New titles and open calls

We’ve just started looking at the submissions for our anthologies and have decided on titles, for books which were just anthology shaped holes in the schedule – which somehow makes them feel so much more real!

You can now look forward to:

What Meets the Eye? The Deaf Perspective (September 2021) edited by Lisa Kelly and Sophie Stone
and
Where We Find Ourselves (October 2021) edited by Laila Sumpton and Sandra A Agard
and (without looking at submissions, as the call is still open)
Words From the Brink: Stories and Poems from Solstice Shorts Festival 2021 (December 2021)

Now we can think about cover design.

I’ve just noticed how many of our titles start with W!

Daylight Savings

This video is from a few years back now, for Dusk, the Solstice Shorts Festival. It’s about the Autumn daylight saving rather than the spring one, but we are publishing a whole book of stories by it’s author, David Hartley, in May. Incorcisms is filled with dark fantasy like this, and I’m sure plenty of us would like to turn back time this year, or possibly forward, a lot faster, so it seems like an excellent time to share it again.

Incorcisms

you can preorder Incorcisms now from our Webshop.

Solstice Shorts Festival 2021 call for submissions

It’s that time of year again, the Spring equinox, (technically last week, but this got stuck in drafts!) when writers start to creep from their burrows and look hopefully for signs of regrowth and renewal; and we start the process of chosing material for Solstice Shorts.

But what if…

What if there are no signs of regrowth?

What if there are no signs of renewal?

What if we have pushed nature too far?

So our theme is time is running out, but our title is Words from the Brink.

We would like you to address the climate crisis before it becomes a climate catastrophe.

We like a time concept, because that’s the overarching theme of Solstice Shorts, but it needs to address the sense of anxiety about, and responsibility for, climate change.

Poetry and Short Fiction: Maximum 2000 words, your own work, in English, not previously published.

Songs: maximum 5 minutes, traditional or your own work, (ie NOT someone else’s copyright) in any language but please provide a translation if not in English, and you need to be available to perform* it yourself, or teach it to someone who can.

Deadline 21st June 2021 23:59 (Summer Solstice)

By the way, we want to see actual stories and poems, not thinly-disguised polemic please; and, equally, there has to be more to it than a description of nature. Are we demanding? Yes, we are!

Submit via Submittable

The Solstice Shorts Festival is recorded for posterity, and all chosen material is included in the anthology, which will be published in time for the festival. We pay royalties. Sometimes, depending on funding, we pay a performance licence for use of your work at the event as well.

*We usually hire actors to read the stories and poems so that there is no limit on where people can submit from, usually we expect songsmiths to sing their own work, but things being as they are, we are open to suggestions.

We don’t yet know where exactly the festival will be held this year, whether on the ground or online, so it’s still a bit fluid. If on the ground, we’ll definitely be somewhere in Greenwich, London – possibly elsewhere as well. We will keep you posted!

 

 

Solstice Shorts 2020 Tymes Goe by Turnes Part Four

The final section of the festival, in pre-recorded video. The live versions will be available later in the week.

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Solstice Shorts 2020 Tymes Goe by Turnes Part Three

The third section of the festival, in pre-recorded video. The live versions will be available later in the week.

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Solstice Shorts 2020 Tymes Goe by Turnes Part Two

The second section of the festival, in pre-recorded video. The live versions will be available later in the week.

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Solstice Shorts 2020 Tymes Goe by Turnes Part One

The Lopped Tree In Time will Grow Again

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The first hour of the festival, in pre-recorded video.

Solstice Cake

As the news turns even bleaker this evening, a little bit of frivolity dor the not very festive season: A video about cake.

You are welcome.

You are also welcome to come to the festival, Monday 21st December, 8pm GMT.

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Neil Lawrence: Return

Author Neil Lawrence introduces his story Return written especially for Solstice Shorts Festival, Tymes goe by Turnes. The festival is online this year, 21st December 2020 8pm BST Tickets are on sale now (donation: suggestion £5) on eventbrite

you can pre-order the book direct from our webshop and get a free ticket, or ticket holders paying at least £5, get the book half price if ordered by 8am the morning after the festival.

A week to publication!

Tymes goes by Turnes is published in exactly a week.

If you pre-order up until Midnight on Wednesday, you can get a free ticket to the book launch/ Solstice Shorts Festival on Monday 21st December 2020 8pm GMT on Zoom, and experience every poem and story read by actors or the authors, plus songs written especially for the occasion, and a reasonable chance your book will arrive in time for christmas.