Wednesday, 25 of April 2018

Launch of Roz Goddard’s Spill Poetry Collection

Flarestack Poets is delighted to be launching Roz Goddard’s fifth poetry collection, Spill.
Full of tenderness, this collection explores the transformative power of love, loss and spirituality.
Roz will read from Spill and will be supported by guest readers Jane Commane and Jacqui Rowe. The M.C. For the event is Jonathan Davidson.
Afternoon tea will be served with copious amounts of cake in variety. You are all very welcome.

  • Free event
  • Sun, February 11, 2018, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM GMT
  • Birmingham Buddhist Centre, 11 Park Road, Birmingham B13 8AB

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Inferno Award – New award for horror novella

Inferno Award 2018
Independent Legions Publishing is pleased to announce the first year of the INFERNO AWARD, dedicated to original horror novellas in English.

Juries and Voting System

The Inferno Award finalists will be determined by a Preliminary Jury, composed of Independent Legions’ editiorial staff (Alessandro Manzetti, Jodi Renée Lester, Lucy Snyder and Michael Bailey), who will select five nominees, and the winner by a Final Jury, composed of Ramsey Campbell, Ellen Datlow, Jonathan Maberry, Stephen Jones and Edward Lee, who will choose the winner.

The five finalists will be revealed in July 2018 and the winner will be announced in September 2018.
The awarded novella will be published in 2019 by Independent Legions in paperback and digital editions, with a $600 advance against royalties, to be paid at the signing of the contract for first exclusive English-language rights for three years. The winning author will also receive a Fallen Angel Lucifer bronze statuette.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions are open to everyone. All types of horror are welcome. All subgenres and forms of speculative fiction are welcome. Sex or violence should be artistically justified; no stories about child abuse of any kind. Works must be written in English and previously unpublished in any form. This means they must not have been published in books, magazines, newspapers, on websites, etc.

Word Count: The Award is open to horror novellas between 45,000 and 50,000 words in length.
Submissions Open: February 3, 2018
Submissions Close: June 15, 2018

Further details:

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Avon HarperCollins opens to unsolicited submissions

What are we looking for?
We are a commercial fiction publisher looking for crime, thrillers, women’s fiction, romance, romantic comedy, historical fiction,saga and time-slip fiction.
We unfortunately are not accepting non-fiction, children’s books, YA or teen, sci-fi or fantasy submissions at this time.

How soon will I hear back?
We aim to get back to everyone within 6 weeks
Full details at their website

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Fox Spirit has new anthology call

“During March we will be accepting short story submissions for an anthology.

‘The Jackal who came in from the cold’

The anthology has a spy story theme, and we will consider stories written in most genres as long as they contain a spy story. They do not need to include a Jackal.

The stories in this anthology should be Furry. This means we are looking for anthropomorphised animal characters, people with extremely animalistic characteristics and the range in between. We have had plenty of stories that would classify as Furry in our anthologies in the past, but this is the first time we will be only accepting such tales, or tails. Anything from the secret life of animals, to a fox at Starbucks.”

See website for more details:

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The Rialto/RSPB ‘Nature and Place’ Poetry Competition 2018

The RSPB and The Rialto are additionally working with BirdLife International and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative.
There’s a fantastic range of prizes on offer and prizewinners will be invited to read their poems at an event with Michael Longley at CCI in spring 2018.

The closing date for entries is midnight on 1st March 2018.

As well as offering poets the chance to win considerable cash prizes and publication of their poems, the competition will raise money for conservation and poetry. We are working in partnership with leading independent UK poetry magazine, The Rialto, as we feel the magazine will be the perfect place to showcase the winning entries.


  • 1st PRIZE £1000
  • 2nd PRIZE £500
  • 3rd PRIZE A Place on a Creative Writing Course at Ty Newydd in 2018 (worth £550)


  • A personal tour with Mark Cocker of his most cherished wild life places in East Anglia. Mark is one of Britain’s most celebrated writers on nature.
  • A personal tour with Nick Davies of his beloved Wicken Fen to learn about his research there. Nick is Professor of Behavioural Ecology at the University of Cambridge.

Our judge is celebrated poet, Michael Longley.

