Spelk: Open for Submissions

Spelk is open for submissions.

Our current reading period is February 14 to March 12.

We will let you know by mid-March if your story has been accepted.

Submission guidelines: http://spelkfiction.com/submit-2/

Please keep the following in mind if you’d like to send us something:

  • We publish flash fiction — 500 words, give or take.
  • We’ll consider just about any genre: we’re not fussy if it’s “literary” or “non-literary.” If we like it, we’ll publish it.
  • We don’t publish poetry or non-fiction.
  • We post three stories a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • We want previously unpublished stories. If you’ve got something good, we want it to appear on Spelk first.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions, but let us know if you place your story somewhere else.
  • We don’t accept multiple submissions, so just one story at a time please.
  • We don’t pay. Sorry.
  • You retain all rights to your story, but we’d like to archive it on our site.
  • Spell-check your story before you send it. Proof it. Make sure it’s the best you can make it.
  • Send us a Word document and include a short bio at the end of your story. Let us know if you’re on Facebook or Twitter, or if you have your own website.
  • Email your story to Gary Duncan at spelkfiction@gmx.com (subject line: SUBMISSIONS — “STORY TITLE”).
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Stand Up Tragedy: Tragic Heroes

We can be tragic heroes just for one night!

This March Stand Up Tragedy is celebrating Tragic Heroes at the Hackney Attic featuring The Beta Males, Michelle Madsen, Samantha Mann, MJ Hibbett, Worry Dolls and more will be searching for the tragic hero inside themselves.

From Shakespearean heroes to Superheroes, the narrative of great people who have bad stuff happen to them will stories, sketch comedy, spoken word, music,  comedy and everything in between.

Each act will contrast and compare in interesting ways with the last one as host Sony and Radio Academy Award nominated podcaster, storyteller and writer Dave Pickering attempts to control this rollercoaster of catharsis.

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What is Stand Up Tragedy?

It “takes in everything from music to comedy and is characterised by an emphasis on truth.”
The Independent

An “entertaining bunch of melancholic oddballs”
The London Word

Stand Up Tragedy aims to make audiences laugh cry until they laugh and laugh until they cry. It’s a monthly live show and podcast where people stand up and tell tragedy. We make you sad; we make you think; we make you smile. Expect music, comedy, fiction, spoken word, true stories and more, all playing up to the tragic form but not always taking it seriously. The night ends, not with a whimper, not with a bang, but with a cathartic sing-a-long.

At Stand Up Tragedy we combine established acts like Robin Ince, Josie Long, Ben Target, Grace Petrie, Sara Pacoe ,Simon Munnery and Helen Arney with new and upcoming acts in long form evenings of variety based around a theme. Performers often write new material especially for our nights and relish the opportunity to put a tragic spin on what they do. The nights are recorded and put out into a weekly podcast

To get a taste of the tragedy you can already hear our last two show’s Tragic Christmas and Tragic Beginnings in full on our podcast and Tragic Love will come out over the next few weeks.

We’re have a monthly fanzine that we sell at the live shows. We are accepting short pieces of writing (under 400 words) and pictures for the fanzine (send to upstandingtragedy@gmail.com), upcoming themes are Tragic Martyrs and Tragic History.

Stand Up Tragedy: Tragic Heroes

We can be tragic heroes just for one night!

This March Stand Up Tragedy is celebrating Tragic Heroes at the Hackney Attic featuring The Beta Males, Michelle Madsen, Samantha Mann, MJ Hibbett, Worry Dolls and more will be searching for the tragic hero inside themselves.

From Shakespearean heroes to Superheroes, the narrative of great people who have bad stuff happen to them will stories, sketch comedy, spoken word, music,  comedy and everything in between.

Each act will contrast and compare in interesting ways with the last one as host Sony and Radio Academy Award nominated podcaster, storyteller and writer Dave Pickering attempts to control this rollercoaster of catharsis.

SUT_Poster-MARCH
What is Stand Up Tragedy?

It “takes in everything from music to comedy and is characterised by an emphasis on truth.”
The Independent

An “entertaining bunch of melancholic oddballs”
The London Word

Stand Up Tragedy aims to make audiences laugh cry until they laugh and laugh until they cry. It’s a monthly live show and podcast where people stand up and tell tragedy. We make you sad; we make you think; we make you smile. Expect music, comedy, fiction, spoken word, true stories and more, all playing up to the tragic form but not always taking it seriously. The night ends, not with a whimper, not with a bang, but with a cathartic sing-a-long.

At Stand Up Tragedy we combine established acts like Robin Ince, Josie Long, Ben Target, Grace Petrie, Sara Pacoe ,Simon Munnery and Helen Arney with new and upcoming acts in long form evenings of variety based around a theme. Performers often write new material especially for our nights and relish the opportunity to put a tragic spin on what they do. The nights are recorded and put out into a weekly podcast

To get a taste of the tragedy you can already hear our last two show’s Tragic Christmas and Tragic Beginnings in full on our podcast and Tragic Love will come out over the next few weeks.

We’re have a monthly fanzine that we sell at the live shows. We are accepting short pieces of writing (under 400 words) and pictures for the fanzine (send to upstandingtragedy@gmail.com), upcoming themes are Tragic Martyrs and Tragic History.