Here’s Marika Josef reading her poem, Still No Name from last year’s Solstice Shorts Anthology, Noon. As you can see, there is a book, and there are events, nearly six months after the festival. It’s not just about the shortest day of the year.
If you haven’t already sent us something there are only days left to submit… 21st June 23:59 BST.
MAX 2000 words, and make sure it’s to theme. (Time and Tide – historical, set by the sea, strong female characters)
Shuffle over to Submittable to get all the gen. You too might be reading in a brewery come this time next year.
Time and Tide wait for no man, and no woman, neither. Summer Solstice approaches and with it the deadline for submissions to this year’s festival and anthology.
That’s the 21st June, people. One minute to midnight.
We are looking for an historical slant on life on, or by, the sea. and don’t forget that Time and Tide was the name of the Suffragette magazine, so we want to be overwhelmed by how cleverly you weave that in to your work. submit here
2000 words max no minimum. stories and poems.
Songs (original to the performer or traditional only) and poem films (film poems?) max five mins.
We want unusual voices, and we about diversity, so tell all your friends to get writing too, we need a lot of material, so don’t keep it to yourselves. submit here
We have sites in England, Scotland, Wales and Portugal. I know. Overseas. If you are a musician you need to be near one of the sites, everyone else, anywhere in the world.
To get you in the mood, here’s a video of a poem from last year’s Noon, being read last week at this year’s Brockley Max festival.
Laila Sumpton reads her poem, Mad Dogs and Englishmen at the Brockley Brewery
Solstice Shorts Festival 2019
Now in its 6th Year, Solstice Shorts Festival is once again being held on 21st December – and this year it’s a weekend, so we’ll be looking to fill an entire day (or at least noon to dusk) with short stories, poems and song.
It’s always about time – in the past we’ve done, Longest Night, Shortest Day, Dusk, Noon and just ‘Time’; but this year we are looking back, and picking up on a suggestion from the feedback from the very first festival.
This year our theme is
TIME and TIDE
We are looking for organisers and venues in port cities and towns – either on coasts or on tidal rivers. We already have organisers in London, Holyhead, Glasgow, Maryport, Hastings and Aberdeen and in a dart into the international market, Lisbon, Portugal – let’s see how far we can take the festival this year. [Don’t be shy – it doesn’t need to be a huge complicated thing – if the idea excites you, get in touch and we’ll talk you through it. Nor do you have to keep going all day!]
We are looking for stories poems (including poem films/ film poems) and songs of making a living on or beside the water, and making new lives over the water so a particular interest in immigration, emigration, diaspora. We would like everything to have an historical slant (though that can be fairly recent history). There is a risk that this could develop a decidedly male voice so we would also like to pick up on the use of Time and Tide [wait for no man] as the title of the Suffragette magazine in the UK, and want to see lots of strong female characters and voices. We also want to see lots of strong BAME characters and voices, so spread the word to your female and BAME writing friends.
Your story/poem/song will be performed live by an actor (or you) at the festival – possibly on multiple sites. We try to live stream to Facebook (technology permitting). Subsequent publication in the anthology with royalties paid (this may include the lyrics of songs if appropriate.)
Maximum 2000 words regardless of fiction/poetry. Songs / films maximum 5 mins
Closing date 21st June 2019
Songs can be traditional or original, and in any language, provided you send us an English translation so we can tell if it’s appropriate, and need to be performed by their proposer/writer (unless you have someone who can do it for you), so songwriters/musicians need to be able to attend one of the venues.
Story/Poem writers can be from anywhere but your story must be in English or BSL.
We will only accept non-English works if they are linked to a confirmed venue, so hold fire on those until we’ve tied up that side of things, and they must be accompanied by an English translation. Deaf writers can submit a video, blind writers can submit audio files.
No horror/erotica/gratuitous or sexual violence. We mean it, don’t send it.
21ST JUNE 2019
This year’s Solstice Shorts Festival (21st December 2018) will again be a multi-site affair, and again will last only 45 minutes. But this time will happen at exactly the same time – Noon.
At the moment we are looking at events in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Carlisle, Ynys Mon (Anglesey), and London.
We are looking for SHORT stories no more than 1000 words, shorter is better, (think flash not vignette – something needs to happen!) and poems, also short – up to 40 lines, in English, Welsh or Scots/Gaelic (with a translation please!) On the Theme of Noon – deadlines, midday meals, heat and light – whatever it means to you (We are strict though- afternoon is not noon!) These works are for performance. Other sites may be added.
