Saturday, 29 September 2018

We are now closed for submissions for our next event on Sunday 11 November 2018

We closed for submissions at the end of Sunday 14 October.

There is no theme this time, so any style, any subject, any genre or no genre. As long as it's a short work of fiction, of course!

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As ever it's free to submit and we accept both published and unpublished stories from Gloucestershire and South Gloucs writers. 

Ten authors will read their work to a capacity audience of 70 short story lovers at 8pm on Sunday 11 November at the SVA in John Street, Stroud, GL5 2HA. This event is part of the Stroud Book Festival.

For the Rules and How to Submit click on the tab above or here.

If you want an idea of what kind of stories we like (and we do like lots of different styles) listen to the authors reading their work at previous events here

TIP! - Remember it's a live lit event. Complex multi-dimensional stories and stories with many voices and lots of dialogue are not best suited to a live reading.

I am delighted to have inveigled the brilliant author and publishing guru Debbie Young to judge with me for the third time. Check out more info about the judges using the tab above or here.

We guarantee that all stories are read by both judges. We love reading your stories.

For the Rules and How to Submit click on the tab above or here.

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And, yes, our brand new Anthology, covering 57 stories by 45 Gloucestershire authors and six SSS events from 2015 to 2018, is now available here.


Thursday, 6 September 2018

Come along to the Launch of our New Anthology on Friday 28 September 2018 at the Ale House in Stroud (And yes, we are open for submissions!)

SSS Anthology Volume 2
On Friday 28 September from 7pm to 10pm we are launching our brand new Anthology at the Ale House in John Street, Stroud. This is our second anthology and covers the six SSS events from November 2015 to May 2018. It's £10.

The first print run is 300 copies. I already have reservations for 280+. I've just ordered a second print run. If you want to reserve your copy and collect it at the launch please email me on

For all the information about the launch, the new anthology and how to buy a copy click on the tab above or here.

Do come along. Everyone is welcome. It's free and unticketed. There will be lots of writers there to meet and chat with.

Don't forget that we are open for submissions to our 11 November event. Deadline Sunday 14 October. All the information you need is below - in the following post.