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Submission opportunities at Fictive Dream

An opportunity for writers of short and short, short fiction.


Right now Fictive Dream has two submission opportunities. We’re open for submission of stories of between 500 – 2,500 words. As always, we’re interested in material with a contemporary feel on any subject. Your stories may be challenging, dramatic, playful, exhilarating or cryptic. Above all, they must be well-crafted and compelling.

Check out our standard submission guidelines here.

In addition, our submissions window for Flash Fiction February 2019 is open until December 31st. For this though we’ve put a squeeze on word count so, for this category, only stories of between 200 -750 please.

All the information you need for Flash Fiction February 2019 is here.

Check out the Fictive Dream website here.

We’re looking forward to receiving your best work!

Laura Black

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Tales for the month of May

This sounds like an interesting event. I regret that it’s too far for me but others may be closer. Thank you to ShortStops for publishing the details.


Come and listen to some tales of May madness, Mayans and a certain hairy rock star at Hand of Doom’s May-themed story nights in Kent.

They take place in Folkestone on Friday, May 19 at the Grand Hotel, The Leas, and the following evening, Saturday, May 20, in Faversham at The Guidhall, both from 7.45pm for an 8pm start.

For more information, please go to Facebook Hand of Doom Productions

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Structo 15 now online for free

Taking the trouble to put work online and make it free for everyone is an act of true generosity. Thank you ShortStops for a great read.


Structo issue 15 is now online, in its entirety, to read for free. This most recent issue features 11 short stories, 17 poems, a feature on cover on design, an interview with three of our favourite cover designers and another with the ex-poet laureate of North Korea Jang Jin-sung. You can find more details, as well as bonus material such as audio recordings, at the issue page.

To mark the occasion, the physical issue is currently discounted from £7 to £5, so if you want one before they sell out, now’s the time! Head here to pick up your copy. That said, the most valuable thing you can do is read the magazine and tell a friend about Structo, as magazines like ours thrive by word of mouth. Share and enjoy.

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Support Solstice Shorts come to a booklaunch

If you can look past the Christmas/New Year festivities, you may be interested in this event. I love book launches (or at least I loved the two I’ve been to), but can’t make this one.

Arachne Press

If you’ve never been to a book launch but always wondered what really happens you are invited to Arachne’s next one, which will be for The Dowry Blade, Arachne founder Cherry Potts‘ Fantasy epic. there are a handful of invitations up for grabs as part of our crowd fund for Solstice shorts Longest Night,

The Dowry Blade is around 170,000 words long, so is coming out in support of its smaller siblings the short story, generally weighing in (for Solshorts anyway) at around 2000 words.

The booklaunch will be in late February, in London – either central or South East, so if you’d like to come along, support our festival! You only have until 1st December to grab an invitation! It may look a bit like this. There will be drink, there may be cake…

meeting authors and eating cake at an Arachne event meeting authors and eating cake at an Arachne event

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Black Mist and other stories 7

With Hallowe’en fast approaching, this looks like appropriate reading.

Poems, stories, paintings and more by Sharmishtha Basu

black mist and other stories

Sharmishtha Basu is an unemployed artist, writer who is out to test her works, see if they can help her to build an “unorthodox” career, a path followed by many before, some has been blessed with success, most have not, let us see what you make of her attempts! A failure or success- it all depends on you. These are pieces from her book, the book is available on createspace and amazon- It is a collection of dark stories, paranormal mostly but not gothic, it prefers scaring by creating eerie images not blood, gore, violence. She will certainly love to see it in your Halloween collection!

Black Mist and other stories

The car started to move forth.

The village team huddled together in the backseat talking in a hushed tone. Both Rajan and Mitesh could guess their disappointment but chose to pretend that they were not aware of…

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Back to the reading backlog – St Lucy’s Home for Girls raised by Wolves

I’ve had this book of short stories by Karen Russell for some time and read a couple of the stories when I first got it. Then for some reason I put it on a shelf and forgot it. The cover promises that it is ‘truly magical’ and that is about right.

The central characters are mostly children and adolescents and the situations they are in are really way out cover art– have you ever been lost on a snow capped mountain while ‘singing down the snows’? or sent to a camp for disordered dreamers? not to mention ‘educated’ in a school for wolf-girls?

I love the imagination and the writer’s style makes the situations vivid and energetic:

… Petey’s upper body is festooned with more of the tiny white bulbs. They loop around his arms and neck, blinking on and off …

Legend has it – if you can use legend to describe the booze-fuelled tales that get passed laterally within a janitorial staff of two – that the Giant Conches are haunted. On stormy nights, they echo with the radular skitterclatter of their extinct inhabitants.

If novel-length this material would probably be labelled fantasy and the surrealism might get irritating (I haven’t read her full-length novel Swamplandia so may be wrong about this), but as shorts it really works and can be called mainstream.

Arrived in the post


Today I received my copy of You, Me & a Bit of We, edited by S Phillip and published by Chuffed Buff Books. It’s an anthology of 42 short and flash stories told in first or second person.

One reason I have the book is that it includes one of my stories, and this is the first time my work has appeared in a book.

I know what my story says, but finally I get to read the others (the publishing process has taken months). I’ve only had time to read a few of the stories so far, but I’m thrilled to be in such great company. All the pieces I’ve read have been striking and original and I’ve already had several of the ‘I wish I could write like that’ moments.

One thing that surprises me is that women contributors hugely outnumber men. Is the short story a female genre? Does the editor prefer women’s subjects? Are men not submitting their work? With Alice Munro the new Nobel Laureate for Literature, the short story is coming to the fore big time. I hope the men aren’t going to miss out on the opportunities for getting their work noticed.

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