New prize for flash fiction & non-fiction in honour of Dave Murray

An international award for new and emerging flash fiction and flash non-fiction writers has been launched in memory of a popular Manchester-based writer and critic. The QuietManDave Prize will be run by the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University, in conjunction with the Manchester School of Theatre, named in honour of Dave Murray, a keen writer and theatre blogger, and lover of flash fiction and non-fiction, who passed away last year.

In recognition of Murray’s achievements and his passion for writing that he embraced later in life, the QuietManDave Prize offers awards of £1,000 for Flash Fiction and Flash Non-Fiction under 500 words, as well as runner-up prizes. the Flash Non-Fiction category open for everything from creative non-fiction – which weaves fact into the form of a story using the tools of fiction, to blog posts or theatre reviews, which were QuietManDave’s particular passions. Judges are ShortStops curator, poet and short story writer Tania Hershman,  short story writer, essayist and poet Kate Feld, and Shane Kinghorn, Senior Lecturer in Drama and Contemporary Performance at Manchester Metropolitan.

Both prizes are open internationally to writers aged 16 or over – with award judges keen to encourage, discover and celebrate new writers, particularly those who have come to writing later in life. Sponsored entry is available for those who might not otherwise be able to participate. The deadline for entries is Friday April 17. Enter here 

Redcliffe Future Way 2015

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.

King of Christmas Steps

Future Way stories have been selected through a month long competition with winning entries by four hugely talented local authors: Angela Brooks, Grace Palmer, David J Rodger and Judy Darley.

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 and follow on Twitter @DoaSLiveFiction

Stand Up Tragedy: Greek Tragedy

On June 12th Stand Up Tragedy are putting the sic into classics as we return to the birthplace of tragic narrative, and gather together performers from across the genres to put on night of Greek Tragedy.

Highlights will be Andy Zaltzman making use of his classics degree, ukulele tragedy from cabaret mistress Tricity Vogue, mythic poems from David Lee Morgan and some excellent nonsense from comedian Joz Norris. The line-up includes theatre, spoken word, comedy, storytelling and traditional greek folksongs.

Expect each act to take you to a completely different place, while host, Sony and Radio Academy Award nominated podcaster, storyteller and writer, Dave Pickering, guides you through the cathartic twists and turns.


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 until they cry and cry until they laugh. 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 too 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 Pascoe, Helen Zaltzman, Simon Munnery and Helen Arney with new and upcoming acts, creating 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.

Stand Up Tragedy were selected as one of the Guardian’s 10 national storytelling nights.

To get a taste of the tragedy have a listen to our podcast.


Callout for Contributors of Reviews and Features

Bare Fiction is looking for contributors to our Reviews & Features section. We are looking for new pieces of a critical nature on poets, writers and their work; on companies who work with new writing in theatre, on publishers; including interviews. As with all submissions, unfortunately we are unable to pay a fee.

Please submit a 100 word outline of your proposal along with links and/or documents for 2 pieces of similar relevant written work you have previously undertaken.

Article length we are looking for: between 1500-3000 words.

Click here to submit an article proposal via submittable for Bare Fiction Magazine

Click here to read a recent article on Santé Theatre’s new ethnodrama, Cracked, by Lucy Jeynes for Bare Fiction Magazine Issue 1

TAKE 7 short stories and perform!

The Workhouse Players production “TAKE 7” will be performed at the Sheffield Library Theatre on Jan 24th and 25th at 7.30pm. This show is a collection of seven short stories written by Gill Blow who’s adapted them for the amateur stage, it’s a different way of promoting short stories and has proved to be really enjoyed by previous audiences in Gainsborough and Caistor in Lincolnshire. The three actors become the storytellers and assume the role of the diverse characters such as an elderly Elvis impersonator, a woman stuck in a dress in Monsoon’s, a young single mother on a stark journey, and the weird tale of a man whose regular card evening with friends turns into something more sinister. The production contains two duologues which tell the tales of two couples whose stories are tragic, but in every other sense are completely worlds away from each other, even though they are played by the same actors!

Gill is a published short story writer whose work has been broadcast on Radio 4, and she is the winner of the 2013 International Rubery Short Story Award for her story ‘On the Bench’. See Tickets for Take 7 are £7 and £5 Concessions. To book e-mail, or call 07790 736410.

Win a copy of Bare Fiction Magazine


We are ridiculously excited about our upcoming launch issue of Bare Fiction Magazine which is due out on the 19th December 2013. With such wonderfully varied content in the 80 pages of poetry, fiction, plays, review and comment, we think all our readers will be just as excited too. As a lover of short fiction, you won’t be disappointed with some startling good prose from 10 writers from across the globe slotted neatly in-between our poetry and theatre sections.

If you’d like a chance to win a print copy of Issue 1 of Bare Fiction Magazine, all you have to do is the following:

  1. LIKE the Bare Fiction Facebook Page 
  2. LIKE the competition post pinned to the top of our Facebook Page.
  3. SHARE the competition post.

We’ll pick a winner at random within 24 hours of our page reaching over 300 likes.

Good luck and happy reading!