Bunbury Needs You! And Some Updates For You

Hello to you from all of us at Bunbury Magazine. We hope you are doing well and enjoying the year so far!

We are writing to you now because we are asking for a favour from  all of you. As you know by now, we work not only our socks off but shoes as well to bring you the very best in creativity from around the world. Since we have started, we have published over 300 pieces of writing, a plethora of of art and photography and brought you interviews with some of the finest musicians, writers and comedians it has been our pleasure to meet. We are incredibly proud of the work we have done in putting Bunbury together and would like to raise the profile of the platform we are building for emerging creativity.

The nominations are now open for the Saboteur Awards 2016. We are hoping to be nominated for Best Magazine. Nominations are all down to the public voting for what they love. It would be a tremendous honour  if you would go and vote for us at the Saboteur Awards voting page.

To vote, click on the link below and vote Bunbury Magazine for Best Magazine.

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If you need a little bit more to tempt you in to voting for us, if we make it to the short list, Christopher and Keri, our erstwhile editors, have promised to get literary themed tattoos. Christopher will have the words ‘DON’T PANIC’ tattooed somewhere. Keri is still coming up with an idea but we will keep you in the loop.

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On top of all that, we have just started a new writing group in Bury, Lancashire. It is called Just Write. We give support to local writers who are working on pieces and it’s generally an all round good time. We will be running a ‘Local Poetry’ section in the magazine with the hopes of highlighting some of the great talent we have right on our doorstep. If you want to get involved, send your stuff to us on submissions@bunburymagazine.com and for more information on the group itself, click right here. =====> Just Write

That’s about it for now, dear Bunburyists! Thanks for your time and if you need anything, you know where we are.

Much love and keep scribbling!

Christopher and Keri.

Bunbury is back with issue 12 and some special announcements!

Hello to you Dear Bunburyists from all of us at Bunbury Magazine.

Is is too late now to kick this off with a Happy New Year? Hmmm, it is? Well tough! You’re getting one anyway. Happy New Year, dear Bunburyists, and welcome to the first Bunbury of 2016. Thank you for joining us once again as we explore some of the best writing and art from around the world, as well as speaking to some very exciting people. The theme for this issue is Self. Perfectly fitting. New year, new you and a brand new Bunbury. What could be better?

Well, what is better is getting your hands on it today. Click the beautiful picture below to download it. It is Pay-What-You-Like but we think £3 is a fair price for something so lovingly crafted!

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Whenever we choose a theme for an issue, we try to pick something that can be interpreted in almost countless ways. We like to see a wide variety of beautiful, shocking, touching, scary (and many more emotions besides) creativity. Then we like to throw it all together – or more accurately, carefully and lovingly decide which to publish – in the magazine to create something that has something for everyone. What better theme than Self to achieve this?

The world is full of such diverse characters and, as we all know, creativity is driven by character. What we are goes in to what we create. There is something of us in the characters we create, the paintings we paint, the photos we take. For example, Stephen King spent an entire summer dressed as a red-and-white 1958 Plymouth Fury.

This Bunbury is packed full of everything you have come to expect from us. Top-notch poetry, short stories, flash fiction et al. We have also been spoiled with the art and photography we have received for this issue. As usual, on top of all that, we have very exciting interviews with Angie Belcher, whom we met in Edinburgh, about what she’s been up to and about to be up to. Also, Joz Norris about his web series and other things. And, because we love you, a third interview with Nico Reznick, a fantastic indie author you really need to check out.

We feel like we’re reaching milestone after milestone here, with the 3rd anniversary of Bunbury rapidly approaching. We like celebrating prime numbers so this year is a special one for us. To celebrate, we are launching our first physical product! We are deeply excited about this. It is a collection of the best bits of the first 12 issues. You can see where the anthology has been developed from by getting all our back issues, again on Pay-What-You-Like. Go on, treat yourself to some brilliant writing, art and interviews!

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As always, we know full well that without all your support, we would not be able to do this so thank you. Thank you to everyone who reads it and submits. Could we ask one more favour? Give us a share on your social media gubbins? The more people see this, the better we can make it for you all and our support network can grow. We want to make this platform for new writers and projects as expansive as possible. Click below to get to our Facebook and Twitter stuff.

