Next Liars’ League event: Women & Girls

women & girls text jpgLiars’ League‘s female-focused September event, Women & Girls (click for Facebook event), is a tasty selection of brand new short fiction by and about women (and girls), for everyone to enjoy. The show is on Tuesday 12th September, starting at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm), when the winning stories will be performed by our marvellous Liars’ League actresses.
The six chosen pieces feature superhero(in)es, ventriloquists, obsession, depression, Victorian prisoners, charismatic polygamists, West Midlands spiritual healers, and all manner of enticing stuff besides …
Summer Season by Sally Syson NEW AUTHOR, read by Charlotte Worthing
Walk a Mile in My Shoes by Olga Wojtas NEW AUTHOR, read by Keleigh Wolf
Limbo by Sue Smith NEW AUTHOR, read by Jennifer Aries
Finding Jezza by Sally Lane NEW AUTHOR, read by Nicky Diss
The Ends of the Earth by Aileen O’Farrell, read by Annalie Wilson
Le Retreat by Fiona Salter, read by Sarah Gain
The night will also feature our infamous book quiz (with female-authored novels as prizes #readwomen) and free sweets, just because. Tickets cost £5 on the door (cash only, no advance booking) and seating is unreserved – so it’s a good idea to get there a bit ahead of time if you want a good table. Accessibility note: access to the basement bar is via stairs – there’s no lift, alas.

The venue is downstairs at:
The Phoenix
37 Cavendish Square

(The Phoenix is five minutes’ walk from Oxford Circus tube station, which is on the Victoria, Bakerloo and Central lines). Map here.

P.S. We got an amazing number of submissions for this theme – more than double our usual amount – so if we get a good turnout at the event we may make Women & Girls a regular theme. If you think this is a great idea, please do come along, bring your friends and tell everyone you know, of any and every gender, about it. Ta!

Trafika Europe issue 3 – Latvian Sojourn

Trafika Europe invites you to check out its brand new quarterly issue, free and available online.

Trafika Europe 3 – Latvian Sojourn showcases great contemporary writing from Latvia, featuring Oswalds Zebris, Edvīns Raups, Jānis Einfelds, Māra Zālīte, Inga Ābele and Nora Ikstenas. TE3 press pic

Plus, enjoy new Saami and Croatian poetry, Bulgarian fiction, and something from the Greek avant-garde.


It’s also bulging with art photos taken in and around Riga by two rising lights of Latvian photograpy, Katrina Kepule and Andrejs Strokins. Enjoy! (Cover photo here is by Kristine Sergejeva.) And let us know what you think, we’d love to hear from you. Email:

Only Human, Issue 4 of Spontaneity


Thehardingmeyer beautiful summer issue of Spontaneity is here! Issue four of the magazine Only Human brings you poetry, prose and art that detail everything from first love to last love, from sexual affairs to questions of the heart, from loss to longing. Established voices and emerging writers all relate to previous work in the magazine, forming a chain reaction of words, pictures and music.

Click on the links to see the incredible connections — and if an idea strikes you then why not be part of it and submit your own response? Follow us on twitter @spontaneity_art  on Facebook and be part of the project! Contact

End December Round-Up

Hello short story fans!
Here’s what’s been going on at ShortStops recently:

First, Happy National Short Story Day! It was this Saturday, Dec 21st, read more about it…  celebrations continue! And if you’re stuck for last-minute festive gifts, here is a way to solve that problem and help the homeless at the same time, with the Stories For Homes anthology in aid of Shelter.

Off the Shelf presents ‘Short Story And The Image’, London, Jan 13th, readings and discussion about the interplay between stories and pictures. If you do that kind of thing, check out the On The Same Page app and let its creators know what you think of the idea. And if you didn’t make it to The Story Sessions’ Solstice Tales, you can read – and watch – all about it.

Lit Mags
There’s plenty of new writing to read: the Yellow Room congratulates the winners of its Flash Fiction competition, The Manchester Review provides us with some tasters from Issue 11, which has just gone live, and we welcome the debut issue of Spontaneity. Check out the newest ShortStops member: speculative fiction magHoldfast.

As for places to send your stories, Holdfast is open for submissions for Issue #2, ‘Animals, Beasts and Creatures’, and if you are an Irish citizen or resident, the Davy Byrnes short story competition wants your stories, with a prize of 15,000 euro!

Don’t forget: you still have time to enter What the Dickens? Magazine’s Spooky Tales competition, closing date  Dec 31st; Number Eleven mag welcomes submissions for Issue 4Breadless Crust is seeking stories for its inaugural issue, launching Spring 2014; Story Fridays in Bath is calling for blue-themed stories for its next live lit night, deadline Jan 6th, and Riptide Journal is calling for submissions for Volume 10, on the theme of ‘Imaging the Suburbs’ (deadline March 1 2014).

That’s it for us for 2013 – we’ve had a great first month or so here at ShortStops, there’s so much going on. We hope you’ve been enjoying what we’re doing and finding it useful – here’s to an even bigger short story party in 2014!
Tania x