Category Archives: calls for submissions

Say hello to the new co-editor of the British Fantasy Society’s fiction journal!


I’m pleased to announce that, yes, I’ve just been named as co-editor of the British Fantasy Society fiction journal, Horizons, starting with issue 7. I’ll be working alongside fantasy author and editor with Unbound, Shona Kinsella.

I’m really excited about the new role, and looking forward to reading some excellent genre fiction. We’re already making headway through the submissions inbox, and there’ll be a new call for submissions very soon!

Call for submissions: Upside Down anthology (Apex)

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Apex really are doing their damnedest to keep us writing throughout the winter… Now that their Christmas flash contest has ended, why not have a crack at a story for their new anthology?

The anthology will be edited by Monica Valentinelli and Jaym Gates and is called Upside Down – and it’s a fascinating concept. The idea is to pick an SF/F trope (i.e. an idea that’s seen so regularly in stories as to become a lazy shorthand or even a cliché), then subvert it. A bunch of stories have already been commissioned, so check the list to make sure you don’t tread on anyone’s toes.

You don’t have long, though! The deadline is the end of December. Find out all about the anthology and submissions on the Apex website.

Call for submissions: Harper Voyager Impulse

HV logoIt seems like every publisher’s on the lookout for novel manuscripts at the moment…

This time it’s Harper Voyager Impulse (USA). While the imprint publishes ebooks within all fantasy, science fiction, and horror sub-genres, this submission call is particularly geared around urban fantasy and military science fiction. If you’ve a completed manuscript in that vein, and it’s between 60,000 and 90,000 words in length, why not give it a shot? You’ll have to move quickly though – the submission window closes on 6th Nov!

Head on over.

Call for submissions: Stephen King short story competition

Stephen KingThe Guardian and Hodder have announced a new short story contest which ought to interest any writers of genre fiction…

The maestro of modern horror, Stephen King, will judge the contest and the winning story will be published on the Guardian website. The winner will also get to take part in a Guardian Masterclass run by King’s editor, Philippa Pride.

Stories must be 4000 words or less, previously unpublished, and inspired by the following (admittedly vague) brief by Stephen King:

“There’s something to be said for a shorter, more intense experience. It can be invigorating, sometimes even shocking, like a waltz with a stranger you will never see again, or a kiss in the dark, or a beautiful curio for sale at a street bazaar.”

Get all the details on the Guardian website.

Gollancz unagented submissions window

Guys! Guys! Gollancz UK is opening for non-agented submissions in January!

Submissions will be open from 4th-22nd January 2016. They’re accepting hard copy only, but as long as your postmark checks out as within those dates then you’ll be OK.

They’re interested in seeing SF, fantasy, horror or YA crossover novels, as long as they’re complete and over 80,000 words. You’ll need to send the first 50 pages, a cover letter and a synopsis.

Just scroll down the list of authors on the Gollancz blog, then tell me that this isn’t an incredible opportunity…

You’ll find all the details here.

Call for submissions: Apex’s Christmas Invasion

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If you’re a fan of SF, fantasy or horror, then you’re probably also a fan of Apex magazine. And if you write SF, fantasy or horror, then it’s very difficult to imagine a good excuse why you wouldn’t submit a story to their most recent writing contest.

The theme of this year’s annual Apex Christmas flash contest is CHRISTMAS INVASIONS, which ought to conjure up a ton of ideas. And to make things even simpler for you, the word count has to be under 250 words – so today’s lunch break ought to be just about long enough.

The deadline’s 16th Nov 2015. More details on the Apex site.