Liars' League NYC

Liars' League NYC Writers write. Actors read. Audience listens. Everybody wins. Liars' League NYC is a regular literary event featuring original short stories performed by professionally trained actors.
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Selected stories are published on our website, performed by actors before a live audience at New York’s infamous KGB Bar, and podcast via the iTunes Store and Stitcher. Entry is completely free – our aim is simply to bring the very best new fiction to life in front of one the most discerning literary audiences in the world.

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Last chance to submit to our SUCCESS & FAILURE edition - deadline is midnight tonight, Wednesday 4th March. Full guideli...
03/04/2020
Submissions — Liars' League NYC

Last chance to submit to our SUCCESS & FAILURE edition - deadline is midnight tonight, Wednesday 4th March. Full guidelines via the link - selected pieces are read by actors at KGB Bar in New York, published online, and podcast via Apple Music and Stitcher Radio. We look forward to reading your stories!

Liars’ League NYC looks for fresh, original, emotionally engaging fiction – stories that make us think, laugh, cry, or just leave us speechless. We tend to favor character-driven stories, and look for a sense of character development arising from situation or circumstance - we’re less interest...

Just one more day until the deadline for SUCCESS & FAILURE-themed submissions! Send us your short stories by Wednesday, ...
03/03/2020
Submissions — Liars' League NYC

Just one more day until the deadline for SUCCESS & FAILURE-themed submissions! Send us your short stories by Wednesday, 4th March - full guidelines available via the link below!

Liars’ League NYC looks for fresh, original, emotionally engaging fiction – stories that make us think, laugh, cry, or just leave us speechless. We tend to favor character-driven stories, and look for a sense of character development arising from situation or circumstance - we’re less interest...

There's a whole extra day this month until our next submission deadline! We're looking for short stories up to 3,000 wor...
02/28/2020
Submissions — Liars' League NYC

There's a whole extra day this month until our next submission deadline! We're looking for short stories up to 3,000 words on the theme of SUCCESS & FAILURE by Wednesday, 4th March. Selected pieces are read by actors at KGB Bar in New York, published online, and podcast via Apple Music and Stitcher Radio. Full guidelines are available via the link below!

Liars’ League NYC looks for fresh, original, emotionally engaging fiction – stories that make us think, laugh, cry, or just leave us speechless. We tend to favor character-driven stories, and look for a sense of character development arising from situation or circumstance - we’re less interest...

Just over a week to go until our current submission deadline - we're looking for short stories up to 3,000 words on the ...
02/24/2020
Submissions — Liars' League NYC

Just over a week to go until our current submission deadline - we're looking for short stories up to 3,000 words on the theme of SUCCESS & FAILURE by Wednesday, 4th March. Selected pieces are read by actors at KGB Bar in New York, published online, and podcast via Apple Music and Stitcher Radio. Full guidelines are available via the link below - thanks for trusting us with your work!

Liars’ League NYC looks for fresh, original, emotionally engaging fiction – stories that make us think, laugh, cry, or just leave us speechless. We tend to favor character-driven stories, and look for a sense of character development arising from situation or circumstance - we’re less interest...

A huge thank you to everyone who came along to our first event of the year last week - but especially to our actors, Kri...
02/11/2020
Intimacy & Isolation — Liars' League NYC

A huge thank you to everyone who came along to our first event of the year last week - but especially to our actors, Kristen Calgaro, Olivia Killingsworth, Tim Farley, and Matt Biagini; and our writers, Christopher Green, William Cass, Mark Sadler, and featured writer Brian Birnbaum from fellow reading series Dead Rabbits Reading Series NYC!

You can read all the stories from the night on our website now - and listen to the performances while you're at it. You'll find a full podcast of the entire show in Apple Podcasts and on Stitcher Radio.

We'll be back at KGB Bar on April Fool's Day - and we're currently accepting submissions on the theme of SUCCESS & FAILURE. The deadline is Wednesday, 4th March, and you'll find full guidelines on our website!

Liars' League NYC presents Intimacy & Isolation. Featuring stories by Christopher Green, William Cass, Mark Sadler, and Brian Birnbaum; performed by Kristen Calgaro, Olivia Killingsworth, Tim Farley, and Matt Biagini. Hosted by Andrew Lloyd-Jones at KGB Bar on 5th February 2020.

