Tindal Street Fiction Group was founded in 1983 and is still going strong.
Tindal Street is a no-through-road in Balsall Heath, Birmingham where the group used to meet. Afterwards the group would drink in the Old Moseley Arms. During the 80s and 90s the group produced several anthologies of stories and in 1997 published a book-length collection of stories by Alan Beard, which became a successful dry-run for Tindal Street Press (the publishing company that grew out of the fiction group). The group, however, is a distinct organization from the publisher, with different aims and personnel. Update: Tindal Street Press has been absorbed into the Serpent’s Tail list, and no longer exists as a separate publisher.
TSFG members have had a good success record over the years, including Booker and Orange prize longlistees, winners of several awards, including the Tom-Gallon award, a Shirley Jackson award, and the Prix du Premier Roman Etranger, and appeared in numerous anthologies including several Best British Short Stories anthologies. For a full list of members past and present and their achievements please see this page.
TSFG is currently open to applicants until the end of July 2018 (there is one place available). If you want to be considered please submit two stories or extracts from longer pieces (including novels), each no longer than 3,000 words. Fiction only, no poetry or drama, and aimed at adults, although ‘YA’ pieces may be acceptable. These are read by everyone in the group. This means it can take us a couple of months to make a decision about somebody’s application. Previous applicants are welcome to submit new work.
If we’d like more than one applicant to join the group, there is a waiting list and writers on this list will be invited to become an Associate Member. Associate Members receive regular emails from the group and are welcome to attend 4 meetings a year. However, there are only a couple of sessions a year when Associates can have their own work discussed.
Should you wish to apply please contact us via the ‘Contact’ option above. You can expect an acknowledgement and details on how to proceed within a fortnight.
There is a limit of 16 full members (8 men/8 women), but none on the numbers of associates, some are on the waiting list, others are former members who can no longer attend for one reason or another.