Stroud Short Stories is open until the end of Sunday 29 September for submissions from Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire writers.
It’s free to submit and we will select ten stories to be read by their authors at our 19th event on Sunday 10 November at the 150-seater Cotswold Playhouse. Our last 13 events have all sold out.
The event is part of the 2019 Stroud Book Festival.
It’s an open theme this time so any subject matter, any style so long as it’s a short story of no more than 1,500 words.
Information about our rules and how to submit is on the SSS website.
Tickets, priced at £8, go on sale on the Playhouse website on 11 October.
Tickets are now on sale for the 18th Stroud Short Stories event Incendiary! on Sunday 19 May –
Tickets are priced as usual at £8. The event, at our new venue, the 150-seater Cotswold Playhouse, Parliament Street, Stroud, GL5 1LW, starts at 8pm (doors 7.30).
Ten Gloucestershire authors will be reading their stories about fire, heat, passion, anger and rebellion selected from the 113 stories submitted.
The authors are –
Steve Wheeler (aka Steven John)
All info on the Stroud Short Stories website
Stroud Short Stories is open for submissions from Gloucs and South Gloucs writers until 31 March – for our 19 May 2019 event in a new venue, the Cotswold Playhouse in Stroud. It’s free to submit and we are happy to consider published and unpublished work.
There’s a theme this time – Incendiary! Think of the theme as widely and flexibly as possible – stories about fire, heat, passion, anger, rebellion, incineration, climate change, inflamed senses, etc, etc.
As well as reading before an audience of 150 short story lovers at the Cotswold Playhouse in Stroud, the authors of the ten stories chosen will be offered a place in our next published anthology – due 2021.
Tickets for the 19 May event will be available from 21 April on the Cotswold Playhouse website.
All the info you need is on our website – http://stroudshortstories.blogspot.com/
We are launching the new Stroud Short Stories Anthology 2015-18 on Friday 28 September 2018 at the Ale House in John Street, Stroud from 7.00 to 10pm.
The new anthology covers stories from the six events from November 2015 to May 2018. That’s 57 stories by 45 authors including Joanna Campbell, Rick Vick, Melanie Golding, Steve Wheeler, Chloe Turner, Jason Jackson, Ali Bacon and Andrew Stevenson.
The first print run is 300 books and we already have 270+ reservations, so why not reserve your copy and then collect it at the launch? Email me on email@example.com
The anthology is priced at £10.
The launch is free and unticketed. Please come along. There will be a few words from me at 7.30 and then Mark Graham will read his story ‘Wayland Smith: Warrior of the Milky Way’ from the anthology.
More information on our website.
I hope to see you there.
Stroud Short Stories is open for submissions for the 20 May event – our 16th event. Submissions will close at the end of Saturday 14 April. It’s an open theme this time. As ever it’s free to submit and we accept both published and unpublished stories from Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire writers. Ten authors will read their work in front of a capacity audience of 70 short story lovers on Sunday 20 May at the SVA in John Street, Stroud, GL5 2HA.
We will also be publishing a second anthology later this year and all ten writers will be invited to have their story published in it.
All the info you need is on our website/blog – https://stroudshortstories.blogspot.co.uk/
Small Wonder Festival, Charleston’s annual celebration of short fiction, will take place between 27 September and 1 October 2017. The variety of this year’s programme confirms that although the texts may be compressed, the short form may contain a multitude of subjects, tones and styles. Short stories offer glimpses into the human condition and linger on in the mind, despite, even because of, their brevity and restraint. Don’t miss the shared experience of listening to and telling stories in the atmospheric tents at Small Wonder. During the festival you can listen to engaging speakers, take part in workshops and much more…
The festival kicks off on Wednesday 27 September with ‘Let Me Count the Ways’, an exploration of love in its many contexts and guises. Groundbreaking young writers Rowan Hisayo Buchanan and Gwendoline Riley will discuss their work with journalist Arifa Akbar.
On Thursday 28 September we explore the challenges and advantages of the short story form in our event ‘Novella Perfection’. Novella enthusiasts and practitioners Cynan Jones and Megan Hunter will be in conversation with Alex Clark. “I believe the novella is the perfect form of prose fiction.” – Ian McEwan.
Unmissable on Saturday 30 September is ‘Welcome to the Caribbean’, with Jamaican writer Olive Senior, Trinidadian Anthony Joseph and Bahamian Helen Klonaris (British Council International Writer in Residence at Small Wonder 2017).
A final highlight for any budding writers will be ‘Hitting the Ground Running’ on Sunday 1 October. This event promises a fascinating look at how to begin a career in writing short fiction, with debut authors Julianne Pachico and Jessie Greengrass speaking alongside agent Clare Alexander and publisher Mark Richards. Perfect for aspiring authors, those interested in the publishing process or short fiction fans, it will include an extended Q&A.