#TBT to this summer's Short & Sweet spectacular, and E James Ford reading Ryan Chapman's "Remember to Laugh"! Because yo...
10/30/2019
Remember to Laugh by Ryan Chapman — Liars' League NYC

#TBT to this summer's Short & Sweet spectacular, and E James Ford reading Ryan Chapman's "Remember to Laugh"! Because you really, really have to.

And don't forget, there's just a few days to submit to our last submissions theme of 2019! The theme is "Intimacy & Isolation" and the deadline is Monday, November 4th - full guidelines are available on our website!

It seems as if every day life gets a little worse. That's because it does! But you must remember to laugh.

Stories and recordings from our Accident & Emergency edition are now online! You'll find the stories and recording from ...
10/15/2019
Accident & Emergency — Liars' League NYC

Stories and recordings from our Accident & Emergency edition are now online! You'll find the stories and recording from the night on our website now, and you can listen to a podcast of the entire show for free via Apple Music and Stitcher Radio by tomorrow. Thanks again to our amazing writers, Rachel Lyon , Katherine Shaw, William Shunn, and Arthur Longworth; and our actors, Michaela Morton, Rachel Brun, Mark Woollett, and Michael Petrocelli! And don't forget, if you'd like to leave a message for our featured PEN America BREAK OUT writer Arthur Longworth, you can do so at bit.ly/liarbreakout.

Featuring stories by Rachel Lyon, Katherine Shaw, William Shunn, and Arthur Longworth: read by actors Michaela Morton, Rachel Brun, Mark Woollett, and Michael Petrocelli. Hosted by Andrew Lloyd-Jones at KGB Bar, NYC.

Huge thanks to everyone who came along to last night's Liars' League NYC reading! But as ever, the lion's share of the t...
10/03/2019

Huge thanks to everyone who came along to last night's Liars' League NYC reading! But as ever, the lion's share of the thanks go to our writers - Rachel Lyon, Katherine Shaw, William Shunn, and Arthur Longworth, as well as our actors, Michaela Morton, Rachel Brun, Mark Woollett, and Michael Petrocelli! We'll have the stories and recording up in our website and on Apple Music/Stitcher Radio by early next week - in the meantime, if you'd like to leave a message for our featured PEN America BREAK OUT writer Arthur Longworth, you can do so at bit.ly/liarbreakout - we'll have his story online for you all to listen to shortly!

Join us this Wednesday October 2nd for our Accident & Emergency event at KGB - we're proud to be partnering with our fri...
09/30/2019

Join us this Wednesday October 2nd for our Accident & Emergency event at KGB - we're proud to be partnering with our friends at PEN America and The Poetry Project to promote their BREAK OUT campaign, aimed at reintegrating incarcerated writers into literary community. We'll be featuring a piece by the writer Arthur Longworth, read by actor Michael Petrocelli - along with three other stories, including one by Rachel Lyon, editor-in-chief of Epiphany A Literary Journal and author of the critically-acclaimed "Self Portrait with Boy". It all starts at 7pm - entrance is free!

A huge thanks to Raquel Penzo of La Pluma y La Tinta, Suzanne Dottino of KGB Bar & Lit Mag Sunday Night Fiction, Rachel ...
09/18/2019

A huge thanks to Raquel Penzo of La Pluma y La Tinta, Suzanne Dottino of KGB Bar & Lit Mag Sunday Night Fiction, Rachel Lyon of Ditmas Lit, and Katie Rainey of Dead Rabbits Reading Series NYC for taking part in last night's Brooklyn Book Festival panel, How Not to Run a Reading Series! We had a blast - and we'll have the audio up on our website soon for those of you who couldn't make it. Don't forget, there are plenty more Bookend Events happening this week - for more details, check out the full schedule at brooklynbookfestival.org, and we'll see you on Sunday for festival day itself! #BKBF

Just a few days left to submit a story to our next edition: send us your tales of disaster, failure, and crisis by Monda...
08/30/2019
Submissions — Liars' League NYC

Just a few days left to submit a story to our next edition: send us your tales of disaster, failure, and crisis by Monday, September 2nd! Full guidelines via the link below, but in a nutshell, we're looking for fresh, emotionally engaging, character-driven fiction under 3000 words. We're looking forward to reading your stories!

