Holdfast Print Anthology and Call For Submissions!

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Holdfast magazine has launched a fundraising campaign for our first ever print anthology. Click here to visit our fundraiser page and view the awesome prizes on offer, including signed books by Frances Hardinge, Emma Newman and Stephanie Salter, holdfast logo tote bags, and much more.

The holdfast anthology will be a beautiful artefact, comprised of new unpublished fiction, and some of the best articles from our online magazine, all in one, gorgeous volume.

Holdfast is a free, online speculative fiction magazine (that means science fiction, fantasy, horror and all the stuff that falls between) that celebrates and examines these amazing genres.

Read about a time-travelling law enforcer making a difficult choice, a cursed cycling tour that goes hopelessly and hilariously wrong, and what happens when the drugs don’t work on Sleeping Beauty in our fiction section. Discover what shark brains look like (spoiler: a human uterus), find out about the underrepresentation of Black women in science fiction, read a thank you letter to Margaret Atwood, and witness our attempts to convert a literary snob over to SFF in our non-fiction section.

Holdfast exists because of the wonderful writers and artists that contribute their time, effort and creativity for free. We want to recognise that writing and illustrating is work, and deserves to be rewarded.

So by supporting our anthology, not only will you be getting awesome stories, fascinating articles and fun prizes, you will also be supporting our wonderful contributors, without whom holdfast would not exist. All profits made will go directly to the writers and illustrators whose hard work and creativity fill the pages of holdfast, split equally for each contribution.

So go to our fundraiser, and become a part of the holdfast team!

We also need your stories for our next issue!

Issue#4 Diverse Reflections: Seeing Yourself in Speculative Fiction

 Deadline for online issue: September 21 2014

 In this issue we will look at people who aren’t represented in speculative fiction as much as they should be. For example, people of colour, lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, and people with disabilities. Everyone should be able to see themselves reflected in their world, including SFF fans. It seems, however, that much like other media, this just isn’t the case. We’re looking for submissions on this theme to be included in Issue#4.

Go to our submissions page for further information.

Email submissions@holdfastmagazine.com with ‘Diversity fiction’ in the subject line with your submission. Please take the time to read through our submission guidelines before submitting.

Call for submissions – Here Comes Everyone BOY/GIRL Issue

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The BOY/GIRL Issue

Deadline 15/7/14

It’s submissions time again and for the next issue HCE has a real gem: gender, sex and identity in the Here Comes Everyone Boy/Girl Issue. We’re interested in anything that challenges or questions the nature of gender norms, sexual identity, cultural expectations of gender, and sexism.

As ever, we encourage inventive, explorative and original articles, artwork, fiction and poetry that wrestle with the theme.

Here are a few avenues of thought to get you started:

– What’s more important for gender identification, the mind or biology?
– How relevant is gender in today’s society?
– Will there ever be an age where people stop identifying themselves with their sexuality? A ‘post-sexuality’ age where identities and preferences are fluid and dynamic?
– What is it like to be between the supposedly binary gender states?
– Are femininity and masculinity mutually exclusive?
– Is art more interested in women than men?

See www.herecomeseveryone.me/submit for full submission guidelines.

Please send your submissions to submit@herecomeseveryone.me and any enquiries or pitches to gary.sb@silhouettepress.com

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Short Short Story Slam

After the success of Manchester Northern Quarter’s first-ever Short Short Story Slam in April, writing collective Flashtag Manchester (comprising Sarah-Clare Conlon, David Hartley, Benjamin Judge, Tom Mason and Fat Roland) are bringing their flash fiction fight back to the bright lights of the city centre for a second bout.

The next slam takes place on Tuesday 8 July, 7.30pm, at Gullivers on Oldham Street in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. It’s £1 on the door for audience members; free for competitors. Brave writers do battle with short but sharp stories and the audience decides the winner. Cash and glory to be won. Blood and ink to be spilt.

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Kate Feld praised April’s Slam on her Guardian-endorsed blog The Manchizzle: “The Flashtag team were experts at wringing the maximum entertainment from the experience while also maintaining a friendly and supportive vibe throughout.”

Meanwhile, Simon Sylvester, winner of the Short Short Story Slam April 2014, and author of flash collection Marrow and brand-new novel The Visitors, said:  “I won’t forget the sense of community I experienced at the slam – an amazing crowd; events like the slam are a howl of affirmation that stories are alive and people are hungry to share them.”

Flashtag’s July Short Short Story Slam is now open for competitors to apply – slots are limited to 12 and are allocated on a first come-first served basis. Competitors are required to bring with them three separate stories of no more than 200 words each to read out in a maximum of three rounds (depending how far through the competition they progress!). Full entry details are at http://www.shortshortstoryslam.co.uk.

