Monthly Archives: February 2016

Submissions

SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN UNTIL MARCH 15th 2016. Breve New Stories publishes one short story and one flash fiction in every issue, from a new or emerging author based in the UK. We look for literary sho…

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If, Then – Excerpt from The Open Pen Anthology

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On March 10th, Open Pen magazine launches The Open Pen Anthology, a 300 page paperback with a whopping 26 short stories (13 from the archive, 13 completely new) by some of Open Pen’s favourite authors from their first five years in print.

Jo Gatford is one of those writers. First published in Open Pen Issue Eight back in April, 2013, with If Then, and as is the case with many of Open Pens authors, Gatford has since published her debut novel – White Lies (Legend Press). It’s only fitting then that Gatford appears in the anthology and is in blistering form with the new short story Take Off Your Shoes, a fitting bedfellow for If, Then, published here exclusively for Shortstops as an excerpt to The Open Pen Anthology.

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The road below looked more like an ejaculation of silly-string than ‘ribbons of light’ or whatever the guidebook said. The book called the cathedral…

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Arvon is Running a Flash Fiction Twitter Competition

Looking forward to reading and submitting examples of this difficult but ultimately satisfying aspect of our craft. Enjoyable and ultimately lucrative for one.

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On Saturday February 27th, Arvon will run a science-fiction-flash-fiction twitter competition inspired by Bare Lit’s Afrofuturism panel.

Writers can submit their short-short-fiction (140 character or less) on Twitter by using the #6wordscifi hashtag or by visiting the Arvon stall at Bare Lit on Saturday February 27th. Writers are encouraged to write about utopiasdystopiaspossible futures and Afrofuturism.

The winner, who will be judged internally and announced on Tuesday March 1st, will receive a £100 Arvon gift voucher.

Besides your short short fiction, here are some other ideas for using the hashtag on the day but obviously the sky and your imagination are the only limits:

–         To raise awareness of any flash fiction courses, workshops, competition you might be involved in

–         To get involved in the Afrofuturism debate which will no doubt be sparked by the brilliant panel organised by Bare Lit

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Four Short Poems by Joseph Campbell

You will have to go a long way to giean so much imagery from so few words, whose reading transcends both time and space.

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Joseph Campbell (1879-1944) was an Irish poet who wrote in both English and Gaelic (publishing his latter work under the name Seosamh Mac Cathmhaoil or Seosamh MacCathmhaoil). Like pioneering modernist poet T. E. Hulme, who was four years younger than him, Campbell wrote a small number of short poems in free verse and utilising a pared back and understated style. There is no rhetoric here, no outpouring of emotion (perhaps too little for some readers); but what these poems show is the emergence of a distinctly modern style of poetry that rejects the gushing excesses of the worst Victorian verse. Written towards the end of the first decade of the twentieth century, they are among the first poems written in English which can be confidently labelled ‘modern’.

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Stories: By & For Children

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OxfordFestivaloftheArts_LogoThis year, Oxford Festival of the Arts is running a short story competition to celebrate children’s literature. We are seeking stories, of no more than 1,000 words of prose, written by or for children.

Submissions can be on any theme or subject and the competition is open to anyone. Entries will be shortlisted in the following categories: 7-11, 12-16 and 17+.

The stories will be judged by Clare Morgan, Director of the Mst in Creative Writing at the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, and Sarah Franklin, founder of regular Oxford event Short Stories Aloud and judge of the 2015 Short Story Costa Book Awards.

Selected winters will be invited to read their stories alongside a published children’s author, during a special evening at Oxford Festival of the Arts in June 2016.

Deadline for entries: 29th April 2016.

For more information and to enter see the Oxford Festival of the Arts…

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Writing competitions: March 2016 deadlines

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competitions 677265Hello everyone. If you’re looking to enter a writing competition (or even if you weren’t), there are some listed below, taken from this blog’s Competitions page. There are also regular (weekly, monthly etc) competition on that page so do take a look at those. For now, here are the ones that finish next month…

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A Short Analysis Paul Laurence Dunbar’s ‘A Summer’s Night’

Source: A Short Analysis Paul Laurence Dunbar’s ‘A Summer’s Night’

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A Short Analysis of Stevenson’s ‘From a Railway Carriage’

Source: A Short Analysis of Stevenson’s ‘From a Railway Carriage’

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100-word comp (free)

Source: 100-word comp (free)

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10 Edward Thomas Poems Everyone Should Read

It is always a delight to discover a poet whose work enshrines all that you admire in the craft. One such is Edward Thomas. Enjoy this brief glimpse into his work, enjoy.

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The best poems by Edward Thomas (1878-1917)

Edward Thomas was a master of the short poem. Variously labelled a ‘Georgian poet’ and a ‘war poet‘, he was really a little of both of these, and yet not quite either of them. In a brief flurry of poetic creativity between late 1914 and his death in WWI in 1917, Thomas produced some of the finest poems of the early twentieth century. Here’s our pick of what we consider Edward Thomas’s ten finest poems, along with a little bit of information about each of them. Click on the links provided on the titles of the poems to read them.

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