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.

 

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Brilliant Flash Fiction Contest

Brilliant Flash Fiction AFTERMATH Writing Contest 

Prompt: “AFTERMATH”
No Entry Feescream

Word limit: 500 words, excluding title
Deadline: JANUARY 15, 2017
Submissions: email to
brilliantflashfiction@gmail.com

Prizes:
50 euro first prize (or equivalent amount in your currency)
25 euro second prize
15 euro third prize
Judge: Dr. Abigail Favale

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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

Competitions

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THIS Sunday 3rd July: Liars’ League are looking for new, unpublished short stories of 800-2000 words on a Work & Play theme for our Tuesday 9th August event.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.  

Bunbury is back with issue 12 and some special announcements!

Hello to you Dear Bunburyists from all of us at Bunbury Magazine.

Is is too late now to kick this off with a Happy New Year? Hmmm, it is? Well tough! You’re getting one anyway. Happy New Year, dear Bunburyists, and welcome to the first Bunbury of 2016. Thank you for joining us once again as we explore some of the best writing and art from around the world, as well as speaking to some very exciting people. The theme for this issue is Self. Perfectly fitting. New year, new you and a brand new Bunbury. What could be better?

Well, what is better is getting your hands on it today. Click the beautiful picture below to download it. It is Pay-What-You-Like but we think £3 is a fair price for something so lovingly crafted!

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Whenever we choose a theme for an issue, we try to pick something that can be interpreted in almost countless ways. We like to see a wide variety of beautiful, shocking, touching, scary (and many more emotions besides) creativity. Then we like to throw it all together – or more accurately, carefully and lovingly decide which to publish – in the magazine to create something that has something for everyone. What better theme than Self to achieve this?

The world is full of such diverse characters and, as we all know, creativity is driven by character. What we are goes in to what we create. There is something of us in the characters we create, the paintings we paint, the photos we take. For example, Stephen King spent an entire summer dressed as a red-and-white 1958 Plymouth Fury.

This Bunbury is packed full of everything you have come to expect from us. Top-notch poetry, short stories, flash fiction et al. We have also been spoiled with the art and photography we have received for this issue. As usual, on top of all that, we have very exciting interviews with Angie Belcher, whom we met in Edinburgh, about what she’s been up to and about to be up to. Also, Joz Norris about his web series and other things. And, because we love you, a third interview with Nico Reznick, a fantastic indie author you really need to check out.

We feel like we’re reaching milestone after milestone here, with the 3rd anniversary of Bunbury rapidly approaching. We like celebrating prime numbers so this year is a special one for us. To celebrate, we are launching our first physical product! We are deeply excited about this. It is a collection of the best bits of the first 12 issues. You can see where the anthology has been developed from by getting all our back issues, again on Pay-What-You-Like. Go on, treat yourself to some brilliant writing, art and interviews!

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As always, we know full well that without all your support, we would not be able to do this so thank you. Thank you to everyone who reads it and submits. Could we ask one more favour? Give us a share on your social media gubbins? The more people see this, the better we can make it for you all and our support network can grow. We want to make this platform for new writers and projects as expansive as possible. Click below to get to our Facebook and Twitter stuff.

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One more thing and I promise we are done. We are still taking submissions for issue 13 of Bunbury. The theme is space and it is a little bit of a Bowie Tribute too! Click the picture below for details on how to submit.

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Enough rambling! Once again, Happy New Year, Happy Valentine’s Day, Easter, Summer Soltice and…why not, might as well say Merry Christmas 2016 while we’re at it!

Keep scribbling,

Christopher and Keri.

P.S. – that thing about Stephen King isn’t true! We have nothing worth suing for!

Bunbury Issue Ten: Politics Special!

Hello Dear Bunburyists! Bunbury Magazine is back!

Right, come on now. Settle down. This is no time for fun. Certainly not with the theme of this issue. A theme which speaks to us all on some level – from those who live, breath and eat it to those who feel the tremors rippling out from the epicentres created on its landscape. We are talking about Politics.

Get Issue Ten right here, right now on Pay-What-You-Like:

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After the drama of the General Election in May, and the distinct lack of hat-eating afterwards, we invited our wonderful contributors to take on this oft murky topic and, as always, they did not disappoint! We are very proud to present some of the best writing around which takes on all aspects of politics, from voting itself to the somewhat darker, more controversy-strewn aspects of that which governs our lives, often very satirically but all with great poignancy.

You know the drill by now guys, ten issues in! It’s not just the best writing we have here at Bunbury, but art and photography too, and always in bundles! We have had the pleasure of having some great artists brand-new to us for this issue, from deeply experienced to teen siblings creating some of the most beautifully bonkers comics we’ve ever seen.

As well as all that, we always have a round up of the fantastic Deer Shed Festival, based in Baldersby Park, Yorkshire and interviews with some of the musical and literary highlights of the weekend. So strap in, now is the time for fun. Funbury! That’s too much isn’t it?

We are quite excited here. We headed up to Edinburgh last month to get interviews with some of the wonderful people who make the Fringe so awesome. Issue Eleven will have an absolutely ram-packed feature, full of words and faces, giving you the pick of our Fringe experience. Look out for that in two months’ time!

Also, issue ten! A landmark. Ten issues of what we believe to be a really important platform for emerging and established creativity. Thank you so much for being with us all this time and we’re sure we’ll be thanking you again in another ten issues’ time.

Our inbox is open for submissions for issue eleven of Bunbury as well! The theme is Crime and we are accepting everything from short stories and poetry to non-fiction and essays, art and photography and we are looking to interview some lovely talented people! One thing we are keen to do is use Twitch on the X-Box One to interview people while we play big ‘splodey games so if this is something you would like to do, get in touch!

To submit to us, drop us an email on submissions@bunburymagazine.com.

You can also get the entire Bunbury back catalogue. All of the nine other issues to date, full of some of the best writing, art, and interviews from around the world. It’s all on Pay-What-You-Like, so take it for free if you like or give a little if you can. The only thing we ask for sure is share us with your friends and family. Help us keep doing what we do and spread the word!

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And that’s all she wrote, folks! There’s been a lot of info so thanks for bearing with us and  thanks for joining us and don’t forget, if you have any thoughts, feedback, ideas or just want a natter, drop us a line on bunburymagazine@gmail.com!

Keep scribbling!

Christopher and Keri.

StorySLAM:Live – Performance Skills with Nick Field, Thursday 17 September

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Delivering a story to a live audience isn’t simply about reading words from a page.

Spread the Word writer development agency teams up with London StorySLAM:Live to offer a new series of flash fiction and performance classes, aimed at helping you create a fantastic story for our regular StorySLAM:Live events.

Gain a greater awareness of your physicality on stage, develop performance skills and improve the live delivery of your work at this workshop.

Prepare your story for a reading at the next London StorySLAM:Live event on Thursday 1 October, Sunley Pavilion at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre @ 7pm.  The theme is ‘Shining’.

For ages 16+