Women and SF/Fantasy for Hither Green Festival

Friday May 18th at 7pm
Meet Arachne Press author-editors Cherry Potts and Katy Darby for a chat about Science Fiction and Fantasy written by women, and their own writing.
Cherry and Katy have both published short stories in these genres, and edited forthcoming We/She, an Arachne/Liars’ League all women collaboration which features a sinister carpet, two dragons, a mermaid, sentient dolls and fictional dead women coming back to haunt their creator.
The evening will include readings and an opportunity to buy books and ask questions (PLEASE ask questions!), and Katy and Cherry will talk about their favourite women SF/F writers and what got them started on writing speculative fiction.


Manor House Library
34 Old Road
SE13 5SY
as part of the Hither Green Festival

FREE

The end of the world…and a new direction for short story site

After a successful year and a bit, England’s Future History  is ending the world!

For our March 31st, 2017 deadline, we’re looking for stories set in the year 2150 that provide a world (or country) ending story.

It could be nuclear war, zombie apocalypse, a virus or just the general break down of society. The choice is yours. All we ask is that after this story, England will be a totally different country.

We’d like to try and tie in some of the other stories, though you don’t have to.

So what’s next I hear you call?

Well, once the world has ended, we plan to rebuild it.

People have really gotten behind the concept. We’ve had dozens of great entries and thousands of visitors to the site. We want to continue it but with a fresh start.

The first step will be publishing all the stories on the site in an ebook. This will come with an introduction by yours truly and (hopefully) some nice illustrations. We’re hoping to make this free as well.

After that, we’re going to start from fresh – no timeline, just your ideas.

Though there will be a few more rules to follow. The main one will be that we’re going to have themed entry periods. So, for example, we might have one for political-based stories or healthcare inspired tales. More on those in the future.

What it means for the short term is that we’re asking for new stories that will end the world. Deadline is March 31, 2017.

Check out the updated Submissions page for details on format, word limits and emails. Or email submission and questions to englandsfuturehistory@gmail.com.

We’re looking for your finest short science fiction story

Shoreline of Infinity, the newest British science fiction magazine,  is currently open for submissions until 3oth November 2016. We’re looking for stories up to 5,000 words.

We’re a quarterly magazine, and is available in print and digital formats – and we pay for stories.

We’re  looking for a good science fiction story, something that gives reality a tweak on the nose. An idea that makes us stop and think. But don’t forget your characters: all the best stories are seen through the eyes of characters your readers believe in.

The best advice is to read a Shoreline of Infinity for yourself to see the kind of stories we like.

Full details and submissions instructions are available on our submissions page.

PS We’re a little bit short of science fiction stories with steampunkian tendencies, and we’re becoming more open to the fantasy end of science fiction, if you follow me.

PPS We re-open for submission in the New Year.

Story Sunday (Scifi, Fantasy and Speculative Fiction): call for submissions

Let us tell you another story…

Writers Unchained of Bristol are delighted to announce the next Story Sunday event on October 23rd will be part of the 2016 Bristol Literature Festival (October 21 – 29th) an event famous for its nurturing of grassroots writing and performing talent.

shutterstock_322984532Our theme this time is The Twilight Zone so we’re calling for stories in the genres of scifi, fantasy and speculative fiction.

  • wordcount 500 – 1500
  • stories can be published or unpublished as long as you have the right to read it out.
  • deadline midnight Friday October 7th 2016
  •  only submit if you can read on Sunday October 23rd between 6 and 8 pm at Southbank Club, Dean Lane, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1DB.

There’s more detailed information on how to submit on our website.

Don’t forget this is also an event for those who just enjoy listening!

Tickets for ‘non-readers’ will be £5 on the door.

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England’s Future History wants your short stories…

A new short story competition has launched giving writers the chance to map out what happens to England in the future.

England’s Future History is seeking stories or poems between 500 and 3,000 words set in the future and based in England. Simple, right?

The twist is that once a story has been accepted and published, the events in that story become canon – they are officially part of England’s Future History. Other stories that follow have to take these historic events into account.

Some tips:

  • Don’t write us into a corner: The selection of stories will be curated so any that write us into a corner (apocalypse scenarios etc) will be rejected no matter how good they are
  • Think small: Not every story has to have a major event. We’re looking for more personal views of the future. Characters are just as important as the events. But the story should reflect the changing times
  • Follow the timeline: As new stories are published the events of these tales will be added to our timeline. Before you submit, read the timeline to make sure you’re not contradicting someone else.
  • Get connected: One of the aims of this project is to create a connected vision of England’s future. So, you’ll get extra brownie points if you make reference to events in other stories. Think of it as the EFHLU – the English Future History’s Literary University.

What do predict for the future?

Will your story be about the day Wales gains independence? Will your character be the last red head in the UK? Or the first Brit to reach 120 years old?

Will it be about a new technological advance that changes everything or a political movement that threatens to send the country into meltdown?

Or maybe you just imagine a future in which Newcastle finally win the Premier League – stranger things have happened.

The rules…

1. All stories should be under 3,000 words, but can be as little as 500 words.

2. All stories should be set in England at some point in the future.

3. New entries must not contradict anything that has gone before. Check the timeline post for key dates and events.

4. I will have final say on what goes in.

5. All submissions should include a future date at the start so I can easily place it on the timeline.

6. We don’t mind if you have published your stories elsewhere previously.

7. We’d prefer not to remove stories once published – so be certain you want your piece online.

8. We’ll edit your piece for typos  and grammar mistakes, so let me know beforehand if there are any intentional mistakes, grammar styles etc that I should know about.

