Short Story September to culminate in all-day festival

A month-long campaign celebrating short stories will culminate in an all-day festival.

Short Story September is a month-long initiative set up by independent press, Dahlia Publishing. Following their first short story festival, the aim of the project is to celebrate the short story form online as well as showcase newly published short story collections.

Writers can follow the campaign via a dedicated blog which will offer daily prompts and feature writing by authors with works published in 2019. Authors featured during the campaign include BBC National Short Story Prize Winner, Sarah Hall, and rising stars such as Jamel Brinkley.

Writers can sign up to Short Story September online Follow us on Twitter @dahliabooks and use the hashtag #ShortStorySept to join the conversation.

The online initiative will be followed by an all-day festival which will feature a series of talks and workshops designed to help writers take their writing to the next level.

Crossroads Festival takes place on October 5 2019 at Curve Theatre in Leicester.

Short story writers Rebecca Burns and Debz Hobbs-Wyatt will lead workshops on perfecting the opening and ending of a short story, as well as introduce experimental techniques to write successful short stories.  Costa nominated Kerry Young and Women’s Prize shortlisted Meena Kandasamy will deliver inspiring keynotes and there will be sessions on writing rules and funding and finance. The event concludes with this year’s Leicester Writes Short Story Prize ceremony.

See the full programme for Crossroads Festival and and book your place on Eventbrite.


Win €2000, Publication, and Festival Reading Spot with Accommodation, 2018 Sean O’Faolain International Short Story Competition


The 2018 competition is judged by Paul McVeigh. The winning story will be published in Southword in September. The winner, if they choose to come to the Cork International Short Story Festival in September (12th to 15th) to receive their prize, will be offered a festival reading slot and hotel accommodation with full board. Second prize also and four runners-up, all published in Southword. 3000 word limit. July 31st is deadline.
Full details here:

Read last year’s winning story in the Irish Times here:

Small Wonder Short Story Festival


Don’t miss out on Small Wonder – the jewel in the crown of short fiction calendar!

Running from 28 September to 2 October at Charleston, the Bloomsbury home of art and ideas, nestled in the South Downs in East Sussex (shuttle buses to and from Lewes Station for every event).

Catch Ali Smith receiving the Lifetime’s Excellence in Short Fiction Award and a new generation of prize-winning writers including Kevin Barry, Eimear McBride, Lisa McInerney, Kei Miller and Petina Gappah. Lionel Shriver, Elif Shafek and Salley Vickers pay tribute to Charlotte Brontë, and actress Juliet Stevenson reads Poems the Make Grown Women Cry. Join in The Literary Death Match and the Short Story Slam and hone your own writing skills in creative writing workshops.

Browse the programme and book tickets now!

The Northern Short Story Festival

“What a brilliant idea – our very own short story festival here in the North! – Avril Joy

It’s frustrating being a writer in the North, sometimes. There’s not much support for writers here – with only one literature development agency covering hundreds of square miles, and London’s interesting-sounding salon events an expensive train ride away, what’s a writer to do?

Wonder no longer – the Northern Short Story Festival is here. The festival, which is the brainchild of writer SJ Bradley and part of Leeds Big Bookend Festival, has an eclectic and appealing programme of events. On Saturday 4th June at Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds, there are workshops ranging from “The Art of Murder” with writers Alison Taft and Anna Chilvers, to Success in Short Story Competitions with Avril Joy, reading events ranging from a Bluemoose Books Reading event with prizewinning author Michael Stewart, to a Q&A with the wonderful Carys Bray, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

There’s even an open mic event, hosted by Jenna Isherwood of Fictions of Every Kind, at which writers will be invited to read stories they’ve written at workshops during the day, and an afterparty at Hyde Park Book Club with flash fiction legend Benjamin Judge and ukulele troupe The Three Amigos.

With prices ranging from £4 to £20 for a day ticket, it’s local, affordable, and exciting! What more could you want?

Solstice Shorts Short Story Competition Call Out for Short Story Writers.


IMG_8826Solstice Shorts Festival is a short story and folk music festival on the theme of TIME, for Short Story Day on the shortest day of the year: 21st December 2014 from sunrise (8.04) to sunset (15.53) on the Greenwich Meridian.

Competition NOW OPEN, Submit  on Submittable

Closing date 31st October 2014.


What we are looking for:

Stories (not poems, not memoir, not other kinds of non-fiction – just short fiction)

on the theme of TIME – in any way that the writers choose to interpret it.

Stories must be:
All your own work
Written in English
unpublished in print or on-line, and unbroadcast in any medium
between 1700 and 2200 words long.
The competition is open to anyone resident in the UK
Entry fee for the competition is be £5 per story, you can enter as many as you like.


Imogen Robertson, Anita Sethi, Alison Moore, Robert Shearman.


12 writers will be chosen for the Solstice Shorts Festival, and have their story read live by either themselves or an actor on the 21st December, alongside stories from the judges. (A new story every half hour from sunrise to sunset.)

We hope the entire festival performance will be broadcast live on the internet (funding permitting) but it will definitely be available as a podcast subsequently.
All 12 chosen stories will be published in electronic and print anthology together with stories from the 4 judges.

You will also be invited (you don’t have to, just if you want!) to contribute to one of three workshops being held during the afternoon,  hosted by Spread the Word.

all 12 winners will also receive a small silly trophy and a selection of Arachne Press books.

IMG_8842Judges recommendation writers will, in addition, receive one of 4  Debut Friendships with Spread the Word, or 1 membership of New Writing South.

So get writing! The Clock is Ticking…

More information about Solstice Shorts Festival on the Arachne Press Website