Call for submissions – London Journal of Fiction

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The London Journal of Fiction is accepting submissions to its first print issue! The deadline is the 31st January, and we are looking for unpublished:

  • short stories (under 4,000 words)
  • poetry
  • literary essays (under 4,000 words)

The issue is due for release on the 7th March and contributors will be paid at semi-professional rates for any submissions which make it to print. For more info see our submissions page or use the button below to go straight to our submissions portal!


The London Journal of Fiction is a platform for writers of fiction, poetry and literary essays. We aim to foster new talent and good writing, regardless of style or genre.


Last call for nominations — Best Small Fictions

It takes many small things to make something big. Best Small Fictions 2016 is seeking nominations from around the world.

The deadline for nominations for international submissions (Best Small Fictions is based in the United States) from editors and presses is fast approaching: postmarked by Monday, January 11, 2016.

BSFCover_webIn 2015, fifty-five acclaimed and emerging writers—including Emma Bolden, Ron Carlson, Kelly Cherry, Stuart Dybek, Blake Kimzey, Roland Leach, Bobbie Ann Mason, Diane Williams, and Hiromi Kawakami—made the debut of The Best Small Fictions series something significant, something worthwhile, and something necessary. Featuring spotlights on Pleiades journal and Michael Martone, this international volume—with Pulitzer Prize–winning author Robert Olen Butler serving as guest editor and award-winning editor Tara L. Masih as series editor—is a celebration of the diversity and quality captured in fiction forms fewer than 1,000 words. Best Small Fictions 2015 is available on Amazon UK.

Writing from journals as varied as Matter Press, Wigleaf, The Stinging Fly, Workers Write!, Contemporary Haibun Online, Neon Literary Magazine , Smokelong Quarterly, Flash Frontier, Sand, decpomP, The Los Angeles Review, Bartleby Snopes and Gargoyle were included in the 2015 volume—and that’s just a sample.

Coming in October 2016, the second volume, guest edited by Stuart Dybek, promises the same excitement and depth as the first.

Click here for full guidelines and send your nominations today:

The editors are especially looking for nominations by international writers. More information and reviews can be found on The Best Small Fictions page on Facebook.

Please enjoy the 2015 volume and see why acclaimed writer Nuala Ni Chonchuir said “there is pathos, depth and welcome language—fireworks in these small gems.”

And please nominate for the 2016 volume!


Call for submissions – Avis Magazine


Run by students on the MMU’s MA Creative Writing programme, Avis Magazine seeks work from new and emerging writers on the theme of migration.

Across geographies big and small, wide and minor; across borders and boundaries, fences, walls, and lines in the sand. Think comets through the cosmos and piercings through the skin; people, their lives, their losses. Dip your fingers in your inkwells and let us have it. We support emerging writers – so if you’ve never had a story or poem published, send something across. We’re a print journal, so if your work is strange and/or lovely and you like to see it in a magazine, get in touch.


We are looking for your finest short stories and flash.
Submit up to 1 short story and 3 pieces of flash.
The short story word limit is 2,000 words.
The flash should range from 100 to 1000 words maximum.


We are hungry for your leanest verse.
Submit up to 4 pieces of poetry.
The line-count limit is 40 lines per poem.


We have a small section for essays and meditations on the issue’s theme.
Submit 1 piece of non-fiction  of up to 2,000 words.


For more details, include the format for submissions, deadlines, etc. go here. You’ll find contact details on the website if you have any queries.


Happy winter
The Avis Team

Shoreline of Infinity is open for submissions

Shoreline Issue 2 Cover 513x800Shoreline of Infinity, the newest British science fiction magazine,  is open for submissions until 31st March 2016. We’re looking for stories up to 5,000 words.

We’re  looking for a good science fiction story, something that gives reality a tweak on the nose. An idea that makes us stop and think. But don’t forget your characters: all the best stories are seen through the eyes of characters your readers believe in.

The best advice though is to read a Shoreline of Infinity for yourself to see the kind of stories we like.

Full details and submissions instructions are available on our submissions page.

The new Galley Beggar Press short story prize

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The inaugural £500 Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize is now open to submissions.

Building on the success of the monthly Galley Beggar Singles Club, which since its inception has won several national awards, Galley Beggar Press will be running a new, annual short story prize for both published and unpublished writers. The prize aims to sponsor nothing more and nothing less than exceptionally good stories. We want the best – and we want you to be the best.

Full details about the competition are available on our site here. The deadline for submissions is 15 November 2015. It costs £10 to enter and you can send your stories electronically.

We are also offering an alternative prize of year-long editorial support from the directors of Galley Beggar Press… which could be just the boost you need to get your novel or collection of stories on the road.

We hope to hear from you soon! Visit our submissions page for all the details you need to enter.



The Queen’s Head #7 Sci-fi Special Submissions Call

Dear writers of the multiverse, strap on your helmet, or your exoskeleton, or your secondary flesh suit, any sort of outer body experience will do – we’re asking you to take us over the event horizon. Issue #7 of The Queen’s Head will be a Sci-fi spectacular.


Send in dystopias, aliens, androids and miracle drugs, mid-life-crisis holograms, time travelling social justice warriors, glitching realities, sentient toasters and love-torn supernovas. Bonus points for utopias, as they’re really fucking difficult, and no elves or witches unless they’re also in spacesuits. As always, we’re  looking to showcase the weird, the wonderful, the flippant, the barmy, the tentacle in cheek – but we’re especially interested in work that showcases characters that aren’t often at the forefront of sci-fi, and experimental forms are pretty much a no-brain-in-a-jar-er.

Deadline for submissions is Sunday 13th September, fiction word limit is 2000-ish, illustration queries are to be in monochrome, fuller guidelines are on our blog and out homepage.

