Spelk: Open for Submissions

Spelk is open for submissions.

Our current reading period is February 14 to March 12.

We will let you know by mid-March if your story has been accepted.

Submission guidelines: http://spelkfiction.com/submit-2/

Please keep the following in mind if you’d like to send us something:

  • We publish flash fiction — 500 words, give or take.
  • We’ll consider just about any genre: we’re not fussy if it’s “literary” or “non-literary.” If we like it, we’ll publish it.
  • We don’t publish poetry or non-fiction.
  • We post three stories a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • We want previously unpublished stories. If you’ve got something good, we want it to appear on Spelk first.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions, but let us know if you place your story somewhere else.
  • We don’t accept multiple submissions, so just one story at a time please.
  • We don’t pay. Sorry.
  • You retain all rights to your story, but we’d like to archive it on our site.
  • Spell-check your story before you send it. Proof it. Make sure it’s the best you can make it.
  • Send us a Word document and include a short bio at the end of your story. Let us know if you’re on Facebook or Twitter, or if you have your own website.
  • Email your story to Gary Duncan at spelkfiction@gmx.com (subject line: SUBMISSIONS — “STORY TITLE”).

Words Away January Salon: Writing Short Stories with Stella Duffy


Words Away is a new series of monthly creative writing salons taking place at the Tea House Theatre Cafe in London. Each month, over tea and cake or a glass of wine, writers Emma Darwin and Kellie Jackson meet up with a different guest author for a focussed discussion on aspects of writing fiction. The audience plays a key part in the evening; exchanging ideas, asking questions and with a chance to socialise after.

We have some great guests lined up for 2017 including, Ruth Ware, Essie Fox, Sara Grant and Francis Spufford.

Our next salon, Writing Short Stories with Stella Duffy, is on Monday 23rd January at 7.30pm. All welcome.

Venue: Tea House Theatre Cafe, 139 Vauxhall Walk, London, SE11 5HL

Cost: £10 to book online or or £12 on the door.

For more info and to book: wordsaway.info

Get published in The Siren’s first anthology!

Why, hello there.

I guess you must have heard that The Siren is publishing our first anthology this summer. Exciting, isn’t it? There really isn’t enough quality short-fiction in the market place. And the stuff there is doesn’t seem to be of great quality. So, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to solve this by featuring you, our talented writers, in a quirky, original short-story anthology. One that’s sure to be a hit.

What we need from you is your writing experience, your skill and your time. We want to see strange stories, dark stories, humourous and downright surreal stories. But most importantly, we want to see that writing, as a craft of infinite complexities, is still thriving. Steer away from clichéd terms, from common-place themes and bland, unsophisticated plot-lines. What we all need to read is something that is that little bit different. Think Murukami!

Now onto the details. We recommend that your entry is of a minimum of 1000 words, and no more than 2500. Although we are a little flexible with this! The deadline for entry has been extended to finish on MARCH 15th. Submit your draft, if you have one, as early as you like, and we can get back to you with regards to the possibility of it fitting in with our aims and style. There is always the opportunity to rework successful submissions until the closing date.

Submit by following this link: http://thesiren.co.uk/Submit.aspx. 

Please get in contact if you have any queries. Good Luck!

– The Editor