After successful Short Short Story Slams in Manchester’s Northern Quarter and Didsbury, writing collective Flashtag Manchester (comprising Sarah-Clare Conlon, David Hartley, Benjamin Judge, Tom Mason and Fat Roland) are taking their flash fiction fight to Lancaster.
The special LitFest slam takes place on Saturday 18 October, 8pm, at The Storey. It’s £4 (£2 concs) 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.
“Unique and radical, a real stand-out event” – Didsbury Life.
“The Flashtag team were experts at wringing the maximum entertainment from the experience” – The Manchizzle.
Full details and how to sign up: http://www.shortshortstoryslam.co.uk
Dear short story fans,
Another month almost over! Here’s our roundup of what’s been happening on ShortStops’ blog over the past fortnight:
Lit Mags and Competitions
We welcome two new lit mags to our list: Don’t Do It, “taking in fiction, poetry, critical writing and reviews from around the globe”, and HeadStuff “a collaborative website interested in a wide range of topics”. HeadStuff introduced themselves on the blog and would love you to submit something.
Talking of new and exciting: Writing Maps has launched a new monthly contest and lit mag and Writeidea announced a new national short story contest, The Writeidea Prize, deadline 31 July. More contests: the 3rd annual A Spot of Hysteria Writing Competition run by the UK Hysterectomy Association is now open for entries (deadline Aug 31), and the Historic House Short Story Comp (26 Sep) wants stories inspired by or set in a historic house. Jotters United announced Issue 2 and a new short story comp (deadline 31 May) on the theme of ‘Spirit’. (You can find all competition announcements by clicking the Competitions link in our top menu.)
Long Story, Short is calling for submissions of longer stories and the editor tells us what she’s looking for. The Cro Magnon wants your writing too, for their website and perhaps for their travelling show, and the Manchester Review is open to submissions for Issue 12 until mid May. Check out Confingo’s first issue, now on sale, and Structo’s brand new website.
Holdfast magazine is still open for submissions for their first print anthology, deadline June 15th, with submissions open til May 31st for their online issue #3. Myths of the Near Future is calling for submissions from under-25s for the Money issue, and The Moth International Short Story Prize closes June 30th.
Live Lit & Short Story Events
Fictions of Every Kind has produced its first podcast with stories and music. Story Fridays wants your stories on the theme ‘In Focus’ by 12 May for their May event. You missed Flashtag Manchester’s Short Short Story Slam and the Word Factory’s April event, make sure to keep an eye out for the next ones.
Arvon’s Totleigh Barton centre assistant Eliza Squire talks about Arvon and short stories – there’s still space on upcoming residential short story courses.
Last Minutes & Gentle Reminders
Wednesday is the deadline for to submit your entry to the Bristol Short Story Prize and to send a short story on the theme of Islands and Cities to a new Tasmanian-London anthology.
Happy reading, writing, listening and performing!
April 22nd. Writer vs Writer. Blood and ink will flow. The Flashtag Short Short Story Slam is back…
Here’s how it’s all going to go down. Twelve psyched writers will be paired off into head-to-head skirmishes, and then take turns to read out a tiny story. The audience votes for story and/or writer they liked the best and that guy or gal goes through to round two. If they survive another round, they reach the final. If they win that, they win cash. It’s like Street Figther but real, with cash, and without Ryu’s hadouken. Although you never know what tricks these writers will pull out of their bags when cornered…
The first Short Short Story Slam was held in Didsbury in 2013 for the Didsbury Arts Festival and it went down a storm. Didsbury Life described it as “…perhaps the best of the Didsbury Arts Festival – something unique, home-grown and radical, a real stand-out event.” The winner that time was one Trisha Starbrook who took to the stage having never read her stories aloud before. She won the crowd, smackdowned the opposition and grabbed the coveted victor’s belt while shouting; ‘Are you not entertained?!?’ Trisha is back for the second slam and angrier than ever, apparently. Other fighters this time include writer and film-maker Simon Sylvester, poetry slam regular Mark Mace Smith and one half of Manchester’s Bad Language collective Joe Daly.
This is an event not to be missed. This Tuesday, April 22, Gullivers Pub, Oldham Street, Manchester. The fighting starts at 7:30, the entry fee is a measly £1. Not for the fainthearted.
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