Elbow Room and As Yet Untitled- A Crowd Funding Campaign.

The Elbow Room Prize is officially completed for 2015. The winners are announced, the anthology is on sale and our event was a resounding success. We can’t wait to do it all again next year. Bu that is next year and this is now. And we have a plan we need your help with.

As some of you may know Elbow Room is published by As Yet Untitled. Specialising in limited edition, handmade books Elbow Room has long been at the very centre of the press. Since launching all those years ago Elbow Room has grown and amazed us is so many ways. The support and community we have built is incredible but it is time to do more: more with Elbow Room and more with As Yet Untitled itself.

After much conversation and planning we are taking the next steps in our journey.

From next year onwards As Yet Untitled will be collaborating with some incredible artists and writers to create new artists’ books.

Books but not as you know.

Unusual, exciting and fantastical books.

Books that tell stories and explore narrative.

To do this we need your help.

We have started a crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter to raise the funds we need to buy equipment and material for this next stage. Crowd funding is something we feel passionately about. It is the chance for the public to act as patrons to the arts. It is only with your support that we will be able to start work on creating and releasing these new books. Nor are we going to forget about Elbow Room. Everything we buy for the press will help make Elbow Room an even more beautifully crafted pamphlet, increase our print runs, allow us to have a wider distribution and greater promotion. Even the smallest pledge makes the biggest difference.

We have carefully selected every reward we are offering to reflect the project and hope there is something there for everyone. All the details (including a video in which you get to watch The Elbow Room Prize anthology being made) are HERE on our project page.

If you enjoy the arts, books, and storytelling we need your support. Your pledge to our Kickstarter not only helps us but all the artists’ and writers we work with. Help us pay it forward.

Take a look, pledge and share the details far and wide.

Thank you for helping to make our dreams a reality.

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Call for Submissions to Brain of Forgetting

Brain of Forgetting, the journal specialising in literary and artwork connected with the past, is now open until December 31st for submissions to Issue 3: ‘Island’, which will be published in February 2016. We are accepting poetry, short fiction of less than 1000 words, and creative non-fiction of less than 1200 words, as well as artwork. Full details can be viewed on our Submissions page. For a flavour of what we publish, Issue 2 can be downloaded for free.

Submissions open for Brain of Forgetting, Issue 2: ‘Poppies’

Brain of Forgetting, a new Irish journal publishing creative work relating to the past, is now open for submissions on the theme of ‘Poppies’ until March 31st, 2015. Submissions of up to two pieces of flash fiction (900 words max.) are welcome. We also accept poetry, creative non-fiction, and artwork. For full details on how to submit, go to http://www.brainofforgetting.com/submissions.html, where you can also download a free .pdf of Issue 1. ‘Poppies’ will be published in print and digital format in July 2015.

Brain of Forgetting Issue 1: ‘Stones’

Brain of Forgetting‘s ‘Stones’ issue is now available for purchase as a print edition or free download in .pdf format: http://www.brainofforgetting.com/issue-1-stones.html

Featuring new poetry, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, photography, and artwork from all over the world, ‘Stones’ explores the creative potential of natural rock, prehistoric megaliths, stone objects, and architectural stone as a means to understanding both past and present.

We will be seeking submissions from mid-February for our second issue, themed ‘Poppies’. More information at http://www.brainofforgetting.com/

Call for submissions to Brain of Forgetting on theme of ‘Stones’

Submissions of unpublished work are being sought for the debut issue of Brain of Forgetting, which explores the theme of ‘Stones’. Creative interpretations of ‘Stones’ are welcome, but please note that this journal aims to create a dialogue with the past in its many forms; whether the ‘past’ can be represented by history, archaeology, memory or something else entirely is the prerogative of the author/artist.

Please submit up to two pieces of flash fiction/creative non-fiction (up to 1,000 words max.) or up to four poems as a single attachment to brainofforgetting@gmail.com before October 31st, 2014. Submissions of graphic literature and visual art are also welcome. Please view www.brainofforgetting.com for full guidelines before submitting.

Two free workshops, a fund raiser and a Christmas present

Two free workshops, a fund raiser and a Christmas present

Tavistock Heritage Festival

October 25th, 26th and 27th 2014

http: tavistockheritagefestival.org.uk

Twitter: Tavistock Heritage@TavistockH2014

 Free Historical Fiction Writing Workshops

Workshop 1

“Tavistock and the Tamar Valley’s 19th century mining heritage”

       “Tavistock and the Tamar Valley’s 19th century mining heritage” is an historical fiction writing workshop run by Myfanwy Cook features editor of the Historical Novels Review (www.historicalnovelsociety.org) and author of ‘Historical Fiction Writing a practical guide and tool-kit’. She has carried out extensive research on the Tamar Valley on behalf of the Tamar Valley Mining Heritage Project and the workshop will include original research and recordings

This workshop is aimed at providing aspiring writers with the opportunity to experiment with the skills needed to write engaging historical fiction based on local historical facts. (Saturday 25th October. Tavistock Library, Plymouth Rd, at 2pm. A free event for over 18s including a work pack. Booking is essential as there are only limited places, contact 01822 612218 or email tavistock.library@devon.gov.uk.

Workshop 2

“Medieval mayhem and murder at

Tavistock’s Benedictine Abbey”

       This workshop is aimed at introducing aspiring writers of historical crime fiction to the delights of combining local heritage and history with murder most foul! (Sunday 26th October. Bedford Hotel at 10.00am. A free event for over 18s including a work pack. Booking is essential as there are only a limited number of places contact 01822 612218 or email tavistock.library@devon.gov.uk.

 

Historical fiction workshops that aren’t part of the Tavistock Festival

Workshop 3

The Museum of Dartmoor Life

Fund raiser for the http://www.museumofdartmoorlife.org.uk/

enquiries@museumofdartmoorlife.co.uk

Okehampton’s forgotten voices – A tribute to those who took part in WW1 – A Practical Historical Fiction Workshop’. 

Workshop 4 –Christmas present

http://www.orchardlearningstudios.co.uk/

E: orchardstudio@yahoo.co.uk

The Tamar Valley’s Klondike – A practical Historical Fiction Writing 2 day Course

An intensive weekend (2 day course) for aspiring historical writers – January 31st/Feb 1st, 2015. If you have a friend or family member who is interested in Historical Fiction Writing buying a voucher as a Christmas present might make an ideal and unusual gift.

 

HeadStuff wants you.

HeadStuff logo, brain speech bubble, HeadStuff.org HeadStuff.org is a new website. And oh! it’s a wonderful place. We are interested in everything that we think is interesting. We love literature like this and we are always open to submissions. We accept basically everything with two stipulations.

1: It has to be interesting and

2: it has to be good.

We have stories, poems, criticism, reviews, essays… basically, anything literary is in our literature section.

We also have great Science like this and lovely Art like this and sometimes we merge the two. We find History very interesting and it can be funny, but maybe not quite as funny as the stuff in our Humour section. We love Music and Film and we’re also into what’s going on in the world.

Every month we have a new Legend of the Month which has proven very popular, and we even leave a clue at the bottom of each new Legend post so that readers can try to guess the next legend, and win a legend-related prize.

If you are interested in contributing to any of these sections, or even multiple sections like a lot of our contributors do, then please feel free to send an email to Editor@HeadStuff.org and you can see each of our contributors here.

Hey, even if you have an idea or a suggestion, maybe you’re uncertain about a topic, or you have an idea for a serialized or recurring piece, get in touch and we’ll talk.

We’re very happy to be involved with ShortStops, and very delighted that you read this all the way to the end. Go you. You get an A.