Cornish Short Stories is here!

We are delighted to announce the publication of Cornish Short Stories: A Collection of Contemporary Cornish Writing. Our official publication date is 2 April and pre-orders are available from all good booksellers and online. Cornish shorts.png

Join us for our book launch and celebration at The Falmouth Bookseller on Saturday 19 May at 6pm!

The anthology contains the work of nineteen writers including authors Tom Vowler, Katherine Stansfield, Rob Magnuson Smith, Cathy Galvin of The Word Factory and Tim Hannigan. We also introduce stories by exciting new voices such as Anastasia Gammon and S Reid. Find out more on our website.

Ghosts walk in the open and infidelities are conducted in plain sight. Two teenagers walk along a perfect beach in the anticipation of a first kiss. Time stops for nothing—not even for death. Sometimes time cracks, disrupting a fragile equilibrium.

The stories are peopled with locals and incomers, sailors and land dwellers; a diver searches the deep for what she has lost, and forbidden lovers meet in secret places. Throughout, the writers’ words reveal a love of the incomparable Cornish landscape.

Cornish Short Stories: A Collection of Contemporary Cornish Writing is published by The History Press, ISBN: 978 0750 983556.


Cornish Short Stories: Three Weeks to Go

There are three weeks left to submit your short stories to Cornish Short Stories: A Collection of Contemporary Cornish Writing, a new anthology due to be published by The History Press in May 2018. Submissions close on 7 July 2017.

Editors Felicity Notley and Emma Timpany are looking for stories of 2,000 to 6,000 words in length, though exceptional work which falls outside this range will also be considered.

All entries must be the author’s own work and should not have been published anywhere, in print or online. The stories must have a Cornish setting and the author must be Cornish or resident in Cornwall. Stories for children are not suitable for this publication.

Within these guidelines, we encourage you to make full use of your creative freedom and embrace a wide range of subject matters, literary styles and genres (literary fiction, crime fiction, historical fiction, sci-fi etc.) We are simply looking for the very best new writing.

You can find more details, get in touch with questions, and submit your work on our website. We’re also on Twitter @CornishShorts and Facebook.


Cornish Short Stories: Call for Submissions

Editors Felicity Notley  and Emma Timpany are pleased to announce an exciting new anthology of writing from Cornwall. Cornish Short Stories: A Collection of Contemporary Cornish Writing will be published by The History Press in May 2018.

We are looking for new writing of the highest quality which is set in Cornwall. The word length is between 2,000 and 6,000 words, though we will consider longer and shorter pieces. The stories must be for adults, and writers must be resident in Cornwall or Cornwall born and bred. Submissions close on 7 July 2017.

We welcome submissions from new, emerging and existing writers. Find further details on our website. Follow us on Twitter @CornishShorts and Facebook.

Telltales in March

Time to get Unhinged with Telltales

What does your world revolve around? What sends you off-centre? Does the coming of spring turn you into a mad March hare every year?

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The theme of our next Telltales is Unhinged, and submissions are now open. We welcome all kinds of writing – poetry, short stories, non-fiction, scripts, translations, blog entries, flash fiction, memoir, novel extracts– but please remember the word limit is 2,000 words and your submission must take no more than 10 minutes to read aloud.


Submissions close on Friday 17 March. Send us your work through the form on the website. The event will take place on Tuesday 25 March at Dolly’s Tea Room and Wine Bar, 21 Church Street, Falmouth (above the Falmouth Bookseller). Entry is free.

Telltales – Jan 28th

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Telltales returns in the New Year. The theme for the event on Jan 28th is Seeing Things, the title of one of the late, great Seamus Heaney’s poetry collections. What do you have in your sights? Visions or ghosts? Do you see into the past or the future? Or is it what is hidden in plain sight that inspires you?

Telltales is a live event; the venue is Dolly’s Wine Bar, Church St, Falmouth (above the Falmouth Bookseller.) We accept submissions of poetry and prose through the form on our website The word limit is 2,000 words and all submissions should take no longer than 10 minutes to read aloud. Submissions close on Saturday 18 January 2014. We look forward to hearing from you.

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