the editorial team here at The Manchester Review are delighted to announce that Issue 12 is now live – featuring poetry from Rebecca Perry, Jan Wagner, Thomas McCarthy, Igor Klikovac and Theodore Worozbyt, Ian Pople, Gerard Fanning and Peter Fallon; non-fiction from Marci Vogel; and – of particular interest to ShortStops readers – new short fiction from Jane Feaver, James Robison, Martin Monohan, Tendai Huchu, Guy Mitchell, Helen Cross and Christos Tsiolkas. As always, each piece is accompanied by artwork from an emerging artist, and this issue we are pleased to feature work from Liverpool-based practitioner, Sumuyya Khader.
We would like to thank each and every one of you who submitted work for the issue – winnowing down the selection is always tough, and we received some truly excellent short stories this time. We are now open to submissions until Sunday October 5th, and we expect to launch Issue 13 in November 2014. We’re greatly looking forward to reading your work, and we will do our very best to reply to each submission within three months.
May is National Short Story Month in the US, but it’s always short story month round here… Check out our round-up of what’s been happening on ShortStops’ blog over the past fortnight:
Lit Mags and Competitions
The flurry of new lit mags continues: welcome to The Short Anthology: “each issue uses the work of one photographer as the stimulus for a collection of short stories”, and Storyboard magazine: “every month we have a new theme to base your writing around”. The Short Anthology got straight to it on the blog and introduced its first issue.
The Grind are now open for submissions for Issue 3, and HeadStuff also wants you. The Cro Magnon wants your writing too, for their website and perhaps for their travelling show. Check out Confingo’s first issue, now on sale, and Structo’s brand new website.
Kingston University have launched two new exciting short story competitions – one judged by Hilary Mantel and one, for stories to be read aloud, judged by Bonnie Greer. Writing Maps has launched a new monthly contest and lit mag and Writeidea announced a new national short story contest, The Writeidea Prize, deadline 31 July. More contests: the 3rd annual A Spot of Hysteria Writing Competition run by the UK Hysterectomy Association is now open for entries (deadline Aug 31), and the Historic House Short Story Comp (26 Sep) wants stories inspired by or set in a historic house.
Holdfast magazine is still open for submissions for their first print anthology, deadline June 15th, with submissions open til May 31st for their online issue #3. The Moth International Short Story Prize closes June 30th.
Live Lit & Short Story Events
White Rabbit unveiled its new Wonderlands White Rabbit Walks: From Pleasure Gardens to Power Station. Fictions of Every Kind has produced its first podcast with stories and music.
Last Minutes & Gentle Reminders
Today is the deadline to send Story Fridays your stories on the theme ‘In Focus’ for their May event. The Manchester Review is open to submissions for Issue 12 until mid May, and Myths of the Near Future is calling for submissions from under-25s for the Money issue by May 30th. You have until May 31 to submit to Jotters United’s new short story comp on the theme of ‘Spirit’.
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! Happy reading, writing, listening and performing!