Stand Up Tragedy: Greek Tragedy

On June 12th Stand Up Tragedy are putting the sic into classics as we return to the birthplace of tragic narrative, and gather together performers from across the genres to put on night of Greek Tragedy.

Highlights will be Andy Zaltzman making use of his classics degree, ukulele tragedy from cabaret mistress Tricity Vogue, mythic poems from David Lee Morgan and some excellent nonsense from comedian Joz Norris. The line-up includes theatre, spoken word, comedy, storytelling and traditional greek folksongs.

Expect each act to take you to a completely different place, while host, Sony and Radio Academy Award nominated podcaster, storyteller and writer, Dave Pickering, guides you through the cathartic twists and turns.

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What is Stand Up Tragedy?

It “takes in everything from music to comedy and is characterised by an emphasis on truth.”
The Independent

An “entertaining bunch of melancholic oddballs”
The London Word

Stand Up Tragedy aims to make audiences laugh until they cry and cry until they laugh. It’s a monthly live show and podcast where people stand up and tell tragedy. We make you sad; we make you think; we make you smile. Expect music, comedy, fiction, spoken word, true stories and more, all playing up to the tragic form but not always taking it too seriously. The night ends, not with a whimper, not with a bang, but with a cathartic sing-a-long.

At Stand Up Tragedy, we combine established acts like Robin Ince, Josie Long, Ben Target, Grace Petrie, Sara Pascoe, Helen Zaltzman, Simon Munnery and Helen Arney with new and upcoming acts, creating evenings of variety based around a theme. Performers often write new material especially for our nights and relish the opportunity to put a tragic spin on what they do. The nights are recorded and put out into a weekly podcast.

Stand Up Tragedy were selected as one of the Guardian’s 10 national storytelling nights.

To get a taste of the tragedy have a listen to our podcast.

 

WONDERLANDS White Rabbit Walks – From Pleasure Gardens to Powerhouse

Tour guides Derek and Daisy Elm invite you to join them on a walk from Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, via Covent Garden Flower Market right to the magnificent Battersea Power Station. These charming siblings are experts on the fascinating past and colourful characters of this rapidly changing part of London. With an exciting and hilarious mixture of historical fact and tantalizing fiction, this is a walking tour with a difference… we guarantee you’ll return home better informed and with a smile on your face.

This storytelling promenade performance is brought to you by award winning White Rabbit, who create site specific performances, installations and spoken word events  at venues including National Theatre, Southbank Centre and Birmingham Rep.

“an enchanted night” **** Total Theatre

“who’d have thought storytelling could be so much fun” Daily Express ****

May 17th 2014

1.15pm & 4.15pm ( each tour is approx 1.5 hours long)

Meet at Tea House Theatre, 139 Vauxhall Walk, London SE11 5HL

Nearest tube/rail: Vauxhall

Book tickets here:

http://whiterabbit.ticketsource.co.uk/

Suitable for age 14+

Please wrap up warm and waterproof

 

Tour guide Derek Elm

Commissioned by the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership and Wandsworth Arts part of Chelsea Fringe 2014

Price:
£3
Where:
from Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, via Covent Garden Flower Market right to the magnificent Battersea Power Station

Contact:
info@nineelmsonthesouthbank.com
http://whiterabbit.ticketsource.co.uk

 

 

Stand Up Tragedy: Tragic Heroes

We can be tragic heroes just for one night!

This March Stand Up Tragedy is celebrating Tragic Heroes at the Hackney Attic featuring The Beta Males, Michelle Madsen, Samantha Mann, MJ Hibbett, Worry Dolls and more will be searching for the tragic hero inside themselves.

From Shakespearean heroes to Superheroes, the narrative of great people who have bad stuff happen to them will stories, sketch comedy, spoken word, music,  comedy and everything in between.

Each act will contrast and compare in interesting ways with the last one as host Sony and Radio Academy Award nominated podcaster, storyteller and writer Dave Pickering attempts to control this rollercoaster of catharsis.

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What is Stand Up Tragedy?

It “takes in everything from music to comedy and is characterised by an emphasis on truth.”
The Independent

An “entertaining bunch of melancholic oddballs”
The London Word

Stand Up Tragedy aims to make audiences laugh cry until they laugh and laugh until they cry. It’s a monthly live show and podcast where people stand up and tell tragedy. We make you sad; we make you think; we make you smile. Expect music, comedy, fiction, spoken word, true stories and more, all playing up to the tragic form but not always taking it seriously. The night ends, not with a whimper, not with a bang, but with a cathartic sing-a-long.

At Stand Up Tragedy we combine established acts like Robin Ince, Josie Long, Ben Target, Grace Petrie, Sara Pacoe ,Simon Munnery and Helen Arney with new and upcoming acts in long form evenings of variety based around a theme. Performers often write new material especially for our nights and relish the opportunity to put a tragic spin on what they do. The nights are recorded and put out into a weekly podcast

To get a taste of the tragedy you can already hear our last two show’s Tragic Christmas and Tragic Beginnings in full on our podcast and Tragic Love will come out over the next few weeks.

