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A bumper crop of short stories this quarter

Our quarterly short story competition is going from strength to strength, and when our most recent one closed at midnight a couple of days ago we had more entries than we’ve ever received since the competition first opened earlier this year.

We’re delighted that the competition has proved so popular with writers around the world – this quarter has seen entries from writers as far afield as India and Australia, amongst other places – and the judges can’t wait to start reading them and whittling down to the long and short lists.

Don’t forget, the competition is open all year round – you can find all the details, including deadline dates, on our short story page.  If you’re a writer, why not have a go at winning the top prize of £150 (or two other placed prizes), as well as publication here on our website and in possible future anthologies. (And if you’re not a writer, but you know others who are, pass this on!) You can also read previous winning entries on our dedicated page.

If you are entering, make sure you thoroughly read and abide by all our rules of entry. Even if you’ve entered our competition before, make sure you go back and familiarise yourself with them, as the rules have recently been revised and updated.

Good luck – we can’t wait to read your story!

Announcing our new Short Story Competition

Short story CompetitionWe’re pleased to announce the launch of our quarterly 1,500 Short Story competition.

You could win £150 for first place. (Two other prizes of £75 and £30 will be awarded each quarter.)

After the recent success of our Rehearsed Reading Nights, where authors were given the chance to read aloud (or hear read aloud by our company of professional actors) their short stories, or excerpts from longer pieces, 2019 sees the development of the publishing arm of Cranked Anvil Media. Part of that will be this competition, open to any author – new or established.

You can find out all the details – including how to enter – on the short story page.

You can enter up to three stories each quarter. The next deadline is midnight on 30th April.

So what are you waiting for?… Get writing!


The Writer, The Journalist, and the ex-Footballer

Thur 22 June 2017

Talk about a meeting of great minds and skill!

Here’s the Dream Team behind Wise Men Say / Cornered, meeting recently to discuss the production and put a few more details in place!

l-r: sports journalist Jeff Brown, ex-SAFC player Dave Corner, writer Paul Dunn, pictured recently

The wheels are now in motion for the tour, which is already on sale at most venues (take a look at our production page, using the link above, to see a list of venues and how you can buy tickets.)

As you can see from the photo, Dave Corner, who is the subject of Jeff Brown’s play Cornered, is firmly behind the whole production, and is planning to attend as many of the performances as possible. (Along with, we hope, many other ex-players and club staff.)

And it was during this recent meeting that Jeff – in true sports journalist style – revealed a jaw-dropping sporting exclusive to both Dave and Paul. There is video evidence of the whole revelation, and it will most certainly feature as part of the show!  Make sure you get your tickets to find out what it is!


2016 Season

Fri 23 Oct 2015

Well, now that our weekly comedy radio show, Paul & Nessa’s Happy Hour, is well underway, we’ve been able to concentrate on other projects.

We’re currently finalising plans for our 2016 season, which we’re very excited about!  There’s a lot of stuff which, for now, needs to remain a secret, but as soon as things are confirmed we’ll be making our announcements – and we guarantee you’ll be as excited as us!

One thing we can announce now is that next January will see the return of our popular Rehearsed Reading Night.  This will be the 4th one we’ve put on, and we’re delighted that once again the Marine in South Shields will be the venue (this time under different hosts!)

You can find all the info on the RRN IV page – which we’ll be adding to as and when we confirm writers, directors and performers.  If you’re a writer you’ll also see that we’re now open for submissions for this – follow the links to our submissions page to find out more.

Creativity Talks – interview with Martyn Bell

Mon 3 Nov 2014

Well, things have finally settled down after the run of I Left My Heart In Roker Park. It was a great run, and we got some cracking reviews and fantastic feedback from the audiences.

But now it’s time to look ahead to 2015, and we’ve already got a couple of exciting projects lined up.  We’re planning another Rehearsed Reading Night in February, and the a sketch comedy night in aid of Comic Relief in March.

And w recently talked about those things, and many more, in a new podcast by Martyn Bell, called Creativity Talks.  Martyn interviews creative people from different professions. Actors, singers, dancers, comedians, card makers, painters, sketch artists… It’s a great podcast, and well worth a listen. You can also see his facebook page and follow him on twitter.

And, if you’d like to hear it, here’s the interview which director Paul Dunn did with him.

Rehearsals continue for RRN III

The first readthrough of Alpha Blond(e)

Thu 6 Mar

Only 3 weeks to go now, until our third Rehearsed Reading Night takes place, and the plays are starting to come together nicely.

Last night, we had the first ’round-the-table’ readthrough for Peter Dawson’s piece, Alpha Blond(e), with the cast and director subsequently putting it on its feet and exploring the text in more detail.

It’s a very stylised play, which should provoke a lot of thought and feedback when we open with it on the night of the 27th.

The cast are:


The show is taking place upstairs at The Marine Pub, on Ocean Road in South Shields.  Tickets are just £5 on the door.

In rehearsal. l-r: producer Paul Dunn, Stephen Sullivan, Danielle Miller, director Peter Dawson
In rehearsal. l-r: producer Paul Dunn, Stephen Sullivan, Danielle Miller, director Peter Dawson