Visit the Small Wonder website for more information and many more events: https://www.charleston.org.uk/small-wonder/. Or join in the conversation on social media: #SmallWonderFest.
Double Bill: Jane Bom-Bane & Mike Russell
An evening of stories and enchantments.
Brighton author and storyteller Mike Russell will be reading strange stories interspersed with various surreal shenanigans followed by mechanical hats and stories from Jane Bom-Bane.
Reviews for Jane Bom-Bane:
“Utterly refreshing – unlike anything I’ve ever seen or heard before” Dave Gorman
“The best show I saw in Edinburgh Fringe this year (2012)” Stewart Lee
Reviews for Mike Russell:
“The stories will take you to places within your mind you never knew existed.” Gerard Bianco
“I always look forward to Mike Russell’s work, he’s so out there that it’s refreshing.” Nancy at Oddly Weird Fiction
We anticipate a magical evening. For more information on author Mike Russell and to see how to book please visit www.strangebooks.com
As part of The National Gallery’s celebrated Friday Lates, award-winning live fiction night Liars’ League is running its first ever short story competition for unpublished short stories of 1000-2000 words inspired by paintings or galleries.
The contest is FREE TO ENTER, and the five winning stories will be read live by a professional actor in one of the magnificent rooms of the National Gallery on the evening of their Summer Late, which is themed around Inspiration. The event will take place from 6 to 9pm on Friday 22nd July 2016.
All five winners will be published on Liars’ League’s website as text, podcast and HD video. Winning authors will also receive complimentary drinks at the event and access to the Painters’ Paintings Special Exhibition (normally £10).
Interested? Here’s what to do …
- Go to the National Gallery’s website and browse the online gallery – or even better, take a wander around the Gallery itself (it’s free!) until you find a painting that grabs you
- Write a story inspired EITHER by that specific painting (don’t forget to tell us under the title of your story which painting it was inspired by) OR by the Gallery itself
- Email your story (which MUST be unpublished and between 1000 and 2000 words long) as a .doc, .docx or .rtf attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on Thursday June 30th
- Further formatting and submission guidelines are here. If you have any more questions about the competition please contact email@example.com
- IMPORTANT: We judge anonymously so please DO NOT put your name anywhere on your story. If successful, we will contact you via the email address you use to submit.Best of luck, and we look forward to reading your stories!
The third issue of Confingo is now on sale – stories by John Saul, Charles Wilkinson, Stuart Snelson; poems by Marianne Daniels, Laryssa Wirstiuk, Pat Tompkins; photography by Elle Brotherhood, Zoë McLean, Rik Warren, Johan Schutte, Anke Loots; artwork by James Moss, Guy Mason.
Are you ready to Write the City? Future Way is public installation art project seeking to engage the community of Bristol in Redcliffe’s redevelopment through a playful and exciting exploration of the area.
Working with The Redcliffe Neighbourhood Development Forum in collaboration with published authors, budding writers, artists, architects and community groups, Future Way reveals a series of virtual fictions which immerse the reader between worlds and creatively challenges the way we view our city.
“The Redcliffe Neighbourhood Development Forum is a community group whose mission is to re-imagine and re-make Bristol’s Redcliffe Way.” Redcliffe Forum
Stories are “tagged” to locations within Redcliffe forming a series of fictional trails to be followed through the physical city. These tags can be scanned via QR codes, and accessed via a password located on the tag. Follow the Future Way Map to discover locations.
The installation will be launched at 1pm on Friday 1st May outside the North Entrance of St Mary Redcliffe Parish Church and will be running indefinitely over the bank holiday weekend and into the coming months.
So explore, play and enjoy as you discover a new magic to Redcliffe and unlock its hidden futures. What does your future Redcliffe hold?
For more information on Future Way visit www.bristolstorytrail.wordpress.com/redcliffe-future-way/ and follow on Twitter @DoaSLiveFiction
1. Kingston Writing School Hilary Mantel International Short Story Competition
The twice Man Booker Prize winning author, Hilary Mantel, will be judge for this major new competition.
First Prize £3000 and two Runners Up Prizes of £500
5000 words maximum.
2. Kingston University Press Bonnie Greer Stories to Read Aloud Competition
Alongside the international short story competition, Kingston University Press are launching a competition for Kingston residents and workers, and writers associated with the university and the Writing School. The competition will celebrate stories that work when read aloud as well as on the page. The award-winning writer, critic and Chancellor of Kingston University, Bonnie Greer, will pick the winner from shortlisted writers reading out their work.
First Prize £1000 and two Runners Up Prizes of £250
2000 Words maximum
Both competitions are open for entries from May 1 to June 30.
Winning stories and shortlisted stories will be published in two competition anthologies, and winning writers will have the opportunity to have their work considered for publication by Kingston University Press.
Please visit here to find further details and to submit your stories.