call out for stories and poems for Peace anthology

Call out for stories and poems for an anthology celebrating the centenary of the end of WWI. Publication planned for Nov 2018.

Provisional Title An Outbreak of Peace.

Two free copies of the anthology, and royalties @ 8% divided between all the contributors. e-book royalties @25% of net divided between all contributors.

Open to everyone – unpublished and in English please.
Stories: around 2000 words but anything between 1000 and 2500 accepted.
Poems up to 1000 words.

How you respond to this theme is up to you, and it doesn’t need to be specific to WWI, but we find nothing to celebrate in war, and want a good balance for the book between appropriate commemoration of the dead, relief that it’s over and hope for the future.

Submit via Submittable only, please

Closing date 31st March 2018

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Dusk Important update for writers (and others)

Ok! Writers! Pay attention! (Not a writer? Scoot down to the end, there’s info for you there!)

We are widening the call out for Solstice Shorts Dusk. You can now offer us previously published work (for performance only). This means we won’t consider previously published work for the book, but will consider it for performance at one of the following places on 21st December as it gets dark:

Ellon (nr Aberdeen)
Inverness
Carlisle
Lancaster
Rossendale
Holyhead (Anglesey)
Birmingham
Nottingham
Greenwich
Bristol
Warkleigh (near Barnstaple)
Redruth

SUBMIT HERE deadline 5th November but you’d make us deliriously happy if you sent something SOONER.

Musicians we are after songs for the peformances too, same submission link

Everyone else!! If you think this is a lovely idea and want to get behind it, PLEASE go to our crowd fund (TODAY, it expires tomorrow!) we have lot of lovely items, hand-crafted and otherwise on offer, and you’ve missed your chance at the cake already! We still have quite a way to go!

 

CALL OUT Stories Poems and Songs for Solstice Shorts 2017 DUSK

This year’s Solstice Shorts Festival (21st December) is running at (Astronomical) DUSK once the sun has gone down but there’s still some light, until it’s good and gone.  On 21st December Dusk starts in the UK in the far NE (Shetland) at 16:53 and finishes in the far South West (Cornwall) at 18:21, taking between 40 and 50 minutes depending where you are. We want the performances to match this exactly, and to have a live link up (Facebook, Youtube…I’m going on a course!) – so that Cornwall wouldn’t start reading until Shetland had almost finished (supposing we can get someone in Shetland interested) and all the other performances will overlap, so that somewhere in the ether we are all reading/singing together, like a murmuration of starlings… with (probably) one or two each of songs, stories and poems at each venue.
So that’s between 20 and 26 stories/poems/songs in total to be chosen.

We now have several sites confirmed, and we will be celebrating the end of the shortest day of the year in:
ELLON (near ABERDEEN), INVERNESS, CARLISLE, LANCASTER, ROSSENDALE, ANGLESEY, BIRMINGHAM, NOTTINGHAM, GREENWICH
almost definitely BARNSTAPLE, REDRUTH
possibly STOKE, HARTLEPOOL,
We are talking to people in BRISTOL, and still looking for someone in SHETLAND or ORKNEY and it would be great if someone in EAST ANGLIA would offer. Much more information at https://arachnepress.com/solstice-shorts/dusk-solstice-shorts-2017/
All of this is subject to our getting our funding application approved. We are crowd funding now (closes 2nd October), and have just had a very positive meeting with the Arts Council and have started the funding applicationfor that immediately (this will take at least 8 weeks for a decision to come through).


Story & Poetry
Submissions will be long-listed anonymously by up to 5 of the organisers, and then shortlisted using where people are geographically, to help balance the material across sites. SO DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON YOUR ACTUAL STORY/POEM/SONG, only on the form/ cover letter. If your name is visible we will not consider your work.

WRITERS AND MUSICIANS The CALL OUT– DEADLINE 5/11/17 UK ONLY

Please Note – We would be VERY grateful if you could submit early – we need some confirmed writers to be able to fill in the arts council application WELL, and as we are now planning to try to get the anthology out in a pre-publication version for the event, we will have to move at the speed of light, and that means we will longlist as things come in.