Accident & Emergency - Deadline: Monday, 2nd September 2019Intimacy & Isolation - Deadline: Monday, 4th November 2019

In case you missed it last week, the recordings from our evening of Short & Sweet Flash Fiction are up on our website an...
08/29/2019
Short & Sweet Flash Fiction — Liars' League NYC

In case you missed it last week, the recordings from our evening of Short & Sweet Flash Fiction are up on our website and available to download via Apple Music and Stitcher Radio - entirely free! Listen to new stories from writers Ryan Chapman, Bonnie Harris, Kira Marie McCullough, Holly Woodward, Mark Sadler, Steve Young, and Jessica Lee Richardson; performed by actors E James Ford, Hannah Seusy, Jeff Wills, and Kira Davies.

We'll be in the Red Room hosting our Official 2019 Brooklyn Book Festival Event, HOW NOT TO RUN A READING SERIES on Tuesday, September 17th, but in the meantime, we're still accepting short fiction for our next reading: ACCIDENTS & EMERGENCIES! Deadline is Monday, 2nd September - we look forward to reading your stories!

New flash fiction by writers Ryan Chapman, Bonnie Harris, Kira Marie McCullough, Holly Woodward, Mark Sadler, Steve Young, and Jessica Lee Richardson; performed by actors E. James Ford, Hannah Seusy, Jeff Wills, and Kira Davies. Hosted by Andrew Lloyd-Jones at KGB Bar, NYC on Tuesday, 20th August 20

You can now read the stories from this week's Short & Sweet edition, featuring stories by writers Ryan Chapman, Bonnie H...
08/22/2019
Short & Sweet Flash Fiction — Liars' League NYC

You can now read the stories from this week's Short & Sweet edition, featuring stories by writers Ryan Chapman, Bonnie Harris, Kira Marie McCullough, Holly Woodward, Mark Sadler, Steve Young, and Jessica Lee Richardson; performed by actors E. James Ford, Hannah Seusy, Jeff Wills, and Kira Davies. Stay tuned for the recordings, online early next week!

New flash fiction by writers Ryan Chapman, Bonnie Harris, Kira Marie McCullough, Holly Woodward, Mark Sadler, Steve Young, and Jessica Lee Richardson; performed by actors E. James Ford, Hannah Seusy, Jeff Wills, and Kira Davies. Hosted by Andrew Lloyd-Jones at KGB Bar, NYC on Tuesday, 20th August 20

A super-sized thanks to everyone who came along to last night's Short & Sweet evening of flash fiction at KGB Bar - but ...
08/21/2019

A super-sized thanks to everyone who came along to last night's Short & Sweet evening of flash fiction at KGB Bar - but especially to our writers, Ryan Chapman, Bonnie Harris, Kira Marie McCullough, Holly Woodward, Mark Sadler, Steve Young, and Jessica Richardson; and our actors, E James Ford, Hannah Seusy, Jeff Wills, and Kira Davies; with a special thanks to our guest quizmaster Ryan Chapman!

We'll have the stories up on our website later today, with the recordings online, in the iTunes Store, and on Stitcher Radio early next week. In the meantime, we're currently accepting submissions for our ACCIDENT & EMERGENCY edition, for all your stories of mistakes, disasters, and crises - the deadline is Monday, 2nd September, with full guidelines on our website!

Finally, watch this space for details of our Official Brooklyn Book Festival Bookends panel on Tuesday, 17th September - HOW NOT TO RUN A READING SERIES - coming soon!

Thanks to everyone who submitted to our Short & Sweet Flash Fiction edition - we're busy reading now, and we'll announce...
07/16/2019
Riots I Have Known

Thanks to everyone who submitted to our Short & Sweet Flash Fiction edition - we're busy reading now, and we'll announce the lineup for August's event next week!

