NEXT EVENT: Tuesday 9 February - Clean & Dirty for Valentine's Day.
NEXT DEADLINE: Sunday 7 February for our Tuesday 8 March Justice & Mercy event
All our events are held at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm) on the second Tuesday of every month (not January) downstairs at:
The Phoenix (click here for map)
37 Cavendish Square
London W1G 0PP
The Phoenix is a five-minute walk from Oxford Circus tube, which is on the Victoria, Bakerloo & Central lines.
Tickets are £5 on the door & include a programme, sometimes sweeties, & the infamous half-time book quiz!
2016 EVENT DATES, DEADLINES & THEMES
All theme deadlines are on the first Sunday of the preceding month (e.g. the deadline for Dec's Light & Dark is Sunday 6 Nov). We don't have a lot of submission rules here at Liars' League, but you can find them all on the submissions page. Basically, your story needs to be 800-2000 words long, previously unpublished (print and online) and emailed to us at email@example.com by 11.59pm GMT on the day of the deadline.
Tuesday 9 February - Clean & Dirty ... Pre-or post-watershed prose, we don't mind, but make sure to give it a (somewhat) sexy or romantic twist because this is our Valentine's event and we'd love to see your sweet or saucy stories.
Tuesday 8 March - Justice & Mercy ... The Civil Rights Act of 1866 was passed 150 years ago this month, and so it seems a good time to ask for stories of (in)justice, mercy, crusaders, pioneers, activists, lawmakers and lawbreakers.
DEADLINE: Sunday 7 February
Tuesday 12 April - Hundreds & Thousands ... It's both our ninth birthday and our one hundredth event, so as a special one-off we're seeking Drabbles (100 word stories) and flash fiction of no more than 1000 words ONLY. We'd love it if you could work a numbers, birthdays or anniversaries theme in there too ...
DEADLINE: Sunday 6 March
Tuesday 10 May - Stage & Screen ... We're looking for everything from Hollywood Boulevard to Ealing Studios, Old Vic or young, Kabuki to The Method, actors, players, directors, writers, and those who watch them.
DEADLINE: Sunday 3 April
Tuesday 14 June - Planes, Trains & Automobiles ... Does what it says on the tin. Send us your vehicular fiction of travel and transport.
DEADLINE: Sunday 1 May
Tuesday 12 July - Genius & Madness ... 200 years ago this month, Lord Byron, the Shelleys and a certain Dr Polidori were staring glumly at the rain, wondering how to entertain themselves. The subsequent night of storytelling brought us Frankenstein and one of the first English vampire novels. Can you do as well? We want tales of genius, madness and the strange and shifting no-man's-land between ...
DEADLINE: Sunday 5 June
Tuesday 9 August - Work & Play ... Do you live to work, or work to live? And what do you do for fun? We want to hear about the 9-5 as well as the after-dark hours this month.
DEADLINE: Sunday 3 July
Tuesday 13 September - Gods & Mortals ... Myths and mythmakers, religion and heresy, Titanic clashes, Biblical epics (as long as they're under 2000 words) and anything else you can think of on the theme.
DEADLINE: Sunday 7 August
Tuesday 11 October - Flesh & Bone ... It's Hallowe'en! Scare us out of our skins!
DEADLINE: Sunday 4 September
Tuesday 8 November - Us & Them ... This month we want stories told from EITHER multiple points of view (i.e. by or through the eyes of two or more different characters) - OR from a collective viewpoint. Think hives of bees, nests of ants, a corporate entity given voice, the Borg, that sort of thing. Let your imagination(s) run wild!
DEADLINE: Sunday 2 October
Tuesday 13 December - Light & Dark ... The season of light, love, laughter and, um, Lebkuchen has its dark side too. Show us the shadows under the tree as well as the star on top this Christmas.
DEADLINE: Sunday 6 November
PAST EVENTS 2015: (click on the theme name to go to the stories for that month)
Tuesday 10 February - BEAUTIFUL & DAMNED ... We kicked off the month of love with your tales of gorgeous girls and heartbreaking men, doomed youth, cursed souls and starcrossed love.
January - LIARS' LEAGUE'S ANNUAL POST-CHRISTMAS BREAK
Tuesday 11 February - YOU & ME ... Two-sided stories for Valentine's Day, featuring unicorns, multiple murder, online dating, high art and highwaymen.
Tuesday 11 March - TRUTH & DARE ... Snipe hunters, coups, booze, Hoxton tw*ts, kitchen nudity, forgetful murderers and Death personified ... twice.
Tuesday 8th April - SLINGS & ARROWS ... Shakespeare, zombie porn, paintball, PTSD, knights and hangings.