Submissions from writers and musicians of short pieces on the theme of DUSK. You can interpret that how you like, but if we don’t recognise a connection your work won’t be chosen.- Plus a covering letter, saying who you are, what you’ve written/had published/performed/ recorded before,  and MOST importantly, where you are.
This will be a UK only call out this time because of the structure of what we have planned.
For absolute clarity, these are works suitable for performance, story, poem or song, and please no death or dementia stories we’ve read SO many of those (and been offended by inaccuracy in the dementia ones) that no matter how wonderful, it’s a case of ‘not another one!’
Songs: Traditional or original please! (We aren’t interested in covers of work still in copyright)  And… Relevant to Dusk.
Between 3 and 5 minutes for preference, absolute maximum 10 minutes.
We would prefer the musicians among you to be able to perform at your most local venue yourselves (wherever that ultimately is).
Musicians: we aren’t a recording company so we can’t offer anything on those lines, but if anyone knows someone who can, put us in touch. We will publish original lyrics alongside the poems and stories, and we have a cunning plan for audio books which if it comes off will need some occasional music so there may be future opportunities.

Stories: No more than 1500 words please, we are tight for time. No minimum.
Poems: We like a narrative, but hate the rhythms that often go with them. (Haiwatha- aargh!) Surprise us. You can go long with this, but don’t exceed 1000 words. No minimum.
Successful stories & poems will be performed by actors, and will go forward to next year’s Dusk anthology (provisional publication date 21st June, for the Summer Solstice), for which 2 copies of the book plus royalties will be paid. (option to take royalty in books, with this many contributors it will be a very small royalty unless the book really takes off.)

All Entries in English (or BSL for a story/poem) or Welsh/Gaelic/Kernewek (with a translation as well please) and your own unaided original and UNPUBLISHED work.

FORMATS
Word/ PDF
We welcome stories/ poems from Deaf writers. If you want to submit in BSL you can send us a video. AVI, MP4, WMA, MOV.
Musicians and blind writers. You can submit using audio files. MP3 or WAV.


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Get Writing! The Story Sessions Needs YOU!

The deadline for submissions to The Story Sessions  Winter Session (in winter, theme  Winter!) fast approaches. Send us your stories (2000 words or LESS) with a winter theme by 4th January – via SUBMITTABLE please. People who can read their work at the event on Wednesday 18th January at The Brockley Deli will be given priority, but we do have our resident actor, Annalie Wilson if we get something we can’t resist by someone who can’t make it. Poems also acceptable, but we prefer stories, given the name.

julian in ruff

Need inspiration? There’s an event coming up that could help.

The Solstice Shorts Festival Write Through the Night event in Greenwich on 21st December 10pm – midnight… write in darkness… or as dark as it gets in London.

last minute type? If you miss the deadline you can still come along on the night and pen 100 words (no more!) on theme on the bus on the way there, or in the interval for the Flash from the Floor session.

 

new shiny things coming soon to Arachne Press

NEW lottery_Logo_White RGBI can’t believe I forgot to put anything up on the website! I did a newsletter, put up the individual book pages, then got on with the work that results from good news! Anyway…

Trumpet Fanfare….!

After what turned out to be months of form-filling we have secured Arts Council Funding for this year’s Solstice Shorts Festival, and the next four books, including taking them on tour, and for four sessions of The Story Sessions (more later!).
We do have to raise some money ourselves – brace yourselves for more Crowd Funds – you can also help by becoming a FRIEND of Arachne.

The books we will be publishing:

Cotton Augustus II.106November: Liberty Tales

An anthology of stories and poems inspired by Magna Carta. Yes, we know, last year – but our Human Rights Act is once again being eyed for demolition, so when is freedom out of season?

