Deadline Day is Coming! London Independent Story Prize

Just a few days left until the Deadline! 10th of January!

Polish those 300-word short-short stories and take your chance. Become a part of this wonderful community of writers and storytellers. Take the chance of winning the prize! Give your story a chance to be recognised.

Check out the 2018 Calendar from here LISP.

LISP judges are looking for strong and unique voices, check out the interviews with the judges on the website.

‘Originality must come from other resources: from one’s own voice, personality, character.’ Luis Pizarro, LISP judge.

‘Given that the story can only be 300 words, I am looking for something beyond the ephemeral, a story that will make an impression.’ James Kirchick, LISP judge.

‘LISP is based on creating a great community and, of course, all the writers who attend the competition will definitely be a part of this network. However, winners are winners, and they will have the greatest advantage. First of all, the prize and publication, and when you win a competition, it means that your pen has been recognised, which is a great feature for any writer. Not only while trying to reach agents or publishers, but also the personal satisfaction is priceless. Especially for young writers, it’s a way to build confidence.

As an award winner, I can also say that it helps you to improve. Now you see that you can write things that others appreciate as well, which encourages you to be even bolder.’ Ozge Gozturk, LISP founder.

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Small Wonder Festival at Charleston

Small Wonder Festival, Charleston’s annual celebration of short fiction, will take place between 27 September and 1 October 2017. The variety of this year’s programme confirms that although the texts may be compressed, the short form may contain a multitude of subjects, tones and styles. Short stories offer glimpses into the human condition and linger on in the mind, despite, even because of, their brevity and restraint. Don’t miss the shared experience of listening to and telling stories in the atmospheric tents at Small Wonder. During the festival you can listen to engaging speakers, take part in workshops and much more…

The festival kicks off on Wednesday 27 September with ‘Let Me Count the Ways’, an exploration of love in its many contexts and guises. Groundbreaking young writers Rowan Hisayo Buchanan and Gwendoline Riley will discuss their work with journalist Arifa Akbar.

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On Thursday 28 September we explore the challenges and advantages of the short story form in our event ‘Novella Perfection’. Novella enthusiasts and practitioners Cynan Jones and Megan Hunter will be in conversation with Alex Clark. I believe the novella is the perfect form of prose fiction. – Ian McEwan.

Unmissable on Saturday 30 September is ‘Welcome to the Caribbean’, with Jamaican writer Olive Senior, Trinidadian Anthony Joseph and Bahamian Helen Klonaris (British Council International Writer in Residence at Small Wonder 2017).
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A final highlight for any budding writers will be ‘Hitting the Ground Running’ on Sunday 1 October. This event promises a fascinating look at how to begin a career in writing short fiction, with debut authors Julianne Pachico and Jessie Greengrass speaking alongside agent Clare Alexander and publisher Mark Richards. Perfect for aspiring authors, those interested in the publishing process or short fiction fans, it will include an extended Q&A.

Visit the Small Wonder website for more information and many more events: https://www.charleston.org.uk/small-wonder/. Or join in the conversation on social media: #SmallWonderFest.

 

 

Words Away January Salon: Writing Short Stories with Stella Duffy

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Words Away is a new series of monthly creative writing salons taking place at the Tea House Theatre Cafe in London. Each month, over tea and cake or a glass of wine, writers Emma Darwin and Kellie Jackson meet up with a different guest author for a focussed discussion on aspects of writing fiction. The audience plays a key part in the evening; exchanging ideas, asking questions and with a chance to socialise after.

We have some great guests lined up for 2017 including, Ruth Ware, Essie Fox, Sara Grant and Francis Spufford.

Our next salon, Writing Short Stories with Stella Duffy, is on Monday 23rd January at 7.30pm. All welcome.

Venue: Tea House Theatre Cafe, 139 Vauxhall Walk, London, SE11 5HL

Cost: £10 to book online or or £12 on the door.

For more info and to book: wordsaway.info

Words Away October Salon: Creating Characters In Fiction

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Words Away is a new series of monthly creative writing salons for writers taking place at the Tea House Theatre Cafe in London. Alongside Emma Darwin, each month, Kellie Jackson will be meeting up with a different guest author for a focussed discussion on aspects of writing fiction, be it short or longer form. The salons have been created with the audience as a key part of the evening, to exchange ideas, ask questions and mingle.

Our next salon, Creating Characters In Fiction is on Monday, 17th October and features author Elizabeth Fremantle. We have some great guests lined up this winter including Caroline Green and Essie Fox.

Be inspired. Nurture your craft. Meet other writers.