Michael Longley’s eleven poetry collections have received many awards, among them the Whitbread Prize, the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Hawthornden Prize, the Irish Times Poetry Prize, the Griffin International Prize and the PEN Pinter Prize. His Collected Poems was published in 2006, and Sidelines: Selected Prose in 2017. In 2001 he received the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, and in 2003 the Wilfred Owen Award. He was appointed a CBE in 2010, and from 2007 to 2010 was Ireland Professor of Poetry. He and his wife, the critic Edna Longley, live and work in Belfast. In 2015 he was elected a Freeman of the City.

The entry fee is £6 for the first poem and £3.50 for each subsequent entry.

Full details and the facility to enter online can be found on The Rialto website:

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Weird nature anthology

Edited by Lynne Jamneck
Publisher: Dark Regions Press

Force of Nature (working title) will be an anthology of original short fiction that explores the physical and metaphysical boundaries between humanity and the natural world.
Story length: 2500 to 10 000 words
Payment: 7c p/w up to 7K – 5c p/w for stories longer than 7K
Deadline: 31 March 2018
Further details

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Crystal Lake Publishing open for submissions for short stories

Crystal Lake Publishing will be accepting submissions for the non-themed anthology Tales from the Lake Volume 5 from October 1st, 2017 through December 1st, 2017. In previous anthologies we’ve published Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Jack Ketchum, Ramsey Campbell, Elizabeth Massie, Rena Mason, Graham Masterton, Lisa Morton, Kealan Patrick Burke, Damien Angelica Walters, Joe R. Lansdale, Gene O’Neill, and Tim Waggoner.

We can’t wait to announce who will be headlining this anthology! One name we can already reveal is the inclusion of a brand new story by Gemma Files.

Tales from the Lake Volume 5 will be edited by Kenneth W. Cain.


  • We want stories that haunt the readers for months to come.
  • We prefer quiet horror and dark fiction with a literary bent. Don’t use gore for the sake of grossing us out. Use it sparingly, and only to further the story.
  • Stories should be no longer than 6000 words, but that doesn’t mean the story should use all 6000 words. Use the word count it takes to write YOUR story. The sweet spot will likely be closer to 4000 words.
  • Ground your stories in the REAL world.
  • Create believable, three-dimensional characters just as real as your friends and neighbors. The world these characters inhabit should be equally authentic, hitting all the senses.
  • Originality is important—we don’t want your version of someone else’s story from yesteryear.
  • Although our arms are wide open, we’re more interested in fiction that reflects the modern. Kelly Link, Karen Russell, Joe Hill, Damien Angelica Walters, and Mercedes M. Yardley are prime examples of current dark fiction writers encapsulating the above in their work.
  • Quality of the work must be top notch! The authors mentioned above represent the high-water mark we’re looking for.

Further details on the website

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Future Bookshelf – submission window



A new, unagented and unpublished writer with a brilliant idea that belongs on the bookshelf of the future.

You are someone who feels that the publishing industry doesn’t adequately represent people from your background or with your experiences – and you want to change that. You might be from a BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) or LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) community, from a socio-economically marginalised background, or have a disability.

It doesn’t matter if your book isn’t quite finished yet, or if you think it needs a bit of editing before it’s ready; we’re looking for someone who is committed to being a writer and who is ready to work hard to develop their idea.

If this sounds like you then we’d love to read your book.



We are Hodder & Stoughton, Headline, John Murray Press and Quercus, part of one of the UK’s largest publishers. Together we publish a wide range of fiction and non-fiction, from edge-of-your-seat crime thrillers to smart women’s fiction, and from books by YouTube stars to autobiographies from the world’s best-known sportspeople. We are proud to be the publishers of Stephen King, Martina Cole, Jodi Picoult, The Sidemen, Stieg Larsson, Trevor Noah, David Mitchell, Andrea Levy, Katie Piper, Mo Farrah, Graham Norton, and many more.



We are always on the lookout for brilliant new talent – for writers and books that surprise us, inspire us, make us laugh, make us cry or tell us something that we didn’t know about the world.

Specifically, we are looking for novels and non-fiction projects from new voices.

  • A novel is a work of fiction that is 50,000 words or longer. It can be in any genre.
  • A non-fiction project is a work of non-fiction that is 50,000 words or longer. It can be on any subject.


