Please make it easy for us to read your submission, and use a straightforward easy to read font double spaced in 12-14 point. Deaf writers may submit by video in BSL. Blind writers may submit audio files.

Stories and poems, (not memoir, not other kinds of non-fiction ) must be:
All your own work
Written in English
up to 2000 words long unless otherwise specified
Unpublished
Thank you.



This call out is for acoustic music to be performed at the Solstice Shorts Festival in Greenwich, London, on 21st December 2016. You will need to be available to perform!!
Deadline for submission 23:59, 31 August 2016

The theme is Shortest Day.

Please stick to it, but do not use this as your title (it makes it very difficult to shortlist!)
This is the second part of an earlier call out, and this part is to RESPOND to short stories and poems for which you will be sent a link - (the reason the link is not here is to respect the copyright of the writers, only people actively seeking to respond to the call out will have access to it.) Contact us to ask for the link.
How you choose to interpret shortest day in relation to the writing is entirely up to you, but it might be that you set (some of) the words to original music, or you might propose a traditional piece that would sit well with a story, or compose music that fits with the mood... please remember you need to be able to perform it!
Successful pieces will be performed at the 3rd Solstice Shorts Festival on 21st December 2016 in Greenwich, London. Performers are paid. We  video/ record so that there is a permanent record available. Please tell us which piece of writing inspired you, so that we can curate the music and story/poem alongside, or even together.
send us: mp3, wmv, mp4, avi, plus score if you want to as pdf, words if relevant as pdf, rtf, txt, doc, docx

Greetings writers.
This is a little bit complicated so bear with me.
This call out is for SHORT/FLASH fiction and poetry of no more than 1000 words.
In English, unpublished.
Deadline 23:59, 31 August 2016

The theme is Shortest Day.

Please stick to it, but do not use this as your title! How you choose to interpret shortest day is entirely up to you.
This is the second part of an earlier call out, and this part is to RESPOND to music for which you will be sent a link - (the reason the link is not here is to respect the copyright of the musicians and composers, only people actively seeking to respond to the call out will have access to it.) Contact us to ask for the link: solsticeshorts@arachnepress.com
Successful pieces will be performed at the 3rd Solstice Shorts Festival on 21st December 2016 in Greenwich, London. Please tell us which piece of music inspired you, so that we can curate the music and story/poem alongside, or even together.
Successful stories and poems will also be published in an anthology, alongside pieces from last year's Longest Night event. We pay royalties for publication. (Shared between all contributors, so it will be tiny, but still!)
We already have quite a lot of poetry, so would be particularly interested in stories, but quality is foremost.
When you are ready, submit here.
Have fun.






Ends in 5 days, 11 hours
This callout is specifically for WRITING FROM DEAF AUTHORS.see out 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.

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.