We are starting this process with no funding, but hope we may have some in time to allow us to pay actors to perform, but if not, we’ll need you to be able to get to one of these sites to read.
Celebrate the shortest day of the year by sending us a story or poem on the theme of NOON.
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 7TH OCTOBER!
A pamphlet (or a very slender book!) of the stories and poems chosen for performance will be produced. Royalties will be paid, together with at least one copy of the book to each successful writer.
Writers who are successful in being included in a performance/ anthology are subsequently invited to submit a collection/novel for consideration.
submission via Submittable only (this is so we don’t lose your submission, and so multiple people can review your work as simply as possible.)
A note from our friends at University of Greenwich
Story Cities – a call for flash fictions
‘The city is redundant: it repeats itself so that something will stick in the mind . . .
Memory is redundant: it repeats signs so that the city can begin to exist’
– Marco Polo to Kublai Khan in Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities
In Calvino’s masterful work, Marco Polo explores images of distant cities where time, space, objects and individuals are presented in visions. Each description is filled with varying degrees of enchantment, absurdity, impossibility and allure.
The weaving of these accounts questions what is real and unreal; recollections of disparate lands invoke the realisation that perhaps all reveal a single place so that:
‘the more one was lost in unfamiliar quarters of distant cities, the more one understood the other cities he had crossed to arrive there’ (Calvino).
The city is a place where populations meet and strangers pass one another. Where stories are created, told, remembered and discarded. One city connects us to the memory or spirit of another; repeating rituals and behaviours which provide spectacle for the tourist
and uniformity for the global citizen. As we move within the city we operate within the systems that transport us, the signs that guide us, the encounters that confront us and the thoughts which carry us.
Brief – call for submissions
This brief invites submissions for new short works of fiction in any genre that address the theme of the city. It asks you to explore the journeys we take; the situations we encounter and interact with; the dialogues and connections we make – in order to highlight universally shared experiences and understandings of the city and / or imagine them
Working under one (per story) of the following themes:
the Market, Square, Café, Hotel, Park, Station and Port, Main Street, Side Street, Crossroads, On the train, On the bus / tram – writers are asked to create narratives that speak of / to / through the city.
Story Cities is a collaborative research project initiated by lecturers at the University of Greenwich, London
Rosamund Davies, Senior Lecturer in Media and Creative Writing and
Kam Rehal, Senior Lecturer in Graphic and Digital Design. It explores ways in which
stories might respond to, reference, reflect and reimagine the city. Selected works will be published in a physical book that readers can carry into cities – to experience the city through stories. Acting as guides, companions and tools for reflection, we hope that the stories can encourage the reader to experience the city differently.
You are invited to participate in this project by submitting new short works of fiction in any genre that address the theme of the city.
There are a set of guidelines that we ask contributors to work with:
1. All contributors must be aged 18 and over
2. Each story can be between 1–500 words in length (no longer), excluding title
3. Up to 3 stories may be submitted by each contributor
4. Names of specific places must not be used – nor should characters be given names. Your story should be written so that it works in any city
5. All submissions must be works of fiction and the author’s own work, unpublished and in English. If this work is under consideration elsewhere you must inform us immediately if it is accepted
6. All work must be submitted with author’s name and a contact email – please do not supply any additional contact details at this stage
7. All work must be submitted by the named author and he/she must hold rights to the material
8. All contributors must sign and complete the consent form and submit this with
9. There will be no monetary reward for inclusion in the publication but a copy of the book will be presented to each contributor. Copyright will be retained by the author, with licence for exclusive publication for a to-be-agreed period not exceeding one year.
Once we have received and considered all submissions we will edit an initial selection of stories for publication.
If you have any questions please contact:
Kam Rehal and Rosamund Davies at the University of Greenwich on: StoryCities@gre.ac.uk
+44(0)20 8331 9013
SUBMIT TO StoryCities@gre.ac.uk
Deadline for submissions: 16/09/2018
*email the submissions address to get the form
Thank you to all the 185 people who have submitted. We will be reading over the next couple of weeks and will get back to you as soon as possible.
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.
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)
Warkleigh (near Barnstaple)
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!
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.
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.