CAKE.writerscircle coming soon!

There’s less than a week now until the first session of CAKE.writerscircle. All you need to bring is a pen and notebook, and lots of willingness to learn (we’ll have some extra pens etc if people forget them!). Anyone and everyone is welcome, please bring along anyone you think might be interested in learning more about CAKE. or the writers’ group.

We’re meeting from 2-5 pm at Nexus Art Café on Sunday July 1st.

Share CAKE

CAKE has been getting some fantastic press since CAKE.meetup on Saturday, and we’d like to thank everyone who’s been getting involved, sending in stories and offering their services as volunteers.

Special thanks today go to Sarah Selecky for mentioning us in her new free guide to submitting short stories. Sarah is a writer and creative writing tutor, and her website is packed with invaluable advice and tips for getting the most out of your right hemisphere. If you click on her website today you can sign up to follow it and get a copy of ‘The Incomparable Short Story’. Reading this will give you fantastic advice for submitting your short stories, and if you follow those simple rules your submissions to CAKE will have the best possible chance of being successful.

As a bonus, you can sign up for a daily writing prompt. Sarah encourages people to sit and write for at least ten minutes a day. Forcing yourself to get something done, even if you feel it’s awful, can be extremely useful in your development as a writer and we strongly recommend people to sign up for this and give it a go.

Writing is the same as any skill; practicing regularly will help you to improve.

To help CAKE grow, please keep telling all your friends about what we do, and encourage them to send in work. Share us on facebook, blog about stories you enjoyed from Issue 1 and 2, and most importantly, please talk to us! We are still learning too, and your feedback is very welcome.


CAKE.meetup went extremely well on Saturday. There was a lovely intimate atmosphere with friendly, enthusiastic people talking about their work, other people’s work, their writing processes, and what they want out of writing and working with others.

We were delighted to have a visit from The Fiction Stroker who has written a very kind and – for us – motivational piece about CAKE and Saturday’s event. You can read it here: Have you had your CAKE?

From CAKE.meetup we’ve discovered that there are an awful lot of people around the city who don’t have good access to a writing group, and who are really enthusiastic about getting involved with other writers. It was in the pipeline for us to set up a CAKE-affiliated writers’ circle, but thanks to the success of Saturday we’ve moved our plans forward a little and will be holding the first Cake Writers’ Circle meeting on Sunday 1st July from 2-5 at Nexus Art Café. That’s a week on Sunday! We’ll be there with our cups of tea, cake, and brand new writing in our hands to share with you. We’ve got some very ambitious plans for this group, and really hope people will get involved!

Find out more about the Writers’ Circle here on Facebook. It’s open to all writers; published or unpublished; short story and scriptwriters, novelists, poets; whatever you write, you’re welcome.

We’re also interested in running an internet writers’ circle for those who aren’t local, or who can’t make it to the group, so please get in touch if you’re interested in getting involved:

The next stage we’re looking at is finding new venues to host CAKE, so please get in touch if you know of anywhere you think would be interested.

Raffle winners!

Thank you to those who came, we had a fantastic day today at Nexus Art Café! 

We’ll have a more detailed update when we’ve recovered, but for now as promised here are the names of the winners from the Raffle draw – you’ll receive a call/email soon letting you know what you’ve won and how you can get hold of it!


Linda (didn’t get your surname!), Alison Abbot, Liz Jackson, Lawrence Wilson, Fran Armitage-Smith, Wes Roberts, Rosie Carlisle, Zsuzsanna Voros, Fumiyo Newton, Aisha Aibal, Tanith Musson, Helen Pownall, Sarah Gordon, Kyrsten Stone, Louise Gibney


Thank you again, lovely people.

Festivals, festivals


We had a lovely time at the Write Good Festival in Towcester yesterday. Congratulations on holding your first (nationwide!) festival, Towcester, and a massive well done to Louise Gibney for organising such a brilliant event.

The event was a fantastic chance to meet and talk to some of the local writers and to promote CAKE.shortandsweet. We officially opened our International Short Story Day competition and already have 3 entries – if you want to enter yourself you can do so at our Manchester event on Saturday, CAKE.meetup.

There is also a raffle to win one of several treats, including short story anthologies, books to get you inspired about writing, and delicious homemade cakes. Entrants to the short story competition automatically get entered into the raffle! If you can’t make it to the event but still want to enter the raffle draw – send an email to to enter online.

Don’t forget there’ll be a secondhand book stall donated by one of the editors. The books are in fab condition and we have picked out our favourites to review. We’ll be selling them at £2 each or 3 for a fiver – don’t miss out!