Saturday, 8 October 2016

Stroud Short Stories is open for submissions to our Sunday 20 November event at the SVA in John Street, Stroud at 8pm (doors 7.30)

The last day for submissions is the end of Saturday 29 October.

Ten stories will be chosen and their authors invited to read their story at our 13th event on Sunday 20 November.

It's free to submit. Published or unpublished work. Gloucs & South Gloucs writers. It's an open themed event, so any subject, any genre, any thing! 

Here are the Rules and How to Submit.

Info about our judges is here.

Ticket info will appear on this website.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Line-up and Tickets for the extra-special Cheltenham Literature Festival Stroud Short Stories event Monday 10 October 2016

I imagine that you're not quite as excited as I am about Stroud Short Stories appearing at the Cheltenham Literature Festival in October. Frankly, no one could be. Because it's been called 'Greatest Hits' I have had to choose my seven favourite stories from our beginnings in 2011 to the April event this year. That's seven from over a hundred stories read/performed. No easy task - even with the help of SSS founder Bill Jones. 

I like every story in the anthology - and those read since its publication. Some more than others, of course. And I really love quite a lot of them. But seven had to be chosen for the Monday 10 October LitFest special birthday SSS event (starting at 9pm). 

I have done the deed. Here they are in chronological order (They won't be read in this order) -

Bill Jones - The Vampires in the Basement (SSS event Oct 2012)

Philip Douch - Trog and Kron Almost Get It Right (Feb 2013)

Katherine Hunter (formerly Katherine Mitchell) - Holding On (May 2014)

Rick Vick - Seeing (May 2014)

Andrew Stevenson - A Good Old-fashioned Copper (Nov 2015)

Ali Bacon - Silver Harvest (April 2016)

Mel Golding - A Small Change (April 2016)

Congratulations and many thanks indeed to these authors. I think the evening will have a good balance of serious and nuanced writing and the downright silly - and most things between. I will be creating a programme for the evening, in which I plan to name check every single author who has ever read at SSS.

Tickets are £8 (they also charge a transaction fee), and are on sale on the Cheltenham Literature Festival website.

Please come along to support us. It would be really great to see you there.

Don't forget too that we are also currently open for submissions to the 13th SSS event back in the SVA in John Street, Stroud on 20 November. Rules and How to Submit here. Info about the judges here.

Thank you for all your support.

John Holland

Twitter @StroudStories

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

1. Stroud Short Stories is NOW Open for Submissions to our 20 November 2016 Event. Deadline Saturday 29 October.

2. Please come along to see our special one-off birthday event at Cheltenham Literature Festival on Monday 10 October at 9pm to hear the authors read my favourite seven stories from 2011 to 2016.

1. We are now accepting short story submissions for our event on Sunday 20 November at the close of the Stroud Book Festival. The deadline for submissions is the end of Saturday 29 October. 

Ten stories will be selected from those submitted to be read by their authors at Stroud Valleys Artspace (SVA), John Street, Stroud, GL5 2HA at 8pm. It will be our 13th event.

This time it's an open theme, so use any subject as the basis of your story. And write in any genre. Or none at all.

As always, submissions are free. We accept both unpublished and previously published work. And we are again seeking stories from writers with connections to Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire.

It is essential that you read the Rules & How to Submit before sending us your stories. They are here

We have a new judge this time in the form of short story writer, independent publishing guru and festival organiser Debbie Young, who will share the honours with me. Your stories will be judged "blind" so that the judges will not know your identity. 

Read more about our judges here

The last five events have sold out, and we expect this one to do so. The authors selected will therefore read their stories to an audience of 70 people.  They will also be offered a place in our next anthology - due 2018.

Tickets will be available only online in advance from the SVA website.

Debbie and I are really looking forward to reading your stories.

2. Cheltenham Literature Festival - I'm very excited to say that I will be announcing shortly the names of the seven authors who will be reading my favourite SSS stories from 2011 to 2016 at our special one-off fifth birthday Greatest Hits event on Monday 10 October at 9pm-10.15pm at the Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Tickets from the Cheltenham Literature Festival website are on sale to Festival members from Wed 31 August at 1pm, and on general sale from Wed 7 September from 1pm.

Please come along and support Stroud Short Stories. It's going to be brilliant (in my view!)

John Holland
Organiser, Stroud Short Stories

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Two SSS events announced for this autumn - including one at the Cheltenham Literature Festival!

Please make a note of these dates in your diary

There will be two more SSS events this year - the normal (but always extraordinary) autumn gig at the SVA in John Street, Stroud which has now been confirmed for 8pm (doors 7.30) on Sunday 20 November - the end of the first Stroud Book Festival. Submissions will open before 1st September and close on Saturday 29 October. Watch this space for more details.

And there will also be a special one-off event - at the 2016 Cheltenham Literature Festival - on Monday 10 October from 9pm to 10.15pm. This will be a special five years birthday celebration event called Stroud Short Stories' Greatest Hits featuring my favourite stories from the beginnings of SSS in 2011 to April this year. Tickets £8 via the Cheltenham LitFest website when it opens. Again more info to follow.

More info about both events will be posted soon. I really hope you can come along and join us.

You can also read a review of April's SSS event by Leah Grant on Good on Paper here.Thanks Leah.

John Holland
Organiser, SSS.
Stroud Short Stories is a non-profit-making event designed to showcase and promote local writers and their writing

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Pictures of the authors reading at our wonderful 24 April 2016 SSS Event

Thank you to everyone who came along for this great evening of short stories. The authors are in the order in which they read.

Snaps by Tim and Cheryl Byford. Thank you both!

Rommy Collingwood reads Dia De Los Muertos

Tim Byford reads his untitled piece
Jan Petrie reads Half a Chance
Jane Gordon-Cumming reads Settling In

Rick Vick reads The Execution 
Ali Bacon reads Silver Harvest
Sarah Hitchcock reads New Glasses
Mel Golding reads A Small Change 
Ken Popple reads A Very Special Day
Mark Rutterford reads Mayfly

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Sunday 24 April 2016 SSS Sold-Out Event 'Los Muertos' Running Order and Authors' Websites

The event is now completely sold-out. The audience will be 70-strong for another outstanding evening of short stories. 

Doors open at 7.30 for an 8.00 start. We normally end about 10.00 - 10.15.

Thank you to everyone who has bought tickets.

(Poster design by Sir Tom Brown. Thanks, Tom!)

This is the running order with the authors' digital links -

1. Dia De Los Muertos - Rommy Collingwood
Twitter - @MyalWoman

2. Untitled - Tim Byford
Twitter - @ByfordTim

3. Half a Chance - Jan Petrie

4. Settling In - Jane Gordon-Cumming
Twitter - @Oxfordwriter

5. The Execution - Rick Vick


6. Silver Harvest - Ali Bacon
Website -
Twitter - @aliBacon

7. New Glasses - Sarah Hitchcock
Twitter - @sarahhitch66

8. A Small Change - Mel Golding
Twitter - @mk_golding

9. A Very Special Day - Ken Popple

10. Mayfly - Mark Rutterford
Twitter - @writingsett

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Our Sunday 24 April 2016 event 'Los Muertos' has sold out.

Thank you to everyone who has bought a ticket and is coming along for what will be a great evening of short stories. We will have an audience of 70 people. Just to confirm that it starts at 8.00. Doors 7.30.