I Heart Short Stories

This year the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award celebrates its tenth year as one of the world’s most significant prizes for short fiction.

Over the last decade, we’ve not only helped champion the form, but also, particularly because we read stories anonymously, discovered many fresh new writers who had not previously been given a platform – everyone from Roshi Fernando and Rebecca F John to Sally Rooney, who got her first shortlisting from the award.

Now we want to expand our commitment, with regular digital posts about everything to do with the short story under the banner of I Heart Short Stories. On our website over the next months you will find monthly news and views about short story writing and writers, interviews with authors, features on the short story landscape, and guest slots written by those with things to say about short story writing.

Already we have had news round ups, a long feature on short stories in the south west of England plus interviews with our prestigious winners such as Yiyun Li and C.K. Stead.

We have just announced our judges for the award – Sarah Churchwell, Kit de Waal, Carys Davies and Blake Morrison – and we’re hoping to have a piece from one of them to fill you in on the judging process. Also we would be delighted to hear about blogs from anyone with something to say about the short story. If you have any ideas please email shortstoryaward@sunday-times.co.uk or get in touch with us via Twitter.

This is all part of our determination, with the help of our sponsor Audible, to help make the short story a more central part of the literary landscape.

You’ll see everything we do under the “I Heart Short Stories” banner and #IHeartShortStories. And there’ll be more to see on Twitter at @shortstoryaward.

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Short Story Sunday Celebrates 250 Members & Needs Your Story!

Short Story Sunday this month reached 250 members of the Short Story Sunday Club.

Members receive an exclusive story in the monthly newsletter in addition to the weekly story published every Sunday on the main site and we need more stories!

We welcome short stories and flash fiction from a wide range of genres.

Short Stories can be written for adults or children, should be no more than 3,500 words in length and submitted by email as a Word attachment along with a brief Author Bio at the end of the story.

Flash Fiction contributions should be 500-1000 words.

Please visit the site to read our Contributor Guidelines on the genres we publish before sending your story to submissions [at] shortstorysunday.com.

Please note as a policy we don’t charge authors submission fees – this is a free entry publication.

Love Stories? Join the Short Story Sunday Club Free!

Join our mailing list to become a member of the Short Story Sunday Club. Membership is FREE and members will receive a lively monthly newsletter with the following:

  • An access code to an Exclusive Short Story published for members only
  • A chance to win our Monthly Members Prize 
  • A chance to participate in our online members poll to nominate your favourite ‘Short Story of the Month’

Follow us for story news @storiesonsunday

www.shortstorysunday.com

Feb Fortnightly Round-Up II

Welcome to February’s second fortnightly round-up. Here’s what’s been on a packed ShortStops blog over the past few weeks…
Tania x

Lit Mags

Octavius magazine has relaunched – and is now open to submissions. The Casket of Fictional Delights invites you to try out its Tubeflash Quizzes! Alt-Hist issue 7 is published and there’s a new issue of Jotters United, ‘Gotta Move on Out Now’. Bunbury Magazine gives us an update on the Things We ‘Ave Been Doing! Submissions are now open for Brain Of Forgetting’s 2nd issue, on the theme of ‘Poppies’.

February is ‘Otherworldly Originals Month’ over at Short Story Sunday! Shooter Literary Magazine is  calling for submissions for Issue #2, on the theme of ‘Union.’ . Neon Magazine has opened submissions for Battery Pack II, its second anthology of tiny stories.  Other mags still want your stories too: The Manchester Review has is calling for your submissions.

Competitions & Festivals
Holland Park Press is running a short story competition, I Is Another, deadline 31 August. Mslexia’s 2015 short story competition is accepting entries (women only), deadline March 16th. The Short FICTION short story prize is open for entries, deadline March 31st, as are the Felixtstowe Book Festival’s 2015 short story competition, deadline May 16th and The Moth’s International Short Story Prize, deadline June 30th.