Join us at the fab Tea House Theatre Cafe, 139 Vauxhall Walk, London, SE11 5HL @7.30pm. £10 on the door or book online wordsaway.info

The Elbow Room Prize 2015- Event and Anthology

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Elbow Room promised a number of things to the winners of our inaugural competition. Prize money, a London based event and a publication. All of these are important, tempting and impactful in different ways. The prize money is simple, ready and waiting once we have our winners selected. The event planning is well underway, the venue booked, the details being worked out, the flyers and information out and being shared. We hope it will be a wonderful evening and a successful weekend. The prize night will be October 16th from 6.oopm and we would love to see you all there. It’s free, will be a night to remember and we promise cake as well as art, short stories, poetry and live music.

Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/688853477882644/

Of everything we’ve promise people it is the publication that is the longest lasting, the most impactful. After the prize money is spent and the event a fond memories the publication will remain. Despite not yet knowing exactly what will be between the covers we’ve had long discussions about how we want to make it. The beauty of the object is important to us, the way it looks and the way it feels. We want our first Elbow Room Prize anthology to retain the values that make our quarterly magazine special, to be hand bound, the use the same luxurious paper, to look and feel like an object of value. We want this for two reasons…

Firstly because that’s what As Yet Untitled publishing is all about.

Secondly (and most importantly) because the work that is eventually selected, printed and bound together is valuable and deserves only the best.

We have made our design choices, settled on a binding technique, prepared the cover. The book is going to have a limited first edition, numbered and collectable. We thought, while we finalise our winners, print and bind, that we would put the book up available for pre-order for anyone who is already absolutely certain that they want a copy. It will be release on October 16th and any pre-ordered copies will go in the post that very day. You can order it here: www.elbow-room.org/shop

Now back to the (impossible, enjoyable, enchanting, enthralling, complicated) judging,

Rosie, Zelda and Lauren.

Word Factory #36 & Masterclass – 19th September – London

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Join the Word Factory for readings, conversation, masterclasses and publication with the most inspiring short fiction writers.

The Word Factory #36 – the intimate short story salon – 6-8pm

Book your tickets here.

Our autumn salon season begins on Sept 19th at Waterstones Piccadilly with Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize winner Carys Davies, the inspirational Toby Litt and two powerful new voices, Tyler Keevil and Diriye Osman. Join us for their readings, and the Q&A afterwards chaired by Word Factory founder Cathy Galvin.

Short Story Club – 4.15-5.15pm
Ernest Hemingway:’Hills Like White Elephants’

Join us in September when we will be reading the classic Ernest Hemingway’s Hills Like White Elephants – one of the most iconic short stories in the English language. It’s a tale that seems simple and straightforward, but is laden with symbolism and meaning. What will you discover in Hemingway’s words?

Come and discuss this wonderful story with us at the Word Factory Short Story Club in September.

Email Sophie Haydock for more details and a copy of the story: sophie@thewordfactory.tv

Masterclasses

Our masterclass with Toby Litt sold out quickly, but you’re now able to book October and November’s masterclasses via our website. Join us for place & atmosphere with Alex Preston and how to beat digital depression with Kristen Harrison.

www.thewordfactory.tv/events

Also in September…
Word Factory at Small Wonder
Wednesday 23 to Sunday 27 Sept 2015

Word Factory is delighted to partner with the Small Wonder Festival within the autumnal warmth of Charleston in Sussex. Reading at this event will be Kirsty Gunn, Stuart Evers and Janice Galloway, followed by a Q&A with Cathy Galvin.

Book your tickets here.

Unsung Live #1: 25th June

Unsung Stories are running their inaugural night of storytelling for science fiction and fantasy fans on 25th June. Starting from 7pm in the Star of Kings in Kings Cross.

Unsung Live will feature stories from 4 rather talented authors. First we’ll have two of Unsung’s authors, Aliya Whiteley and Ian Hocking. Aliya is the author of numerous books and short stories, most recently The Beauty which has been shortlisted for the Shirley Jackson, James Tiptree and Saboteur Awards. Ian is the author of Deja Vu and more science fiction books. To keep them company we have Gary Budgen and Daniel Carpenter. Gary is a man with a great fistful of short story publications. Daniel is much the same, with extra ‘seasoned pro’ points for his work with Bad Language in Manchester.

Expect great stories, a friendly atmosphere and like-minded genre fans. The Star of Kings is a few minutes walk from Kings Cross and is already the home of lots of great genre clubs like the Post-Apocalyptic Book Club.

Event details and RSVP details can be found at our Meetup group – www.meetup.com/unsung