The Short Anthology, Issue Two

The Short Anthology, Issue Two

The Short Anthology‘s Second Issue has launched.

Each issue of The Short Anthology is a collection of short stories based on photography. The second issue is based around 8 photographs Alma Haser took whilst on a trip back to her native Black Forest in Germany. 6 writers then used these photos as the inspiration for a short story. The stories are an eclectic mixture, ranging from an encounter with a strange beast deep in the German forests to the unearthing of a long held secret in a town in Nigeria.

The writers are:

  • Susan Sanford Blades, a writer living in Victoria, BC. Her short stories have been shortlisted for the Short Grain contest, the Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award and the Alberta Magazines Showcase Awards.
  • Gary Budden, co-director of Influx Press and an editorial assistant at Unsung Stories. His work has appeared in numerous journals, magazines and websites. He writes about landscape, punk and more at
  • Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, who lives in Abuja, Nigeria. His writing has been nominated for the Caine Prize for African Writing and his first novel, Season of Crimson Blossoms, was published in 2015 by Parrésia Publishers in Nigeria and Cassava Republic Press in the UK.
  • Anna Metcalfe, who had her first collection of short fiction, Blind Water Pass & Other Stories published by John Murray in May 2016.
  • Elizabeth Mikesch, the author of Niceties: Aural Ardor, Pardon Me (Calamari, 2014) and the co-founder of ( . y . ) press, an all-girl publishing project. She also performs contemporary folk arias as Fat Friend. She lives in Detroit, Michigan.
  • May-Lan Tan, the author of the short story collection Things to Make and Break (CB Editions, 2014) and the chapbook Girly (Future Tense, 2014). She lives in London.

The Second Issue is available to buy here:

If you didn’t get the first issue you can buy it along the the second issue in a special deal, go to to order.

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Battery Pack II now open to submissions

Battery Pack - A Micro-Anthology By Neon Books

Last year Neon Books published the first ever edition of Battery Pack – a tiny anthology of tiny stories, which was distributed free along with the spring issue of Neon Literary Magazine. The finished article featured stories that ranged from horror to tragedy to comedy to just plain weird, and enjoyed a print run of over three-hundred copies. This year I want to do it all over again.

To that end, Battery Pack II is now open to submissions. Stories need to be short, of course, but I’m also looking for original and high-quality writing. Take a look at the first volume for some reference, and then send along your miniature masterpieces via the webform on the guidelines page.

While you’re there, don’t forget to have a look at the most recent issue of Neon. If you subscribe now you’ll receive a free copy of Tracey S Rosenberg’s chapbook The Naming Of Cancer with your first issue. That’s in addition to the free pamphlet Selected Timelines: Past & Future. And all that for only £10 plus postage!

Transportation Takes a Look at an Island in the City

Fully crowdfunded and landing in book form this Winter, the short story collection Islands and Cities is inviting writers to write about what they know when it comes to islands, and when it comes to cities. Over the last few months the Transportation website has seen London editor Sean Preston write about a coup in the Isle of Dogs (over two parts), Tasmanian editor Rachel Edwards on the first published Aussie book, a three-part love song to Tasmania by author John Bryson, Scott J Faulkner on arts consumership in Tasmania, a comment on the island that is Cuba, a short piece of fiction from American author Tom Badyna, as well as many others and more to come from authors selected for the short story collection itself.

N Quentin Woolf, Will Ashon, Ben Walter, Tadhg Muller, Susie Greenhill, and Adam Ouston are joined by new writers that were selected during a submission process. These writers include Ian Green, whose short story Audiophile was broadcast on BBC Radio 4. The story can be read here.

Transportation: Islands and Cities is set for release this Christmas and will be available to pre-order soon.

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Transportation: A young ‘Islander’ and the boats of Tasmania.

Joanna Walsh and Chris Power at The Horse Hospital

On 19th October, writer Joanna Walsh will be reading from her collection, Fractals, and talking short stories with The Guardian’s Chris Power.


“For those interested in new innovations in short fiction, I highly recommend Fractals by Joanna Walsh.” (Deborah Levy)

“Walsh’s closest literary ally is probably Lydia Davis, with whom she shares a brevity and starkness of expression… Walsh’s refreshing humour – sometimes biting; sometimes absurd – lends her work a poingnancy that is genuinely affecting.” (Will Rees, The Times Literary Supplement)

Entry by donation, for the benefit of the event’s venue, The Horse Hospital, London, which is under threat of closure.