We’re have a monthly fanzine that we sell at the live shows. We are accepting short pieces of writing (under 400 words) and pictures for the fanzine (send to upstandingtragedy@gmail.com), upcoming themes are Tragic Martyrs and Tragic History.

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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Stand Up Tragedy: Tragic Heroes

We can be tragic heroes just for one night!

This March Stand Up Tragedy is celebrating Tragic Heroes at the Hackney Attic featuring The Beta Males, Michelle Madsen, Samantha Mann, MJ Hibbett, Worry Dolls and more will be searching for the tragic hero inside themselves.

From Shakespearean heroes to Superheroes, the narrative of great people who have bad stuff happen to them will stories, sketch comedy, spoken word, music,  comedy and everything in between.

Each act will contrast and compare in interesting ways with the last one as host Sony and Radio Academy Award nominated podcaster, storyteller and writer Dave Pickering attempts to control this rollercoaster of catharsis.

SUT_Poster-MARCH
What is Stand Up Tragedy?

It “takes in everything from music to comedy and is characterised by an emphasis on truth.”
The Independent

An “entertaining bunch of melancholic oddballs”
The London Word

Stand Up Tragedy aims to make audiences laugh cry until they laugh and laugh until they cry. It’s a monthly live show and podcast where people stand up and tell tragedy. We make you sad; we make you think; we make you smile. Expect music, comedy, fiction, spoken word, true stories and more, all playing up to the tragic form but not always taking it seriously. The night ends, not with a whimper, not with a bang, but with a cathartic sing-a-long.

At Stand Up Tragedy we combine established acts like Robin Ince, Josie Long, Ben Target, Grace Petrie, Sara Pacoe ,Simon Munnery and Helen Arney with new and upcoming acts in long form evenings of variety based around a theme. Performers often write new material especially for our nights and relish the opportunity to put a tragic spin on what they do. The nights are recorded and put out into a weekly podcast

To get a taste of the tragedy you can already hear our last two show’s Tragic Christmas and Tragic Beginnings in full on our podcast and Tragic Love will come out over the next few weeks.

We’re have a monthly fanzine that we sell at the live shows. We are accepting short pieces of writing (under 400 words) and pictures for the fanzine (send to upstandingtragedy@gmail.com), upcoming themes are Tragic Martyrs and Tragic History.

Story Friday: Blue

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STORY FRIDAY: BLUE

FRIDAY 17TH JANUARY, 8PM

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VENUE:  BURDALL’S YARD, 7A ANGLO TERRACE, BATH BA1 5NH

http://www.burdallsyard.org/

Beat those January Blues with stories to entertain and to delight!

BLUE is for Aegean seas under azure skies and shivery swims in the waves off Cornwall, for the mellow notes of a sax player in New Orleans, for the indigo dye of a faded pair of Levis, for the chips of ice in the eyes of a lover. How will our writers be inspired?  Come along and find out!

Admission £4.00 on the door.  Bar open from 7.30, stories start at 8pm.

Live music from THE MURRAY WATERS DUO

For further information go to www.awordinyourear.org.uk

Stories for Homes Short Story Anthology

storiesforhomesThanks for giving me the chance to spread the word to short story lovers about the Stories for Homes anthology. This particular story started back in April, when I was invited to a housewarming by the parent of one of my son’s friends. Over a glass of wine (OK, I may be fictionalising there a tad) Sally Swingewood told me about her personal struggles to find a decent home and her plans to raise awareness of the housing crisis, as well as money for a housing charity.

Her plan involved a book. Of short stories. On the theme of home. It would be highly polished and professional. The stories would be of the highest quality but the authors should include both published and emerging writers. Did I want to get involved? Rhetorical question!

I gulped when Sal said she wanted to launch the book in July though. Could it possibly be done? Well, yes, it could, but only if a whole community of volunteers got involved. Before we knew it, we had a website, Facebook group and Twitter a/c. The submissions began flooding in.

With the help of our growing community of supporters, the e-book was published on schedule at the end of July. The paperback was launched last week. With an average of 4.8 stars awarded in reviews on Amazon, we knew we had achieved our aim. Truly, this is a world-class anthology and. most importantly, Shelter was receiving some serious money. We’ve already raised over £1000 in royalties.

This post is part of a Book Blast to try to get #storiesforhomes trending. Thanks for reading this post, thanks for sharing it, thanks for supporting Shelter, thanks for buying this book. Your reward is 63 world-class short stories and the warm fuzzy glow you get from knowing your money has gone to support Shelter in their vital work to help those people who need their services the most.

Debi