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One more thing and I promise we are done. We are still taking submissions for issue 13 of Bunbury. The theme is space and it is a little bit of a Bowie Tribute too! Click the picture below for details on how to submit.

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Enough rambling! Once again, Happy New Year, Happy Valentine’s Day, Easter, Summer Soltice and…why not, might as well say Merry Christmas 2016 while we’re at it!

Keep scribbling,

Christopher and Keri.

P.S. – that thing about Stephen King isn’t true! We have nothing worth suing for!

ShortStops February Round-Up II

Hello, short fiction fans, happy February! Is spring in the air already? Whether it is where you are or not, here’s our recent short story-related news from the blog!
Tania x

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Short Fiction journal’s next online short story masterclass kicks off on March 6th. Anew issue of the Fractured Nuance is available – Issue 3, the handwritten issue. Submissions are open now for Shooter Issue #4: Technology.

The A3 Review is holding its last contest for inclusion in Issue 4. Bunbury blogged about Crime, Space and the World Cup of Authors and Laura Perram interviewed Yaron Kaver at Long Story Short about Mining For Specificity. Shoreline of Infinity still wants your short science fiction submissions, and The Queen’s Head Issue 8 submissions window is wide open. Jotters United has a new issue, Vintage.

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You’ve missed the submissions deadline for the next Talking Tales – but why not go along and listen, on Feb 20th in Bristol. There’s still time to get your stories in for Story Fridays “Fools” event in Bath on April 1st, and Stroud Short Stories is open for submissions for its April 24th event from writers with a connection to Gloucestershire. Speak Easy unveils its events for 2016 and some tips for spoken word first-timers.

   Contests

The Cardiff Review launches its Short Story Award for new writers, deadline May 15. The deadline for Short Fiction’s 2016 short story prize is March 31st, and you have until May 1st to enter Shooter Literary Magazine’s first short story competition. The University of Sunderland’s inaugural Sunderland Short Story Award is accepting entries, deadline June 1st.

  Workshops, etc…

Find out more about Arvon’s 2016 short story and flash fiction courses. Read Paper Republic presents four short stories about women in China at a “speed bookclubbing event” in London on March 14. You can still take advantage of Harriet Kline’s offer ofshort story critiques to raise money for refugees.

Bunbury Magazine here with Crime, Space and World Cup of Authors!

Hello to you all, Bunbury Magazine here! Lovely to see you all again. We are here with some news and updates for your eyes.

First of all, we want to thank all of you that have downloaded Issue Eleven of Bunbury. The response has been absolutely brilliant. If you missed it, then do not hesitate any longer! It is our crime-theme bonanza. Not only that, but we have an epic (we do not use that word lightly!) feature on the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015, packed full of interviews with some of the best performers that were up there, including Phil Jupitus, Wil Hodgson, Cormac Friel and Christian Reilly. It really is worth it AND it is Pay-What-You-Like. Click the pick below to get your digi-hands on it today.

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We are also on a drive for submissions for issue thirteen. The theme is Space, in memory of David Bowie. We are looking for short stories, poetry, flash fiction, art, photography. Anything really! Here is another picture to click, this time to our submission guidelines!

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At the start of February, we are having a bit of fun. We are running a World Cup of Authors. We have been through the Goodreads lists of best authors from 4 categories – Pre-19th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century and 21st Century (so far!) – and chosen qualifying authors. We want you to vote on who should reach the last 32 from each section. 4 from Pre-19th Century. We have another picture for your eyes now. It is the long lists of each category. Click on it to go to the tweet where you can vote for your favourites. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #worldcupofauthors.

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Other than all that, keep your eyes peeled for a competition we will be running in the coming months. We are also starting our writing group up again. It is run in Bury, just outside of Manchester. It is a very welcoming group where you can share your work in a safe space and get some great feedback on what you are working on at the moment. We also run regular events with brilliant headliners. This year, we are also looking to start a poetry slam so it is well worth coming along if you live in the area. Full details on the group can be found here. (Yes, yes, another wonderful picture for you!

