V. Press flash submissions!!!

V. Press will be open to submissions for flash fiction pamphlets in July 2018.

Shortlisted in the Michael Marks Publishers’ Award 2017, V. Press publishes poetry and flash fiction that is very very.

Publications include Carrie Etter’s Hometown, Jude Higgin’s The Chemist’s House, Charlie Hill’s Walking Backwards, Santino Prinzi’s There’s Something Macrocosmic About All of This and Michael Loveday’s flash fiction novella Three Men on the Edge.

V. Press currently publishes two fiction titles a year and is looking for stunning flash selections to publish next year.

The flash submissions window will be open throughout July 2018. Please do follow the submission guidelines at http://vpresspoetry.blogspot.com/p/submissions.html carefully.

There will be a V. Press showcase be at this year’s U.K. Flash Fiction Festival on Sunday, July 22.



Flash Fiction Readings in Bath, 29th July

photo of readings

If you’re in or near Bath on Friday evening, 29th July,  do come to hear fabulous flash fiction writers at our Evening of Readings organised by Jude Higgins at Bath Flash Fiction Award. Readings from acclaimed US flash-fiction writer, poet, writing teacher and editor, Meg Pokrass, who will be reading from51oCRJs7VwL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_ her new collection The Dog Looks Happy Upside Down

Carrie Etter poet, flash-fiction writer and Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University who will be reading from her new pamphlet HometownHometown-001

together with award winning local flash-fiction writers

K M Elkes, Santino Prinzi and Diane Simmons


Venue: St James Wine Vaults, Bath.

Time: 7.30 pm – 10.00 pm.

Cost £5. Places limited. Book now at bathflashfictionaward.com via paypal or any card


January Round-Up II

Greetings, short story lovers!
Here’s what’s been on a packed ShortStops blog over the past few weeks…

Tania x

Live Lit
We welcome a new live lit event to our list, Verbose, Manchester: “bring words to the ‘burbs – prose and poetry, with special guests and an open mic”.

Verbose invite you to their first event, Jan 26th.  White Rabbit want your short stories for their Curioser and Curioser storytelling tea party on Feb 20th in London. Stand-Up Tragedy’s next event, Tragic Winter, is in London on Feb 28th and they are calling for submissions for the SUT blog.

Lit Mags

We’re delighted that 2 new lit mags have joined our list: Trafika Europe, which “brings you some of the best new literature from Europe… and later in 2015 the first “online” literary radio station”; and Shooter Literary Magazine, “supporting emerging writers of literary fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and narrative journalism”. Welcome, both!

Shooter Literary Magazine is already blogging, with a call for submissions for Issue #2, on the theme of ‘Union.’ On the theme of themes, Brain of Forgetting’s first issue, Stones, is now available, and submissions for Issue 2 open shortly. Neon Magazine has opened submissions for Battery Pack II, its second anthology of tiny stories.  Other mags still want your stories too: The Manchester Review has is calling for your submissions. Jotters United is calling for submissions.

Freight Books wants short story submissons for an anthology inspired by Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity.

Competitions & Festivals
Ann Summers has launched an erotic fiction-writing competition, deadline Jan 23rd, so get your skates on! The Short FICTION short story prize is open for entries, deadline March 31st, as are the Felixtstowe Book Festival’s 2015 short story competition, deadline May 16th and The Moth’s International Short Story Prize, deadline June 30th. Words and Women announced the winners of their writing competition.

Workshops and Courses
Clevedon Community Bookshop is holding a flash fiction workshop taught by Gail Aldwin this Thurs, Jan 22nd. Paul McVeigh is running a one-day workshop on That Killer First Page- Submitting to Competitions and Journals, in London on Jan 31st. Alison Clayborn is running a Focus on Fiction course at the Brunel Museum in London.

And Ireland has a new national residential writing centre – The Story House in County Waterford, which is running a short story course from Mar 23-28th.

Last Minutes and Gentle Reminders
You have until Jan 23rd to submit stories on the theme of ‘Outsiders’ to Popshot, and January 25th is the deadline for prose pamphlet submissions for The Emma Press.

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.

Winter Issue Of Neon, And Chapbooks

Neon - Issue 37

I’m not a cigarette I said to the giant cigarette looking suspiciously back at me through the mirror in the truck stop bathroom. The room was filthy, covered in green sludge, and the toilet had committed suicide. There were pieces of brown brain spilling out of the ceramic entry wound. The plunger made some sly remark I couldn’t quite make out, and spontaneously combusted. It smelled delicious.

– From “A Suspicious Cigarette” by Erric Emerson, Issue #37, Neon Literary Magazine

The above is a brief extract from the recently-published winter issue of Neon Literary Magazine. You can read the rest of Erric’s story, as well as the other works featured in the issue, by visiting www.neonmagazine.co.uk. PDF, EPUB and MOBI editions of the magazine are free, and a print issue costs just £2.50. This edition features the work of Paul Bavister, Shanalee Smith, Noel Williams, Christopher Owen, Tracey S Rosenberg, Erric Emerson, Meg Eden, and Joe Evans.  The cover image is by Timur Cetintas. In its pages you will find guns and knives, nightmarish exam days, a story about Facebook friends and some excellent concrete poetry.

In addition to the new issue, there’re also a number of exciting new projects in the pipeline. At the moment in particular we’re looking for proposals for chapbooks and pamphlets to be published over the next few years. Read more about this, or submit something via the webform at http://www.neonmagazine.co.uk/?page_id=4180. Submissions to Neon are open as well, and if you think you have something that might be right for the magazine please do send it along.

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