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!

Submissions open for Shooter #6: Bad Girls

Shooter Literary Magazine seeks intelligent short fiction, non-fiction and poetry featuring not the Playboyesque, video-game, comic-book notions of “Bad Girls”, but defiant women who speak up and act out.

And although some people like to read magazines, there’s a lot of people who also like playing video games, and for playing video games, you need equipment to fit in, from a great TV scream, to a comfortable seat. One of the top gamer chairs was the seat by DXRacer which is one of the most popular.

We want to read about convention-defying antiheroines and unapologetic badasses who carve their own path. Give us the antics and mishaps of adventurers, intrepid souls and challenging contrarians, but make sure these characters are surprising and complex rather than reductive and cartoonish.

Non-fiction that deals with topical feminist issues and women in male-dominated environments is particularly welcome. As usual, we prefer poetry that inclines to the observational rather than experimental end of the spectrum.

Please read the Submission Guidelines for information on how to submit. Writers may send one prose piece (between 2,000 and 7,500 words) and/or up to three poems to by April 2nd, 2017, for inclusion in the summer issue.

Submissions are also open for Shooter’s 2017 Short Story Competition, which carries a slightly later deadline of April 16th, 2017, with no restrictions on theme. Please go here to read more on how to submit to the competition – we look forward to reading your work!

READ PAPER REPUBLIC presents four short stories about women in China, in a “speed-bookclubbing event”


“That Damned Thing She Said” Part of the Wanderlust series, at Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 3GA, Telephone: 020 7324 2570
on Monday 14 March, 18.45 – 20.45; Tickets £5/£3 from

With International Women’s Day (8 March) in mind, we have selected four short stories from China, focussing on hot issues such as sexual freedom, political disappearances, “left-over” women, compromising situations. Sign up and read the stories in advance, then come along for some speed-bookclubbing. Four experienced translators will lead four groups simultaneously. Discuss one story for 20 minutes, then move on to the next. Discuss the subject matter, the style, the writing, the authors (does it make a difference that two of the stories are written and translated by women, and the other two by men?). You’ll get a chance to ask any questions you like. But most of all, this is an interactive event: we want to hear what you think, which ones you liked (or not) and what intrigued or puzzled you.

Story 1: “That Damned Thing She Said” by FU Yuli, (Tr. Nicky Harman). A woman trapped in a loveless marriage has an awkward, but ultimately empowering, one-night stand.

Story 2: “Missing” by LI Jingrui (Tr. Helen Wang). A wife comes home to find her husband has disappeared, or rather “been disappeared”.

Story 3: “Mahjong” by FENG Tang (Tr. Brendan O’Kane). The colleagues of a career woman apply their engineering expertise to the intractable problem of finding her a worthy husband.

Story 4: “The One Who Picks Flowers” by LIU Qingbang (Tr. Lee Yew Leong). A young woman refuses to sleep with the boss, with catastrophic consequences to her family.

Visit the Free Word Centre website, Events page to download the stories in advance and to buy your ticket. Join Read Paper Republic translators to discuss the stories and the depiction of women in contemporary China at Free Word Centre on 14 March 2016.

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Pens to the ready! Mslexia’s Short Story Competition 2015 is now open…

A new year is upon us (honestly, where does the time go?) and what better way to limber up for the creative year ahead than entering Mslexia’s annual short story competition for women writers.

Mslexia Women's Short Story Competition 2015

Mslexia Women’s Short Story Competition 2015

The first prize is a whopping £2,000 – one of the biggest in the genre – and comes with two optional extras: a week’s retreat at Tŷ Newydd Writers’ Centre in Wales, and a day with a Virago editor. Judging the competition this year is novelist, short story writer and essayist Alison MacLeod, whose novel Unexploded was long-listed for the 2013 Man-Booker Prize.

The closing date for the competition is 16 March 2015: plenty of time to start work on a new piece of writing or re-visit an old draft. And to guide you on your way – if, indeed, any guidance is needed – Mslexia has commissioned a series of writing workshops to stimulate new ideas and help get your story into submission-ready shape. The first workshop delves into the art of character development and includes three new writing exercises; keep an eye on the Mslexia website for two more workshops leading up to the deadline.

Last year’s competition winner Jackie Brewster said, ‘I’ve been floating on a little cloud ever since I received the phone call. I thought it was good enough to enter, but I never dreamed it was good enough to win.’ Francesca Armour-Chelu, 2013 winner, credited the competition as the reason that she found an agent ‘after years of rejection letters’. As they say, the proof in the pudding, and Mslexia‘s competition really has given so many writers a foot up the ladder – this year you could be one of them.

Full details of how to enter are on the Mslexia website. Best of luck with your entry!


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(Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire)


2,200 words of prose fiction, life-writing, memoir or creative non-fiction

First Prize: £600 and publication in our anthology, Words and Women: 2 

20 shortlisted entries published:  Judge novelist Sarah Ridgard

£10 per entry:  See

for submission details.

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“Words And Women: One is a bold and insightful collection containing much vigorous writing – the dazzling sentences of Caroline Jackson’s The Call deserve particular mention.” Rm Bond-Webster, Eastern Daily Press, 04/14

Shortlisted for a 2014 Saboteur Award

A spot of Hysteria – 2014 Writing Competition

The Hysterectomy Association, the UK’s leading organisation for women having a hysterectomy, today announced the launch of it’s third annual Hysteria writing competition.

The competition is open to any female writers of short stories, flash fiction and poetry in any genre except erotica and horror. We are looking for women writing about topics of interest to women, not about hysterectomy. Top winners in each category will each receive a cash prize and publication in Hysteria 3, due for publication in November 2014. A further nine winners in each category will also have their entries included in the anthology. Continue reading

One week until the closing date of Mslexia’s Short Story Competition!

Make a date in your diaries – only one week left to get your entries in for Mslexia’s annual Short Story Competition. If you’re stuck for inspiration or need some guidance in honing your entry, Mslexia has a series of specially commissioned writing workshops available on their website.

The competition is for short stories of up to 2,200 words from women writers of any nationality. The top prize is an amazing £2,000 – one of the biggest prizes available in the genre – and includes two optional extras: a week’s retreat at the home of early women’s writing, Chawton House Library, and a day with a Virago editor. Other winners will receive a share of the remaining £1,050 prize pot, and all of the winning stories will be published in the June 2014 issue of Mslexia. Plus, the judge this year is the award-winning novelist, short story author and scriptwriter Jane Rogers.

The closing date for the competition is 17 March 2014. For more information on how to enter just visit the Mslexia website, email or call 0191 204 8860 to speak to a real person.

This is a great opportunity to have your work read by a top author and see your writing published in the magazine for women writers.

Good luck!