Workshops and Courses
Paul McVeigh is running two workshops in March – on Social Media For Writers (London) and That Killer First Page – Submitting to Competitions & Journals (Belfast). Write Around Town, who are behind Writing Maps, are holding a series of writing workshops in London in April. Alison Clayborn is running a Flash Fiction workshop  on Feb 18th at the Brunel Museum in London.

Tips & Advice
Writing Short Fiction introduces some new February Faces on the site.

Live Lit

White Rabbit is having a Curioser and Curioser storytelling tea party on Feb 20th in London. Stand-Up Tragedy’s next event, Tragic Winter, is in London on Feb 28th and they are calling for submissions for the SUT blog. Words and Women are holding an event in Norwich to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8thand to launch their new collection of short prose.

Last Minutes and Gentle Reminders
You have until Feb 28th to submit your short stories for an anthology inspired by Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, to be published by Freight Books.

Coming Up
Keep an eye on the blog tomorrow (Tuesday) for details of lit mag Trafika Europe’s radio campaign!

If you are eager for even more short-story-related news, do follow ShortStops on Twitter where, when we should be writing, we spend (far too) much time passing on news from lit mags, live lit events, short story workshops and festivals! If you’d like to review an event or a publication, drop me a line.

Happy reading, writing, listening and performing!
Tania x

February Round-Up I

Greetings, short story lovers!
Here’s what’s been on a packed ShortStops blog over the past few weeks…

Tania x

Live Lit

The Word Factory #30 is in London on Feb 14th, with live lit, a short story reading group and masterclass. White Rabbit want your short stories for their Curioser and Curioser storytelling tea party on Feb 20th in London. Stand-Up Tragedy’s next event, Tragic Winter, is in London on Feb 28th and they are calling for submissionsfor the SUT blog.

Lit Mags

February is ‘Otherworldly Originals Month’ over at Short Story Sunday! Jotters United’s Isssue 10 is now out and they’re calling for submissions. Bunbury Magazine has unveiled Issue Seven: The Unexplained. Shooter Literary Magazine is  calling for submissions for Issue #2, on the theme of ‘Union.’ On the theme of themes, Brain of Forgetting’s first issue, Stones, is now available, and submissions for Issue 2 open shortly. Neon Magazine has opened submissions for Battery Pack II, its second anthology of tiny stories.  Other mags still want your stories too: The Manchester Review has is calling for your submissions.

Anthologies
Freight Books wants short story submissons for an anthology inspired by Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity.

Competitions & Festivals
Mslexia’s 2015 short story competition is now open for entries (women only), deadline March 16th. The Short FICTION short story prize is open for entries, deadline March 31st, as are the Felixtstowe Book Festival’s 2015 short story competition, deadline May 16th and The Moth’s International Short Story Prize, deadline June 30th. Words and Women have announced the winners of their writing competition.

Workshops and Courses
Berko Writers is holding a night to talk about sex and writing, Turn Me On, in Berkhamstead, Feb 10th. Alison Clayborn is running a Flash Fiction workshop  on Feb 18th at the Brunel Museum in London.

And Ireland has a new national residential writing centre – The Story House in County Waterford, which is running a short story course from Mar 23-28th.

Writing Advice
Bruce Harris introduces us to Writing Short Fiction, ‘a site for sore eyes’.

If you are eager for even more short-story-related news, do follow ShortStops on Twitter where, when we should be writing, we spend (far too) much time passing on news from lit mags, live lit events, short story workshops and festivals! If you’d like to review an event or a publication, drop me a line.

Happy reading, writing, listening and performing!
Tania x

February is ‘Otherworldly Originals Month’ at Short Story Sunday!

February signals the launch of the Short Story Sunday ‘Otherworldly Originals Month’a quartet of quirky, distinctive and original stories from a range of authors.

The programme starts with ‘Attitude Magazine’ Books Editor Will Davis who has penned a beautifully creative story about a lonely sea monster. Will’s short story ‘I Eat Peopleis live on Short Story Sunday on Sunday 1st February.

Short Story Sunday January Roundup

January saw the site publish a diverse range of original stories from talented authors including:

If you haven’t had a chance to read these yet please do – and do remember to share your thoughts on the site or via twitter @storiesonsunday!

