Monday, 21 of August 2017

PodCastle: Halloween Special Episode Submissions

PodCastle is looking for a Halloween story for 2017! If you’re a writer with a short story (original or reprint) that you’d like us to run this Halloween, please submit! Scary or funny, ghosts, ghouls, or demons—spooky stories of all kinds are welcome.

  • Submit using Standard Manuscript Format. We accept files in .odt, .rtf, .docx or .doc format.
  • Word count: up to 6,000 words.
  • No multiple submissions.
  • No simultaneous submissions for the Halloween submissions portal.
  • Reprints are welcome, and strongly encouraged.

Payment and Rights

We pay $.06/word for original fiction up to 6000 words, $100 flat rate for reprints above 2000 words, and $20 flat rate for reprints below 2000 words (flash fiction).

Further details on the website:

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Bizarro Pulp Press – call for submissions

They are looking for novella length pieces, but the boundaries are flexible.

They want to “push the boundaries of storytelling”

See website for details

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Short Story Competition

A competition for 2-4k science fiction stories.
Imagine that your plane touches down in San Francisco International Airport on June 28, 2037.
A “hopeful tone” is needed.

See more details on the website:

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DEATH BY WATER – call for submissions

Independent Legions Publishing is seeking original horror stories in English for the new Anthology THE BEAUTY OF DEATH 2 – DEATH BY WATER, edited by Alessandro Manzetti and Jodi Renée Lester, to be published October 2017 in print and digital editions.

We’re looking for stories that fit the theme: Death by Water. All types of horror are welcome. Sex or violence in a story should be artistically justified; no excessive gore. No stories about child abuse of any kind. We welcome all subgenres and forms of speculative fiction.

Word Count: We are open to stories of 4000-5000 words.
Deadline: September 1, 2017
Pay Rate: We pay (via PayPal) $100 for each original story.
We buy first exclusive English-language rights for three years.
For more details, visit the website

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Writers’ Retreat in Birmingham

“A writers’ retreat provides a day of uninterrupted writing in a supportive and friendly environment fueled by coffee, tea, biscuits and a lovely lunch.

It’s basically time and space to write  – to kick start a stalling project or get ahead on one that is motoring along steadily but could do with a boost.”

Karen will be running the retreats for a company called Writers’ HQ and writers can sign up to find out more about the Birmingham Writers’ Retreats here:


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Indy Publishing Workshop

The Book Reality Experience in cooperation with FCM Publishing, Publisher’s Weekly’s Booklife, Draft2Digital and Ingram Spark are running a one day, hands-on practical guide to independent publishing in central Birmingham on the 23rd August.

The whole day, including lunch, access to a myriad of on-line training resources and a comprehensive reference guide is available for only £99.00.

They are willing to offer a 15% discount to members of Birmingham Writers Group – contact Heide for the code if you would like it.

Further details of the event can be found here:


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Reading and Being Read: Birmingham

The Contemporary Small Press is holding this event at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham on Tuesday 27th June, 6-9pm

The event will bring together local readers, writers and small press publishers to discuss the opportunities and challenges related to small press publishing.  Speakers will include Emma Wright, editor at The Emma Press, Alan Mahar – former publishing director with the former Tindal Street Press, and writers published by both presses who will be reading from their work.

Reading and Being Read: Birmingham builds on previous events in London and Manchester, and will be a good opportunity for your writers to network with local publishers, writers and readers.

More information can be found on the Reading and Being Read website and tickets can be booked via Eventbrite
Reading and Being Read events are supported using public funding from the Arts Council England

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Bearwood Slamathon

Bearwood Action for Refugees are celebrating UK Refugee Week 2017 in style and inviting the whole community to join them.

On Sunday 25 June, in partnership with Agora Poetry, they are hosting a mammoth poetry slam, SLAMATHON, at Thimblemill Library in Bearwood, 2-7pm.

It will be fun-packed for all ages with storytelling, comedy, poetry workshops, crafts and plenty to eat with a bring and share buffet.

The event will be in aid of Aegean Solidarity Network and every penny raised will help support refugees in transit.

The application form for those wishing to enter the competition is here

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Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2017

The Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2017 is now open

Submit in one of three categories: PoetryFiction and Life Writing (the competition is open to anyone who has not published a complete book in the category entered).

Simply fill in the entry form and send it with your entry and fee of UK Sterling £6.00 if entering one category, £10.00 for two and £15.00 for three categories.

The closing date is 5pm GMT on 14 July 2017.

Please click here to download an entry form, or email Only entries with an accompanying entry form will be accepted.

£300 will be awarded to the winner of each category and the work will be published in Wasafiri.

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Stepping into Self-publishing Workshops

Bardstown Writers have two forthcoming workshops on self-publishing:

Workshop 1- Stepping into Self-publishing: getting your book to Market

Where and when: Friday 12 May (pm) at the Methodist Church Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon.
Who it’s for: those with a completed manuscript (fiction or non-fiction) they want to publish, who would like guidance and information on self-publishing
In this three-hour workshop you will:
• identify the benefits/challenges of self-publishing vs traditional publishing
• learn the steps of the self-publishing process
• acquire knowledge of key resources for the self-publishing author
• gain an understanding of where to go next with your project
Includes a Q&A session with independent author and crime writer JJ Franklin.
By the end of the workshop you will: feel confident about taking the next self-publishing step for your work.
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Workshop 2: Stepping into Self-publishing: marketing your book

Where and when: Saturday 20 May (pm) at Stratford-upon-Avon ArtsHouse.
Who it’s for: those with a completed manuscript (fiction or non-fiction) ready for publication who want guidance on marketing and promoting their book.
In this three-hour workshop you will:
• identify the challenges of making your book visible in a crowded industry
• learn how to use social media to build your platform and promote your work
• gain knowledge of other promotional tools and techniques
• develop a personal marketing plan for your work
By the end of the workshop you will: be ready to use a variety of promotional tools and techniques to market your work.
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More about the workshops
• Stepping into Self-publishing is in two sessions, which can be booked separately. Those booking both qualify for a 10% discount
• Members of writing groups, creative writing students and those over 60 also qualify for a 10% discount

Previous Comments on the Workshops and Tutor

‘Very motivational and instructional.’ Karen Pettigrew.
‘I found it useful to be able to focus on achievable steps in order to reach the final goal.’ Dianne Lee.
‘It was useful to have the opportunity to clarify my plan. It’s all so doable.’ Robert C Day.
‘Very useful professional focus treating writing seriously.’ Workshop participant.
‘I certainly got value for money. Ellie helped me see my manuscript in a new light with her inspired suggestion for a revised starting point, as a result of which I reduced my word count and tackled a number of other issues. I wish I had done it sooner!’ T. Kemp.

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