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That’s it for now. Issue Twelve: Self will be out in February. We will speak to you all very soon. Take care and keep scribbling,

Christopher and Keri.

 

January Round-Up II

Hello, all, I hope January is treating you well! Here’s what’s been happening on our blog recently.

For more places to send your stories and find wonderful writing to read, check out our Twitter feed!
Tania x

Lit Mags

Shoreline of Infinity is looking for your short science fiction submissions, and The Queen’s Head Issue 8 submissions window is also open. The A3 Review is looking for an editor for Issue 5. Bunbury issue eleven is here – a crime and Edinburgh Fringe special and Jotters United has a new issue, Vintage. Confingo No 4 is also out now, as is Structo  no 14 and The Nottingham Review‘s second issue. Spelkwants your flash fiction, and Holdfast magazine is calling for submissions.

Live Lit

Speak Easy unveils its events for 2016 and some tips for spoken word first-timers. The deadline has passed for the Word Factory apprenticeship scheme but you canfind out about their membership options. Story Sunday in Bristol is calling for submissions for its next event on Feb 21st. White Rabbit offers you a podcast of ghost stories recorded at its Midnight Feast Christmas Eve event.

Contests

Words and Women announce their 2016 short story competition winner. Short Fiction Journal has launched its 2016 short story prize, deadline March 31st. Ouen press has published an anthology of the winners of the Working Dogs international short story competition.

Other

Harriet Kline is offering short story critiques to raise money for refugees.

January 2016 Round-Up I

Happy New Year!

A year full, we hope, of short stories to read and listen to, a plethora of places to send your stories – lit mags, live lit, competitions etc…, and many and wonderful workshops and classes to hone your words. We’ll start with our fortnightly round-up below. Here’s to a wonderful year!

Tania x

Lit Mags

The A3 Review is looking for an editor for Issue 5. Bunbury issue eleven is here – a crime and Edinburgh Fringe special and Jotters United has a new issue, Vintage. Confingo No 4 is also outnow, as is Structo  no 14 and The Nottingham Review‘s second issue.

Spelk wants your flash fiction, and Holdfast magazine is calling for submissions.

Live Lit

Story Sunday in Bristol is calling for submissions for its next event on Feb 21st. White Rabbit offers you a podcast of ghost stories recorded at its Midnight Feast Christmas Eve event.

Contests

Short Fiction Journal has launched its 2016 short story prize, deadline March 31st. Ouen press has published an anthology of the winners of the Working Dogs international short story competition.

Bunbury Issue Eleven is Here! Crime and Edinburgh Fringe Special.

Hello to you, Dear Bunburyists!

It is really hard to believe that months have gone by since we last spoke, Dear Bunburyists, but Bunbury Magazine is back!. Two months since we last brought you some of the best writing and art from around the world. It’s almost criminal how quickly time passes! And this new issue is criminally good. 

Get your hands on the new issue right now on Pay-What-You-Like to see some of the best writing and art from around the world including our Edinburgh Fringe Special which features, amongst many others: Phill Jupitus, Aidan Killian, Dan Nichols, Gurpal Gil, Christian Steel, Joz Norris, Cormac Friel, Wil Hodgson, Daphna Baram, Clare Ferguson-Walker.

Follow this link right now, you lovely people!

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Well, the theme is crime after all! So what has changed in the past two months?

Well, we have experienced new levels of tired. August this year saw us make our now regular trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to do coverage of some of the most wonderful shows that make the Festival what it is. We started our preparations about one month before, hand-making interviews for the wonderful performers. After hauling ourselves, our necessities and 100 interviews over the border, we hit the Festival hard. In fact, we saw our first show before we had even checked in to our hotel!

Now, we know just how much work goes in to making each show and how hard and passionately everyone taking part in the Fringe works – and that goes on for them for an entire month. We say that because when we say we were up there for five days and felt like we had been trapped in a hurricane by the time we left. A hurricane filled with some of the most inspiring, entertaining and downright hilarious shows we have ever seen. Let us tell you now that it took us quite a while to recover afterwards!

The main feature this issue comprises of interviews with some of these comedians, poets, artists and pretty much every type of creative you can think of. It is genuinely our pleasure to be able to bring these people to you.

