The writing collective behind the popular Chorlton Arts Festival 2011 Flash Mob writing competition and literary salon are currently inviting submissions of short stories for their latest project, running in conjunction with Didsbury Arts Festival.
The five published flash fiction writers and award-winning bloggers behind the idea are Sarah-Clare Conlon, Ian Carrington, Tom Mason, David Hartley and Benjamin Judge. All five regularly read their works of flash fiction (also called micro fiction or short short stories) at literary events and open mic nights in and around Manchester, and have performed as part of Manchester Literature Festival and Oxfam Bookfest.
Having already organised various successful events - including a pop-up literary showcase for Twestival, Chorlton Arts Festival’s first-ever flash fiction competition and spoken word night, and a literature quiz for the Not Part Of fringe to Manchester International Festival - the group decided to propose a new idea for Didsbury Arts Festival 2011. They will be publishing an anthology of stories on the theme of love and lust, and hosting an evening during the festival with readings by various contributors and a special performance by Manchester-based flash fiction writer and novelist David Gaffney (who is also judging the annual DAF short story competition).
Submissions are now open for the FlashTag anthology; the closing date is Sunday 7 August. Stories are invited from anyone over the age of 18 on the day of the event, be they published authors or first-time storytellers. Entry is free and stories must not exceed 400 words. All entries will be judged anonymously and the successful stories will appear in an anthology called Quickies: Stories For Adults. The collection will be launched at a fun-filled literary evening during Didsbury Arts Festival on Wednesday 28 September at the Northern Lawn Tennis Club on Palatine Road. Full details of how to submit are on the website at http://flashtagmcr.wordpress.com with updates via Twitter @FlashTagMcr. The group can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
FlashTag organiser and judge Sarah-Clare Conlon says: “We wanted to follow up our success at Chorlton Arts Festival in May with something completely new, and it struck us no one in Manchester has done a literary-based Smut Night. We thought it’d be great to hold it in the suburbs, so we’ll be launching our anthology of tongue- in-cheek saucy and romantic stories at a special evening of readings and fun.”
The third Didsbury Arts Festival runs Saturday 24 September to Saturday 1 October; more details can be found on the website at www.didsburyartsfestival.org