Sky Light Rain book launch and literary night

Sky Light Rain launch pic

To celebrate the launch of her second collection, Sky Light Rain, author Judy Darley invites you to an atmospheric evening of readings and music on the themes of sky, light, and rain. Drawing on her enduring fascination with the fallibility of the human mind, Sky Light Rain is a collection of short stories and flash fictions examining aspects of human existence, our relationship to nature and complex behaviours towards one another.

The event will take place at Waterstones Bristol Galleries, from 7pm on Saturday 2nd November 2019. Alongside Judy, participants include writers Paul Deaton, Kevlin Henney and Grace Palmer, and indie art-pop musician Hidden Tide.

This is a Bristol Festival of Literature 2019 fringe event.

Tickets are free but limited, so don’t forget to book yours.

Date And Time: Saturday 2nd November 2019, 7pm-9pm.

Location: Waterstones, 11A, Union Galleries, Broadmead, Bristol BS1 3XD

Book your free tickets here. Sky Light Rain will be published by Valley Press.

Submit to National Flash Fiction Day 2019!

m15flat-bwtextNational Flash Fiction Day this year will be on Saturday 15th June Submissions for the 2019 National Flash Fiction Day anthology and micro fiction competition are NOW OPEN!

Anthology

This year’s theme is filled with possibility…or not! Our theme can reveal secrets to us and it can keep danger hidden. Is it trying to keep everyone from getting in, or is it trying to keep you from getting out? Knock, knock, who’s there? It’s our theme: Doors!

We want you to open the door to stories wild with imagination. We’re looking for those creepy mysteries about doors we can’t find the key to. We want those funny tales of frustration when doors do exactly what they’re supposed to when we don’t want them to. Maybe the stories you want to share are about metaphorical doors, filled with the disappointment of doors that are closed to us or brimming with excitement at new opportunities. Whichever door you decide to write about, make sure it’s your best and that is fewer than 500 words!

This year’s editors are Joanna Campbell and Santino Prinzi.

Please submit up to three (3) unpublished flashes of 500 words or fewer before our deadline. Titles are not included in the word count.

The submission fee for this year’s anthology is: £2.50 for one (1) entry, £4.00 for two (2) entries, and £6.00 for three (3) entries.

The deadline is Friday 15th March 2019, 23:59pm GMT.

Please visit our website for the full submission guidelines.

 

Micro Fiction Competition

Entries are open for this year’s National Flash Fiction Day Micro Fiction competition! This year’s judges are Angela Readman, Diane Simmons, Kevlin Henney, and Judy Darley.

First prize is £75.
Second prize is £50.
Third prize is £25.

The winning and shortlisted authors will be published in the National Flash Fiction Day 2019 anthology. Winning and shortlisted authors will also receive a free print copy of this anthology.

Please submit up to three (3) unpublished micro fictions of 100 words or fewer before our deadline. Titles are not included in the word count and there is no themefor the micro fiction competition.

The entry fee for this year’s micro fiction competition is: £2.00 for one (1) entry, £3.50 for two (2) entries, £5.00 for three (3) entries.

The deadline is Friday 15th March 2019, 23:59pm GMT.

Please visit our website for the full submission guidelines.

 

Support

In previous years we have had funding and have been able to offer free entry to everyone. Other years, like this year, we do not have funding and have needed to charge a small fee in order to cover our costs so we can continue doing what we do.

We would like offer free entry to disadvantaged and marginalised writers but we do not have the funding we need to be able to do this. We are working to try and secure funding.

If you would like to help us achieve this by donating entries for the anthology or micro competition, please email us: nationalflashfictionday@gmail.com.

Writing From Art Workshop, Wed 12th November, Bristol

Girl-with-Wings-cr-Carol-PeaceImmerse yourself in art for an afternoon of creative writing. In the intimate space of a working artist’s studio, you’ll have the opportunity to think about how art can fuel your own writing, discuss what art and writing mean to you, and take away practical tips to help your writing glow.

Short story writer, arts journalist and writing tutor Judy Darley says: “I’ve been drawing inspiration from art all my writing life, and believe it can provide a stepping stone between the page and your imagination.”

Surrounded by the sculptures of Carol Peace, we’ll take a brief look at the history of art’s influence of writing before carrying out writing exercises designed to connect you with your senses and the artwork, and help your words to flow.

CAROL PEACE is an internationally recognised sculptor based at the Paintworks in Bristol, with work in private collections across the UK, Europe and America. Carol studied sculpture at Winchester School of Art and has had solo shows in London, Cambridge, Athens, Zurich, France, Spain and Holland. Find her at www.carolpeace.com and @CarolPeace_art.

JUDY DARLEY has had short stories published by magazines and anthologies including The Simple Things, Litro, Riptide Journal, and The View From Here. Her debut collection ‘Remember Me To The Bees’ is out now. She’s currently working on a collection of short stories, poems and flashes based around the theme of journeys. Find her at www.skylightrain.com and @JudyDarley.

The Writing From Art workshop takes place from 2-5pm on Wednesday 12th November 2014 at Studio 5.3, at Paintworks, Bristol.

Cost: £12 per person. Limited to 8 places. Book your place at http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/writing-from-art-with-judy-darley-and-carol-peace-tickets-12953996753.

We will also be hosting a night of literary readings inspired by art, also at Carol’s Paintworks studio, on Friday 7th November. Find details here.

Carol Peace sculptures