And that isn’t even everything we have this issue! As usual, the writing we have is simply outstanding. Everything from the poetry to prose and in between has been lovingly written, diligently sent in and carefully selected to bring you words of the highest quality.

As always, we love bringing this magazine to you all but we only exist through the love of our readers. If you like what we do, please share us with your friends, loved ones and anyone you think would like to read some mighty fine writing and experience the best in creativity from all four corners. You can find our Twitter, Facebook and other garb right here.facebooktwitter

We are also taking submissions for issue twelve of Bunbury. The theme is Self. You can submit your stuff to us on submissions@bunburymagazine.com

Anyway, that’s quite enough of all that. Let us steal your time now and sentence you to another brilliant issue of Bunbury.

As always, keep scribbling!

Much love,

Christopher and Keri.

December Round-Up

Happy festive season, short story lovers! Here’s what’s been happening over at ShortStops the past few weeks. See you in 2016!

Tania

Lit Mags

We’re delighted to welcome two lit mags to our list: The Cardiff Review, “a digital and print literary magazine that publishes contemporary graduate writing”; and Cafe Aphra, “a blog which showcases work by new writers and and offers a supportive online writing community”. Take a look around!

Lots of new writing to tide you over the festive period: Confingo No 4 is out now, as is The Nottingham Review’s second issue and Structo No 14. Long Story Short Journal has posted an interview with Richard Roche, on Art, Science and Brain.  Brittle Star magazine announces its 2016 writing competition, and Popshot magazine wants your submissions on the theme of ‘Adventure’.

Holdfast tells us all about the new issue, call for submissions, and BFS award. Everyone wants your stories! Spelk is open to flash fiction submissions, and the Fractured Nuance wants your stories for Issue #3, the Handwritten issue. Brain of Forgetting is calling for submissions for its third issue, Island. Jotters United has a new issue out and is always open to submissions. Short Fiction issue 9 is now out and The Ghastling has launched its third issue.

Competitions
Ouen Press has published an anthology of winners from the Working Dogs international short story competition. The Less Than 100 Words short story competition runs weekly.

Other
Read Paper Republic celebrates its half-way mark with a story co-published in The Guardian and Asymptote journal.

Festivals & Workshops
Today (Dec 21st) Arachne Press is holding another Solstice Shorts festival in Greenwich, London.

Last Minutes and Gentle Reminers

Shoreline of Infinity magazine’s science fiction competition closes at midnight today, 21 Dec.

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!

Nov Fortnightly Round-Up III

Hello ShortStops folk,
We just had our 2nd birthday! As the lists on the site – of live lit, lit mags and short story collection authors – grow longer, and the blog is increasingly active and exciting, there are lots of reasons for celebration! Check out the most recent ones below.
Tania x

Lit Mags

Long Story Short posted “A Sense of Real Language”, Laura Perram’s interview with Shane Strachan. Holdfast tells us all about the new issue, call for submissions, and BFS award. Everyone wants your stories! Spelk is open to flash fiction submissions, and the Fractured Nuance wants your stories for Issue #3, the Handwritten issue. Brain of Forgetting is calling for submissions for its third issue, Island. Jotters United has a new issue out and is always open to submissions. Short Fiction issue 9 is now out and The Ghastling has launched its third issue.

Live Lit
White Rabbit presents the Heroes and Villains podcast.

Competitions
The Less Than 100 Words short story competition runs weekly.   Shoreline of Infinity magazine is running a science fiction competition, deadline 21 Dec.

Other
The Short Story (TSS) introduces themselves on the blog and unveils their new young writers awards. Read Paper Republic publishes A Very Topical Story. Elbow Room’s parent press, As Yet Untitled, has started a kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.

Festivals & Workshops
Ethel Rohan is running a Brilliance of Brevity workshop at the Abroad Writers Conference in Dublin in December.

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!

Launch: The A3 Review, Issue 3 and New Writing Contests

The A3 Review, Issue 3The third issue of The A3 Review has launched. Stories, poems and a comic haiku in our literary mag that behaves like a map. Read more about the lit mag and order a copy by clicking here.

