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Please note that due to a publishing backlog, site maintenance and our sponsorship of the ChipLitFest Short Story competition (see, we are closed to new submissions until 31st January 2019.

From that date on, here are our submission guidelines:

– Please submit your stories as word docs to, with the word ‘SUBMISSION’ in the title.

– Stories of all genres welcome, except writing for children. Due to the volume of submissions, we regret that we no longer accept previously published work, but we are happy to receive simultaneous submissions. Once accepted, we do not insist on exclusives – you are perfectly free to place your work elsewhere.

– Minimum 1,000 words preferred.  Guideline maximum:  10,000 words.

Please feel free to send a reminder email if you haven’t heard back from us within 4 weeks.

FORMATTING: Great stories are always welcome, but they will be especially so if they arrive in Times New Roman 12, with page numbering bottom right also in TNR 12, with an indent at the beginning of each paragraph (except the first) and with no gaps between paragraphs. We don’t mind about the spacing… double spacing is easier to read, although published pennyshorts are spaced 1.15. For extra points, teacher’s pets can include the following at the end of their piece:


[Name of Author] asserts the moral right to be identified as the author of this work.

Thanks for taking the time to read this, and for sending us your stories.