So whether you’re writing science fiction or serious non-fiction, if you think you’re the next Martina Cole, or if have written a story to rival Stephen King, we want to read it.


At the moment, we aren’t looking for the following types of book:


  • children’s books
  • illustrated non-fiction and cookery
  • graphic novels
  • poetry
  • short fiction or short fiction collections



If you are submitting a novel, you will be asked to submit:


  • a three-thousand-word sample from your novel and a two-page synopsis of the book

If you are submitting a non-fiction project, you will be asked to submit:


  • a brief outline (maximum two pages) of the whole book and a three-thousand-word sample of your writing.


The submissions period will open at 12 am GMT on 1 December 2017, and will close on 7 December 2017, at 11.59 pm GMT.


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International Flash Fiction competition – Quantum Shorts

Quantum Shorts Flash Fiction Competition

Write a quantum inspired short story and stand to win cash prizes of up to US$1,500. Closing date is 1 Dec 2017.

QuantIC is the UK Quantum Technology Hub in Quantum Enhanced Imaging based at the University of Glasgow. We are the UK Scientific partner for Quantum Shorts, an international flash fiction competition for quantum inspired short stories.  We’re looking for short story submissions of no longer than 1000 words which take inspiration from quantum physics and include the sentence “There are only two possibilites: yes or no”.

There are Open and Youth categories and there are cash prizes to be won for the best entries and the people’s choice. There is no fee to enter.

If you’re interested in taking part, visit for more information.

Closing date for entries is 1 Dec 2017.

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Amazon launches search for a modern interpretation of A Christmas Carol

A tale of Christmas Present: Amazon launches search for a modern interpretation of A Christmas Carol written especially for young children

174 years after Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol novella was first enjoyed by readers, Amazon invites new and established writers to create a modern-day young children’s story inspired by the worldwide classic

The winning author will receive a prize package including having his or her book professionally illustrated by award-winning illustrator Ian Beck, a £2,000 Amazon Gift Card and a top-of-the-range Fire tablet


Following the success of 2016’s search for a new Christmas bedtime story, Amazon has today launched the 2017 search for a new 1,000 words or less children’s festive tale that is a reimagined and modern take on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The winning children’s book will be illustrated and published in time for this Christmas season.


The nationwide writing competition is now open to all adult UK residents, with the winning story to be professionally illustrated by award-winning children’s book illustrator, Ian Beck. The winning author will receive a £2,000 Amazon Gift Card and a top-of-the-range Fire tablet. Published through Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), the winning story will be available in both print and digital formats in the run up to Christmas and made available to an audience of millions of readers around the world with the Kindle app for iOS and Android or using any Kindle or Fire tablet.


A perennial favourite, Dickens’ A Christmas Carol 29,000 word novella has remained close to the hearts of readers since its first publication in 1843 when it sold out in just five days, just in time for Christmas Eve. By the close of the following year, several editions had been released. In similar fashion, Amazon hopes to help further the career of a storyteller this festive season.


Authors can submit their stories from today by emailing their entries to to be judged by a team of Amazon books editors and last year’s competition winner Lucy Banks.


“We are excited to see what brilliant writers across Britain come up with this year,” said Alessio Santarelli, Director of Kindle Content EU, Amazon. “A Christmas Carol embodies the spirit of Christmas, and in seeking out a modern-day interpretation, we hope to spread these positive messages while helping to elevate the career of a talented author.”


Celebrated illustrator Ian Beck said: “I look forward to bringing the winning story to life through my illustrations. A Christmas Carol’s simple message of Christmas generosity has been such an inspiration in many forms for generations and it will surely continue to inspire through this competition. My family and I have always loved reading together, a special ritual at Christmas time along with the carols from King’s College chapel and dressing the tree. Illustrating this new tale for families to read together this coming festive season will be a pleasure.”


To be in with the chance of winning, UK-based authors should submit up to a 1,000 word story in English by 7 November. The winning story will be made available on the Kindle store around the world in the run up to Christmas.


The story will be published through KDP, Amazon’s independent publishing programme, which enables authors to retain their copyrights, keep control, distribute globally, and earn royalties of up to 70%. The author will be enrolled into KDP Select and as a result, the book will be available through Kindle Unlimited.


The competition is now open for entries. For more information, writers can visit


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