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Stroud Short Stories launches new anthology


A new anthology of stories read at Stroud Short Stories events is being launched on Friday, September 9 at the Stonehouse Court Hotel.

Stroud Short Stories Organiser John Holland has edited a collection of stories from the seven SSS events from November 2018 to May 2022. The new anthology, which is SSS’s third, is a whopping 316 pages long and contains 69 stories by 48 Gloucestershire authors.

The launch on September 9 is free to attend, from 7.30pm -10 pm.

Organiser John Holland said: “The quality of stories we choose to be read at our twice-yearly SSS events is really high and these authors deserve to be read. It’s an eclectic collection – with a diverse range of styles and an extraordinary array of themes.

“The 69 stories in the anthology represent the very best of more than 700 stories submitted by local writers to SSS in the last three years. The 48 authors in the anthology are all from Gloucestershire and include such local favourites as Joanna Campbell, Philip Douch, Chloe Turner, Jason Jackson, Geoff Mead, Sarah Hitchcock, Andrew Stevenson, Ali Bacon, Simon Piney and Steve Wheeler.

“Everyone is welcome. It’s completely fee and unticketed. Please come along and buy a copy and support local authors. Or just chat with the writers.”

Stroud Short Stories is also currently open for submission to its next event – its 25 .

The theme is Time and submissions close on 18 September.
More information about the anthology (including a full list of all 45 writers in the anthology) and its launch, as well as how to submit to the next SSS event is on the SSS website –

All information about the event is on the SSS website

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