Enter our monthly contests for a chance to be included in Issue 4: Upcoming themes include The Story of a Garden, Table Manners, Yellow Things, Punishment and The Heart. Deadline is 3rd Saturday of the month. Click here for all the details.

All genres are welcome: short stories, graphic stories, memoir, poems and prose poems. Only limit is 150 words. We’re now also accepting artwork and photography; please make sure it fits well into an A6 panel.

Winning entries are published in The A3 Review, Issue #4 and all receive a pack of Writing Maps goodies.

Happy reading and writing!

Bunbury Issue Ten: Politics Special!

Hello Dear Bunburyists! Bunbury Magazine is back!

Right, come on now. Settle down. This is no time for fun. Certainly not with the theme of this issue. A theme which speaks to us all on some level – from those who live, breath and eat it to those who feel the tremors rippling out from the epicentres created on its landscape. We are talking about Politics.

Get Issue Ten right here, right now on Pay-What-You-Like:

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Issue Ten: Politics

After the drama of the General Election in May, and the distinct lack of hat-eating afterwards, we invited our wonderful contributors to take on this oft murky topic and, as always, they did not disappoint! We are very proud to present some of the best writing around which takes on all aspects of politics, from voting itself to the somewhat darker, more controversy-strewn aspects of that which governs our lives, often very satirically but all with great poignancy.

You know the drill by now guys, ten issues in! It’s not just the best writing we have here at Bunbury, but art and photography too, and always in bundles! We have had the pleasure of having some great artists brand-new to us for this issue, from deeply experienced to teen siblings creating some of the most beautifully bonkers comics we’ve ever seen.

As well as all that, we always have a round up of the fantastic Deer Shed Festival, based in Baldersby Park, Yorkshire and interviews with some of the musical and literary highlights of the weekend. So strap in, now is the time for fun. Funbury! That’s too much isn’t it?

We are quite excited here. We headed up to Edinburgh last month to get interviews with some of the wonderful people who make the Fringe so awesome. Issue Eleven will have an absolutely ram-packed feature, full of words and faces, giving you the pick of our Fringe experience. Look out for that in two months’ time!

Also, issue ten! A landmark. Ten issues of what we believe to be a really important platform for emerging and established creativity. Thank you so much for being with us all this time and we’re sure we’ll be thanking you again in another ten issues’ time.

Our inbox is open for submissions for issue eleven of Bunbury as well! The theme is Crime and we are accepting everything from short stories and poetry to non-fiction and essays, art and photography and we are looking to interview some lovely talented people! One thing we are keen to do is use Twitch on the X-Box One to interview people while we play big ‘splodey games so if this is something you would like to do, get in touch!

To submit to us, drop us an email on submissions@bunburymagazine.com.

You can also get the entire Bunbury back catalogue. All of the nine other issues to date, full of some of the best writing, art, and interviews from around the world. It’s all on Pay-What-You-Like, so take it for free if you like or give a little if you can. The only thing we ask for sure is share us with your friends and family. Help us keep doing what we do and spread the word!

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And that’s all she wrote, folks! There’s been a lot of info so thanks for bearing with us and  thanks for joining us and don’t forget, if you have any thoughts, feedback, ideas or just want a natter, drop us a line on bunburymagazine@gmail.com!

Keep scribbling!

Christopher and Keri.

August Fortnightly Round-Up III

Hello all,
Here’s what’s been happening on our blog over the past few weeks.
Best,
Tania x

Lit Mags
Open Pen magazine are to publish an anthology of short stories. The London Journal of Fiction is calling for submissions. Structo has a new issue out and is running a submissions experiment. Paper Republic has just launched, publishing new Chinese fiction in translation.

New lit mag Flight Journal is seeking bold short fiction. Paper and Ink Zine’s new issue, #6, is now available, as is the summer issue of Jotters United, Stuck. The Queen’s Head is calling for submissions for Issue #7 – a Sci-Fi Special and Shooter Literary Magazine is calling for submissions for its ‘Surreal’ issue.

