January Round-Up

Hello short story fans!
There has been so much activity at ShortStops since our last round-up that I’m still trying to catch my breath! First, congrats to Tracy Fells, the winner of a copy of the new Short Fiction journal – read Catherine McNamara’s interview with Short Fiction co -editor Tom Vowler. More interviews and giveaways of lit mags coming soon.

Here’s a round-up of the rest:

Workshops
Want to work on your own short stories? Check out the Writers’ Centre Norwich’s upcoming short story workshops.

Live 
We welcome bi-monthly Falmouth live lit night, Telltales, to our list – their first 2014 event is on Jan 28th. White Rabbit is taking Bernadette Russell’s multimedia story show, 366 Days of Kindness, on tour around the UK from Jan 10th – find out if it’s coming to a theatre near you. Seven of Gill Blow’s short stories have been adapted for the theatre  –  Take 7 will be performed in Sheffield on Jan 24th and 25th. Word Factory #19, featuring David Almond, Stella Duffy and Rebecca Swirsky, is on Jan 25th in London. And Bad Language is back for their first event of the year, on Jan 29th in Manchester.

Lit Mags
New additions to our pages include “surreal/irreal/gritty/realist” print mag Fur-lined GhettoesOctavius, a literary magazine for students in Scotland which is calling for submissions for Issue 3, and fortnightly online journal The Siren,

Tube-flash is back – The Casket of Fictional Delights has new flash stories inspired by the London Underground – and wants yours, too. The January edition of Long Story, Short is ‘Nutella’, by Katie M. Anderson, read an excerpt. Open Pen Issue 10 is now in the shops, get a sneak peak and a hint of upcoming events. Smoke, the London Peculiar, is calling for submissions for their London water-themed short story anthology, Smoke on the Water. And Neon Magazine wants your tiny fictions for a new project, Battery Pack.

Last Minutes & Gentle Reminders
Today, Jan 20th, is the last day to submit to Holdfast for Issue #2, ‘Animals, Beasts and Creatures’, so get your stories in. If you are an Irish citizen or resident, send your stories to the Davy Byrnes short story competition by Feb 3rd. The National Flash Fiction Youth competition is open for entries til Feb 21st. Number Eleven mag welcomes submissions for Issue 4, and Riptide Journal is open for submissions for Volume 10, on the theme of ‘Imaging the Suburbs’ (deadline March 1 2014).

Phew. I told you there was a lot going on. Enjoy! To get this by email every two weeks, glance slightly to your right and click on the link that says Sign Up For Our Email Newsletter.
Tania x

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TAKE 7 short stories and perform!

The Workhouse Players production “TAKE 7” will be performed at the Sheffield Library Theatre on Jan 24th and 25th at 7.30pm. This show is a collection of seven short stories written by Gill Blow who’s adapted them for the amateur stage, it’s a different way of promoting short stories and has proved to be really enjoyed by previous audiences in Gainsborough and Caistor in Lincolnshire. The three actors become the storytellers and assume the role of the diverse characters such as an elderly Elvis impersonator, a woman stuck in a dress in Monsoon’s, a young single mother on a stark journey, and the weird tale of a man whose regular card evening with friends turns into something more sinister. The production contains two duologues which tell the tales of two couples whose stories are tragic, but in every other sense are completely worlds away from each other, even though they are played by the same actors!

Gill is a published short story writer whose work has been broadcast on Radio 4, and she is the winner of the 2013 International Rubery Short Story Award for her story ‘On the Bench’. See www.gillblow.co.uk. Tickets for Take 7 are £7 and £5 Concessions. To book e-mail workhouseplayers@outlook.com, or call 07790 736410.