Short Fiction Issue 9 – out now

SF9 cover

Short Fiction‘s current issue. 13 stories including fiction by Toby Litt, Carol Maver, Cynan Jones, Luke Kennard and Mary O’Donoghue, plus our competition winner. All fiction is presented with bespoke front illustration, and there is artwork throughout by David Shrigley.

Order your copy by following the link above.


Hello short story lovers.
There’s a sneak preview of Short Fiction‘s forthcoming issue below, which features 13 stories, including fiction by Toby Litt, Carol Maver, Cynan Jones, Luke Kennard and Mary O’Donoghue, plus our competition winner. Artwork throughout is by David Shrigley, and each story is accompanied by bespoke illustration. You can pre-order your copy by following the link above.
And our competition shortlist has now been announced. Look out for the winner later this month.
Thank you for your support.
The Editors
SF9 cover

MacGuffin – a Jukebox for Literature

MacGuffin Logo LexiaComma Press, the Manchester-based independent publisher, has launched MacGuffin, a self-publishing platform with an emphasis on short stories and poetry.

MacGuffin hosts content in text and audio form. Authors upload the text of their story along with a reading, so end-users can read the text or stream the audio.


The audio doesn’t have to be professionally recorded, and in fact, many poems and stories on MacGuffin have a homemade feel – recorded on a smartphone, with birdsong in the background, or a dog barking somewhere.

#shortstories #10minuteread #feminist #bristol #epiphany  

#daisysfavouriteshorts #manchestersfbookclub

MacGuffin uses tags to help readers themselves curate content. Anyone can add tags to anyone else’s story, to describe it or add it to a reading list. You can search for content with tags (e.g. search the tags ‘shortstories’ and ’15minutelisten’, to select short stories that are 15 minutes long, or the tag ‘nature’ to find stories and poems about nature).

tag search

Tags also mean you can make a playlist, rather like how people used to make mix-tapes for friends; just tag several stories or poems with a unique tag to create a list.

MacGuffin also has open analytics, so writers and readers can see anonymised data about where in the world stories are being read (‘fuzified’, for privacy), reader completion-rates for stories, and even drop-out graphs, showing where readers quit a story before finishing it (which Comma hope will be a useful self editing tool).


MacGuffin’s available as a website (, and as an Android App (in beta), with an iPhone app to follow.


HeadStuff’s very short fiction competition has a €3200 prize fund!

HeadStuff's Lacomic Cup flash fiction writing competition €3000

The Lacomic Cup is a knockout comic short story competitionHeadStuff’s world cup of very, very brief comic fiction.

It’s free to compete.

To enter, all you have to do is write a 250-300 word (not a word over or under!) comic short story which ends with the same word, phrase or sentence that it started with.

The best 32 entries will be chosen to go forward to Round One. These 32 will be chosen by HeadStuff staff (all author names will be redacted during the decision making process).

The deadline for entries is May 24th

All details are here:

A Literary Coup: Ark takes over a London library on 23rd April

Who stages a literary coup in a library? And what’s Calvino got to do with it?

Ark PHCL flyer print v2

Ark is launching an exciting new series of immersive, themed short story performances in libraries, involving curated film, dance, sound and interactive book art. We begin by taking over Primrose Hill Community Library on Thursday 23rd April at 7:30pm with ‘A Literary Coup’: a libraries-themed performance in celebration of World Book Night.

[Insert diarising pause.]

It will include newly-commissioned stories from the brilliant Nikesh Shukla, Hannah Silva and Sarah Grochala, and performances of classic short stories by Calvino, Borges and Walter R. Brooks by actors Susanna Hislop, Charlie Partridge and Maeve Leahy, integrated with newly-commissioned film, live music and sound.

There will be street and contemporary dance from Michelle Bailey and interactive book art by Chloe Spicer – expect the chance to write an edible book and exchange a book hat. You’ll also walk away with a surprise, hand-wrapped book as a gift, just for being a part of it.

One health warning: possible imagination overload. But there will be wine!

Take a quick click trip to the Ark website for more information.

Tickets just released – only £6 (£5 concessions): BUY TICKETS HERE

Please tweet about it: @arkshortstories #literarycoup Do drop us a line or tell us a story: And we’d love you to like us on Facebook too. Hope to see you soon!