Appeal for Short Stories

Update 24/4/2014 – Unfortunately ‘A Quick Read’ will be closing soon and therefore no more stories are required.

Original Post:

Sharon Boothroyd has been in touch to tell me about a short story app, A Quick Read, that she and her husband, Keith, are developing – and they need your stories. Here’s what Sharon had to say about it:

Would you like to see your stories published on an Android phone app?
My husband and I are launching a new project soon – a FREE short story app called A Quick Read.
The good news is, we’re not charging any writer to upload the stories on the app.
The bad news is, we cannot pay writers a fee, as we’re starting the project as a hobby. However, if we mange to secure funding, we will be able to pay you.
I’ll be sending out lots of press releases to raise publicity.
The categories for fiction are:
Twist in tale 
The word count we require is 500 -1,000 words.
No swearing, no excessive violence, and no erotica, please.
Also, we require a brief outline (one or two lines) about your story.
Go to to view our website.
‘Terms and conditions for writers’ can be found under ‘Information’ on the drop down menu.
It would be best if you sent us unpublished work. All writers retain copyright. 
You can also see how the app works on the website.
Please e-mail your stories to me, Sharon at:
Many thanks.
PS If you have a website or blog address, we can place this at the bottom of your story on the app.

I’ve sent in a couple of my own stories that weren’t quite right for the womags and not long enough for most competitions.

So if you’ve got something short and sweet that you don’t want to leave gathering dust, why not give it a try?

Sharon also runs Fiction Addiction, an online writers’ circle for those interested in writing for women’s magazines. She writes under the name S. Bee and one of her stories is critiqued in Sue Moorcroft’s Fiction Workshop in this month’s Writers’ Forum magazine.

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  1. #1 by susanjanejones on October 3, 2012 - 7:18 pm

    Thanks for pointing this out Sally, sounds a bit like Alfie dog, but we get a small fee if anyone downloads on there. I’ve given you some cakes on my blog. Don’t eat them all at once. Will dust out some of my stories, though I am moving into the realm of hoping to get paid really.

    • #2 by Sally Jenkins on October 4, 2012 - 12:05 pm

      Thanks for the cakes, Susan. Because they’re virtual I can indulge myself without guilt!

  2. #3 by Debbie Young on October 3, 2012 - 10:21 pm

    What a brilliant idea! I’m just starting to experiment with “flash fiction” so will definitely give it a go – even though I haven’t got an Android phone! (I’m with WindowsPhone, which I love, so maybe I can persuade them to roll it out to that too format too, once they’re up and running!) Thanks for sharing, Sally!

    • #4 by Sally Jenkins on October 4, 2012 - 12:09 pm

      I don’t have a smart phone at all, Debbie. Will be persuading my daughter to download the app so that I can have a look.

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