Bunbury magazine’s ninth issue is published, The Night Issue and SHORT FICTION gives us a preview of their ninth issue. Trafika Europe’s fourth issue, Armenian Rhapsody, is now available, as is Holdfast magazine’s Issue 6, Gods and Monsters, and they are looking for work for Issue 7. The Nottingham Review is still open for submissions for its first issue. Hotel Magazine has announced issue 1 and is calling for submissions for its second issue.

Live Lit

We’re delighted to welcome a new live lit event to our listings, Speak Easy Manchester: “a night of eclectic poetry, prose and creative non-fiction”. Fictions of Every Kind is holding it’s Worlds-themed event on Sept 7th in Leeds. And London StorySLAM Live is calling for submissions for its event on 1st October.

Competitions

Shoreline of Infinity magazine is running a science fiction competition, deadline 21 Dec. Liberties Flash Fiction competition has published the winning entries, now available on iTunes. Galley Beggar Press have launched a new short story prize, deadline Nov 15th. The A3 Review launches 6 new writing contests.

A new competition, the Cambridge Flash Fiction award, has just launched, with monthly deadlines. The Cro-Magnon lit zine’s new short story competition, ‘Primitive Humanity‘ closes on Sept 15th.

Other

Taylz is now live and providing free, structured feedback on short stories.

Festivals & Workshops
Paul McVeigh is running his Killer First Page workshop in Bath on October 17th, followed by a an evening reading.

Last Minute & Gentle Reminders
The London Short Story Prize closes tomorrow, Sep 1st (UK residents only). The University of Leicester’s 2015 short story competition is open until 11 September.

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.

The A3 Review Launches 6 New Writing Contests

issue 3We’re almost ready to put together Issue #3 of The A3 Review. There’s still time to qualify, if you enter this month’s writing contest on the theme of HANDS.

Then it’s on to Issue #4! We’ve launched the six writing contests whose winners will make up the contributors of Issue #4. You can see the six new themes if you click here.

If you’re new to The A3 Review, you can read more about the fold-out lit mag here. Basically, it’s a lit mag that behaves like a map. All contributions are under 151 words. There’s a small entry fee, and the ultimate three winners receive cash prizes; all winners are published in the magazine and receive Writing Maps.

The themes for the upcoming Writing Contests are:

  • September: TALKING ANIMALS, Deadline 26 September
  • October: THE STORY OF A GARDEN, Deadline 24 October
  • November: TABLE MANNERS, Deadline 28 November
  • December: YELLOW THINGS, Deadline 26 December
  • January: PUNISHMENT, Deadline 23 January 2016
  • February: THE HEART, Deadline 27 February 2016

Read the full details here. And sign up to The A3 Review‘s newsletter here.

The two winning entries from each month will appear in Issue #4 of The A3 Review and will constitute the shortlist. The three overall winners from the shortlist will receive prizes as follows: 1st = £150; 2nd = £75; 3rd = £50. All winning entries will receive contributor copies, Writing Maps and other goodies.

Short Story Workshop with Sean Preston, Editor of Open Pen Magazine, Mon Aug 10th, London.

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How you begin your short story goes a long way when submitting work to journals/magazines and entering competitions, so we’ve invited in Sean Preston, editor and publisher of Open Pen Magazine, to offer us his tips and guidance.

You don’t need to submit to attend this workshop, but if you send us your first 500 words of a short story by 7th August, your submission is guaranteed a review by Sean!

After individually reading your submission, Sean will then present notes on each one and tell us why they really work for him, but also how they might be improved. Feedback, folks! How novel.

If you miss the submission deadline to Sean, don’t despair, this session will still deliver plenty of general advice on how to open your next story (or edit a previous!).

Buy tickets and submission details.

This is a great opportunity to get pro feedback, so don’t be shy!

Bunbury Issue Nine: The Night Issue is here now!

Dear Bunburyists, Bunbury Magazine here. We have a lot to get through this time so let’s not dilly, lets not dally or we’ll be here ’til the sun slips behind the horizon and we are covered by that starry blanket we call the night sky.

Actually, given the theme of this issue is ‘night’ that would perfect. Yes, make yourself a cup of the finest drinking fudge, slip under something warm and cwtchy and fade away into the latest Bunbury Magazine: The Night Issue.

