Early morning writing

Hello! Write & Shine runs weekly bright and early morning writing sessions in peaceful places across London. Ideal for short story writers, and writers those keen to progress their craft. We aim to boost your mornings with a burst of creativity….and provide you with coffee and sweet pastries, too!

Upcoming dates are below:

***Leicester Square***
Westminster Quaker Meeting House, Hop Gardens
Thursdays – 7.15am arrival for 7.30am-9am workshop
5 and 19 May (£10 per session)

Mezzanine Café, Waterstones Piccadilly, 203-206 Piccadilly
Thursdays – 9am arrival for 9.15am-10.45am workshop
12 and 26 May (£10 per session)

Can’t get to the sessions but keen to write with us?

Light – an online writing course to brighten your mornings
Tuesdays, from 17 May to 9 June 2016
£15 for an unique four-week self-study course, sent by email once a week.

At 6am each Tuesday, you’ll receive unique light-themed writing prompts straight to your email inbox. Set aside 60 minutes that morning to try out the ideas and brighten your morning with words—all from the comfort of your own home. Visit the website for more information.

Sunlight & water, moonlight & fire, flashlights & glitterballs, mirrors & metals, light is essential to our lives. With Write & Shine’s four-week self-study online course, you’ll find ways to brighten your morning with all kinds of writing on the theme of light.

Write & Shine is run by Gemma Seltzer, writer, facilitator and morning enthusiast!

Gemma Seltzer | Write & Shine | hello@write-and-shine.com
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Bunbury Needs You! And Some Updates For You

Hello to you from all of us at Bunbury Magazine. We hope you are doing well and enjoying the year so far!

We are writing to you now because we are asking for a favour from  all of you. As you know by now, we work not only our socks off but shoes as well to bring you the very best in creativity from around the world. Since we have started, we have published over 300 pieces of writing, a plethora of of art and photography and brought you interviews with some of the finest musicians, writers and comedians it has been our pleasure to meet. We are incredibly proud of the work we have done in putting Bunbury together and would like to raise the profile of the platform we are building for emerging creativity.

The nominations are now open for the Saboteur Awards 2016. We are hoping to be nominated for Best Magazine. Nominations are all down to the public voting for what they love. It would be a tremendous honour  if you would go and vote for us at the Saboteur Awards voting page.

To vote, click on the link below and vote Bunbury Magazine for Best Magazine.

Sab Awards

If you need a little bit more to tempt you in to voting for us, if we make it to the short list, Christopher and Keri, our erstwhile editors, have promised to get literary themed tattoos. Christopher will have the words ‘DON’T PANIC’ tattooed somewhere. Keri is still coming up with an idea but we will keep you in the loop.

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On top of all that, we have just started a new writing group in Bury, Lancashire. It is called Just Write. We give support to local writers who are working on pieces and it’s generally an all round good time. We will be running a ‘Local Poetry’ section in the magazine with the hopes of highlighting some of the great talent we have right on our doorstep. If you want to get involved, send your stuff to us on submissions@bunburymagazine.com and for more information on the group itself, click right here. =====> Just Write

That’s about it for now, dear Bunburyists! Thanks for your time and if you need anything, you know where we are.

Much love and keep scribbling!

Christopher and Keri.

FREE short story writing workshops for all

White Rabbit’s Bernadette Russell is Deptford’s writer in residence, and as part of this post is holding a series of free short story writing workshops throughout April at various libraries in South East London, plus a storytelling tea party.

Old Deptford

Old Deptford

“If you live in Deptford and love it, if you have never been but would like to , if you’re a bit wary of it and think it might be somewhere near Kent (it’s not) .. come along and find out more about our urban myths including: the dog who spoke in a French accent, a poet whose day job involved international espionage, the man who sold songbirds on the market who disappeared one day: the toshers and mudlarks, dolly birds and dandies, revolutionaries and rebels that populate and haunt our SE8. If you’d like to start your own short story to add to ours, have some cake and tea, this is the workshop for you.

“We Are Deptford”

Free writing workshops (and tea party) for all!

10.30-12 midday- short story writing workshop with tea and cake (16+)

 1pm-5pm- drop in sessions to create a guide book for Deptford- see your words and images in print (all ages)

 Dates and locations:

Sat 9th April

Pepys Community Library

Deptford Strand


020 8691 3146

Sat 16th April

Deptford Lounge

9 Giffin Street


020 8314 7299

Sat 23rd April

New Cross Library

283 285 New Cross Road

SE14 6AS

020 8469 0532

Sat 21st May 4pm-7pm

Also at New Cross Library

FREE “We Are Deptford” tea party and storytelling cabaret.

This will be a chance to hear some of the stories written by adults and children about Deptford past, present and yet to come. Plus there’ll be delicious cakes, tea and other treats, a Deptford Quiz with prizes, beautiful visuals and many more surprises to be announced.

New Deptford

New Deptford

Want to submit a story about Deptford but can’t make the dates?

please email Bernadette here by 7th May with stories of around 1000 words for a chance to be part of the show


 Twitter @betterussell



ShortStops February Round-Up II

Hello, short fiction fans, happy February! Is spring in the air already? Whether it is where you are or not, here’s our recent short story-related news from the blog!
Tania x

     Lit Mags

Short Fiction journal’s next online short story masterclass kicks off on March 6th. Anew issue of the Fractured Nuance is available – Issue 3, the handwritten issue. Submissions are open now for Shooter Issue #4: Technology.

