Spooky stories for grown-ups

Fearless folks of Faversham and Folkestone!

Prepare to be scared by some spine-tingling stories and ghoulish (PoundUniverse) prizes this Halloween.

We’ll once again be gathering around the fireplace in the opulent Drawing Room of Folkestone’s famous Grand Hotel to hear spooky tales written especially for Hand of Doom Productions on Friday, October 27 from 8pm. Drinks available from the bar.

Then, on Saturday, October 28, we’ll be chilling The Faversham Society & Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre at 13 Preston Street, ME13 8NS Faversham, Kent from 8pm where you can bring your own bottle of something to steady your nerves.

 

Both events cost £6. For more details for Folkestone, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/359715527786531/?ref=br_rs and for Faversham, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/404655723282887/

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Don’t Betray Your Calling!

One of the fun aspects of putting together The A3 Review is coming up with the themes and prompts for each month’s contest. This month’s theme is particularly rich. One of those themes that you really need an entire novel to tackle, and we’re inviting you to do it in no more than 150 words! Betrayal. In 12-and-a-half dozen words or less. Do not betray your risk-taking disposition as a writer and an artist! This month’s theme is for you.

We’re looking for stories, poems and artwork that are political, personal or both. Secret betrayals and double crossings. From the banal to the Biblical. Write the Samson story from Delilah’s POV, for example. Or: What would Judas say? Write a poem about feeling betrayed by someone’s Tinder profile. He, or she, is definitely not as cute in real life!

Find inspiration in the words associated with betrayal: back-stabbing, double-dealing, disloyalty, treachery and duplicity.

Or tell the story of the first time you betrayed someone. What happened and where is that person today? Put into words what it feels like to be betrayed. Or what it tastes like, smells like. Write a poem of rage or forgiveness. Possible opening phrases could be: “We knew we’d been betrayed when…” or “This is how I betrayed him…” or “Just before she did it she…” or “It wasn’t the first time that…”

Click here for more prompts, suggestions, and details about how to enter this month’s contest. Deadline is the 28th of October. There’s also info here about the next few contests. If you think “Betrayal” is a juicy one, then there’s “Losing It” and “Brief Encounters” coming up, too.

When you enter our contests, don’t forget our popular (and very affordable) Brief Critique option. For just $15 we provide a line edit of your submission, along with 250 words of feedback on ways to take your work to the next level. Tick the Brief Critique add-on, and you’ll be able to pay together with your entry fee. Critiques are provided once the month’s winning entries have been announced.

We hope you’ll enjoy this month’s theme.

Fictive Dream Special Call for Submissions

New from Fictive Dream is Flash Fiction February in which we will feature a new piece of flash fiction throughout February 2018. That’s a new story every day starting on 1 February for the entire month.

As always we’re interested in stories with a contemporary feel but for Flash Fiction February we’re putting a squeeze on the word count so only stories between 250 – 750 words please. Deadline December 31 2017.

Check out the Fictive Dream website here.

See out Flash Fiction February submission guidelines here.

For standard submissions we remain open as usual.

We’re looking forward to receiving your best!

Laura Black
Editor

 

The Shadow Booth – A new journal of weird & eerie fiction

The Shadow Booth is a new journal of weird and eerie fiction, edited by Dan Coxon (Winner: Best Anthology – Saboteur Awards 2016) and published as a 200-page mass market paperback. Drawing its inspiration from the likes of Thomas Ligotti and Robert Aickman, as well as H. P. Lovecraft and Arthur Machen, The Shadow Booth explores that dark, murky territory between mainstream horror and literary fiction. From folk horror to alien gods, the journal aims to give voice to the strange and the unsettling in all its forms.

The Shadow Booth is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter, with Volume 1 to be published later this year. Please show your support by ordering a copy! Other rewards include T-shirts, signed books, and critiques of your short stories – there’s even a professional copy-edit of a novel manuscript up for grabs.