In the meantime, we're delighted to say the fantastically talented and equally debonaire Ryan Chapman, whose debut novel RIOTS I HAVE KNOWN was published this summer, will not only be giving us a story or two to read as part of the show - but he'll be running the literary trivia quiz at the intermission! Which means, given that he runs trivia night Nerd Jeopardy AND has published a trivia book (CONVERSATION SPARKS), it'll be a damn sight better than our usual half-arsed effort. We'll have a full lineup for you next week, but mark it in your diaries now - Tuesday, 20th August at 7pm at KGB Bar!

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Ryan Chapman is a Sri Lankan-American writer originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. His work has appeared online at The New Yorker, GQ, Bookforum, BOMB, Guernica, and The Believer. He is a recipient of fellowships from Vermont Studio Center and the Millay Colony for the Arts. He lives in upstate New York. Riots I Have Known is his first novel.

“Dark, daring, and laugh-out-loud hilarious, Riots I Have Known is one of the smartest—and best—novels of the year.”—NPR “Chapman establishes himself...

Last chance to submit to our special annual Short & Sweet Flash Fiction edition - deadline for stories up to 1000 words ...
07/15/2019
Submissions — Liars' League NYC

Last chance to submit to our special annual Short & Sweet Flash Fiction edition - deadline for stories up to 1000 words is midnight tonight, July 15th! Full guidelines via the link below!

Short & Sweet Flash Fiction - Deadline: Monday, 15th July 2019Accident & Emergency - Deadline: Monday, 2nd September 2019Intimacy & Isolation - Deadline: Monday, 4th November 2019

07/15/2019
PEN America's Lit Crawl NYC

We've always had an amazing time at #LitCrawlNYC - and you can too! They're accepting submissions for events from literary organizations large and small as we speak - check out the guidelines below, and get your submissions in by Thursday, August 1st!

Today's the day! #LitCrawlNYC submissions are open to all curators and organizations large & small. Submit here: bit.ly/LitCrawlNYC19

Just a few days left to submit to our annual Short & Sweet edition - send us flash fiction under 1000 words by midnight ...
07/12/2019
Submissions — Liars' League NYC

Just a few days left to submit to our annual Short & Sweet edition - send us flash fiction under 1000 words by midnight on Monday, July 15th! Full guidelines via the link below...

Short & Sweet Flash Fiction - Deadline: Monday, 15th July 2019Accident & Emergency - Deadline: Monday, 2nd September 2019Intimacy & Isolation - Deadline: Monday, 4th November 2019

One week until our *extended deadline* for Flash Fiction - we're currently accepting short stories up to 1000 words for ...
07/08/2019
Submissions — Liars' League NYC

One week until our *extended deadline* for Flash Fiction - we're currently accepting short stories up to 1000 words for annual our Short & Sweet edition! Deadline is July 15th - full details and guidelines via the link below!

Short & Sweet Flash Fiction - Deadline: Monday, 15th July 2019Accident & Emergency - Deadline: Monday, 2nd September 2019Intimacy & Isolation - Deadline: Monday, 4th November 2019

Good news! Since our August event is two weeks later than usual, we’re extending the deadline for Short & Sweet Flash Fi...
06/26/2019
Submissions — Liars' League NYC

Good news! Since our August event is two weeks later than usual, we’re extending the deadline for Short & Sweet Flash Fiction Submissions to Monday, 15th July 2019! Full guidelines on our site, but in a nutshell, we're looking for short fiction of any theme up to 1000 words. Hope you're all enjoying the summer in the meantime!

Short & Sweet Flash Fiction - Deadline: Monday, 15th July 2019Accident & Emergency - Deadline: Monday, 2nd September 2019Intimacy & Isolation - Deadline: Monday, 4th November 2019

The recordings and stories from last week's Freedom & Restraint edition are up on our website now - and you can hear the...
06/10/2019
Freedom & Restraint — Liars' League NYC

The recordings and stories from last week's Freedom & Restraint edition are up on our website now - and you can hear the show in its entirety for free via the iTunes Store and on Stitcher Radio - just search for Liars' League NYC!

Thanks again to all our writers and actors - and don't forget, if you'd like to submit a story, we're we're currently accepting flash fiction submissions under 1000 words for our Short & Sweet edition later in the summer - stop by our website for full submission details!

