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.

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

Follow us: @storiesonsunday

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

Follow us @storiesonsunday

www.shortstorysunday.com

December Fortnightly Round-Up I

Hello short story lovers,
The final month of 2014 has arrived, happy December! A good time for short stories… (isn’t it always?) Here’s what’s been going on on our blog over the past 2 weeks.

Tania x

Lit Mags
We’re delighted to welcome a new lit mag, Hotel, to our lit mags list which “seeks to accommodate fiction, poetry and contemporary thought”. Go and visit!

There’s loads to read and many places to send your stories: 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 Holdfast Magazinelaunched Issue 4, Diverse Reflections and is also calling for submissions. Bunbury magazine is also calling for submissions and giving us a peek at what’s been going on over there. Short Story Sunday, which has just launched its first issue, is calling for submissions and Short Fiction journal also wants your short stories.

Anthologies

Queen’s Ferry Press is calling for nominations 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
Felixtstowe Book Festival has launched its 2015 short story competition, deadline May 16th.

Live Lit
Fictions Of Every Kind is holding its next event, Help Yourself, tomorrow Dec 2nd in Leeds, including an open mic. Word Factory is having its free Christmas Party Dec 13th, in London.

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

November Round-Up II

Hello short story lovers,
Happy National Short Story Week! Here’s what’s been going on on our blog over the past 2 weeks!

Cheers!
Tania

National Short Story Week
To celebrate National Short Story Week, 32 young writers have been published in an anthology, on sale now. Find out more about NSSW activities on their website.

Lit Mags
We welcome the Wales Arts Review to our lit mags list, “the critical writing hub for Wales”. Check them out!

The Emma Press has launched a call for prose pamphlet submissions Holdfast Magazine has launched Issue 4, Diverse Reflections and is also calling for submissions. Bunbury magazine is also calling for submissions and giving us a peek at what’s been going on over there. Freight Books is calling for short story submissons for an anthology inspired by Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity. Short Story Sunday, which has just launched its first issue, is calling for submissions and Short Fiction journal also wants your short stories.

Competitions
Writing Maps has launched its Survival Kit for Writers and its November contest is now open.

Live Lit
Word Factory #28 is this Sat night, November 22, in London, featuring a masterclass, short story reading group and live lit event. Fictions Of Every Kind is holding its next event, Help Yourself, on Dec 2nd in Leeds, including an open mic.

Radio
Ian McMillan, host of BBC Radio 3’s show, The Verb: Cabaret of the Word, dropped by to talk about his favourite short stories.

Last Minutes and Gentle Reminders
Magic Oxygen’s  short story and poetry contest closes on 30th November.

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.

Call for Short Story Submissions at ShortStorySunday.com

Deadline: On-going

Short Story Sunday is launching in November 2014 and will create an inviting space for readers to enjoy stories from leading published and unpublished authors from around the world, showcasing one short story each Sunday.

We have been working with top-tier publishers and have received submissions from established literary award-winning international authors alongside newly published authors – and now we want talented unpublished authors too.

What We Publish

We are open to most genres as long as they tell a well-crafted story. We will be publishing Commercial, Young Adult and Children’s Short Story/Flash Fiction but there are genres and topics we won’t be publishing – please check the main site for more information on our submission guidelines.

Festive Contributions

With winter approaching we are also looking for festive-themed stories to run over the festive-period in any of the following genres:

– ‘Uplifting’ Christmas Story

– ‘Alternative’ Christmas Story

– ‘Dark’ Christmas Story

–  ‘New Year’ Story

Put Your Work In Front Of Publishers/Agents

We are currently working closely with publishers and literary agents whilst co-ordinating submissions from internationally-published authors and the site will promote stories from both published and unpublished authors. As a result unpublished authors can expect that their work will be viewed by both publishers and literary agents.

Submission Guidelines

This is a free entry publication – there are no submission fees or charges to send your story to us.

Please click on the ‘Submit Your Story’ link on the main site for our full contributor guidelines to check our exclusivity requirements before you send in your submission/s.

Follow us for launch news @storiesonsunday

www.shortstorysunday.com

 

Sept Fortnightly Round-up II

Hello all,
Here’s what’s been happening on our blog over the past fortnight. As ever, if you’d like to contribute, drop me a line and I’ll explain how it works: shortstopsuk@gmail.com

Lit Mags

We welcome THREE new publications to our Lit Mags list: Winamop: “our content is international and eclectic”;  Short Story Sunday “a new online short story and flash fiction publication launching Nov 2014”, and Brain Of Forgetting: “an online forum for writing and artwork that relates to memory, history and heritage”. Check them out!

Brain of Forgetting got straight in there with a blog post calling for submissions on the theme of stones. And Writing Maps launches its new lit mag, A3, and its September contest. Talking of contests, Structo is celebrating the unveiling of Issue 12 with a Margaret Atwood competition.  And it’s last call for submissions of Christmas stories to the Casket Of Fictional Delights.

Jotters United publishes issue 6 and is calling for submissions for its women-only issue. Short Fiction journal wants your short stories. Holdfast is fundraising for its first ever print anthology. The Manchester Review is also calling for submissions for Issue 13.

Competitions

Words and Women launch 2 great new writing opportunities for women writers in the east of England. The London Magazine’s short story competition is now open, deadline, Oct 31st, and international entries are welcome. Magic Oxygen are running a short story and poetry contest, deadline 30th November. The WriteIdea Prize has unveiled its longlist.

Live Lit

Stand-Up Tragedy is holding its Edinburgh reunion event, Tragic Friends, on Sep 25 in London and is calling for submissions for its new-look blog. The Word Factory is holding its monthly live lit event this Saturday Sep 27th in London, as well as a masterclass and short story reading club. White Rabbit invites you to submit your spooky stories for Are You Sitting Comfortably?’s Halloween party on October 31st in London.

Workshops
Berko Writers is running a course on The Art Of The Short Story with Adam Marekfrom Oct 7 – Nov 18 in Berkhamstead.. The Tavistock Heritage Festival is runningtwo free workshops on historical fiction in October. Alison Clayburn’s autumn fortnightly Focus On Fiction course at the Brunel Museum starts today, Sep 22.

Last Minutes & Gentle Reminders
Last call for submissions of Christmas stories to the Casket Of Fictional Delights. The Historic House Short Story Comp (26 Sep) wants stories inspired by or set in a historic house.

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