Tuesday 13 May - BEGINNING & END ... Featuring birth, death, Aussie fishermen, rat pies, three people stuck in a lift and the end of the world.
Tuesday 10 June - WEIRD & WONDERFUL ... With a cast of beautifully bizarre characters including a psychopathic doppelganger, a cynical mermaid, an Amazonian tree god and a suburban centauress.
Tuesday July 8 - SONS & DAUGHTERS ... Foul-mouthed little girls, macho dads, promiscuous mums, wayward sons, and pig-eating cows (don't ask). Also, Star Wars!
Tuesday August 12 - BEAUTY & BEAST ... Dragons, stagbeetles, ballerinas, swans, horses and nudists.
Tuesday September 9 - HIGH & LOW ... A rollercoaster ride of high art, low life, soft drugs, hard luck, empathy machines, building jumpers, wirewalkers and the world's most embarrassing dad.
Tuesday October 14 - SLASH & BURN ... Ghosts, cowboys, psychic twins, murderous rats, deals with the devil and Spock and Kirk in a clinch.
Tuesday November 11 - VICE & VIRTUE ... Hookers, pimps, gluttons, pussies, spacegoing saints & Lambini-fuelled sex advice on a council estate.
Tuesday December 9 - MISTLETOE & WINE ... Mistletoe tattoos, Swinging Sixties parties, birthday wining and dining as a relationship fractures, Jesus, Rudolph, and not one but TWO appearances of the German anti-Santa Krampus.
PAST EVENTS 2013: (click on the theme name to go to the stories for that month)
January - LIARS' LEAGUE'S ANNUAL POST-CHRISTMAS BREAK
Tuesday 12 February - SHORT & SWEET ... Eight fabulous flash fictions featuring dinosaurs, pilots, surfers, special economic advisers, acupuncturists, the morning after and 1950s dental disaster.
Tuesday 12 March - SONG & DANCE Six stories to get you humming along and tapping your feet.
Tuesday 9 April - TWIST & TURN Mistresses, murder, pudding and phone trees - all with a twist.
Tuesday 14 May - MAN & MACHINE Five technological tales featuring predator drones, cars, robots and reel-to-reel.
Tuesday 11 June - KINGS & QUEENS Gay proms, drunken French elephants, royal betrayals, shipwrecks and the spirit of Elvis Presley.
Tuesday 9 July - HOPE & GLORY Meet Oscar Wilde and a very dependent Beyonce, a would-be seductive Russian Count, a modern-day buccanneer, a lonely factory worker and a man on a time-loop date.
Tuesday 13 August - LIFE & LIMB Danger! Peril! Sex! Suicide! Flying men! Talking crows! Bonsai! And hikers!
Tuesday 10 September - BUSINESS & PLEASURE Work & leisure, sex in the office etc.
Tuesday 8 October - DEAD & BURIED Scary stories for Hallowe'en - ghosts, zombies & murderers.
November - CLOAK & DAGGER - Betrayal! Secrets! Conspiracies!And lots of stabbing ...
December - SNOW & STARS - Seasonal stories for Christmas, including a very NSFW one about Santa on a coke binge.
PAST EVENTS FROM 2012: (click on the theme name to go to the stories chosen that month)
Tuesday 14 Feb, 2012 - KISS & KILL ... Our darkly lovestruck special for Valentine's Day.
Tuesday 13 March, 2012 - HIRED & FIRED ... Stories of work: evil bosses, faceless corporations, underlings.
Tuesday 10 April, 2012 - WET & WILD ... Tales of sea and shore, jungles urban and emotional.
Tuesday 8 May 2012 - TIME & SPACE ... Science fiction time-jumping and a very unusual pregnancy.
Tuesday 12 June 2012 - COUNTRY & WESTERN ... Stories about the country, American West, and music.
Tuesday 10 July 2012 - SWEAT & TEARS ... A salty, sporty special for the London Olympics.
Tuesday 14 August 2012 - LAW & ORDER ... Bail-jumpers, social workers, petty criminals & a donkey.
Tuesday 11 September 2012 - FOOD & DRINK ... Tasty tales to make your mouth water.
Tuesday 9 October 2012 - TOOTH & CLAW ... Creepy automata, murderous pensioners, monsters, beasts, etc.
Tuesday 13 November 2012 - TREASON & PLOT ... Betrayals in love, business, family or politics; lost plots, grave-plots, murder plots and tangled plots ... to keep the Bonfire Night fires burning!
Tuesday 19 December 2012 - ANGELS & DEMONS ... Frostbitten nannies, incompetent angels, little devils, pissed bankers and a brothel of death.