Deadlines encroaching

One more week to get stories in for Issue 4. The optional theme is Dog Days. Please send all submissions to

Emails have been sent to those who expressed interested in getting involved with which we hope to publish for Short Story Week in November. If you’re interested and haven’t yet got in touch, this is your last chance – send us an email or comment asap to be included!

CAKE.writerscircle this Sunday

CAKE.writerscircle will be meeting this Sunday at Nexus Art Cafe on Dale Street.

We’ve got some writing exercises planned to give everyone the chance to chat and practice some writing skills without the pressure of reading out work to a group of strangers. We’ll start feedback sessions next month – more on that at Sunday’s meeting!

If you’d like to join us just pop along for 2pm, grab yourself a drink from the lovely Nexus staff and get your imagination ready. Please tell all your friends about the group, the more the merrier.

Secret plans!

To celebrate National Short Story Week and CAKE’s six month birthday in November, we want to publish our own book.

We’re looking for around 5 – 10 unpublished authors to get involved, and are hoping for the selected writers to submit between 2 and 5 stories each. We want to present a showcase of new writing, giving selected samples of a few good writers’ work.

Now, this is going to be a tight turnaround because November is not very far away. You’ll need to write your first drafts in August and September, then through September – October we’ll go through a process of editing and rewriting with you. The final draft of the book will be edited late October to be issued for Short Story Week. We plan to publish it as an ebook and will look at some options for a print-on-demand paperback. If we go this route then all the contributors to the book will get a free paperback copy.

So, if you think you could write between 2 and 5 stories that are 100 – 5000 words before mid-September, drop us an email to Send us a short (less than 2 pages) sample of your writing (if you’ve already submitted to CAKE you don’t need to include this) in an email expressing your interest and giving a couple of ideas or themes you might like to write about. We’re not going to hold you to these themes, it’s just to get an idea of the sort of things you’d like to do.

Send us your proposal by July 20th if you’d like to get involved. Any questions please comment here or email us.

We’re not evil geniuses, but …

We do have secret plans. It seems a long way off right now, but 12th-18th November 2012 will be National Short Story Week. This will coincide with the release of our seventh issue and will mark six months since we first started printing your stories.

CAKE.shortandsweet is planning to celebrate its sixth month birthday with a very special publication and another writers’ meet up on the 17th or 18th of November in Manchester. So, put the date in your diaries and get scribbling, because we’ll soon be putting out the call for submissions to our special secret publication. More details will follow in the next few weeks!