9. We’ll aim to let you know within 3 weeks.

10. Oh, and it’s free to enter.

11. Deadlines are at the end of March, June, September and December. The next one is Thursday, March 31, 2016.

If you want your story to be included, simply email us with your story as an attachment, a bit about yourself and brief intro to your piece.

Short Science Fiction Submissions for Shoreline of Infinity

Shoreline Issue 2 Cover 513x800Shoreline of Infinity, the newest British science fiction magazine,  is open for submissions until 31st March 2016. We’re looking for stories up to 5,000 words.

We’re  looking for a good science fiction story, something that gives reality a tweak on the nose. An idea that makes us stop and think. But don’t forget your characters: all the best stories are seen through the eyes of characters your readers believe in.

The best advice though is to read a Shoreline of Infinity for yourself to see the kind of stories we like.

Full details and submissions instructions are available on our submissions page.

Unsung Live #2: 20th October, RSVPs open

Cast your mind back to the heady days of June, when the sun was shining, the drinks were flowing and one evening people gathered around a microphone to hear tales of worlds that don’t exist. They were fun, right?

Well after a near nearly filling the venue at the last Unsung Live event we couldn’t resist doing it all over again. Only this time it won’t be so incredibly hot, which is all that an Englishman ever wishes for. Am I right?

We are very happy to announce that Unsung Live #2 will take place on 20th October at the Star of Kings, Kings Cross.

Our readers this time include another Shirley Jackson Award nominee, a live-lit vet of the north and one of the most striking new writers this humble publisher has seen since Desirina Boskovich. With a combined distance travelled of over 7000 miles, and a formidable list of publication credits we’re planning on offering you a night of the best kind of surprises.

  • David Hartley – David is a writer of strange stories, his fiction having appeared in numerous places including StructoDark FictionThe Alarmist and two Boo Books anthologies; After the Fall (2014) andWe Can Improve You (2015). He has two collections of flash fiction, Threshold (Gumbo Press, 2015) and Merry Gentlemen.
    @DHartleyWriter
    www.davidhartleywriter.com
  • Cassandra Khaw – Cassandra is Ysbryd Games’ business cat and an Ars Technica UK contributor. Her short fiction can be found at Unsung ShortsTerraformShimmerThe Dark, and a variety of other places. She has a novella coming up with Abaddon Books sometime soon.
    @casskhaw
    about.me/khawcassandra
  • Robert Sharp – Robert is Head of Campaigns & Communications at English PEN, and author of the Shirley Jackson Award-nominated novella The Good Shabti.
    @robertsharp59
  • + more TBC

This event is completely free and open to all. Just remember space is limited, so RSVP at the Meetup event to avoid missing out.

Holdfast Print Anthology Call For Submissions

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We are excited to announce our call for submissions for our first ever print anthology!

Deadline 15th June 2014

Contact: submissions@holdfastmagazine.com

Holdfast is a free online speculative fiction magazine that explores all things fantastic.

Each issue of Holdfast is centred around a specific theme. For the anthology we are looking for fiction and non-fiction on all four themes from our first year:

Speculating on Speculative Women

Animals, Beasts and Creatures

Objects, Artefacts and Talismans

Diverse Reflections: Seeing Yourself in Speculative Fiction.

It has been an incredibly exciting six months for us at Holdfast. Issues 1&2 are out, and we have been overwhelmed by the support and encouragement that we have received from the speculative community, especially when it comes to our amazing contributors. One thing that has become increasingly clear is that if we want to offer even a small payment, (which, please believe me, is a major priority) we cannot rely on donations and advertising alone; we are going to have to rack our brains and actively make some money.

And so, we will be launching a Kickstarter over the summer, with the aim of producing an anthology compiling all the year’s themes. This will include some of the best fiction and non-fiction we have already published, but also a whole bunch of new stuff. And this is where you come in! We are now accepting submissions for short stories and articles from all four themes. These are listed above.

If you are submitting specifically for the anthology, please put ‘Anthology’ specifying the theme and submission type. For example: ‘Anthology, Animals Beasts and Creatures, Fiction.’ Send to submissions@holdfastmagazine.com

The deadline for submissions is June 15 2014.

The online issue deadlines still apply, so if you want to get your story into issue#3, Objects, Artefacts and Talismans, please still submit by the 31 May 2014 (all submissions will also be considered for the Anthology). However if you miss the issue#3 deadline, you will still have 15 days to submit to the Anthology deadline on the 15 June 2014. Additionally, if you miss the Anthology deadline, you will have until September 21 2014 to submit to Issue#4, Diverse Reflections: Seeing yourself in Speculative Fiction, for the online version.

And if we don’t make our Kickstarter target, we are determined to produce it as an ebook. So, either way, we will be showcasing your wonderful contributions.

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Are You Sitting Comfortably? SCIENCE FICTION

White Rabbit presents: Are You Sitting Comfortably -SCIENCE FICTION. Travel with us back to the future, to a parallel universe, through a tear in the space time continuum, past monkeys typing furiously as stars are born and galaxies revolve around impossible suns.

We’ll visit worlds populated by teleporting androids and carnivorous plants, where beings of incredible wisdom do unspeakable things to our bums.

Put on your catsuit, and we’ll beam you up to our fantasy land for an evening of Sci-fi short stories, written by Londoners and read by the team at White Rabbit.

We’ve got spacedust. You can have some.

Show Friday 28th February, 7.30pm.

Age guidance 14+

Venue: Toynbee Studios
28 Commercial Street LONDON E1 6AB
T 020 7650 2350
for tickets go here: 

£8 includes space dust, chip buttes, games, competitions and prizes.

“an enchanted night” **** Total Theatre

The truth is out there. or in there.

The truth is out there. or in here…..