Current open submission calls:
Next up will be 2019 Solstice Shorts Festival: Time and Tide, seeking historical fiction set in and around ports, rivers, ships, boats… Tales of immigration/emigration and making a living from/beside the sea. Poems too. This submission call will be open from 21st March 2019 to 21st June 2019, for performance 21st December 2019 and publication then or within three months of that date.
Please ONLY Apply via Submittable unless explicitly told to do something else!
We only accept responses to call outs (mainly for inclusion in anthologies). Keep an eye on our posts for new call outs – we encourage you to submit for anthologies and events – if we like your work enough to publish single items more than once, we ask to see more…
We want to receive submissions from writers from the LGBT and BAME communities and from writers with disabilities.
We want to receive submissions from Deaf writers and Blind writers. You can submit by BSL in a video or by audio file if that’s easier for you, more details on our Submittable page.
Any unsolicited submissions not related to callouts will not be read! You have been warned.
This information will help you to get accepted:
We will not under any circumstances publish erotica, or anything that denigrates people from LGBT or BAME communities. We are not interested in religious works or horror of any kind, especially gore or torture. We detest sexist stereotypes and deplore derivative plotlines, sloppy writing and clichés, and are bored by romance and chick-lit. Other than that we will consider most genres provided they are beautifully written, imaginative, and have narrative substance and persuasive characterisation, it would be a REALLY good idea to explore the information on this website – there are video and audio extracts and descriptions of what we’ve already published dotted about all over the place, so have a dig about and get a feel for what makes us send single word email responses that say – Yes. (some of our authors can vouch for this, we really do do it).
We cannot afford to pay advances (yet) , but will pay royalties.
We don’t want to see first drafts! Third draft, maybe! If you don’t think it’s ready don’t send it, there are agencies who will give you feedback on your first draft, they charge.
Arachne Press tries to treat authors (and potential authors) how we’d like to be treated ourselves. This doesn’t mean we will read all 1200 pages of your epic if we don’t like the first three chapters, life is too short. It does mean that if we reject your work you may be offered brief feedback. More detailed feedback is available for a fee. It will always be honest. If we think there’s a market for your work elsewhere, we will point you to it. If you’d rather we didn’t give you feedback, we won’t. Personally, we’d rather someone told us we were wasting our time, or what was so awful about it, than a polite no thank you; but it is up to you.
HOW TO GET A COLLECTION OR A NOVEL PUBLISHED BY ARACHNE PRESS
Send us something for an anthology. If we publish it and you show us you would be exciting to work with we will invite you to submit something more substantial.
If we do invite you to send a collection, we would like it to be a collection, not just everything you’ve ever written held together with an elastic band. If you discover a theme in what you’ve written, then exclude things that don’t fit, and think about an order for your stories. We want to read what you think is your best work, not the things you rushed off over a cup of coffee.
We will confirm receipt, after that you will dwell in silence and darkness until we have something to say, please don’t make enquiries, we’ll be as quick as we can.