And you can find the usual package of loveliness right here:

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Bunbury Issue Nine: Night Free

This right here is a preview of Issue Nine. It has the poetry section, one of our staples of grass-roots creativity promotion. Below is where you can get the full Bunbury experience, with art, photography and all the features we tirelessly put together. It is on pay-what-you-want so you can still have it all for free but every penny we make will be going into expanding our support network for the writers and artists we endorse so why not see what you think it is all worth?

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Bunbury Issue Nine: Night

This issue we received a positive tidal wave of submissions from everywhere around the world. We may say this every issue but we are so proud to be at the helm of something that attracts such wonderful writing and art.

For this issue, we have also had the pleasure of interviewing some brilliant musicians for the main feature. All of them have been featured on the podcast ‘Welcome to Night Vale’, a show we absolutely love. The music is always something you would not expect in the most delightful way. We are genuinely excited to be able to bring these interviews to you.

As you know, we always have a big focus on grass-roots and local talent. This time round, we are thrilled to present an interview with Pascal Little, an artist who has a stall in Affleck’s Palace in Manchester. His work is very bracing, very original and we are sure you are going to love it.

All this and the usual mix of writing and art of the highest calibre. You are very lucky people indeed!

As always, dear Bunburyists, we exist not only through the wonderful talent we have in the magazine but by people spreading the word. If you love what we do and want to see and help us grow, why not send a cheeky tweet or Facebook post and show your friends what we are all about. Our social media links are just below.

Twitter: @BunburyPublish

Twitter: @BunburyPublish

Facebook: facebook.com/bunburymagazine

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As a last note, over the page there are details about a crowd-funding project we have started. We are trying to fund the start of a great support network for fresh talent in writing and art. We want to become one of the biggest advocates of grass-roots creativity and we need your help, dear Bunburyists. See more about our project here:

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Remember, we are on pay-what-you-want. You can have all this wonderfulness for free if you like. We do this because we love it and we love you for reading.

Until next time;

Keep scribbling!

Christopher and Keri.

May Fortnightly Round-Up II

Hello short story fans! Here’s what’s been going on for the past few weeks on the blog –
Tania x

Live Lit
We’re delighted to welcome a new event to our listings – Unsung Live, London: “a short story night for genre fans – science fiction, fantasy, horror and more”.

The Story Sessions are running two events and a workshop at the Broxley Max lit fest, London. Check out White Rabbit’s second Alice in Wonderland podcast, Six Impossible Things Before BreakfastRecliffe Future Way was launched on May 1st and is running its fiction trails in Bristol throughout the month.

The Word Factory #33 is happening in London on May 30th – the masterclass is sold out, but there’s the short story reading club and the Irish-themed evening event.

Lit Mags
Hotel Magazine has announced issue 1 and is calling for submissions for its second issue, and Paper and Ink want your stories on the theme of ‘childhood’. The third issue of Confingo is now on sale, Firewords Quarterly’s Issue 4 is hot off the presses.

Jotters United has a new issue out, 2Tango, and a call for submissions, Spelk also wants your short stories, and Bunbury has launched Issue 8 and shared some more exciting announcements with us.

Competitions

The Queen’s Head zine has launched a flash fiction competition, with illustrator Mahr, deadline June 7. Ambit magazine has launched its first annual short story competition, judged by Alison Moore, deadline July 15th. Headstuff magazine has launched a knockout comic short fiction competition with a prize fund of 3200 euros! The Creative Future Literary Awards are now open to marginalised writers, deadline 15 June, and The Moth’s International Short Story Prize is open, deadline June 30th.

The fourth Hysteria writing competition is open for entries, deadline 15 August. Holland Park Press is running a short story competition, I Is Another, deadline 31 August. The University of Leicester’s 2015 short story competition is now open, deadline 11 September.

Festivals

The full programme for this year’s London Short Story Festival in June has now been announced.

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

Firewords Quarterly Issue 4 is hot off the press!

Firewords Quarterly Issue 4

Issue 4 of Firewords Quarterly is here.

