The Shadow Booth: Vol. 3 out now – FREE launch event on 11 April!

Jared can feel the tower blocks looming overhead, three concrete sentinels watching as he runs.  He knows he has less than a minute before his pursuers are on him, but as he rounds the corner into the alley he stops, dead. There’s a strange canvas structure propped against the wall, a hand-made sign scrawled on a scrap of cardboard. Enter the Shadow Booth, it says, and you will never be the same again.

The Shadow Booth is back for its third volume, available now from our online store. An international journal of weird and uncanny fiction, The Shadow Booth is dedicated to publishing emerging and established writers of the strange, exploring that dark, murky hinterland between mainstream horror and literary fiction. Stories from Vols. 1 & 2 have been selected for The Best Horror of the Year (ed. Ellen Datlow), The Year’s Best Weird Fiction (eds. Michael Kelly & Robert Shearman) and Best British Horror (ed. Johnny Mains).

Volume 3 includes new weird and uncanny fiction by:

  • Nick Adams
  • Judy Birkbeck
  • Raquel Castro
  • Armel Dagorn
  • Jill Hand
  • Richard V. Hirst
  • Verity Holloway
  • Tim Major
  • Annie Neugebauer
  • Robert Shearman
  • Gregory J. Wolos

Paperbacks and ebooks are available here.

We’re also holding a FREE launch event in London on Thursday 11 April, with readings from Robert Shearman, Judy Birkbeck and Tim Major. The event starts at 7pm at The North by Northwest, a Hitchcock-themed pub in Islington. You can find full details and RSVP here.

Enter the Shadow Booth and you will never be the same again…

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The end of the world…and a new direction for short story site

After a successful year and a bit, England’s Future History  is ending the world!

For our March 31st, 2017 deadline, we’re looking for stories set in the year 2150 that provide a world (or country) ending story.

It could be nuclear war, zombie apocalypse, a virus or just the general break down of society. The choice is yours. All we ask is that after this story, England will be a totally different country.

We’d like to try and tie in some of the other stories, though you don’t have to.

So what’s next I hear you call?

Well, once the world has ended, we plan to rebuild it.

People have really gotten behind the concept. We’ve had dozens of great entries and thousands of visitors to the site. We want to continue it but with a fresh start.

The first step will be publishing all the stories on the site in an ebook. This will come with an introduction by yours truly and (hopefully) some nice illustrations. We’re hoping to make this free as well.

After that, we’re going to start from fresh – no timeline, just your ideas.

Though there will be a few more rules to follow. The main one will be that we’re going to have themed entry periods. So, for example, we might have one for political-based stories or healthcare inspired tales. More on those in the future.

What it means for the short term is that we’re asking for new stories that will end the world. Deadline is March 31, 2017.

Check out the updated Submissions page for details on format, word limits and emails. Or email submission and questions to englandsfuturehistory@gmail.com.

Reflex Fiction Flash Fiction Competition

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The inaugural Reflex Fiction flash fiction competition is now open for entries.

Reflex Fiction is more than a flash fiction competition. Of course, entries are read and judged, a longlist created, winners selected, and prizes awarded. But that’s not where the story ends. Reflex Fiction is also a place to read and share fantastic flash fiction every day.

After we’ve announced the competition longlist, we’ll publish one story each day as we count down to the publication of the third, second, and first placed stories. If you’d rather we didn’t publish your non-winning story so you can enter it into another competition, you can opt out of the open-submissions element of Reflex Fiction when you submit your story. Though, of course, we hope you’ll join in the fun.

Visit the Reflex Fiction website to learn more.

Prizes

First place £100, second place £50, third place £25.

Fee

The inaugural contest is free to enter.

Submissions

Submissions should be made via our online entry form.

Deadline

Entries must be received before midnight UK time on the 28th of February 2017. The longlist will be announced on the 1st of April, after which we’ll begin counting down to the publication of the winner on the 30th of June.

Rules

Stories must be fiction, must be the entrant’s own work, and must be between 180 and 360 words inclusive. See the Reflex Fiction website for the full Rules.

Future Way: Call for Submissions

Calling all doodlers, ponderers, writers, poets and dreamers!

Submit a short story for a chance to be part of an exciting and unique, collaborative public art project in Redcliffe, Bristol.


Following the success of the Bristol Story Trail earlier in the year, get ready for Future Way brought to you by Dream of a Shadow, an online project bridging the gap between reality and fantasy through storytelling.

Working with The Redcliffe Neighbourhood Development Forum (@MoreRedcliffe), Future Way seeks to engage the people of Redcliffe and the wider community of Bristol through a playful and exciting exploration of the area using storytelling.

This is an amazing opportunity for published authors and budding writers in Bristol to collaborate with artists, architects and community groups in a first-of-its-kind, art project which challenges the way we view our city.

King of Christmas Steps

Contributors are encouraged to think about how Redcliffe may be used in the future and set tales within this. Because of the nature of the project, the brief is quite specific and submissions must meet the following criteria:

  • All entries must be set in the future Redcliffe area (how far is up to you)
  • All entries should be in 3-5 sections of 250 words (max) each, forming a trail through the area
  • Each section is planned to be tagged to a specific point within Redcliffe, i.e. a wall, lamp post, street, door etc.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 20th April 2015, so there’s plenty of time to get writing.


Please look at the website for the full brief before getting the pens out!

For any queries tweet us @DoaSLiveFiction and be sure to follow to stay up to date!

Happy writing and good luck!