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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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

London Short Story Festival 2015

The full programme for this year’s London Short Story Festival is now available at lssf.co.uk. With 27 events taking place over the weekend, it’s a short story lover’s heaven.

Guest Festival Director Paul McVeigh has curated a festival featuring 65 excellent writers and speakers that takes place over the weekend of 18 – 21 June at Waterstones Piccadilly.

This year’s lineup includes: Ben Okri, Dame Marina Warner, Kevin Barry, Jon McGregor, Laura van den Berg, D W Wilson, Deborah Levy, Helen Simpson, Joe Dunthorne, Diriye Osman, Toby Litt, Niven Govinden, Krys Lee, Adam Marek, Tania Hershman, Nikesh Shukla, Nii Awiykwei Parkes, Alison Moore, May-Lan Tan, Lynn Coady, Cathy Galvin, Ethel Rohan, Cynan Jones, Francesca Rhydderch, Stuart Evers, Salena Godden, KJ Orr, SJ Naudé, Alex Preston, Rachel Trezise and many, many more.

Spend some focused time honing your writing craft with short story masters Ben Okri, Toby Litt, Ethel Rohan and Lynn Coady in a masterclass (D W Wilson and Laura van den Berg masterclasses have sold out).

The programme of talks and readings is diverse and dynamic, providing opportunities to hear inspiring authors read from and discuss their work in panels.

Pop into the Spread the Word Writers’ Space on Saturday to take part in free activities to inspire and expand your short story writing practice and knowledge of the publishing landscape.

Once again Spread the Word is delighted to offer the Free Ticket Scheme, providing opportunities for short story writers and lovers on low incomes to apply to attend festival events. All paid-for events are available on the Free Ticket Scheme. Applications are open until May 11, midday and applicants will find out the result of their application the week beginning May 18.

We look forward to seeing many Short Stoppers at this year’s festival,  and keep in touch on Twitter: @lssfest and Facebook: facebook.com/londonshortstoryfestival

London Short Story Festival logo 2015

London Short Story Festival 2015

Laura van den Berg

Laura van den Berg

Photo by David Hartley/REX Shutterstock (3032799n) Novelist and poet Ben Okri The Woodstock Literary Festival, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, Britain - 20 Sep 2013

Photo by David Hartley/REX Shutterstock