Tell A Tale — Gothic Fiction Shortlist

Tell A Tale — Gothic Fiction Shortlist

Tell A Tale — Gothic Fiction Shortlist

It's time to descend into the darkness and find out which stories have made the Tell A Tale: Gothic Fiction shortlist.  Tell A Tale is running alongside a thrilling new production of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, which is currently touring nationally until 19 May 2018.  We're daring people everywhere to write a 500-word short story in the spirit of gothic fiction! Gothic fiction has been allowing writers to explore contemporary fears in twisted tales, scaring and capturing the imaginations of people everywhere.

So far, we've received over 250 stories and we'd like to say thank you to everybody that's already taken part. If you haven't - don't worry - we're still accepting submissions until 21 April 2018. Every week up until the end of April, we're selecting four stories to send to the cast of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Each cast member will then choose their favourite and read that story from a theatre on the tour. The readings are kindly filmed by the show's lovely Alice Bonifacio and Sam Johnson.

The winning stories will be selected from the shortlist by the judges in May. 

Judges
Greg Buzwell, Curator of Contemporary Literary Archives at the British Library. Co-curator of Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination
Dr Monica Germana, Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Westminster. Teaches Writing London, a module which introduces the fundamental principles of short-story writing, such as setting, character, plot and structure. Research focuses on contemporary fiction, the Gothic and popular culture.
Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes, Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Film at Manchester Metropolitan University, founding member of the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies at Manchester Met. Co-organising 14th International Gothic Association conference in 2018.

Watch the shortlist so far and as it continues to grow as the tour continues below.  

 

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Want to take part with the opportunity to have your story read by a cast member? Then come Tell A Tale. This page is for shortlisted submissions only.  

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Submissions

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The Chill
By Summer Wyatt

Read by Anyebe Godwin who plays Charles

Status Update
By R L Holland

Read by Sam Johnson

Splintered
By Nicola Smith

Read by Alice Bonifacio

Reflections
By Natasha Rajendram

Read by Polly Frame who plays Katherine

First Date
By Gail Richardson

Read by Grace Hogg-Robinson who plays Annie

Devil's Price
By Aaliyah Martin-Clarke

Read by Sam Cox who plays Poole

Her
By Russell Welch

Read by Paul Giddings

Riven
By Janet Barker

Read by Ben Jones who plays Lanyon / Carew

The Dark Mirror
By Jennifer Baines

Read by Rosie Abraham who plays Lucy / Maid/ Singer
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