About Arachne Press


Deadline for expression of interest from deaf writers/editors extended. Writers & Editors keep telling us about yourselves until Jan 31st 2021.

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Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

Arachne Press is a micro publisher of (award-winning!) short story and poetry anthologies and collections, fantasy novels for adults and young adults including a (Carnegie Medal nominated!) young adult novel, a photographic portrait book, and an illustrated children’s story book. We are expanding our range all the time, but the short form is our first love. We keep fiction (poetry, non-fiction) live, through readings, (see below for info about our annual literature and music  festival, Solstice Shorts) workshops and all things to do with writing. We also video a lot of our events to make them more widely available, and some of them are BSL interpreted.


We try to be imaginative in our events and marketing, and  produce animated trailers and idents, and have hosted an art exhibition for our cover artists – we often have live music at our events too. In December we run the Solstice Shorts Festival, short stories poems and music on the shortest day of the year, on the Greenwich Meridian, with generous support from the Arts Council (at times) and a lot of friends. 2017 and 2018 were UK wide and 2019 went international for the first time.

Solstice Shorts Logo copy

Arachne Press is committed to showcasing talented writing and treating writers as they would wish to be treated, which includes paying them for their work, and making sure that their books look gorgeous! We welcome submissions to our open call anthologies from everyone who writes magnificiently and particularly want to see work from witers with disabilities and from the diverse ethnic and LGBT communities.

Arachne Press is owned by Cherry Potts author of a novel and two collections of short stories and contributor to and editor of multiple  anthologies.

Arachne Press Limited is a Private Limited Company, Company Number 08153574

Registered Address 100 Grierson Road, London, SE23 1NX UK

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10 thoughts on “About Arachne Press

  1. Hi there,
    I just noticed your National Short Story Week competition & I was wondering if you accept entries from overseas (I’m in Australia) for this and other competitions/opportunities.

    • Hi Deb
      Generally our competitions and submissions are open to anyone who cares to join in. Events limited to those who can reasonably expect to get to them for a sensible amount of transport cost!
      Individual competitions or submissions may be limited to specific geographical areas, or other limitations, depending on funding, theme or other issues.

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  3. For Solstice Shorts, can stories involve either summer or winter solstice, or since the festival is on 21Dec are they limited to winter? Thanks so much.

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