Announcing the Show Me Yours Prize

Fiction // Nonfiction // Poetry // Image

I’ll Show You Mine: A Sex Writing Symposium was organised by two students – James Smart and Melissa Wan – on the MA in Creative Writing at UEA. It began as a desire for conversation about the role of sex writing in literature.

With the Show Me Yours Prize, we want to open that conversation to artists and writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry to celebrate work that engages with the world of sex and desire in surprising and exciting ways.

OPEN NOW – CLOSING JULY 10
£300 GRAND PRIZE
£50 PRIZE TO HIGHLY COMMENDED
ENTRIES IN EACH CATEGORY

Find out more at showyouminesymposium.com/prize

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The Hunters Grimm- a storyhunting show in the streets of London

Bernadette Russell of White Rabbit  joins the wonderful Teatro Vivo cast in “The Hunters Grimm” a promenade performance in the streets of Catford and Stratford, London,aiding Jacob and Wilhem Grimm along with their companion Dot Wilde, in their search for a story of hope with a happy ending. Such stories seem in short supply in our troubled times….

The Hunters Grimm on the streets

The Hunters Grimm on the streets

Come and join us on our search! Who knows who you might meet on the way: a beggar Prince, Rapunzel now working in sheltered housing as a single mum, a young jobseeker in pursuit of 12 dancing princesses, a hungry wolf reminiscing about his glory days as a restaurant critic,  a step mother who needs a Kardashian make over….and many more

Dates are:

Stratford- 30th May- 1st June- please go here for more details and tickets

 

Catford- 6th-16th June- please go here for more details and tickets

 

For a tantilising taster go here

I Heart Short Stories

This year the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award celebrates its tenth year as one of the world’s most significant prizes for short fiction.

Over the last decade, we’ve not only helped champion the form, but also, particularly because we read stories anonymously, discovered many fresh new writers who had not previously been given a platform – everyone from Roshi Fernando and Rebecca F John to Sally Rooney, who got her first shortlisting from the award.

Now we want to expand our commitment, with regular digital posts about everything to do with the short story under the banner of I Heart Short Stories. On our website over the next months you will find monthly news and views about short story writing and writers, interviews with authors, features on the short story landscape, and guest slots written by those with things to say about short story writing.

Already we have had news round ups, a long feature on short stories in the south west of England plus interviews with our prestigious winners such as Yiyun Li and C.K. Stead.

We have just announced our judges for the award – Sarah Churchwell, Kit de Waal, Carys Davies and Blake Morrison – and we’re hoping to have a piece from one of them to fill you in on the judging process. Also we would be delighted to hear about blogs from anyone with something to say about the short story. If you have any ideas please email shortstoryaward@sunday-times.co.uk or get in touch with us via Twitter.

This is all part of our determination, with the help of our sponsor Audible, to help make the short story a more central part of the literary landscape.

You’ll see everything we do under the “I Heart Short Stories” banner and #IHeartShortStories. And there’ll be more to see on Twitter at @shortstoryaward.

Join Bristol’s First Flash Open Mic – Flash in Hand

The opening night of Bristol’s new open mic event, Flash in Hand, is on Monday 13th May. Of all the things we might associate with Mondays, this is probably one of the most uplifting!

We know that stories can take us anywhere, from the depths of the human condition to the sky and beyond. We normally read stories in the privacy of our own heads, whether curled up on the couch or cocooned in our commute, but sometimes the best way to connect with stories is with other people. Flash fiction is ideally suited to this. From beginning to end, no more than 500 words, a whole story, a whole journey from beginning to middle to end that will leave you moved, laughing or struck by insight. And that’s not the only taste it will leave in your mouth: we have a bar.

So, whether you want to come along to listen (£3.50 on the door) or to read (free!), we’ll see you there, 19:30 onwards. Let us know you’re coming via the Facebook event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/519720555223593/ 

And keep yourself notified of future events via our page:

https://www.facebook.com/FlashInHand/

Stroud Short Stories ‘Incendiary!’ Sunday 19 May – Tickets on Sale

Tickets are now on sale for the 18th Stroud Short Stories event Incendiary! on Sunday 19 May  –

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/638976

Tickets are priced as usual at £8. The event, at our new venue, the 150-seater Cotswold Playhouse, Parliament Street, Stroud, GL5 1LW, starts at 8pm (doors 7.30).

Ten Gloucestershire authors will be reading their stories about fire, heat, passion, anger and rebellion selected from the 113 stories submitted.

The authors are –

Robin Booth

Joanna Campbell

Louise Elliman

Michael Hurst

Jason Jackson

Emma Kernahan

Geoff Mead

Chloe Turner

Steve Wheeler (aka Steven John)

Alwin Wiederhold

All info on the Stroud Short Stories website

 

Submit to All Those Things Left Unsaid magazine

Sumissions

The All Those Things Left Unsaid project is currently open for submissions of letters, poems, stories, or other creative forms, on the topic of ‘Things left unsaid’. This could be secrets never before told, conversations you wish you had had, or anything else that fits the topic.

All submissions should be previously unpublished.

Prose pieces should be no longer than 1,000 words as an absolute maximum, preferably shorter.

Send one .doc or .docx attachment to hello@allthosethingsleftunsaid.com with the word ‘Submission’ in the email header.

Please explain briefly how the piece fits the brief of ‘Things left unsaid’. Authors will remain anonymous or be given a pseudonym, unless they explicitly request to be named, and only then if is legally safe to do so.

Anything published on the site – copyright remains with the author.

Masterclasses and author talks for short fiction lovers

For five years Novel Nights has been at the forefront of live lit in Bristol & Bath, programming author talks with authors like Maggie Gee and Nathan Filer.

This year we’re launching masterclasses, taught by experienced academics and writers. Tom Vowler will teach our first class, From Spark to Flame: Forging The Short Story on 27th April.  Tom is short fiction editor at Unthank Books, has published two short story collections and his third novel is out soon. He teaches at Arvon Foundation and Plymouth University.

“A masterclass to unlock some of the mysteries of this dazzling literary form. Aimed at both emerging and published writers, the class will explore how stories are crafted, how you can bring them to life, give them voltage and vitality.” 

On September 8th, Vanessa Gebbie will lead a day-long flash-fiction masterclass in Bristol. Tickets in advance.

“An in-depth look at flash fiction, aimed at any writer who is interested to start or continue an exploration of this sparkling form. You will create  many fresh pieces thanks to tried and tested games and exercises –  your tutor never asks you to share your writing, so you are unencumbered as you play freely and focus on meeting your new characters, voices and forms within forms.” Vanessa Gebbie has won awards for both prose and poetry, including a Bridport Prize and the Troubadour. Author of ten books, including five collections of short fictions, two of poetry and a novel, she is also commissioning and contributing editor of Short Circuit: Guide to the Art of the Short Story (Salt).

Novella-in-flash author talk 

On May 11th we’ve invited Michael Loveday, judge of the 2019 Bath Novella-in-Flash Award, to discuss writing a Novella-in-Flash and to share insights into the judging process.

Tickets only £8.50 from Novel Nights. Square Club, Bristol. BS8 1HB. Flash writers are welcome to submit to read