July Round-Up

Dear short story lovers, if you are on twitter, could you spare a minute to vote in our Twitter poll, asking what UK short story writers want, as research for an article I am writing for Mslexia?
Thanks, and happy July!


Lit Mags

Shooter magazine has opened submissions for its next issue, ‘New Life’. DNA mag instructs you to read Issue 1 and submit for Issue 2. Token Magazine also wants submissions for its second issue on the theme of ‘bodies’ and issue 16 of Bunbury is here. Popshot magazine wants your writing for its ‘Light’ issue, and Fictive Dream wants your stories.


Live Lit

 Talking Tales is open to submissions for its 15th event, on Aug 12th in Bristol. Flashers Club brings you news about its next event in August in Cheltenham.

Issue #2 of The Ham

We are very pleased to announce the official release of issue #2 of The Ham. The theme of this second issue is ‘Change & Stasis’.


We have listed around a third of the total amount of printed copies for sale on our website for the small cost of £3 for a physical or £2.50 for a digital copy. We’re hoping that we might be able to make enough from selling a small number of copies online to fund the printing of future issues, and no longer have to look for outside funding to pay for the printing and distribution of The Ham.

The other two-thirds of the second issue will be distributed for free, throughout the UK, in bars, cafes, museums, galleries and public transport. For those of you unlucky enough to pick up a free copy, or for those of you feeling generous enough to buy one, you can purchase a physical or a digital copy here, as well as get a free digital copy of issue #1 if you happened to have missed it. Issue #2 is just as hefty as issue #1, with 88 pages packed full of quality short-fiction, poetry, artwork and photography, for about the price of a fancy cup of coffee. We hope you enjoy it!!

In other news, we are hoping to publish a lot more work on our website in the interim periods between the release of the physical issues of The Ham. So send us your short-fiction, poetry, artwork and photography to thehamfreepress@gmail.com and if we like it we will try our best to publish it. If we really like it, we will also try and publish it in the next physical issue of The Ham. We’re not looking for any specific themes, just quality, unique pieces of work.

Finally, we now have a mailing list! Once signed up you will receive emails every couple of weeks with new work from our contributors, and you will be the first to know when we put out the call for submissions for our print edition. To sign up just click here!

Ed (Editor)

May Round-Up

Live Lit & Book Tours

Lit Mags & Anthologies

The Nottingham Review launches Issue 7 and a call for submissions, and Fictive Dream celebrates their first birthday. The A3 Review tells us about its new things: An issue, A Contest and A3 on Instagram. Bunbury is back with Issue 15 and some exciting news.


Ouen Press has announced the results of their 2016 short story competition. The Casket of Fictional Delights’ flash fiction competition closes on 31 May, as does  the Reflex summer flash fiction competition. The Dorset Fiction Award is accepting entries until 10 June, and the V S Pritchett Memorial Prize is open, deadline 14 June.

Workshops & Courses

December Round-Up

Live Lit

Read Paper Republic are organising Dragonworld, an evening of genre-bending new fiction from China, in London tonight, Dec 12th. Hand of Doom productions presents Festive Phantoms & Yuletide Yarns in Folkestone on Dec 16th.  And Smut Slam is happening in London on Jan 11th. You can watch/listen to Stroud Short Stories’ events on their YouTube Channel. Arachne Press are taking their Liberty Tales anthology on tour.Story Fridays Ice is open for submissions for their event  in Bath on Jan 13th. TheSolstice Shorts Festival is being held in London on Dec 21st. Flashers Club blogged about their first event and announced their second, in Cheltenham on Feb 9th.

Lit Mags

Fictive Dream wishes you season’s greetings and is open for submissions. Popshot is also open for submissions for their ‘Future’ issue. The Ham is open for submissions for Issue #2 and is having a launch party for Issue #1 and Spelk wants your flash fiction. Brilliant Flash Fiction has blogged about their Aftermath writing contest, deadline Jan 15th. Structo has a new issue, a shortlisting and a rolling call for submissions.


September Round-Up I

Lit Mags

New Writing Scotland announces Talking About Lobsters: New Writing Scotland 34and calls for submissions for NWS 35. Long Story, Short have launched an Indiegogo campaign to pay their writers more than exposure. Holdfast blogged about their print anthology #2 and call for submissions. Structo 15 is now online for free, and Fictive Dream have posted August news and a call for submissions. The Short Anthology has launched its second issue. Shooter lit mag would like your submissions on the theme of ‘Cities’

Live Lit & Festivals


Workshops & Critique

Write & Shine are running new early morning writing classes, both online and in London.  The A3 Review has launched a new short story and flash fiction critique service.

Liars’ League | Work & Play Story Submissions

THIS Sunday 3rd July: Liars’ League are looking for new, unpublished short stories of 800-2000 words on a Work & Play theme for our Tuesday 9th August event. Do you live to work, or work to live? And what do you do for fun? We want to hear about the 9-5 as well as the after-dark hours this month. 

Email your tales to us at liars@liarsleague.com by midnight on Sunday 3rd July.

For additional information, visit Liars’ League’s guidelines page.