BBC Opening Lines Short Story Submission

We are delighted to announce the launch of Opening Lines 2015, our annual new writing series which gives emerging short story writers their radio debut.

From Monday January 5th – Friday 13th February 2015, we invite writers new to radio to send us a 2,000 word short story.

The three strongest stories submitted within this period will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in the summer of 2015.  The three successful writers will be invited to London for an afternoon in Broadcasting House and to see their stories being recorded.  We also publish a selection of the best stories received on the Opening Lines website.

Submission guidelines and the submission form are attached. Full details can also be found at our website:



Submit to Fleeting Books

Fleeting has appeared in The Guardian, The Bookseller and The Best British Short Stories 2013, and has a reputation for excellence and innovation in the short form online.

Fleeting regularly places the best student writing alongside established voices such as Toby Litt, Deborah Levy, John Banville, Roger McGough and Ian McMillan. Our creative intervieBBSS013w series features writers such as Junot Diaz, Ali Smith, Edwidge Danticat, Evie Wyld, George Saunders, Adam Thirlwell and Stef Penney.

Calling all Third Year and MA Students!

We are a group of second year Creative Writing students producing a collection of poetry and prose to be sold at the CREATE event in May. This is an annual publication, celebrating the work of all graduating Creative Writing students.

We are asking all third year and MA students for submissions to put into the anthology. Here is a link to the ‘Behind the Walls’ blog, so you can see last year’s anthology and find out more information about the event:

If you are interested in submitting your work, our suggested theme is York. However, York is a preference and not prescriptive. We want people to get creative, so we welcome all submissions. Submissions should be sent by 31st March to

If you would like to receive more information regarding the anthology, or have any questions, please contact the email above.

Many thanks,

The Creative Writing Anthology Team.


One for the girls…Mslexia Short Story Competition

A really good competition with a cash prize, writing retreat and day with an editor. Women writers only…sorry boys!myslexia

A competition for unpublished short stories of up to 2,200 words. We accept work on all subjects, so write about anything and everything you fancy – we love to read it.

1ST PRIZE: £2,000
Plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at Chawton House
, and a day with a Virago editor

2nd prize: £500, 3rd prize: £250

Three other finalists each receive £100

Judge: Jane Rogers

Closing date: 17 March 2014

All winning stories will be published in the Jun/Jul/Aug 2014 edition of Mslexia

Bookanista Short Story Submissions

Bookanista is looking for new short fiction from up-and-coming writers.

Bookanista is a literary website recommending books and championing all writers producing great work.

The online magazine contains features, interviews, author recommendations and literary news, as well as showcasing works of short fiction from both established writers and exciting new talent.

We are currently looking for unpublished original short stories to publish on the website. Your Creative Writing students may be interested to learn more about, and we would appreciate it if you could forward this message onto your new writers.

Submissions of up to 5,000 words should be sent as a Word or pdf attachment to


York Literature Festival: The Art of Short Fiction with Nicholas Royle & Alison Moore

York Literature Series: Short Fiction Event with Nicholas Royle and Alison Moore, 21st March 2014

Hosted by York St John University

Workshop (3pm) and evening talk (7pm)

Temple Hall


Nicholas Royle is the author of First Novel, as well as six earlier novels including The Director’s Cut and Antwerp, and a short story collection, Mortality. He has edited numerous anthologies including Darklands, Murmurations: An Anthology of Uncanny Stories About Birds and three volumes of The Best British Short Stories (2011–2013). A senior lecturer in creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University, he also runs Nightjar Press, publishing original short stories as signed, limited-edition chroyle_nicholasapbooks, and works as an editor for Salt Publishing, where he has been responsible for Alison Moore’s Man Booker-shortlisted The Lighthouse and Alice Thompson’s Burnt Island among other titles.

Alison Moore’s first novel, The Lighthouse, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize Ali window 22012 and in the New Writer of the Year category of the National Book Awards 2012 before going on to win the McKitterick Prize 2013. Her debut collection, The Pre-War House and Other Stories, was nominated for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award 2013. She is an honorary lecturer in the School of English at Nottingham University.

By booking on this event you can attend both the workshop and evening talk.

Any questions please email: