Time and Tide Solstice Shorts 2019 call out

Solstice Shorts Festival 2019

To coincide with the launch (tonight) of Noon, the latest anthology of stories and poems from the festival, we announce the theme for this year.

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.

The Theme:
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, Our Holyhead collaborators Cybi Poets are on board and we hope our Aberdeen collaborators Intuitive Music Aberdeen will be game for another year of Solstice activity too,  but we would also like to look beyond our own shores and go international, we are in discussion with people in 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 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 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.

CLOSING DATE
23:59
21ST JUNE 2019

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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Wintery tales wanted

Come on writers, you’ve got two days left to send in something wintery for The Story Sessions deadline 4th January. If you need some inspiration have a look at the videos from Solstice Shorts. Story or poem under 2000 words. Must be to theme.gate-burton-frost

We have a small budget for travel expenses so you can get to us to read on Wednesday 18th January 7pm, at The Brockley Deli 14a Brockley Cross SE4 1BE

We video/ audio record  the performances so that there is a (small) chance of world-wide reknown, not just the SE London crowd who turn up on the night, and its an opportunity to give your calling card to us as publishers. We have a resident actor to read for you if it’s too far for you to come, although we only do a maximum of 2 stories/poems that way.

Submit via Submittable

 

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.

 

Midsummer Night in the garden…

Shakespeare fans dust of your doublets and your iambic pentameters. We are celebrating the bard’s big bash (400 years since he died), not on his birthday, not on his death day (which we are using as the deadline for submission), but on Midsummer (or as close as we can get). You know how we like a solstice. The nice people at Lewisham Libraries are hosting us for an event in Manor House Gardens (or Manor House Library if the weather is unseasonable.)
Shakespeare’s great skill was in telling an old story in a new way, so we are shamelessly tearing a leaf from his folio.
You are invited to write us something – poem, short story, song*, play (no more than 2 characters!!) based on Shakespeare’s own work, or the characters he invented or the stories he based his plays on, or if you like, his life.
We aren’t planning a book to tie in with this, it’s just for the sheer joy of it, so previously published work is acceptable. Keep it short. no more than 2000 words and MUCH shorter would be good.
*Songs… happy to have existing Shakespearean songs performed, but would love some new takes. You probably need to be able to perform them yourself. There’s no budget (at the moment) so we are unlikely to be able to support rehearsing singers, though you never know.
We can  offer no more than  a free book and the pleasure of having your work performed in public as a thank you, unless our cunning funding plan comes to fruition, in which case it might get exciting.

drop by our Submittable page to enter. you have until 23th April 2016 to enter

Submit to Arachne Press

Ok, we’ve had enough with the enquiries. We weren’t going to open submissions until the end of the month, but due to popular demand they are now open, but only until the end of MAY. So that’s your window – or possibly letterbox?

Read the GUIDELINES and get in touch, we are really interested, and excited, wondering what you have in store for us.