Fiction Submissions

We are currently accepting fiction submissions for the the following:


Web Publication

Most fiction selected to feature on the website will also be offered the opportunity to be included in one of our yearly anthologies.

We are actively looking for:

Short Stories – prose stories between 1000 and 3000 words

We are also considering the following:

Flash fiction – prose stories <1000 words in length
Micro-fiction – prose stories up to <150 words in length.

Serialised longer fiction  We will consider longer prose pieces that can be broken down into 1000-3000 word instalments. If you have an idea for a multi part story, send us the first instalment and a synopsis of the rest of the story (if you have one).


Books and eBooks

Great Escapes | Volume 2, an anthology of short fiction (Publication date TBC)

Great Escapes Volume 2 has had to be postponed a number of times due to our other commitments, but we are now pushing forward with finding content to complete the book.

Length – Micro fiction – Short story (50-10,000 words)
Genre – see below
Closing date – When filled. Once closed, submissions will be accepted for volume 3 (publication date TBC).

Stand alone shorts

If you would be interested in having us publish a stand alone short story (5000-10,000 words) or novella (<35,000) please send a query with a short synopsis. Include as much detail as you can in your covering email.

We are not currently accepting submissions for novellas or novels over 35,000 words.


Interested in longer / more regular contributions?

If you’d like to make regular contributions or contribute a longer, multi-part story, introduce yourself; tell us a bit about yourself and your writing so we can discuss how you can get involved and how we can work with you. (Submissions will still be considered on a piece by piece basis; this is not an employed position).


Genres

We are looking for fiction with an element of escapism. Things which take the reader to another time and/or place and deal with challenges outside our common, everyday experiences. Speculative fiction (sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal etc), romance, adventure, horror and comedy are all great.

Real life tragedy, lifestyle, hard life tales or stories which deal with everyday challenges are examples of what we’re not looking for.

If you’re not sure, you can always contact us with a short synopsis to inquire if your idea is suitable.

Unsuitable Content

Submissions should, in general, be suitable for (though not necessarily aimed at) a 15+ audience. Please avoid graphic sexual content and extreme graphic violence. If you are unsure whether something is suitable, just ask.

Submitting your work

You can submit your work by email. We do not accept postal submissions at this time. Follow these guidelines:

  • Include your name and email address so we can contact you.
  • Either include your submission in the text of an email or as an attachment. We accept the following formats – .doc .docx .rtf .odf .txt. Please don’t submit PDFs.
  • Include the title of your piece.
  • Include the words “fiction submission” in your email subject.
  • Proof read your work carefully and avoid unusual formatting, such as bold and underlined text.

Reprints, simultaneous and multiple submissions

We will consider all of the above within reason. For reprints, please let us know when and where it was previously published. For simultaneous submissions, please notify us if a piece we are considering has been accepted elsewhere. Please use your judgement and keep multiple submissions to a reasonable amount, e.g. up to 3 short stories.

Contracts & Payment

If we select your submission for inclusion on the website, we’ll ask you to agree to a short written contract granting us a non-exclusive distribution license for your work for a fixed 3 months after which we will continue to display the story unless you request it be removed.

If your piece is chosen for inclusion in one of our anthologies or other publications, we’ll contact you with an invitation and a sample publication contact.

There is no payment for web publication. A portion of the profits from anthology sales will be split between the contributors. These royalties are payable on any and all sales of the publication.

Fees (or the lack thereof) and Competitions

There are no fees for submission and never will be. We also run competitions with specific submission requirements (never any fees to enter), and you can read about these on our Competitions Page.