Monthly Archives: October 2015

Plain Jane 231015: The power of reviewers

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October Fornightly Round-Up I

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Hello story-lovers,
Welcome to autumn! Here’s what’s been going on in the short story world… lots of live lit announcements over the past 2 weeks!
Best,
Tania x

Live Lit

We’re delighted to welcome a new event to our Live Lit list: Story Sunday Bristol: “live performances of short stories, flash fiction (and sometimes poetry) … on the first Sunday of every month.” They’ve written their first blog looking for performers for the inaugural Story Sunday on Nov 1st. The Short Story Slam in Chorley on Nov 14th is also looking for entrants, as is White Rabbit, who are looking for ghost stories for their winter event! Stand-Up Tragedy announces its autumn eventsUnsung Live #2 is on 20th October in London. The Word Factory #37 live lit and masterclass is on Oct 31st in London.

Lit Mags

Bunbury has published Issue 10 – Politics Special! Shoreline of Infinity is…

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Guest Post by Tess Rosa Ruiz

A short which could fill us all with hope and inspiration.My doubts about the humanity of prolific writers now restored

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‘Freefall into Us’ by Tess Rosa Ruiz is a compelling collection of unique poetry and prose that provides an emotional mosaic of the path of relationships.  It was published by Urbane Publications Limited on the 11th September 2015.

Below is a guest post written by Tess Rosa Ruiz.

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In the 80’s, I wrote the author, Stephen King, a letter. You see, he is one of my favorite writers ever and I was a bit obsessed with him, had even thought of going to Bangor, Maine just so I could possibly catch a glimpse of him walking down the road or drinking coffee in his favorite café. The letter wasn’t very nice. He had disappointed me. I didn’t feel his recent work was up to par with the standards I had held him to, with the greatness that he was and is. To my utter surprise, he wrote me back. He told…

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Results of Morgen’s first 100-word competition – September 2015

Glad to be on the list, congratulations to the worthy winners

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competitions 677265For the September competition, we had eighteen entrants with twenty-four different 100-word stories… twenty-four ‘drabble’s. You can send up to three stories each per month so a potential there for fifty-four stories! Details of next month’s here.

Two stories were disqualified for being too short – 92 and 93 words (as per the rules, hyphenated words count as one, and another story seemed to stop too early) – and another two submissions had nothing to do with that month’s theme, which was ‘white’.

A couple had glaring errors – incorrect words, e.g. ‘in’ instead of ‘is’ – so weren’t disqualified but lost points. Mistakes happen but they should only happen in 10,000-worders or perhaps 1,000-word stories, not 100-word stories.

If you’re going to enter a competition – not just my one – read your story aloud… then get someone else (or your computer) to read your story, again ideally aloud. Once you’re both happy it’s perfect…

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Are You Sitting Comfortably? GHOSTS

One for the diary.

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White Rabbit presents our traditional Winter Ghost Story extravaganza and we are looking for writers!

Sitting uncomfortably.... Sitting uncomfortably….

Since 2008 we’ve created a platform for short stories and writers, in a fun, lively, supportive and occasionally anarchic atmosphere!

We’re seeking a spine-chilling selection of original mid-winter spooky stories, written by you, read by us, to haunt and thrill the audience.

Accompanied by scary songs and haunting films, you can comfort yourself with scrummy FREE food served by the undead, a screaming competition and TREATS – with prizes including a voodoo doll made to your specifications, a love spell and a ouija board.

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Writers interested in submitting a story should email areyousittingcomfortably@live.com by Friday 20 November with a story of around 1000 words.Please ensure you put GHOSTS in the subject night AND that you can attend on the night- our audience likes to meet the writers.

Details of the show…

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