Liars’ League KISS & TELL event (+#LoveLit blind date) this Valentine’s Eve, Tue 13 Feb

kiss tell CROPFrom stolen kisses to cartoon crushes, telltale spirits to synaesthetic lovers, via vengeful exes and Powerpoint presentations, Liars’ League is showcasing tales of lust, romance & betrayal in our dirt-dishing Valentine’s special – and our first event of 2018 – on Tuesday 13th February (click here for Facebook event with full details).

Forget the pink roses as our actors bare their hearts (and more) for just £5 on the door, which includes a programme, entry to our sexy book quiz, and of course all the Lovehearts you can eat. (And if you’re single, just tell us your favourite literary character and we’ll find your perfect match – see below for more …)

WINNING STORIES for KISS & TELL
Three Months by Caroline Hardman *NEW AUTHOR* – read by Clareine Cronin
Tasting the Rainbow by Alejandra Zannier *NEW AUTHOR* – read by Keleigh Wolf
Slide Show by Alan Graham – read by Gloria Sanders
A Kiss A Day by Liam Hogan – read by Sophie Morris-Sheppard
Father Figure by J. A. Hopper – read by Rich Keeble
The Tell-Tale Art by Andreas Paraskevaides – read by David Mildon

As always, doors open at 7pm and the show begins at 7.30. Seductive drinks and food will be available at the bar, and the infamous interval quiz will feature fabulous free books to be won! There’s no pre-booking, but tables for fouror more can be reserved by calling 07808 939535.

Single? Sign up for our #LoveLit Blind Date
Ever wondered if Lizzie Bennet would hook up with Christian Grey? Whether Harry Flashman could charm Hermione Granger? Then we’ve got something for you this Valentine’s eve! Our #LoveLit Blind Date is simple: just email liars@liarsleague.com (or tweet us @liarsleague, hashtag #LoveLit) with your name, age, preferred gender of date & the name of your favourite fictional character, and we’ll match you up with someone else’s favourite. Not only might you find the love of your life, you’ll also get free sweeties and a night of brilliant stories to enjoy with your new squeeze into the bargain.

(NB: you don’t have to join in the blind date to come, it’s just a service we’re offering singles this month. As ever, anyone who loves stories is welcome.)

The venue is the downstairs bar at:
The Phoenix
37 Cavendish Square
London
W1G 0PP

(The Phoenix is 5 minutes’ walk from Oxford Circus tube station, which is on the Victoria, Bakerloo and Central lines). Map here

Stroud Short Stories is open for submissions for 5 November event

Stroud Short Stories is open for submissions from Gloucs and South Gloucs writers until 23 September – for our 5 November 2017 event. It’s free to submit and we are happy to consider published and unpublished work.

There’s a theme this time – ‘All you need is love. Or is it?’. Think of the theme as widely and flexibly as possible. Not only romantic love but stories of obsession and relationships of all kinds are welcome. And not necessarily just relationships between people. Other obsessions too. The style can be straight or funny, cynical, ironic or dark.

As well as reading before a sell-out audience at the SVA in Stroud, the authors of the ten stories chosen will be offered a place in our next published anthology – due 2018.

All the info you need is on our website – http://stroudshortstories.blogspot.co.uk/

Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition 2017

Tuesday 1st August 2017 sees the launch of the sixth biennial Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition hosted by the award-winning charity InterAct Stroke Support.

The short story competition was first launched in 2008 and the challenge remains the same: writers are requested to write a piece, in any genre, in no more than 1000 words. The winner of the competition will write four further stories for InterAct Stroke Support over the course of one year and will receive £1000.

The closing date for submissions is Friday 22nd December 2017 and first place will be awarded at the winner’s ceremony in 2018 (date and venue to be confirmed).

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Baroness Ruth Rendell, a beloved patron, judge and friend of InterAct put her name to the award after the first short story competition in 2008 and sadly passed away in 2015. The competition continues to inspire writers in her honour.

 

InterAct Stroke Support is the only UK charity dedicated to supporting stroke recovery by using professional actors to deliver hospital readings and community projects. InterAct specialises in delivering stimulating and inspiring short stories specially selected to suit the needs of stroke patients.  The readings are designed to assist recovery by improving mood, stimulating the brain and providing a much-needed creative outlet.

Stories of any genre can be submitted by email or post and the submission fee is £15.00 per story. Please find more details and terms and conditions of entry on the InterAct Stroke Support website: www.interactstrokesupport.org/news

 

Elbow Room Competition – Deadline Extended!

We would like to start this blog by saying thank you to everyone who has helped spread the word or entered the Elbow Room Competition. Due to the amazing amount of activity you have all generated a lot of people have only just found the competition and expressed sadness that they don’t have time to prepare their entry. We know exactly how annoying it is to find something you really want to take part in only days (or even hours) before the deadline. This got us thinking. In life there are deadlines we cannot change or control. This is not one of those. This competition is as much (if not more) about you as it is about us. We want everyone who wants to enter to have the chance to. It is with this in mind that we are extending the deadline until midnight Friday 21st August. We know it’s not long but we hope it is long enough. It should give everyone a chance to get his or her creations to us while still leaving us ample time to give your work the consideration it deserves.

See our website for more details on how to enter www.elbow-room.org/competition

We will be at our emails and computer ready to answer any and all questions until then.

Best Wishes and Good Luck

Rosie, Zelda and Lauren.

National Flash-Fiction Day events in Bristol

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Saturday 21st June is National Flash-Fiction Day. If you’re in or around Bristol and are flash curious or already into flash fiction, come along to the afternoon workshop at Bristol Central Library, which runs from 13:30 to 16:30, or to the evening readings at The Lansdown in Clifton, which starts at 19:00. Both events are free!

For more information, please take a look at BristolFlash’s Facebook page. There’s no sign-up for either event but, if you’re on Facebook and plan to come along, let us know via the workshop and evening events pages.