Liars’ League Short Story Competition with The National Gallery

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A Young Woman Writing, about 1530, after Jan Sanders van Hemessen, from the collection of the National Gallery

As part of The National Gallery’s celebrated Friday Lates, award-winning live fiction night Liars’ League is running its first ever short story competition for unpublished short stories of 1000-2000 words inspired by paintings or galleries. 

The contest is FREE TO ENTER, and the five winning stories will be read live by a professional actor in one of the magnificent rooms of the National Gallery on the evening of their Summer Late, which is themed around Inspiration. The event will take place from 6 to 9pm on Friday 22nd July 2016.

All five winners will be published on Liars’ League’s website as text, podcast and HD video. Winning authors will also receive complimentary drinks at the event and access to the Painters’ Paintings Special Exhibition (normally £10).

Interested? Here’s what to do …

  • Go to the National Gallery’s website and browse the online gallery – or even better, take a wander around the Gallery itself (it’s free!) until you find a painting that grabs you
  • Write a story inspired EITHER by that specific painting (don’t forget to tell us under the title of your story which painting it was inspired by) OR by the Gallery itself
  • Email your story (which MUST be unpublished and between 1000 and 2000 words long) as a .doc, .docx or .rtf attachment to liars@liarsleague.com by midnight on Thursday June 30th
  • Further formatting and submission guidelines are here. If you have any more questions about the competition please contact liars@liarsleague.com
  • IMPORTANT: We judge anonymously so please DO NOT put your name anywhere on your story. If successful, we will contact you via the email address you use to submit.Best of luck, and we look forward to reading your stories!

Liars’ League

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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