 

Tour dates
Wednesday 7pm 16/11/2016 Brockley Deli The Story Sessions
Thursday 7.30 17/11/2016 Greenwich Launch West Greenwich Library
Friday 7.30 18/11/2016 Oxford Albion Beatnik
Wednesday 7pm 23/11/2016 Lewisham Library
Thursday 7pm 24/11/2016 Essex Greenstead Library Colchester
Thursday 7pm 01/12/2016 North London Housmans Bookshop

 

9781909208292December: Shortest Day, Longest Night

An anthology of stories and poems from the Solstice Shorts Festival for last year and this. (Writers – including Deaf writers – & Musicians the call out is open until 31st August)

 

Tour Dates:

Wednesday 5.30 & 7pm 21/12/2016 Greenwich Launch (Solstice Shorts Festival) West Greenwich Library & Made in Greenwich
Friday 7.30 06/01/2017 Oxford Albion Beatnik
Wednesday 7pm 11/01/2017 Lewisham Library
Sat 3pm 14/01/2017 Essex Wivenhoe library
Wednesday 7pm 18/01/2017 Brockley Deli story sessions

 

with paper for feet holding cover copy

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February: With Paper for Feet by Jennifer A McGowan

A collection of themed narrative poems exploring folk tales from several continents, Shakespeare and Troy.

 

 

 

Tour Dates:

Thursday 7pm 23/02/2017 London Launch Keats House Library
Friday 7.30 03/03/2017 Oxford Albion Beatnik
Wednesday 7pm 08/03/2017 Lewisham Library
Wednesday 7pm 15/03/2017 Brockley story sessions
Thursday 7.30 16/03/2017 Greenwich West Greenwich Library
Thursday 7.30 30/03/2017 Bradford on Avon Words and Ears
Sunday 8pm 30/4/17 Cheltenham Buzzwords

Happy Ending Not Guaranteed holding cover

Happy Ending Not Guaranteed holding cover

April: Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed by Liam Hogan

Witty, dark, deliciously twisted, fantasy shorts.

 

Tour dates:
Thursday 7pm 06/04/2017 London launch The Old Church, Stoke Newington
Wednesday 7pm 12/04/2017 Essex Basildon Library
Tuesday 7pm 25/04/2017 Lewisham Library
Wednesday 7.30 26/04/2017 Hoxton Burley Fisher bookshop
Friday 7.30 28/04/2017 Oxford Albion Beatnik
Thursday 8pm 04/05/2017 Greenwich West Greenwich Library
Wednesday 7pm 17/05/2017 Brockley story sessions
Weekend starting 02/06/2017 Stoke Newington Literary Festival – details won’t be confirmed until mid-October

We are also in discussion with Wandsworth and Kensington & Chelsea libraries for more dates for all of the books. Run a bookshop/library/ lit fest? Want us to come and read? Ask!

 

 

 

Call out for Deaf writers

This call out is specifically for WRITING FROM DEAF AUTHORS.see our other call out if you aren’t deaf.
This year’s Solstice Shorts Festival (21st December) once again falls on a weekday, so we are taking that SHORT thing and making it really curt and to the point. and our Subject is SHORTEST DAY.

For absolute clarity, as we have had several submissions for the first stage of this call out which are off theme, your work should in some way address SHORTEST DAY, be that midwinter specifically or some other way in which a day is shortened. Interpret how you will, but if we can’t recognise a link to Shortest Day, your  work won’t get chosen.

FLASH fiction and poetry up to an absolute MAXimum of 1000 words, and we like shorter for preference, so make every word count.

Deadline 23:59 31st August 2016

Successful stories & poems will join Longest Night stories and poems in an anthology to be published in time for the festival, and of course be performed at the festival.

Entries in English or BRITISH Sign Language and your own unaided original and UNPUBLISHED work.
Writers can come from anywhere in the world, as we will have actors/signers perform your work.

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If you want to submit in BSL (and it does need to be BRITISH sign language, sorry, we aren’t able to interpret other sign languages) you can send us a video: AVI, MP4, WMA, MOV.