You can buy a ticket here.


Holdfast Print Anthology and Call For Submissions!


Holdfast magazine has launched a fundraising campaign for our first ever print anthology. Click here to visit our fundraiser page and view the awesome prizes on offer, including signed books by Frances Hardinge, Emma Newman and Stephanie Salter, holdfast logo tote bags, and much more.

The holdfast anthology will be a beautiful artefact, comprised of new unpublished fiction, and some of the best articles from our online magazine, all in one, gorgeous volume.

Holdfast is a free, online speculative fiction magazine (that means science fiction, fantasy, horror and all the stuff that falls between) that celebrates and examines these amazing genres.

Read about a time-travelling law enforcer making a difficult choice, a cursed cycling tour that goes hopelessly and hilariously wrong, and what happens when the drugs don’t work on Sleeping Beauty in our fiction section. Discover what shark brains look like (spoiler: a human uterus), find out about the underrepresentation of Black women in science fiction, read a thank you letter to Margaret Atwood, and witness our attempts to convert a literary snob over to SFF in our non-fiction section.

Holdfast exists because of the wonderful writers and artists that contribute their time, effort and creativity for free. We want to recognise that writing and illustrating is work, and deserves to be rewarded.

So by supporting our anthology, not only will you be getting awesome stories, fascinating articles and fun prizes, you will also be supporting our wonderful contributors, without whom holdfast would not exist. All profits made will go directly to the writers and illustrators whose hard work and creativity fill the pages of holdfast, split equally for each contribution.

So go to our fundraiser, and become a part of the holdfast team!

We also need your stories for our next issue!

Issue#4 Diverse Reflections: Seeing Yourself in Speculative Fiction

 Deadline for online issue: September 21 2014

 In this issue we will look at people who aren’t represented in speculative fiction as much as they should be. For example, people of colour, lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, and people with disabilities. Everyone should be able to see themselves reflected in their world, including SFF fans. It seems, however, that much like other media, this just isn’t the case. We’re looking for submissions on this theme to be included in Issue#4.

Go to our submissions page for further information.

Email with ‘Diversity fiction’ in the subject line with your submission. Please take the time to read through our submission guidelines before submitting.


Now coming up for its sixth year, Dalkey Archive Press’s Best European Fiction anthology has become a touchstone for literary translation. Over five editions the work of over 300 writers and translators has reached an audience of over 300,000 reader all around the world.

Seeking to include all countries from Greater Europe Dalkey Archive’s aim is that the rest of the world sees the rich literary work emerging from Europe each year.

Not only are the volumes published in English-language countries, there is also a Chinese edition in both print and electronic formats.

Widely reviewed and distributed, Best European Fiction has introduced writers and translators to publishers in many countries, and has led to writers in the volume being published in other languages and invited to festivals as far away as Korea.

Dalkey Archive is now accepting submissions of recent or forthcoming European short stories and stand-alone novel extracts for Best European Fiction 2016. We are looking for translations from all the countries that represent Greater Europe. We are interested in finding the best work from the Balkans, excellent writing from Albania, from the Basque region, Ukraine, Belarus, and Liechtenstein, work translated from Gaelic, Catalan, Welsh, Romansch, Greek, Flemish, and Hungarian, and all other European languages.

Submissions should be recently published in their original language (preferably within the last 5 years), and should not have been previously published in English translation. Submissions should be between 2,000 and 8,000 words long. Translators may make up to three submissions per language. We are not looking for authors who have already appeared in the anthology.

Please send submissions in Word format to

Submissions deadline: 15 August 2014

Window of Opportunity

The Tasmania-and-London-based inter-continentl project that is Transportation: Islands and Cities (a book to be published later this year) is opening its submissions window, short story writers should be glad to know. The publishers behind the project, and indeed its editors, have reported an upturn in exposure and interest in the book. Therefore, submissions have been opened for a short time to allow writers new to the project to submit their work. For more on how to submissions, see here.

The project is asking that lovers of new writing and daring literary fiction take a moment to get involved with the crowd-funding campaign to pay the writers attached to Transportation with “top value rewards” available.

The project launch night on the London side of things will take place at The Society Club Soho, London this Tuesday 12th July at 7:30pm and is free entry to all. Longtime Saul Bellow collaborator and literary behemoth Keith Botsford will be speaking at the event, a long with live readings of short stories from raw literary talents.

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Keith Botsford, 50 year collaborator of the late Saul Bellow.