Short Story Slam in Chorley Inviting Entrants

Would you like to take part in a Short Story Slam? Chorley & District Writers’ Circle are holding one as part of their Write Now event on the afternoon of Saturday 14 November in the upstairs meeting room of Chorley Library.

The Slam will follow a traditional format. We need 12 entrants for a first round consisting of six head-to-head clashes, a second round of three bouts and a three-way final. The winner takes home £100 and runners-up get some good books.

Each entrant must bring three individual super-short stories to read aloud, each one no longer than 200 words. It’s an open theme, but as the event is for a family audience please keep your writing appropriate.

To enter the Slam you need to book a ticket to the event, but there is no other entry fee. Please tell us separately that you want to enter by emailing . We’ll confirm there’s a slot available. If you haven’t already, you’ll then need to buy a ticket for the event which costs £10 via Eventbrite on the Circle’s website: and confirm to us you’ve done so in order to guarantee your place.

Please only enter if you can attend the whole event which runs from 1pm-4.30pm. We have two quality speakers, novelist and scriptwriter Cath Staincliffe and publisher and literary agent Robin Jones in addition to the Slam so it’s well worth your time and your tenner.


We ask entrants to encourage their friends to buy tickets and come along to provide support. Order of entry will be drawn on the day and the audience will vote for the winners.


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Flashtag presents… The Short Short Story Slam

April 22nd. Writer vs Writer. Blood and ink will flow. The Flashtag Short Short Story Slam is back…



Here’s how it’s all going to go down. Twelve psyched writers will be paired off into head-to-head skirmishes, and then take turns to read out a tiny story. The audience votes for story and/or writer they liked the best and that guy or gal goes through to round two. If they survive another round, they reach the final. If they win that, they win cash. It’s like Street Figther but real, with cash, and without Ryu’s hadouken. Although you never know what tricks these writers will pull out of their bags when cornered…

The first Short Short Story Slam was held in Didsbury in 2013 for the Didsbury Arts Festival and it went down a storm. Didsbury Life described it as “…perhaps the best of the Didsbury Arts Festival – something unique, home-grown and radical, a real stand-out event.” The winner that time was one Trisha Starbrook who took to the stage having never read her stories aloud before. She won the crowd, smackdowned the opposition and grabbed the coveted victor’s belt while shouting; ‘Are you not entertained?!?’ Trisha is back for the second slam and angrier than ever, apparently. Other fighters this time include writer and film-maker Simon Sylvester, poetry slam regular Mark Mace Smith and one half of Manchester’s Bad Language collective Joe Daly.

This is an event not to be missed. This Tuesday, April 22, Gullivers Pub, Oldham Street, Manchester. The fighting starts at 7:30, the entry fee is a measly £1. Not for the fainthearted. / /