Call for Submissions: HCE’s Brutal Issue

The editors at Here Come Everyone magazine (HCE) are seeking submissions for our upcoming Brutal Issue. We’re a quarterly literary magazine of short fiction, poetry, articles and artwork based around topical and interesting themes. HCE is published by Silhouette Press, a not-for-profit publishing social enterprise that aims to create a network of artists, writers and thinkers to create new and innovative content, as well as carry out community creative writing projects. Together, we aim to provide an open and accessible platform for readers and contributors.


Deadline: 30 June 2017

We encourage bold/striking interpretations of the theme. If your link to brutality isn’t self-evident, we advise you to include a few lines in your author bio to provide context.

Poetry: you may submit up to three poems of no longer than 30 lines each.

Fiction: please submit only one piece per issue; stories may be up to 2,000 words.

Non-fiction: please submit only one piece per issue; articles may be up to 1,500 words.

Artwork: you may submit up to three pieces; we accept all visual media (300 dpi and 640 x 640 res)


Please see our submissions guidelines for full details. Work must be sent via the Submittable button on our website; stuff we receive via email will not be accepted. Any Word or .doc.x format is fine, but no PDFs. For submissions of artwork, please ensure your files are of sufficient image size and hi-res, otherwise they cannot be used.

We look forward to receiving your creations…

To get an idea of what HCE is looking for, you can check out our brand new Toys & Games Issue – now available for purchase from our shop! Full of short stories and flash fiction, plus art, poetry and other writing.

Earlybird offers for Bath Flash Fiction Award end April 10th



Earlybird reduced entry offers for this round of the international end at midnight, April 10th.One entry,£7.50. Two entries, £12.00

(You can buy triple entries for £18 until the contests ends on June 12th). Entry is free for winners of our  free-to-enter weekly micro contest  

Prizes: £1000 first, £300 second and £100 third.

300 word limit.

Be inspired to write your piece by reading our interviews with February Award winning and commended writers, Ingrid Jendrzejewski, Al Kratz, Clodagh O’Brien and Peter Blair.

Michelle Elvy, writer, editor and Director of National Flash Fiction Day, New Zealand will Bath-Flash-Fiction-Awardjudge the fifty stories on the longlist, choose a shortlist, three winners and two commended flash fictions. Writers of all the longlisted stories will be offered publication in an anthology forthcoming at the end of this year. Entries from around the globe welcome.


Bath Short Story Award 2016 closes next month

Just  five weekends left to write, revise and submit your entries to the 2016
International Bath Short Story award. 

  • The award closes at midnight BST, Monday 25th April, 2016

To remind you – 1st prize, £1000, 2nd £200, 3rd £100. Local prize £50, Acorn award for unpublished writers, £50. Our short list judge is BBC Radio 4 producer Mair Bosworth. Entry fee £8 via paypal or any card online. Postal entries also accepted.

  • For  competition writing tips and advice on making those last minute tweaks, check out our  author interviews. The latest, up on the site now, is by Paul McVeigh.

All winning, shortlisted and a selection of the longlisted stories will be published in a print and digital anthology available at our anthology launch at  Mr B’s Emporium of Books, Bath  in  October or November 2016.

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  • As an end of competition special, we’re selling our 2015 BSSA anthology for £6.00 only, inc p&p. Twenty stories by the following wonderful writers –  Safia Moore, Dan Powell, Angela Readman, Ken Elkes, Lucy Corkhill, Eileen Merriman, Sophie Lambert, Sara Collins, Barbara Weeks, Emma Seaman, Anne Corlett, Emily Devane, Anna Metcalfe, Alice Falconer, Adam Kucharski, Fran Landsman, Fiona Mitchell, Chris Edwards-Pritchard, Debbi Voisey and John Holland.


We love reading your stories – entries from around the globe  in any style/genre welcome



Don’t Do It Issue Four: Translations

 Issue Four

Issue Four of Don’t Do It  is now live.


This time, we turn to translation — literal and metaphorical — to explore language, interdisciplinarity, technology, poetry, inter-personal translations and the craft of fiction.


The issue includes essays on Knausgård, Beckett, chess and the practicalities of translation, new short stories and poetry, and two interviews, with Chilean composer Nicolás Kliwadenko and an editor and poet from the new A Bird is Not A Stone collection.


An increased interest in Russian literature; gentle yearning; excess knowledge of chess; a desire to learn Scots; a desire for new music; a questioning of love, words, meaning and beauty.


— The Editors


Holdfast Magazine Call for submissions

ImageWe are now accepting submissions for Issue#2: Animals, Beasts & Creatures. Are you fascinated by what lurks within and what hides in the shadows? We look at the relationship between speculative fiction and animals, whether talking badgers or fire-breathing dragons.

Deadline for fiction and poetry January 20 2014. Go to our submissions page for more information. For any queries not covered please contact us at

Issue#1: Speculating about Speculative Women is out now at

“In an age when book blogs and eZines seem to crop up every twenty three and a half minutes, Holdfast has done it right – interesting features, diverting fiction, music and literary challenges – and that’s just in the first issue! I for one can’t wait to see where it goes from here.”

– Lee Harris, Senior Editor, Angry Robot and former Publisher of Hub Magazine.

Read speculative fiction, poetry, interviews, articles, reviews and other oddments all whilst listening to our fantasy playlist. Take part in co-authoring a story with featured author Emma Newman in our Story Chain. Discover what’s making Emma Newman angry, read Eva Kerslake-Blue’s short story Mirror, Mirror (and then read her bio!), peruse books written and inhabited by speculative women on our Bookshelf, and find out about the underrepresentation of Black women in science fiction.

Each issue revolves around a central theme, examining genre fiction through focussed articles, fiction and reviews. Linked to this is each issue’s interview with a featured author, whose writing connects to the issue’s topic. Regular features include The Unbelievers, in which our two heroic editors attempt to convert self-confessed fantasy haters, a themed playlist that gives readers a suitable atmosphere in which to browse, and A Letter To… tells an author how influential and inspiring they are.


 Illustration by Zoe Ann Lee for poem ‘The Crown’ by Rebecca Manser

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