Our Member’s Club Launches in March…

We are pleased to (finally!) announce that the Short Story Sunday Member’s Club is launching in March 2015. We are working on a member voting system so that you members can vote for their ‘Story of the Month’ with prizes for both the Author behind the story and the Member who posts the most engaging feedback on a story.

Short Story Sunday Club hits 150 Members

We are pleased to announced that in January, the Short Story Sunday Club signed up our 150th member – a good sign that people are still getting excited about short stories…

A new story every Sunday at www.shortstorysunday.com

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December Round-Up II

Hello short story lovers,
In our final pre-holiday dispatch, here’s what’s been going on on our blog over the past 2 weeks.

Lit Mags
Another new publication’s just joined our list – welcome to Taylz: “a free website for short story writers to test and develop their work”.

There’s loads to read and many places to send your stories: The Manchester Review has just published Issue 13 and is calling for your submissions. Short Story Sunday gives us a round-up and a festive special.

Firewords Three is here, Jotters United has a new issue out and is calling for submissions, and the second issue of Confingo is now on sale. The Emma Press is calling for prose pamphlet submissions.  Issue 4 of Holdfast Magazine is live and they are calling for submissions, as is Bunbury magazine, while giving us a peek at what’s been going on over there. Short Fiction journal also wants your short stories.

Anthologies

Queen’s Ferry Press is calling for submissions – from lit mag editors – for the first Best Small Fictions anthology.  Freight Books wants short story submissons for an anthology inspired by Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity. To celebrate National Short Story Week, 32 young writers have been published in an anthology, on sale now.

Competitions & Festivals
The Solstice Shorts Festival is approaching. Felixtstowe Book Festival has launched its 2015 short story competition, deadline May 16th.

Live Lit
White Rabbit has a new family story-telling show at Knole in December. Story Fridays is calling for submissions on the theme of The 1980s for its January event in Bath.

If you are eager for even more short-story-related news, do follow ShortStops on Twitter where, when we should be writing, we spend (far too) much time passing on news from lit mags, live lit events, short story workshops and festivals! If you’d like to review an event or a publication, drop me a line.

Happy reading, writing, listening and performing!
Tania x

Short Story Sunday Monthly Round-up & Festive Special

Short Story Sunday published our first story in November launching with hugely popular The True Color of the Sky’ by published author Chrysler Szarlan (read it here).

We subsequently published a quartet of original stories from talented authors including:

‘The Opening’ by Johanna Skibsrud
– ‘Bluebirds’ by Jamie Ryder
‘Dark Disneyland’ by Patrick Sagaram
‘Clay’ by Lauren Bell

What’s Next? Don’t miss our Festive Special!

We have now confirmed the line-up for our inaugural Short Story Sunday ‘5 Days of Christmas Festive Special’ which will feature a new festive story published each day in the run-up to Christmas starting Sunday 20th December.

We have five crackers which we are looking forward to sharing with you (it wouldn’t be Christmas without a cliché!). Here are the highlights:

Day 1: Sunday 21st December – An exquisitely-written classic festive ghost tale with a modern twist and a spine-tingling ending.

Day 2: Monday 22nd December – A darkly festive Victorian tale for those feeling a little macabre.

Day 3: Tuesday 23rd December – A beautifully haunting piece of flash fiction about a mysterious Christmas card.

Day 4: Christmas Eve – A lightly humorous tale for those who enjoy a delightful ‘Christmas Cat’ story

Day 5: Christmas Day – The main event and a truly show-stopping olde tale about a housemaid’s changing relationship with her annual Christmas Pudding preparations and the upper-class family she labours for; this is a real treat for those who love the dark side of Downton Abbey as well as those looking for a traditional festive tale…

In Other News:

Short Story Sunday Club hits 100 Members

At the start of December the Short Story Sunday Club signed up our 100th member – quite a feat considering the Club hasn’t launched yet!

The Club will feature exclusive stories and member prizes and is scheduled for launch in early 2015 and you can sign up for free here.

Have a lovely Christmas from Short Story Sunday

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