Hi ShortStops! Like a mother bird proudly and hesitantly nudging its baby from the nest, we are thrilled to release Issue 4 of Firewords into the world. As always, it features a smorgasbord of short fiction, flash fiction and poetry, all enhanced by an esteemed line-up of talented artists. Take a closer look!

Firewords Quarterly Issue 4

In other Firewords news:

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Want to meet the people behind Firewords? Our website finally has an About page – it’s only taken us a year!
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Want to know more about us? We’ve got a series of Meet the Team interviews coming to the blog. First up, a chat with our editor, Dan.
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Our hugely popular back issue bundles are back in the online shop with limited stock. Don’t miss your chance to catch up on Issues 1, 2 and 3.

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Bunbury Magazine Issue Eight and Some Very Special Announcements

Hello to you all!

Well here we are again, dear Bunburyists! A new edition, a new chapter in Bunbury Magazine. Our mission to bring you the very best in creativity from around the world, from professional writers to emerging talents. And boy do we have some great stuff for you this time around. There’s a lot to talk about so let’s get right to it.

Here is Issue Eight: Power right here for you now!

Issue 8

Right now we would like to send a massive thanks to all of our contributors, both returning and new and exciting writers and artists. It really is you who makes all of this possible! We would also like to thank Jasika Nicole and Michael R Perry for giving wonderful interviews. We are so very excited to be able to present both of them in our pages. There is also a fantastic feature on a local regular event called Verbose, which features some of the best talent in the Manchester area. Thanks to everyone who got involved in that!

We also have an announcement. This year will mark two years since we started Bunbury Magazine. Two years of some of the best writing and art & photography from around the world. It has been a genuine honour to be able to bring all of this to you for all this time. As you know, we have been doing all of this for absolutely free. Now we are calling all of our dear Bunburyists for help. We are planning to mark this occasion by doing The Best of Bunbury in print. We are going to pick our favourite moments from the past eight issues and binding them forever in a beautiful tome to take pride of place on bookshelves around the world. We are also doing a book launch where we intend to bring Bunbury to life with readings, comedy and music. We are asking you for help. We have created a Kickstarter project in order to make all of this possible. We have some wonderful rewards for those who donate and cordially invite all of you to come along. We will be keeping in touch with you all about the project as it unfolds and more things are announced. It would be an honour to have your help. Please come to this link below and help us make this reality.

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Big news. We have officially registered Bunbury Publishing LTD. as a fully-fledged company. This is going to allow us to take what we are doing now even further. Plans for the future are being kept under wraps for now but some of them include launching another magazine and publishing fully in print some fantastic collections we have already been sent. Keep your eyes locked on the horizon for more news on this.

Secondly, we are so proud to announce a new member to our team. Rhea Seren Phillips, whom we have published in Bunbury Magazinein previous issues, has joined us as executive editor. Believe us when we say we feel a lot more sane now than before. She has already proved so invaluable and with her knowledge and experience, the magazine can only get stronger.

Next month, in the week beginning 12th April, we will be taking part in the rotation curation of the WeAreManc Twitter account. This is a fantastic opportunity for us to highlight the wonderful people we have in these pages as well as in Manchester. Our only worry is they do not know how crazy we are! We have also been offered a table at the MancsterCon in August, an independent graphics and art convention at Salford University. If you’re in town, come along and see us do something…secret, for now. A secret.

We are sure there will be more news to follow so make sure you keep up-to-date on our website.

This month we were blown away by one piece in particular. A young writer sent us a story which had a maturity beyond its years. A male writer but written in a woman’s voice about an issue which takes all of that maturity to write about sensitively, which he did so very well. It was a genuine pleasure to read this piece, as well as all the others of course! But this is exactly the reason we started Bunbury Magazine; to give a platform and a boost to those just starting out in writing.

As you know, we only exist by you wonderful people spreading the good word about us. You can find all of our Twitter, Facebook and other social media details at the bottom of this email. Please let everyone you hold dear about us and let them know we always welcome involvement!

I think that’s everything, is it? Yes. Well we powered through that. Without further proverbials, let us be the first to welcome you all to this brand-new issue. We hope you love reading it as much as we loved putting it together.

Keep scribbling!

opher and Keri.