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.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Line-up Announced for 'Los Muertos' - our Sunday 24 April Event + Ticket Info

A big thank you to the 70 Gloucs/S.Gloucs authors who submitted 95 stories for my fellow judge, Nimue Brown, and me to whittle down to the final ten for our April event. 

'Los Muertos' will take place at the SVA (Stroud Valleys Artspace), John Street, Stroud, GL5 2HA at 8pm (doors 7.30) on Sunday 24 April.  It is part of the annual Site Festival. Please note that we are recommending ages 16 and over for this one. 

The quality of the submissions was fantastic, and we had to make possibly the most difficult decisions we have ever had to make. The ten stories we have chosen are brilliant - and very varied in content and style. Some nuanced and poignant; others funny and bizarre. And let's not forget gruesome. It's going to be quite an evening.

Here they are - in librarians' alphabetical order -

Dia de Los Muertos - Rommy Collingwood (Stroud)
The Execution - Rick Vick (Stroud)
Half a Chance - Jan Petrie (Sheepscombe)
Mayfly - Mark Rutterford (Filton, South Gloucs.)
New Glasses - Sarah Hitchcock (Stroud)
Settling In - Jane Gordon-Cumming (Minchinhampton)
Silver Harvest - Ali Bacon (Emersons Green, South Gloucs.)
A Small Change - Mel Golding (Brownshill, Stroud)
Untitled - Tim Byford (Randwick)
A Very Special Day - Ken Popple (Stroud)

Seven of these authors have not read at SSS before.

Tickets are only available online from our venue, the SVA. They are £7 this time in order to provide more financial support to the SVA.

Buy your tickets here

The event will not be recorded this time so please come along. And thank you for all your support for SSS.

John Holland
Organiser, Stroud Short Stories

Stroud Short Stories is a twice-yearly non-profit making community event. Our aim is to showcase and promote local writers and their writing.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Stroud Short Stories is now closed for submissions to our 24 April 2016 event. Ticket info below!

The event will be held at the SVA (Stroud Valleys Artspace), John Street, Stroud, GL5 2HA on Sunday 24 April at 8pm. Doors open at 7.30.

Thank you to everyone who sent us their stories. The response has been wonderful. 95 stories were submitted by 70 authors. They have been passed on to our judges, Nimue Brown and SSS organiser John Holland. The titles of the ten stories selected to be read by their authors will be announced as soon as possible and definitely by 8 April.

The event will not be recorded so please do come along.

Tickets for the event are only available online in advance from the SVA website

We always sell out so you may have to move quite quickly.

The event is for people aged 16 and over. Tickets are priced at £7. This is an increase on last year reflecting additional financial support for our venue, the SVA.
Please refer any tickets enquiries to the SVA Tel 01453 751440.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Stroud Short Stories is Open for Submissions to its 24 April 2016 Event. Deadline Saturday 19 March.

We now accepting short story submissions for our event to be held on Sunday 24 April 2016.  The deadline for submissions is the end of Saturday 19 March. 

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 eleventh event, and is part of Stroud's celebrated Site Festival.

The last four 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.

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 - Rules & How to Submit

Your stories will be judged "blind" so that the judges will not know your identity. Read more about our judges here - Judges

We are greatly looking forward to reading your stories.

Tickets will be available only online in advance from the SVA/Site Festival. We will post with more information when we know they are available.This event will not be videoed. Please come along.

Keep up to date on Twitter  @StroudStories