooks and pamphlets. The Brighton Prize, a short story prize with a live lit twist, is accepting entries until April 1st.

Holdfast magazine’s second issue is published and submissions are open for Issue #3 on the theme of Objects, Artefacts and Talismans, and the Moth International Short Story Prize is open until June 30th.

Live Lit & Short Story Events
Today is the deadline for submissions to Telltales on the theme of ‘Unhinged’ to be read at their next event in Falmouth on March 25th. Stand-up Tragedy’s Tragic Heroes is at the Hackney Attic in London on March 21st.

At In Praise Of Short Stories at the Daunt Books Festival on March 27th in London, KJ Orr will be talking to AL Kennedy, David Constantine and Helen Simpson. Book tickets for the next Word Factory event, also in London, on March 29th: a masterclass, short story club, then live lit event with AS Byatt, Joe Dunthorne and Will Cohu.

Last Minutes & Gentle Reminders
Short Fiction’s 2014 short story prize is still open for entries, deadline March 31st

Anthologies
Submit a short story on the theme of Islands and Cities to a new Tasmanian-London anthology by April 30th.

Happy reading, writing, listening and performing!

Transportation – £200 for successful submissions

Submissions for Tasmanian/London book Islands and Cities will open on Monday, March 3rd and remain open till April 30th, 2014, midnight.

Submissions should be in the theme of ‘Islands and Cities’, and no longer than 5000 words in length.

All submissions must be original work and not be previously published.
The work must be accompanied by a short bio/statement of up to 200 words.

There will be a small entry fee of £10GBP / $15AUD, details on this and more will follow with a full submissions guideline shortly.

Click the image below to find out more soon.

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The Brighton Prize

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The Brighton Prize is a new annual short story prize run by Rattle Tales, Brighton’s interactive live literature night. They are looking for fresh interesting new writing that will keep the attention of a live audience and get them talking. The short stories must be between 1000 and 2000 words long and there is no restriction on subject or genre.

The Brighton Prize began with the aim of finding exciting, challenging new writers and to bring their work to the Brighton stage. The first prize is worth £400 and the two runners up are £50 each. The shortlist will be judged by two Brighton based authors. Bethan Roberts, author of The Pools, The Good Plain Cook, and Mother Island (out June 2014) and Laura Lockington, author of The Cornish Affair, Cupboard Love and Stargazy Pie. All three finalists will be invited to read their stories at Rattles Tales’s Brighton Festival Fringe show on May 14th. In addition the top ten shortlist will be offered publication in their anthology. The closing date is 1st April 2014 and the entry fee is £6. Visit www.brightonprize.com for more details.