We’re searching for new stars – show us future-shock!

Elbow Room Competition

We at Elbow Room have decided to celebrate the diversity and talent we have encountered over three delightful and successful years. We are inviting artists and writers from across the arts to submit work to our inaugural competition, which will culminate in a special event and publication. The competition launched on the 1st of June and, closing on the 16th of August, currently has one month left. We are delighted by the responses so far.

Watching our daily page hits climb and climb and our first entries start to come in feels like the beginning of something very special. Since launching we have had over 2000 page hits from more than a 1000 visitors to the website. Thats quadruple the number of people visiting the site than the month before. But we want still more people to know and so are trying to get the word out about the competition out as far and wide as possible. If anyone has any suggestions or wants to tweet, share it on Facebook, put up posters, blog about it, send out carrier pigeons or write in the sky you are more than welcome to.

Elbow Room was inspired by a desire to muddle up the worlds neatly categorised bookshelves. To stop putting poetry over here and photography over there, fiction over here and sculpture far, far over there, music on this shelf and painting on that one and instead sit them cover-to-cover, showing and sharing inspirations, similarities and yes, differences. We wanted to create a space that celebrates art in all guises and so we made Elbow Room.

This competition is part of that celebration. In October the winners and runners up in all three categories will be part of an event in London, a mini autumn festival of the arts. Somewhere (we haven’t chosen a venue yet) we will host an exhibition and a night of live readings. Short stories, poems and visual art will share a space and an audience for a weekend. In the pages of the competition anthology they will share a space for a lot longer than that.

It is truly important to us that the competition showcases as diverse a cross section of the arts as possible. That we show off the incredible work of incredible artists from across multiple disciplines. In the next month it is your job to decide if you want to enter and share your work with us. It is our job to ensure that our first competition is a true celebration of art in all guises.

We are ready and waiting for all your amazing work. We can’t wait to see what we get.

Here are a few details but for full guidelines and to enter please visit our website

Deadline: Sunday the 16th of August at midnight GMT.

Winners will be notified by Wednesday the 30th of September via email and will be publicised on the website soon after.

The event will be held towards the end of October and will be publicised after the winners are announced.

The Judging Panel includes Rosie Sherwood, Zelda Chappel and Lauren Fried.




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Prizes for each category

First prize in each category: £200

Second and third prizes in each category: £50 each

All winners will be published in a special competition anthology edition of Elbow Room.

All winners will be featured in a London based exhibition and live event.


Hotel magazine: Issue 1, Submissions and Hotel online.

Hotel magazine is pleased to announce that its first printed issue will be published in September 2015.

We are now taking submissions for our second issue, please see our website for more details.

We are also taking submissions for Hotel Online.  Hotel Online will provide an alternative space for work that invites experimental reflection on literature’s role as “art” and cultural mediator.  We will be publishing work monthly and taking submissions on a rolling basis.  We welcome non-academic essayistic work, reviews, thought pieces and fragments, alongside short fiction, non-fiction and poetry.  Please contact us directly regarding submissions.

Finally, we are now on Twitter, please follow!

Brain of Forgetting Issue 1: ‘Stones’

Brain of Forgetting‘s ‘Stones’ issue is now available for purchase as a print edition or free download in .pdf format:

Featuring new poetry, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, photography, and artwork from all over the world, ‘Stones’ explores the creative potential of natural rock, prehistoric megaliths, stone objects, and architectural stone as a means to understanding both past and present.

We will be seeking submissions from mid-February for our second issue, themed ‘Poppies’. More information at

The Emma Press launches call for prose pamphlet submissions

Indie publisher the Emma Press has launched a call for prose pamphlet submissions. They are inviting writers to send in manuscripts and covering letters before the deadline on 25th January 2015. The pamphlets will be selected and edited by Emma Wright and Rachel Piercey, and published in autumn 2015 and 2016.

Prose pamphlets

The Emma Press has previously published exclusively poetry and has recently been shortlisted for the 2014 Michael Marks Awards for poetry pamphlet publishers. The editors are looking for a wide variety of prose pamphlet submissions, including short stories, essays, guides and recipes.

Publisher Emma Wright says: ‘The pamphlet is an established format in the poetry publishing world, because it gives young writers the chance to reach a wider audience and showcase their work. We think there is a lot of potential in the prose pamphlet and we’re hoping that writers embrace the brief and send us some exciting proposals. Above all we’re looking for good writing: clear, polished and stylish prose.’

All writers who send in proposals must be a member of the Emma Press Club (which involves buying a book/ebook/set of postcards from the publisher’s website) in addition to paying a £5 pamphlet submission fee per proposal.

Full guidelines on the Emma Press Submissions page. You can read further details about the publisher’s vision for the pamphlet series on their blog.



Short Fiction is now open for submissions.

To know the kind of fiction we like,  we encourage you to order a back issue before submitting. We have wide-ranging tastes and have happily published traditional character driven stories next to non-conformist work of extraordinary innovation. Novel chapters which function as self-contained units may additionally work well for us. Stories should be no longer than 5,000 words. Please submit only one story at a time.

To make a submission, please email in MS Word format to:

Our annual competition opens again on January 1st 2015, with £500 + publication first prize. Entrants receive a free copy of the next issue (worth £10), making entry (effectively) free!

Thank you for showing us your work.

Tom Vowler


Confingo 1 – on sale now

The first issue of Confingo is now on sale – stories by John Saul, Matt Harris, Simon EC Blatchley, Daniel Carpenter, Rob Walton; poems by Justine Chamberlain, Elisabeth Sennitt Clough, Andrew Taylor; photography by Zoë McLean, Laura Beth Grime, Rebecca Driffield, Jonathan Wilson.