Featuring stories by writers Blair Hurley, Tara Lindis, Katherine Jamieson, and Kate Scarpetta; read by actors Tim Farley, Ginny Bartolone, Cathie Boruch, and Rudi Utter. Hosted by Andrew Lloyd-Jones at KGB Bar on 5th June 2019.

Freedom & Restraint — Liars' League NYC
06/06/2019
Freedom & Restraint — Liars' League NYC

Freedom & Restraint — Liars' League NYC

Featuring stories by writers Blair Hurley, Tara Lindis, Katherine Jamieson, and Kate Scarpetta; read by actors Tim Farley, Ginny Bartolone, Cathie Boruch, and Rudi Utter. Hosted by Andrew Lloyd-Jones at KGB Bar on 5th June 2019.

Before and after! Huge thanks to everyone who came out to our Freedom & Restraint edition at KGB Bar last night - but es...
06/06/2019

Before and after! Huge thanks to everyone who came out to our Freedom & Restraint edition at KGB Bar last night - but especially to writers Blair Hurley, Tara Lindis, Katherine Jamieson, and Kate Scarpetta; and actors Tim Farley, Ginny Bartolone, Cathie Boruch, and Rudi Utter. Stories are up on our website now - and you'll be able to check out the recordings early next week!

Don't forget, we're currently accepting flash fiction submissions under 1000 words for our Short & Sweet edition later in the summer - stop by our website for full submission details.

Join us tomorrow night at KGB for an evening of FREEDOM & RESTRAINT - four new stories from emerging writers Blair Hurle...
06/04/2019

Join us tomorrow night at KGB for an evening of FREEDOM & RESTRAINT - four new stories from emerging writers Blair Hurley, Tara Lindis, Katherine Jamieson, and Kate Scarpetta, read by actors Rudi Utter, Tim Farley, Cathie Boruch, and Ginny Bartolone. Entrance is free! Drinks are cheap! And we have prizes! Hope to see you there!

Thanks to everyone who submitted a story for our Freedom & Restraint theme - watch this space for details of selected st...
05/08/2019
Submissions — Liars' League NYC

Thanks to everyone who submitted a story for our Freedom & Restraint theme - watch this space for details of selected stories! In the meantime, we're now accepting stories for our SHORT & SWEET FLASH FICTION edition in August - deadline is Monday, July 1st. We look forward to reading your stories!

Freedom & Restraint - Deadline: Monday, 6th May 2019Short & Sweet Flash Fiction - Deadline: Monday, 1st July 2019Accident & Emergency - Deadline: Monday, 2nd September 2019Intimacy & Isolation - Deadline: Monday, 4th November 2019

Last chance to send us a story for Liars' League NYC's FREEDOM & RESTRAINT edition - deadline for submissions is Monday,...
05/03/2019
Submissions — Liars' League NYC

Last chance to send us a story for Liars' League NYC's FREEDOM & RESTRAINT edition - deadline for submissions is Monday, June 6th! As ever, full guidelines on our website via the link below - selected stories are published online, read by actors at KGB Bar in New York, and podcast via iTunes and Stitcher Radio!

Freedom & Restraint - Deadline: Monday, 6th May 2019Short & Sweet Flash Fiction - Deadline: Monday, 1st July 2019Accident & Emergency - Deadline: Monday, 2nd September 2019Intimacy & Isolation - Deadline: Monday, 4th November 2019

Huge thanks to everyone who came to last night's Memories & Mementos reading - but especially writers Gina Hanson, Kurt ...
03/28/2019

Huge thanks to everyone who came to last night's Memories & Mementos reading - but especially writers Gina Hanson, Kurt Mullen, Derek Ivan Webster, and Charlotte Sulick, and actors Olivia Killingsworth, Don Carter, Max Woertendyke, and Josephine Cashman! We'll never forget you!

We'll have the stories up by the weekend, and you'll be able to listen to the readings on our website or the entire show via iTunes and Stitcher Radio early next week! We'll be back at KGB on Wednesday, June 5th with a night of FREEDOM & RESTRAINT - and you can submit a story for that theme up until Monday, May 6th - full guidelines are on our website!

In the meantime, thanks for the memories, guys!

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