Featuring stories by:

  • Paul Tremblay
  • Malcolm Devlin
  • Richard Thomas
  • Stephen Hargadon
  • Annie Neugebauer
  • Richard V. Hirst
  • Sarah Read
  • Timothy J. Jarvis
  • Gary Budden
  • David Hartley
  • Dan Carpenter
  • Joseph Sale

To find out more, read editor Dan Coxon’s essay on the weird in fiction: ‘Face the Strange: A Case for the Weird and the Eerie‘.

Hand of Doom presents Tales of the Triennial

Come and listen to six stories and a song inspired by the UK’s largest public art festival.

The fourth Folkestone Triennial, from September to November 5, sees 20 international artists creating site-specific public artworks across the town, relating to the theme of Double Edge.

Tales of the Triennial takes place at The Troubadour of Kent pub in Tontine Street on Friday, September 29 from 8pm.

Tickets cost £5 and are available online or from The Troubadour of Kent – Micropub.

https://www.facebook.com/events/125320654787708/

 

 

A Night of Crime (Bristol): call for submissions

The next event from Writers Unchained of Bristol is on Sunday October 22nd  between 7 and 9 pm at Southbank Club, Dean Lane, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1DB and will be A Night of Crime.

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The crime needn’t be perfect but we know your writing will be. Bring us victims or perpetrators, good cops, bad cops or no cops at all. Bring us a criminal tendency or full-blown guilt. As ever we love to be shocked, stunned, terrified or highly amused.

If you’d like to submit, follow our guidelines. We will choose the stories that appeal to us and fit with the other parts of the programme.

Or you can just come along to listen! Tickets will £5 on the door.

Submission guidelines:

  • wordcount 500 – 1500 – complete stories please, no extracts
  • your story can be published or unpublished as long as you have the right to read it out.
  • deadline midnight Sunday October 1st 2017
  • only submit if you can read on Sunday October 22nd  2017 between 7 and 9 pm at Southbank Club, Dean Lane, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1DB. We’ll let you know if you’ve been chosen around a week before hand.
  • email your submission to writersunchained at gmail.com with ‘A Night of Crime’ in the subject line
  • attach the story as a Word doc (or docx) or in the body of the email. Make sure you include your own name, the title and the wordcount with the text

We think this should cover everything, but if you have any questions we suggest you contact us via Twitter @bww_unchained or email writersunchained at gmail.com with ”Story Sunday query’ in the subject line.

Writers Unchained are thrilled to be part of

Bristol Lit Fest  2017.

Small Wonder Festival at Charleston

Small Wonder Festival, Charleston’s annual celebration of short fiction, will take place between 27 September and 1 October 2017. The variety of this year’s programme confirms that although the texts may be compressed, the short form may contain a multitude of subjects, tones and styles. Short stories offer glimpses into the human condition and linger on in the mind, despite, even because of, their brevity and restraint. Don’t miss the shared experience of listening to and telling stories in the atmospheric tents at Small Wonder. During the festival you can listen to engaging speakers, take part in workshops and much more…

The festival kicks off on Wednesday 27 September with ‘Let Me Count the Ways’, an exploration of love in its many contexts and guises. Groundbreaking young writers Rowan Hisayo Buchanan and Gwendoline Riley will discuss their work with journalist Arifa Akbar.

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On Thursday 28 September we explore the challenges and advantages of the short story form in our event ‘Novella Perfection’. Novella enthusiasts and practitioners Cynan Jones and Megan Hunter will be in conversation with Alex Clark. I believe the novella is the perfect form of prose fiction. – Ian McEwan.

Unmissable on Saturday 30 September is ‘Welcome to the Caribbean’, with Jamaican writer Olive Senior, Trinidadian Anthony Joseph and Bahamian Helen Klonaris (British Council International Writer in Residence at Small Wonder 2017).
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A final highlight for any budding writers will be ‘Hitting the Ground Running’ on Sunday 1 October. This event promises a fascinating look at how to begin a career in writing short fiction, with debut authors Julianne Pachico and Jessie Greengrass speaking alongside agent Clare Alexander and publisher Mark Richards. Perfect for aspiring authors, those interested in the publishing process or short fiction fans, it will include an extended Q&A.

Visit the Small Wonder website for more information and many more events: https://www.charleston.org.uk/small-wonder/. Or join in the conversation on social media: #SmallWonderFest.