Sponsor Solstice Shorts Festival 2017: Dusk

Now into its 4th year, Solstice Shorts Festival champions new writing, bringing short stories and poems read live by actors together with live music, to celebrate the Winter Solstice – the shortest day of the year, and Short Story Day.
Solstice Shorts is run by Arachne Press.
Because of that link to the shortest day, the theme of the event has always been time, and this year we are branching out from our Greenwich base (on the Prime Meridian) to hold Dusk events on twelve sites across the UK.

Scotland: Ellon (near Aberdeen), Inverness
North West: Carlisle, Lancaster, Rossendale
Midlands and Wales: Birmingham, Nottingham, Holyhead
South East: Greenwich
South West: Kelston (near Bristol), Warkleigh (near Barnstaple), Redruth
Venues vary from libraries and bookshops through arts centres and museums to cafes and pubs.

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The live events will be entry by donation, and held exactly as astronomical Dusk occurs, starting in Ellon, 17:07 to 17:54, and finishing in Redruth 17:40 to 18:20. Each site will live stream video of their event creating a murmuration of voices on the internet. These videos will subsequently be edited and made available indefinitely. All the (unpublished) stories, poems and lyrics will be published in a print anthology initially available for sale only to attendees and through Arachne Press’ website, but from June 2018 through normal book retailers and as an e-book.

 

How Solstice Shorts can help you

Association with an imaginative and far-reaching community event.
Promote your organisation to 12+ communities in the run up to Christmas.
Appear on 6000 fliers 1000 programmes 300 books 60 posters 12 banners
Reach more than 60,000 people through social media, our email campaigns and video links.
Build brand recognition with a diverse collection of people across the UK.

We offer a range of sponsorship and advertising packages. All advertisers and sponsors receive coverage on our website, e-bulletins, Facebook and Twitter pages. Please read on for details and then Contact us to discuss the best ways to show your business’ support for this year’s Solstice Shorts Festival.

Our Partners:

 

plus Carlisle Patchwork Opera, and Unbroken Cocoon

Literary sponsor £1,500
An opportunity for you to promote your company as a major sponsor of Solstice Shorts Festival and to be listed on all festival editorial as supporting the writers

Full-page advert in Solstice Shorts programme
Solstice Shorts Festival announced as
‘supported by your company’
Logo on all banners, event posters and fliers
Logo on the cover of the anthology and credit inside and in the ebook.
Logo Solstice Shorts 2017 page and Dusk Book Page on Arachne Press website
Credit on all (edited) video links

Major Festival Sponsor £1,000
An opportunity for you to promote your company as a major sponsor of Solstice Shorts Festival and to be listed on all festival editorial

Full-page advert in Solstice Shorts programme
Solstice Shorts Festival announced as
‘supported by your company’

Logo on all banners, event posters and fliers
Logo Solstice Shorts 2017 page on Arachne Press website
Credit on all (edited) video links

Regional Festival Sponsor £500
Half-page advert in Solstice Shorts programme
Logo on banners, event posters and fliers in your region
Logo Solstice Shorts 2017 page on Arachne Press website

Local Festival Sponsor £250
Quarter-page advert in Solstice Shorts programme
Logo on Solstice Shorts banners, event posters & fliers for a single site of your choice
Logo Solstice Shorts 2017 page on Arachne Press website

Our Venues:

Plus Better Read Books, Ellon; The Goose, Birmingham

Programme Advert Specs

Full Page Advert (bleed/non-bleed)
154x216mm/130x195mm

Half Page Advert (horizontal/vertical)
130x95mm/60x195mm

Quarter Page Advert (vertical) 60x95mm

Please supply a high-resolution PDF image containing the completed artwork for your advert.

Booking deadline 10th November 2017
Artwork & copy deadline: 21st November 2017

Contact us

Just want to advertise in the programme?
Full Page Advert £450
Half Page Advert (horizontal/vertical) £250
Quarter Page Advert (vertical) £140

Contact us

 

Dusk – creeping forward – with your help?

Hurrah! The Arts Council Funding Application is IN. I can get out of the house occasionally now, while we wait 6 weeks to see if they love our ideas as much as we do.

In the meantime, there are things you can do to help get the festival up and running, and some of them are just clicking  a button or two, and some of them are actively fun!

In the course of exploring YouTube live streaming I find that we can only live stream from mobiles using their app if we have 100 subscriptions to our channel. I think we have about 12 at the moment. So can I ask as many people as possible to head over to YouTube and subscribe! We have two channels, please subscribe to both, as I am not sure yet whether we will need them both in order to manage the multi event extravaganza that is DUSK…  You are in any case, running the risk of missing out on videos from events you can’t get to if you don’t.

(here’s an example)

If anyone works for the sort of company that sponsors events, can you have a think about whether they would like to be judiciously plugged in 12 sites across the UK and on-line all at the same time just before christmas? Especially if there is any tenuous or even concrete connection to time, dusk, or the solstice. And if you think they would, get in touch with details of the right person to approach. Seeking sponsorship is completely out of my comfort zone, so any support on this gratefully received.

If you are a WRITER OR A MUSICIAN and you haven’t submitted yet get a move on!

If you know a writer or musician who hasn’t submitted yet give them a nudge! Please share the link far and wide! https://arachnepress.submittable.com/submit

If you are a SINGER book to come on Val Regan’s singing workshop on 25th November – profits go towards Solstice Shorts.

The deadline is 5th November but we would appreciate it if you submitted sooner rather than later – we are long-listing as work comes in, and if your work is borderline and it gets in early we are actively offering editing advice to push it over the brink into a yes. If you leave it until the day of the deadline, we won’t be able to do that.

You can still support our crowd fund – we hit our target of £1000 but with the costs it will be considerably less than that and it will cost us every penny we can get to make this work. We have some gorgeous rewards put up by our generous authors, I can’t imagine why no one has snapped up that weekend in the highlands for example.

A weekend in Scotland!!!

Please share the Crowd fund far and wide!