Saturday, 31 July 2010

Short Story Radio

Tune into http://www.shortstoryradio/ to listen to or read quality short stories. The project is Arts Council funded and offers the opportunity to listen to podcasts online or download to read or listen to later. The website features competitions and the chance to find out more about the writers and narrators. It's very user friendly and offers a range of services such as a newsletter, writing guide and e-book.

If you join their Short Story Radio Writers' Club you receive many great benefits. Membership costs just £20 per year and includes:

  • Free Short Story Competition Entry
Three free submissions to our short story competitions over the 12 months of your membership (normal price £5 per entry). We run three competitions a year. You can use your three free entries in any combination (e.g. all in the same competition, one for each of the next three competitions etc). You also have free entry to the annual Writers' Club Short Story competition.

  • 10% off Marketing For Your Book package
  • 10% off the premium Marketing For Your Book package (opens a new link).
  • Website hosting (including 5 email addresses) for £25 per year
  • Early Bird Writing Course Booking
  • Invitation to sign up for future writing courses before booking is opened to the wider writing community.
  • Guide to Writing for Short Story Radio
  • An e-pamphlet of very useful tips and advice on writing specifically for Short Story Radio.
  • E-book of Classic Short Stories
  • An exclusive e-book of classic short stories, including writing by HG Wells, Louisa May Alcott and Oscar Wilde.

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Electric Literature: 4th edition

The following post is a newsletter from the editors of Electric Literature, a fabulous online magazine showcasing quality stories from talented writers across the globe:

Harrowing tales of heart-stopping brilliance: EL4 is out now!!

The wait is over! Our new issue, Electric Literature No.4, is available now, and it’s our most exciting collection yet.

From ghost hunting with Javier Marías, the novelist described by Roberto Bolaño as "by far Spain's best writer today", to Ben Stroud’s tale of a destitute cripple sent by his emperor to destroy a holy man, to Pulitzer-finalist Joy Williams' terrible and beautiful fable about Baba Iaga and her pelican child, to Mexican writer Roberto Ransom’s master fresco painter and the conservationist who tries to recapture his magic hundreds of years later, to Patrick deWitt’s chronicle of a man known only as “The Bastard,” the stories in this issue recall the simple pleasure of tale-telling, and celebrate the joy and wonder of escaping into a vividly imagined world.
Order your copy today in the format of your choice, or subscribe and get 4 issues of EL at up to 60% off the cover price!!

Like a Rolling Stone

Momentum. Propulsion. EL has been in the press a bunch since we last spoke. June and July brought print coverage in Writer’s Digest, Bomb Magazine, Interview, Paper, the LA Times, and GQ, a PodCast on MediaBistro, and a TV spot on Brian Lehrer Live!.

Friendship is Rare

When we were in an MFA program three years ago, there was a lot of pessimism about the future of literary content. We created Electric Literature as an experiment: could we take the forces that seem to threaten literature and marshal them in its defense? Could new media and innovative distribution help keep literature a vital part of popular culture?

Our journal is possible because of the work of more than 40 volunteers, and thankfully, we've been successful so far. Electric Literature has over 150,000 readers following us on Twitter (more than any other publisher in the world) and is successfully expanding readership for short stories through YouTube videos, iPhone apps, and other innovations.

Keep in touch. Follow us on Twitter (@ElectricLit), Join us on Facebook, or feel free to simply email us at

As writers, we know that the only way to keep literature vital is by reaching readers everywhere. Building strong communities, both online and offline, goes a long way.

Good night and good luck,

Andy & Scott


Electric Literature

Friday, 23 July 2010

Who do you write like?

Apparently my short story, Salamanda's Special Power is like JK Rowling and the novel I'm currently writing is like Dan Brown. Try this fun website link:
I Write Like website at
and download an extract of your short story to discover who you write like. I tried a few different extracts which resulted in comparison with several different writers, so I'm not sure how reliable it is, but I enjoyed the process anyway.
When you've got your result, which you can upload to Twitter, Facebook etc, you can also sign up for a free newsletter and an e-book on writing short stories, "SHORT STORY WRITING: A Practical Treatise on the Art of the Short Story" By Charles Raymond Barrett, Ph. B. I've just received it myself so will let you know what I think once I've read it.
If you'd like to read extracts from some of my stories and find out how to buy them, click on the My Stories page tab at the top right of the blog.