October Round-Up II

Hello brevity fans,
Here’s what’s been happening on our blog over the past fortnight. As ever, if you’d like to contribute, drop me a line and I’ll explain how it works: shortstopsuk@gmail.com

Lit Mags

We’re thrilled to welcome Spelk magazine to our Lit Mags list: “a new platform for the very best flash fiction on the web”. Jotters United has a new issue out, Pins and Needles, the all-women issue and Bunbury magazine tells us about Issue Six. The Siren invites you to the launch of its first anthology, Fugue, in London on Oct 24th. Transportation tells us more about its London-Tasmania short story anthology, Islands and Cities.

Short Story Sunday, which launches in November, is calling for submissions. Brain of Forgetting is calling for submissions on the theme of stones and Short Fiction journal also wants your short stories.


Writing Maps has launched a new map and also opened its October contest. Kingston University announces the shortlist for the Hilary Mantel short story competition, the WriteIdea prize announces its finalists and Words And Women unveil the winners of the ‘About’ commission. Magic Oxygen are running a short story and poetry contest, deadline 30th November.

Live Lit

Stand-Up Tragedy is holding its last event of the year, Tragic Horror, on Oct 25th in London. That same night in London is Word Factory #27 and a masterclass with David Constantine. White Rabbit invites you to submit your spooky stories for Are You Sitting Comfortably?’s Halloween party on October 31st in London. And Fictions Of Every Kind is holding its next event, Help Yourself, on Dec 2nd in Leeds, including an open mic.

Conferences & Workshops

Creative Industries Trafford welcomes Will Self to its Northern Lights Writers Conference on Oct 25th in Manchester. Judy Darley is running a Writing From Art workshop on Nov 12th in Bristol.

Last Minutes and Gentle Reminders

You have two days to send Story Fridays short stories on the theme of “Noir” for their Nov 7th event in Bath The Solstice Short Story Competition wants your stories on the theme of ‘time’, deadline Oct 31st. The London Magazine’s short story competition is now open, deadline, Oct 31st, and international entries are welcome.

July Fortnightly Round-Up I

Happy July, short story lovers!
Here’s all the short story news from the ShortStops’ blog over the past fortnight.

Lit Mags

Welcome to our lit mag list Firewords Quarterly, “a new independent magazine packed full of powerful fiction and poetry from the best emerging writers” – who got busy straight away on the blog to call for submissions for Issue 2 by July 11th!

The Manchester Review Issue 12 is now live and they are also calling for submissions for Issue 13; Issue 2 of Control magazine has just been published. There is also a limited window of opportunity to submit to the Transportation: Islands and Cities anthology – the project is being launched on Tues 12 July at an event in London.

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! HeadStuff wants your writing, as does The Cro Magnon, for their website and perhaps for their travelling show.

If you haven’t already checked them out, new issues of the following mags are there for your reading pleasure: Issue 7.1 of Flash! is out now, as is Spontaneity’s Issue 4, Only Human,  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.


Congrats to Colin Barrett, winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award!

There’s a new short story competition from VCLL, aimed at those from Leicester and the surrounding areas, deadline 12th Sept, and Magic Oxygen are running a new short story and poetry contest to create a tropical word forest, deadline 30th November.

More competitions: The 3rd annual A Spot of Hysteria Writing Competition run by the UK Hysterectomy Association (deadline Aug 31); the RAC’s national short story competition on the theme of Driving in Europe, deadline 11 Sept; Creative Industries Trafford’s flash fiction competition, deadline Sept 15th; and the Historic House Short Story Comp (26 Sep) wants stories inspired by or set in a historic house.

For inspiration, 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

As mentioned above, the Transportation: Islands and Cities anthology project is being launched on Tues 12 July at an event in London. Word Factory #25 is being held on July 26th in London – a masterclass, short story reading group and live reading in the evening.


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

Last Minutes & Gentle Reminders

The Sean O’Faolain short story competition and  Writeidea’s national short story contest, The Writeidea Prize both close on July 31st.

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