Stories and poems, (We don't publish memoir, or other kinds of non-fiction ) must be:
All your own work
Written in English
up to 2000 words long unless otherwise specified in a particular call out
Unpublished except for The Story Sessions
Music (Where requested) original or traditional - i.e. YOUR copyright or out of copyright,
This information will help you to get accepted:We will not under any circumstances publish erotica, and we aren’t keen on horror of any kind, gore or torture. We detest sexist stereotypes and deplore derivative plotlines, sloppy writing and clichés, and are bored by romance and chick-lit. Other than that we will consider most genres provided they are beautifully written, imaginative, and have narrative substance and persuasive characterisation
To coincide with the launch 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.
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, and in we hope our Aberdeen and Holyhead collaborators will be game for another year of Solstice activity 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 email@example.com 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.
Maximum 2000 words regardless of fiction/poetry. Songs maximum 5 mins
Closing date 21st June 2019
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.)
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 song writers/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 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
Up to 2000 words. £20 per 500 words. critique from Arachne Press editor Cherry Potts.
Fiction or poetry. No erotica, religion or horror. No sexism, racism or homophobia. I don't want to read it, you can't pay me to read it! please send as doc/ docx or rtf - purely because pdfs make it difficult for you to read any inline comments. This service will only be available in relatively quiet times for Arachne when we don't have an active call out.
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