Shortest Day call out for flash fiction & poetry part 2

This call out is for SHORT/FLASH fiction and poetry of no more than 1000 words.
In English, unpublished.
Deadline 23:59, 31 August 2016

The theme is Shortest Day.

Please stick to it, but do not use this as your title! How you choose to interpret shortest day is entirely up to you.
This is the second part of an earlier call out, and this part is to RESPOND to music for which you will be sent a link – (the reason the link is not here is to respect the copyright of the musicians and composers, only people actively seeking to respond to the call out will have access to it.) Contact us to ask for the link
Successful pieces will be performed at the 3rd Solstice Shorts Festival on 21st December 2016 in Greenwich, London. Please tell us which piece of music inspired you, so that we can curate the music and story/poem alongside, or even together.
Successful stories and poems will also be published in an anthology, alongside pieces from last year’s Longest Night event. We pay royalties for publication. (Shared between all contributors, so it will be tiny, but still!)
We already have quite a lot of poetry, so would be particularly interested in stories, but quality is foremost.
When you are ready, submit here.

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Have fun.

Solstice(s) and Shakespeare – reminders

WRITERS AND MUSICIANS: you have until 23:59 tomorrow to submit your story, poem or music on the theme of Shortest Night, for This year’s Solstice Shorts Festival to be held on 21st December 2016.

EVERYBODY especially Shakespeare enthusiasts: Tomorrow is our free Midsummer Night in the Garden event. It looks like the weather will be fine so book you place via the library on  0208 314 7794 bring a picnic blanket and some insect repellant! We will be selling books, strawberries and cake, and there will be alcohol available for a donation.

Because it’s a leap year the Solstice is actually today. looking at the torrential rain I’m glad we went with the day people think is Midsummer even though it isn’t. quite.

If you want to get in a Shakespeare and Solstice mood tonight, as the actual longest day, come along to The Food of Love – a celebration of Shakespeare and Music, from Hexachordia, at the Church of St Edmund the King, Lombard Street, EC3V 9EA at 6pm.

midsummer banner in situ

Shortest Day Call Out for stories poems and songs/music

This Call Out is NOW CLOSED

This year’s Solstice Shorts Festival (21st December) once again falls on a weekday, so we are taking that SHORT thing and making it really curt and to the point. and our Subject is SHORTEST DAY.
FLASH fiction and poetry up to an absolute Maximum of 1000 words, and we like shorter for preference, so make every word count. We will only have a couple of hours so your story/poem needs to be short, sweet and absolutely sparkle.
We are going a bit experimental this year, so we are also looking for MUSIC, original and without words, or traditional with words that fits the theme; and what we are going to do is invite people to respond to each other – so writers to musicians and vice versa, so the call out will be in two parts. (Are you still with me?)
THIS first call out ends on Midsummer’s day 21st June. We will pick some work at that point, and then we will invite you to submit again, based on your inspirations from each other, with a deadline of 21st September. Don’t worry about the second bit yet, just letting you know you get a second go.
Final chosen stories and poems will in addition to being performed at the festival, join last year’s magnificent Longest Night stories and poems in an anthology to be published in time for the festival; Shortest Day, Longest Night
Story and Poem entries: in English and your own unaided original and UNPUBLISHED work.
Writers can come from anywhere in the world, as we will have actors perform your work.
Songs can be any language, but we would prefer the musicians among you to be able to perform at the Festival in London yourselves.
ADDITIONAL heads up! We welcome stories/ poems from Deaf writers. If you want to submit in BSL (and it does need to be BRITISH sign language, Sorry) you can send us a video. AVI, MP4, WMA, MOV.
We also welcome entries from blind writers. You can submit using audio files, MP3 or WAV.

This Call Out is NOW CLOSED

Liberty Tales Deadline Reminder

Writers!! In all the excitement about Solstice Shorts 2015: Longest Night, you might have forgotten to send us a story or poem for our Liberty Tales call out. Deadline 21st December 2015 23:59. celebrating Magna Carta with stories and poems on the theme of Liberty.