Longlist for Hilary Mantel Competition and Shortlist for Bonnie Greer Competition

Longlist for the 2014 Kingston Writing School Hilary Mantel Short Story Competition

Congratulations to the thirty writers of the following longlisted stories:

Blackout
Crow
Dirty Ink
Dog Days
Don’t Look Down
Duende
Fortuna Street
Fresh, Cold, and Most Importantly, Whole
Full of Grace
His Father’s Son
House of Dust
Household Gods
It’s a Luxury to Cry
Nirvana
One Day in Sarajevo
Piece by Piece by Piece
Print
Rag Doll People
Rivers are Damp
Rosa and Kelsey
Season’s End
Small Deaths
Soft Shoes
The Thousand Yard Memory
The Beasts of the Earth Will Adore Him
These Silver Fish
Water Bull Ride
What Lies Beneath
What the Wind Brings
Witching Hour

A shortlist of ten stories will be officially announced on October 31.

Hilary Mantel will publicly announce the first prize and two runners up prizes at a daytime award ceremony in Kingston-upon-Thames on December 5.

Shortlist for the 2014 KUP Bonnie Greer Stories to Read Aloud Competition

Congratulations to the eight writers of the following shortlisted stories:

A Tired Person Can Sleep Anywhere

Camdenople

Dad and the Romans

Living in the Toilets

Muddy Love

The Catch

The GSOH Index

Tiny

The stories of the three finalists will be read aloud at a public award ceremony in Kingston-upon-Thames on the evening of December 5. Bonnie Greer will select the winner following the readings and present the prizes.

June Round-Up 2

Hello short story fans!
Here’s all the short story news from the ShortStops’ blog over the past fortnight.

Lit Mags

We’re thrilled to welcome two new lit mags to our list: Control Literary Magazine, “a free online magazine dedicated to giving you the best literature and artwork from new writers and artists”, and The Silver Lynx Sporadical, “a new literary journal based in Aberdeen… Our interest lies in only what can hold it”.

For your reading pleasure, Issue 7.1 of Flash! is out now, as is Spontaneity’s Issue 4, Only Human. Have a read of Jotters United’s Retro Issuethe June issue of Long Story, Short: The Art of Losing and Don’t Do it magazine’s Issue 4: Translations.

Popshot is open for literary submissions on the theme of Time. Here Comes Everyone would love to consider your short stories for the Boy/Girl issue and, starting early, The Casket of Fictional Delights is calling for your Christmas stories! HeadStuffwants your writing, as does The Cro Magnon, for their website and perhaps for their travelling show.

Workshops

The Berko Summer School is holding a series of one-off masterclasses, including a short story masterclass with Adam Marek on July 29th.

Competitions

The RAC is running a national short story competition on the theme of Driving in Europe, deadline 11 September.  The Sean O’Faolain short story competition is now open, deadline 31 July, which is also the closing date for Writeidea’s national short story contest, The Writeidea Prize.

Creative Industries Trafford are holding a flash fiction competition, deadline Sept 15th. You’ve missed Writing Maps June contest but it’s monthly, so check them out.  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.

Find out which collections were shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Read Stinging Fly editor Thomas Morris’s short essay Beautiful Animals: Theorising and Defining the Short Story (In Under 1000 Words).

Live Lit & Short Story Events
Don’t miss the Short Short Story Slam in Manchester on July 8th.

Live Lit Review: Louise Tondeur went to Rattle Tales’ Brighton Prize awards night for us: “”There was a sense that it is writing that’s important, not publication or prizes”…Read more >> 

Last Minutes & Gentle Reminders

Closing todayThe Moth International Short Story Prize  and Kingston University’s two new short story competitions – one judged by Hilary Mantel and one, for stories to be read aloud, judged by Bonnie Greer.

If you are eager for even more short-story-related news, do follow ShortStops on Twitter where, when we should be writing, we spend (far too) much time passing on news from lit mags, live lit events, short story workshops and festivals! If you’d like to review an event or a publication, drop me a line.

Happy reading, writing, listening and performing!
Tania x

May Fortnightly Round-Up I

May is National Short Story Month in the US, but it’s always short story month round here… Check out our round-up of what’s been happening on ShortStops’ blog over the past fortnight:

Lit Mags and Competitions
The flurry of new lit mags continues: welcome to The Short Anthology: “each issue uses the work of one photographer as the stimulus for a collection of short stories”, and Storyboard magazine: “every month we have a new theme to base your writing around”. The Short Anthology got straight to it on the blog and introduced its first issue.

The Grind are now open for submissions for Issue 3, and HeadStuff also wants you.  The Cro Magnon wants your writing too, for their website and perhaps for their travelling show. Check out Confingo’s first issue, now on sale, and Structo’s brand new website.

Kingston University have launched two new exciting short story competitions – one judged by Hilary Mantel and one, for stories to be read aloud, judged by Bonnie Greer. 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. 

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. The Moth International Short Story Prize closes June 30th.

Live Lit & Short Story Events
White Rabbit unveiled its new Wonderlands White Rabbit Walks: From Pleasure Gardens to Power Station. Fictions of Every Kind has produced its first podcast with stories and music. 

Last Minutes & Gentle Reminders
Today is the deadline to send Story Fridays your stories on the theme ‘In Focus’ for their May event. The Manchester Review is open to submissions for Issue 12 until mid May, and Myths of the Near Future is calling for submissions from under-25s for the Money issue by May 30th. You have until May 31 to submit to Jotters United’s new short story comp on the theme of ‘Spirit’. 

If you are eager for even more short-story-related news, do follow ShortStops on Twitter where, when we should be writing, we spend (far too) much time passing on news from lit mags, live lit events, short story workshops and festivals! Happy reading, writing, listening and performing!
Tania x

Two Exciting New Story Competitions From Kingston University

1. Kingston Writing School Hilary Mantel International Short Story Competition

The twice Man Booker Prize winning author, Hilary Mantel, will be judge for this major new competition.

First Prize £3000 and two Runners Up Prizes of £500

5000 words maximum.

2. Kingston University Press Bonnie Greer Stories to Read Aloud Competition

Alongside the international short story competition, Kingston University Press are launching a competition for Kingston residents and workers, and writers associated with the university and the Writing School. The competition will celebrate stories that work when read aloud as well as on the page. The award-winning writer, critic and Chancellor of Kingston University, Bonnie Greer, will pick the winner from shortlisted writers reading out their work.

First Prize £1000 and two Runners Up Prizes of £250

2000 Words maximum

Both competitions are open for entries from May 1 to June 30.

Winning stories and shortlisted stories will be published in two competition anthologies, and winning writers will have the opportunity to have their work considered for publication by Kingston University Press.

Please visit here to find further details and to submit your stories.