Short Fuse – coming up

Sunday 13th June…..Komedia, 8pm

Short Fuse presents:

‘Die Hard Mod’ launch night

“From the back streets of Belfast to Brighton’s hedonistic Bohemia-on-sea, Steve the Mod has a whole heap of trouble…”

An evening of die-hard Modernism and kick-ass pulp fiction featuring ‘Die Hard Mod’ author Charlie McQuaker and celebrated Mod scribe Paolo Hewitt (editor of ‘The Sharper Word – A Mod Anthology’) plus tunes from mod DJ Scott Ogden and short fiction with a modernist twist from local writers

“Die Hard Mod is one snazzy, sexy page-turner. It walks the walk and talks the talk with verve, grit and style. Down it in one.” – Alison MacLeod.

“An incredibly readable book packing plenty of action and knowing references along the way … solid entertainment.” – Modculture

Sunday 18th July, Komedia, 8pm

SUMMER LOVE-IN, Short Fuses’s second erotic fiction night

To celebrate the hot summer nights and just because it was so good last time, we’re holding another showcase of the best erotic short stories by local writers. No holds barred. Please send submissions of well-crafted erotic stories up to a maximum of 2,500 words to Shorter fiction and flash fiction also welcome.

Deadline for submissions – Friday 9th July

Komedia Studio Bar, 8pm

Admission £5 on the door

Make sure you’re here early as it was standing room only last time.

New date for Hastings Short Fuse! – Wednesday June 23rd

Where: the Jenny Lind pub, 69 High Street, Old Town, Hastings TN34 3EW

‘The Professionals’

Ties and collars, specialists, experts, slackers. From taxidermists to rent-boys, sous chefs to boxers, snake charmers to professional charmers, we’re looking for submissions of up to 2,500 words which explore the world of work or how to avoid it. Shorter stories, flash fiction and work which pushes the boundaries of short fiction are welcome!

Deadline for submissions – 16th June. Please send stories to

£5 on the door

Saturday 28th August – At the Edge of the Sea music festival

Concorde II, Brighton

Submissions have been coming in for writers to perform in the Short Fuse slot at this live music festival, curated and headlined by The Wedding Present, but there is still time to submit. We are looking for short stories with a title taken from a song by The Wedding Present or Cinerama (lead-singer, David Gedge’s other band).

A list is on our website and there are plenty to choose from. Selected writers get to attend the day-long festival free of charge. It’s the first time Short Fuse have appeared at a festival like this and we’re excited.

Deadline for submissions 10th July. For more info about the band, see

Sunday June 20th 11 – 1pm Creative writing workshop

Kemptown Bookshop, 91 St George’s Road, Kemptown, Brighton

‘Writing the Uncanny’

Are you interested in writing ghost stories, horror, or just work that can really send shivers up a reader’s spine?

Exploring the nature of fear through dreams, literature, film, and Freud’s theories of the ‘Uncanny, this practical, props-led creative writing workshop shows how to develop ideas that can really unnerve readers, and craft them into effective and interesting pieces of short fiction.

Cloning, parallel realities, talking animals, the unexplained… we will take a trip to the eeriest corners of our imagination and share what we find. Led by Louise Hume of Short Fuse. All welcome.

£21 per person, £18 concession. Tickets from Kemptown Bookshop, 01273 682110.


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