Creating Short Fantasy Fiction from Dartmoor Myths and Legends – A free workshop

Creating Short Fantasy Fiction from Dartmoor Myths and Legends – A free workshop led by Myfanwy Cook www.myfanwycook.com as part of the 15th Tavistock Festival www.tavistockmusic.co.uk

Come along and be inspired to write the opening to or a mini-short story based on a selection of the myths and legends such as Old Dewer’s ‘Wisht Hounds’ and cream eating pixies.

Venue: Tavistock Library

Start time: 10.30 am am till 12.15 pm

Date: 25th of April, 2018

Booking is essential through: tavistock.library@librariesunlimited.org.uk

Telephone: 01822 612218

St. John’s Well, Tavistock

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Normal Deviation: Seeking Short Stories Based on One Weird Pic

It all started with a weird pic and a throwaway tweet:

I want to do a fiction anthology where everyone writes a story just based on a weird ass picture. And then use that pic as the cover.

And then enough people cheered the idea that we decided to make it our first major project at Wonderbox Publishing.

Normal Deviation is seeking “Third Option” short stories based on the following image, up to 6000 words (deadline: 31 Aug 2017). “Third Option” is our shorthand for digging a little deeper into that writerly creativity bucket: we’d like everyone to cast aside (at least) the first two ideas that come to you, and instead focus on the third (or fourth or fifth…) idea to develop. The goal here is to avoid the obvious, to generate fresh ideas, to get at deviation.

We want stories in any genre, from any perspective, any time period and setting. As long as the story is good, and based somehow on this image, we want to read it!

image for inspiration

We’ve launched a Kickstarter to fund the anthology, as we think all authors deserve professional rates (starting at least at a penny per word). Support us, support authors, and please submit and become one of our authors!

Full details and author guidelines are on our website. Subscribe to updates from our weekly blog, get a feel for what we’re like and what we like, and join us in this bizarre story adventure!

Lyle Skains & DeAnn Bell, Editors
Normal Deviation anthology
Wonderbox Publishing

StrangeBooks Event

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Double Bill: Jane Bom-Bane & Mike Russell
An evening of stories and enchantments.
Brighton author and storyteller Mike Russell will be reading strange stories interspersed with various surreal shenanigans followed by mechanical hats and stories from Jane Bom-Bane.
Reviews for Jane Bom-Bane:
“Utterly refreshing – unlike anything I’ve ever seen or heard before” Dave Gorman
“The best show I saw in Edinburgh Fringe this year (2012)” Stewart Lee
Reviews for Mike Russell:
“The stories will take you to places within your mind you never knew existed.” Gerard Bianco
“I always look forward to Mike Russell’s work, he’s so out there that it’s refreshing.” Nancy at Oddly Weird Fiction
We anticipate a magical evening. For more information on author Mike Russell and to see how to book please visit www.strangebooks.com

Afterlives, when death is just the beginning… Read Paper Republic new series of shorts

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Following the first year of Read Paper Republic weekly stories, we present a new mini-series of six stories, “Afterlives”, in which death is merely the beginning of the story.

On 27.10.16, we posted Dragon Boat, about ghost sex! The protagonist, Yuye, wanders around coastal areas of Hong Kong at Dragon Boat Festival, encounters a ghostly girl, and meets an unfortunate end when he sleeps with her.

On 3.11.16, the story was Dragonworld, in which video games addict Zhaishao finds his town has been infested with concrete-guzzling dragons – but is unsure whether they actually exist, or are figments of digitally-stimulated imagination.

Next Thursday, 10.11.16, our story will be Where Did I Lose You? Wang You reflects on how that ubiquitous item of social intercourse, the name card, can take on a weird life of its own. He is contacted by an old lady who says that her deceased husband often talked about him. Wang has no memory of him whatsoever, but he invents some stories to satisfy her….Go online to read what happens next.

We at Paper Republic are a collective of literary translators, promoting new Chinese fiction in translation. Read Paper Republic is a free online publication initiative for readers who wonder what new Chinese fiction in English translation has to offer and would like to dip a toe in the water. The first run of 53 stories, posted June 2015 to June 2016, are still available to read. You can download a full table of contents as a PDF here.

Holdfast print anthology#2 and call for submissions!

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We need your help to print the second holdfast print anthology!

All you creatives out there will understand the importance of being paid for your work, even if it is great to get your work out there on any platform possible. The holdfast magazine anthology will not only be a beautiful paperback, but all profits after printing and postage go directly to the writers and artists that make the magazine possible. As our team edit holdfast in their free time just for the passion, we need to raise funds in order to pay our contributors.

After winning the British Fantasy Society award for best magazine last year, we’re determined to make this issue even better than volume 1, with more fiction, articles and illustrations. The content is ready to go, all we need is YOU to make this happen!

Go check out our awesome perks that include paperbacks, tote bags and art prints!

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And don’t forget the deadline for our Brexitlit fiction supplement is coming up on 15 August! So go over to our submissions page for more details!

Call for submissions and British Fantasy Society best speculative fiction magazine nomination

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 Deadline 15 August 2016

 Holdfast magazine is an award winning speculative fiction magazine, that explores our world, minds, hearts, dreams, (anything really) through the lens of weird and wonderful writing.

We are looking for speculative fiction drawing from all of the themes from issues 5 – 8, but also specifically inspired by the UK’s recent decision to leave the EU. Where can you see this going? Are we headed for dystopia or utopia? What would the ghosts of people that died in our two world wars think? What would a secret supernatural underworld be feeling right now? How would this affect witches, robots, fairies? Is there a terrifying lizard monster wearing a human’s skin and leading a certain political party that really doesn’t like immigrants? Perhaps someone can go back in time to alter the result? Or maybe someone is mind-controlling the population?  We want your most imaginative speculative fiction to explore your thoughts and feelings concerning this historic time.

Please remember this is a speculative magazine, so we only accept fiction which falls under this umbrella – fantasy/horror/science fiction/magic realism etc:

  Themes to hang your Brexit fiction on:

Issue #5 Of Land, Sea and Sky
(think place/borders/ownership/migration/refugees/origins)

 Issue #6 Gods and Monsters
(think politics/manipulation/power)

 Issue #7 Looking Forward Looking Back
(think dystopia/utopia/time travel/origins of EU)

 Issue #8 Love Sex Romance
(think relationship/friendship/heartbreak/ unity)

 The fiction supplement will be published online on the magazine site and sent out as a newsletter to subscribers.

 Please read our submission guidelines before submitting.

 All submissions to: submissions@holdfastmagazine.com

We are also excited and very thankful to be shortlisted for the British Fantasy Society award for best magazine again, after we won it last year! (Still super amazed at that)