Wednesday, 18 of October 2017

Alchemy Press Book of Horror – call for submissions

2018 sees the re-launch of the Alchemy Press Book Of… anthologies with a brand new title: HORRORS, edited by Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards. We are looking for horror stories … but tales that can be described as “weird”, “strange”, “amazing” and “peculiar”: stories that would have found a home in Weird Tales, Unknown Worlds, Fantastic and Fantasy Tales among other illustrious publications.

Your story can be set in almost any era, any place but glimpse at and pervert the usual perceptions of reality – and unreality. We do not want stories that deal with common horror tropes without stretching boundaries. Avoid zombies unless they are tackled in an unexpected and strange fashion. No urban romance – you know, heroine falling for a vampire and so forth. Nor do we want to see religious tracts, porn, and we really, really do not want gross-out horror tales.

Please send your stories in a standard manuscript format (3,000-6,000 words [flexible – contact us before submitting]) to to arrive by 31 January 2018 (contact us if an extension is required).

Payment: 0.5p a word (£20 for 4,000 words, £30 for 6,000 words), plus a copy of the book and royalties. The anthology will be in print for a maximum of five years and then the book will become OOP.

If you are interested put on your story-thinking hat now. Any questions please get back to us at the above email address or use this contact form.

Alchemy Press website


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Fox Spirit – submission call

What we want: You know our genres by now, sci fi, fantasy, horror, crime, blasphemous mixes of various genres, anything speculative. It can be dark or fun as long as it is packed with great characters and fantastic plot.

Length wise, well, we hate to say it but we were doing novellas before it was cool, so really anything that is long enough to need its own book works for us. It needs to be completed though. Adult or YA is fine. If it leans toward middle grade, there will be another call for Fennec in due course, please wait for that.

What we don’t want: We don’t do shock, extreme or body horror, it makes Aunty Fox squicky and if she can’t read it she can’t publish it. We don’t publish romance, erotica, literary or anything we haven’t actually asked for. We will reject without reading.

Our submission guidelines are on the Subs page and we do suggest reading them.

Please make sure you use ‘

Doors open on 1st October and remain open until 31st October, please submit within that window.

How we work.

Fox Spirit is a small press, we work on profit split, our terms will be 65% to the author 35% to us, but we will be taking all out costs for cover art, editing etc out of our %, so you get you % of every sale. We sell via Amazon using print on demand.

More details on the website


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The Matador Review: call for submissions

Alternative art and literature magazine The Matador Review is now accepting submissions for the Winter 2018 publication. We publish poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction, inviting all unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations that are accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art. The call for submissions will end November 30.

Our purpose is to promote “alternative work” from both art and literature, and to encourage the new-wave of respect for online publications. In each issue, we offer a selection of work from both emerging and established artists, as well as exclusive interviews and book reviews from creators who are, above all else, provocative. For us, alternative is a way of voice and experience. It is the distinction from what is conventional, and it advocates for a progressive attitude.

Submission information can be found at:
Submissions can be sent to
Questions and concerns can be sent to



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Luna Press – open submissions window

Submission Dates: Thursday 5th of October to Thursday 12th of October 2017

Genre: Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Science Fiction and all their sub-genres

Audience: Children, YA, Adults

Type: standalone novel (series will be considered, but the opening book must be able to stand alone); short stories collections (specify the theme)

Length: 200,000 word limit (or thereabouts)

See website for further details

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  • 2,200 WORDS
  • National prize for women over 40 (£1,000 and a residency in Stratford Upon Avon sponsored by Hosking Houses Trust).



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Creative Writing Course (Erdington)

A new creative writing course at Erdington Adult Education Centre (close to Erdington Railway Station) is designed to build knowledge and assurance in the art and support your existing and future writing needs.

There will be an enrollment session this Thursday (21st September) at 1PM and the course commences at the same time the following week.

When: Thursdays 13:00 – 15:00

Dates: 28th September – 14th December 2017

Cost: Full £110, Discount : £55, Concessionary £55

Here are the venue details:-


Erdington AE Centre
101 Sutton New Road,
Erdington B23 6RE
Tel: 0121 464 6190

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Tamworth Literary Festival Writing Competition 2017

Entries now open for the 2017 short story competition

Submission Guidelines (also see
Entries to be typed in black ink, double spaced using one side of A4 only, in size 12 font.
Please use a Word document (or comparable) and ensure your contact details and word count appear on a covering letter and NOT on your entry to give anonymity at the judging stage.

Entries can be submitted online to or by post or by hand to:
31 Juniper, Amington, Tamworth, Staffordshire B77 4ND United Kingdom
All entries must not have been published previously.
Closing date midnight 31st March 2018
Winners to be announced July 2018
(Please retain a copy of your submission as entries will not be returned.)

Three age categories:

  • Over 16 -  1,500 words limit – £4 per entry
  • 11-16 – 1,000 words limit – Free
  • Under 11’s – 500 words limit – Free

(If entering children’s categories please state age at time of entry, proof required prior to awarding prizes.)

  • Over 16 – Ist – £100, 2nd – £50, 3rd – £25
  • 11-16 – 1st – £50, 2nd – £25, 3rd – £15
  • Under 11’s – 1st – £20, 2nd – £15, 3rd – £10

Payment by cheques made payable to Tamworth Literary Festival
Or by B.A.C.S (using your name as payment reference ) to:
Tamworth Literary Festival
Account no: 33368440
Sort code: 20-84-13

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From 5th September

Deadline Midnight, 15th November 2017

Offers a national prize for women over 40 of £1,000 and a month’s writing residency provided by Hosking Houses Trust and a regional prize (East of England) of £600 and a mentoring session with Jill Dawson of Gold Dust.

The winning entries will be published online and in a Compendium of Words and Women’s best entries from the last 4 prize-winning anthologies.

Entries can be fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction and life-writing on any theme.

2,200 words

Guest judges: Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney, authors of A Secret Sisterhood: The hidden friendship of Austen, Bronte, Eliot and Woolf.

National prize open to women writers over the age of 40. Regional prize open to women writers over the age of 16 living or working in the East of England.

For more details email or visit our blog at

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Weirdbook Magazine submissions

Submissions open 1st-31st October
Stories of up to 5000 words: “fantasy, dark fantasy, sword and sorcery, ghost, horror, heroic fantasy, science fantasy or just plain odd”
Current payment is $5 per thousand words  and two printed contributor copies. Only one copy for poetry.

See website for details

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The inaugural Cambridge Short Story Prize will be opening to submissions on the 1st September and closing on 31st October. This is an international short story prize and we welcome entries from every corner of the globe.

There will be a £1500 prize fund, a local Cambridge Prize, and all shortlisted writers will be published in an anthology.

  • SUBMISSION PERIOD: 1st September – 31st October 2017
  • WORD LENGTH: 1,500 – 3,000 (including title)
  • ENTRY FEE: £8 (Via PayPal only)
  • PRIZES: £1000 (1st)  £300 (2nd)  £200 (3rd) & Local Cambridge Prize with Spilling the Ink.
  • PUBLICATION: Anthology publication for the winners and shortlisted writers.

The longlist will be announced in early January.

See the link for more details


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