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.
Here’s a podcast of Cherry talking about Liberty Tales on Glenn Lawrence’s show on Croydon Radio yesterday. It’s at 1:38:50ish after a section of War of the Worlds – what you can’t hear is me teasing Glenn about the fact he played this the last time I was there…
Hope to see you at West Greenwich Library at 7pm on Thursday!
7pm 18th June 2015
West Greenwich Library, Greenwich High Road, SE10 8NN
When we first had the idea for Liberty Tales, (chance meeting at Canada Water Station, it’s a long story) we thought we would be celebrating 800 years of Magna Carta, with, perhaps some historical fiction, and some rousing songs
Well, no, not exactly.
That’s the fun of an open call, you get what you get; and what we got in response to the call out for stories about Liberty, was mostly about living outside the system, and self-expression and choice; and the songs have turned out to be about making things work by not judging others, and working together to get the bright fair future, although they fit surprisingly well with the stories – you’d almost think we planned it!
So we’ve called in some favours to vary the flavour, and now have a rather bleak piece of fantasy, and a story about very much being IN the system…
Our line up of stories are from:
Liam Hogan The King’s Computer
Carolyn Eden (aka Carrie Cohen, when she reads for us) Promotional Samples of London Town
Jim Cogan Lag
Helen Morris Poppies (read by Carrie Cohen)
Nick Rawlinson Into the Blue (read by Stuart Crossman)
Sarah Evans Bothered (read by Carrie Cohen)
Owen Townend Stopped by a Busker (read by Stuart Crossman)
Thanks to our friends at Better Libraries for hosting us!
However we didn’t get a vast number of stories so we shelved the idea of an anthology. But it’s still a good idea, so we’ve reopened the call out
The CALL OUT:
Stories or poems, which can either be to the general theme of Liberty, or can address a specific clause of the Magna Carta. Find out what they are here. There are plenty of weird ones to play with as well as the more obvious.
- We do NOT want stories about the opposites of Liberty, it’s a celebration, so no matter how tempted you are by dwelling on the iniquity of false imprisonment, restrain yourself. Light & Shade, you know?
- Story Length: 800-2000 words.
- any fiction genre (except erotica or horror. We don’t publish it and don’t want to read it), although we’d enjoy some convincing historical stuff.
- Yes, it can be a poem. (hello Kate).
- No, it can’t be an essay, memoir or other non-fiction.
- Your own original work, UNPUBLISHED* and in English please. Submissions welcome from anywhere in the world.
*If it has been performed that may be ok, also if it is out of print, so long as you retain the rights.
Deadline 21st December 2015.
Entry via our Submittable Account Sharpen you quills.