The leaves are just beginning to turn on the trees, the mornings have a fresh nip in the air, and the evenings are drawing in. Yes, it’s that time of the year when I look forward to those mythical long winter evenings in front of the fire where I’ll catch up on all that reading and writing – sigh!
Autumn means a new issue out for Scribble magazine – plenty of fireside short story reading there! There’s also still time to enter their annual short story competition, which this year has the theme of “Fear”. Stories can be up to 3,000 words, and must be submitted by 1st November. There’s a £4 entry fee (though it’s free if you subscribe to the magazine – one of the great things about Scribble), and the winning story will receive £100 plus publication in the December issue. Pop along to the website for more details: http://www.parkpublications.co.uk/competitions.html
It’s been a good week for short stories. With the BBC National Short Story award shortlist having been announced, the five shortlisted stories have been broadcast on Radio 4 over the week, and if you missed them they are also available on iPlayer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/10SBcy1Gm63kPYLM5FKrF9n/the-bbc-national-short-story-award-shortlist-2016 Particularly good if (given we’ve not reached those long winter evenings), you can’t yet afford to settle down to read.
I’m off to listen while I catch up with some housework!