The A3 Review is holding its last contest for inclusion in Issue 4. Bunbury blogged about Crime, Space and the World Cup of Authors and Laura Perram interviewed Yaron Kaver at Long Story Short about Mining For Specificity. Shoreline of Infinity still wants your short science fiction submissions, and The Queen’s Head Issue 8 submissions window is wide open. Jotters United has a new issue, Vintage.

   Live Lit

You’ve missed the submissions deadline for the next Talking Tales – but why not go along and listen, on Feb 20th in Bristol. There’s still time to get your stories in for Story Fridays “Fools” event in Bath on April 1st, and Stroud Short Stories is open for submissions for its April 24th event from writers with a connection to Gloucestershire. Speak Easy unveils its events for 2016 and some tips for spoken word first-timers.


The Cardiff Review launches its Short Story Award for new writers, deadline May 15. The deadline for Short Fiction’s 2016 short story prize is March 31st, and you have until May 1st to enter Shooter Literary Magazine’s first short story competition. The University of Sunderland’s inaugural Sunderland Short Story Award is accepting entries, deadline June 1st.

  Workshops, etc…

Find out more about Arvon’s 2016 short story and flash fiction courses. Read Paper Republic presents four short stories about women in China at a “speed bookclubbing event” in London on March 14. You can still take advantage of Harriet Kline’s offer ofshort story critiques to raise money for refugees.

Bunbury Magazine here with Crime, Space and World Cup of Authors!

Hello to you all, Bunbury Magazine here! Lovely to see you all again. We are here with some news and updates for your eyes.

First of all, we want to thank all of you that have downloaded Issue Eleven of Bunbury. The response has been absolutely brilliant. If you missed it, then do not hesitate any longer! It is our crime-theme bonanza. Not only that, but we have an epic (we do not use that word lightly!) feature on the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015, packed full of interviews with some of the best performers that were up there, including Phil Jupitus, Wil Hodgson, Cormac Friel and Christian Reilly. It really is worth it AND it is Pay-What-You-Like. Click the pick below to get your digi-hands on it today.

Issue 11

We are also on a drive for submissions for issue thirteen. The theme is Space, in memory of David Bowie. We are looking for short stories, poetry, flash fiction, art, photography. Anything really! Here is another picture to click, this time to our submission guidelines!

13 Theme


At the start of February, we are having a bit of fun. We are running a World Cup of Authors. We have been through the Goodreads lists of best authors from 4 categories – Pre-19th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century and 21st Century (so far!) – and chosen qualifying authors. We want you to vote on who should reach the last 32 from each section. 4 from Pre-19th Century. We have another picture for your eyes now. It is the long lists of each category. Click on it to go to the tweet where you can vote for your favourites. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #worldcupofauthors.


Other than all that, keep your eyes peeled for a competition we will be running in the coming months. We are also starting our writing group up again. It is run in Bury, just outside of Manchester. It is a very welcoming group where you can share your work in a safe space and get some great feedback on what you are working on at the moment. We also run regular events with brilliant headliners. This year, we are also looking to start a poetry slam so it is well worth coming along if you live in the area. Full details on the group can be found here. (Yes, yes, another wonderful picture for you!


That’s it for now. Issue Twelve: Self will be out in February. We will speak to you all very soon. Take care and keep scribbling,

Christopher and Keri.


January 2016 Round-Up I

Happy New Year!

A year full, we hope, of short stories to read and listen to, a plethora of places to send your stories – lit mags, live lit, competitions etc…, and many and wonderful workshops and classes to hone your words. We’ll start with our fortnightly round-up below. Here’s to a wonderful year!

Tania x

Lit Mags

The A3 Review is looking for an editor for Issue 5. Bunbury issue eleven is here – a crime and Edinburgh Fringe special and Jotters United has a new issue, Vintage. Confingo No 4 is also outnow, as is Structo  no 14 and The Nottingham Review‘s second issue.

Spelk wants your flash fiction, and Holdfast magazine is calling for submissions.

Live Lit

Story Sunday in Bristol is calling for submissions for its next event on Feb 21st. White Rabbit offers you a podcast of ghost stories recorded at its Midnight Feast Christmas Eve event.


Short Fiction Journal has launched its 2016 short story prize, deadline March 31st. Ouen press has published an anthology of the winners of the Working Dogs international short story competition.

Nov Fortnightly Round-Up III

Hello ShortStops folk,
We just had our 2nd birthday! As the lists on the site – of live lit, lit mags and short story collection authors – grow longer, and the blog is increasingly active and exciting, there are lots of reasons for celebration! Check out the most recent ones below.
Tania x

Lit Mags

Long Story Short posted “A Sense of Real Language”, Laura Perram’s interview with Shane Strachan. Holdfast tells us all about the new issue, call for submissions, and BFS award. Everyone wants your stories! Spelk is open to flash fiction submissions, and the Fractured Nuance wants your stories for Issue #3, the Handwritten issue. Brain of Forgetting is calling for submissions for its third issue, Island. Jotters United has a new issue out and is always open to submissions. Short Fiction issue 9 is now out and The Ghastling has launched its third issue.

Live Lit
White Rabbit presents the Heroes and Villains podcast.

The Less Than 100 Words short story competition runs weekly.   Shoreline of Infinity magazine is running a science fiction competition, deadline 21 Dec.

The Short Story (TSS) introduces themselves on the blog and unveils their new young writers awards. Read Paper Republic publishes A Very Topical Story. Elbow Room’s parent press, As Yet Untitled, has started a kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.

Festivals & Workshops
Ethel Rohan is running a Brilliance of Brevity workshop at the Abroad Writers Conference in Dublin in December.

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! If you’d like to review an event or a publication, drop me a line.

Happy reading, writing, listening and performing!