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Monday 17 November 2014

Short Story Week: Competitions and opportunities

If you're a lover of short stories, either a reader or writer or both, then LitPig salutes you! Today marks the start of National Short Story WeeK - hear all about it from the horse's mouth or follow the week on Twitter @shortstoryweek. If you regularly write short stories then here are a selection of the best websites/blogs/Twitter feeds to follow. All of them are lovers of short fiction and many regularly list details of competitions, submission windows and other opportunities.

Thresholds – home of the international short story forum (run by University of Chichester)
Competitions and Submissions deadlines / Events / Articles

Nudge nudge - they have a great article available to read online talking about ghostly short stories, read 'Possession, Obsession and Unfriendly Ghosts' by Tracy Fells.

Competitions and outlets/opportunities and interviews on his blog. Paul is a terrific supporter of the short story and writers. He's also involved in WordFactory, organiser of London Short Story Festival and is a jolly nice guy.

Setup and run by Tania Hershman (@taniahersman). Promotes short story opportunities and openings. Sign up for the e-newsletter.

Monthly short story salon (Waterstones Piccadilly, usually last Saturday of the month) and masterclasses. Also a short story club meets to discuss a single story before each monthly salon.

The following bloggers all regularly post about FREE short story competitions:
Patsy Collins @PatsyCollins
Helen Yendall @HelenYendall

Sally Jenkins often shares competition news and her guides to self-publishing on Kindle (Kindle Direct Publishing for Absolute Beginners) comes highly recommended by Wendy Clarke (@WendyClarke99). Wendy recently guested here to talk about her new short story collection 'Room in Your Heart', read the post here.

If you use other websites/blogs/twitter feeds which share opportunities for Short Stories then please let me know!

 LitPig is always rooting about in short story collections, he'll share some recent favourites later in the week...


  1. National Short Story week is the perfect way to introduce readers to this small, but perfectly formed, type of writing.

    1. Small and perfectly formed? You must be talking about LitPig, Wendy. Enjoy NSSW :)

  2. Thanks for the shout-out, Tracy! And what a treasure trove of links you've provided. I'm tempted to jump in and investigate them all right now ...

    1. You're welcome, Sally. I've heard only good things about your guide. Enjoy rooting through the links :)

  3. Thanks for mentioning my blog, Tracy - and for introducing me to some I didn't know about.

    1. Always glad to help, Patsy, & I like how you only promote FREE competitions - we need plenty more of those!