Please make it easy for us to read your submission, and use a straightforward easy to read font double spaced in 12-14 point. Deaf writers may submit by video in BSL. Blind writers may submit audio files.

Stories and poems, (We don't publish memoir, or other kinds of non-fiction ) must be:
All your own work
Written in English
up to 2000 words long unless otherwise specified in a particular call out
Unpublished except for The Story Sessions
Music
(Where requested) original or traditional - i.e. YOUR copyright or out of copyright,

This information  will help you to get accepted:

We will not under any circumstances publish erotica, and we aren’t keen on horror of any kind, 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
Thank you.




This year's Solstice Shorts festival (21st December 2018) will again be a multi-site affair, and again will last only 45 minutes. But this time will happen at exactly the same time - Noon.

At the moment we are looking at events in Edinburgh, Ynys Mon (Anglesey) London and  Evesham (Gloucestershire)

We are looking for SHORT stories no more than 1000 words, shorter is better,  (think flash not vignette - something needs to happen!) and poems, also short - up to 40 lines, in English, Welsh or Scots/Gaelic (with a translation please!) for performance. Other sites may be added.

We are starting this process with no funding, but hope we may  have some in time to allow us to pay actors to perform, but if not we'll need you to be able to get to one of these sites to read. 

Celebrate the shortest day of the year by sending us a story or poem on the theme of NOON.

A Pamphlet (or very slender book) of the stories and poems chosen for performance will be produced. Royalties will be paid, together with at least one copy of the book to each successful writer.

 Writers who are successful in being included in a performance/ anthology are subsequently invited to submit a collection/novel for consideration. 

Up to 2000 words. £20 per 500 words. critique from Arachne Press editor Cherry Potts.

Fiction or poetry. No erotica, religion or horror. No sexism, racism or homophobia.  I don't want to read it, you can't pay me to read it! please send as doc/ docx or rtf - purely because pdfs make it difficult for you to read any inline comments. This service will only be available in relatively quiet times for Arachne when we don't have an active call out.

Thinking of submitting? Buy a book and see what sort of work we love.
All the books here were created from open calls. We publish others, if you are interested in those go to our webshop: https://arachnepress.com/shop/#!/Book/c/12178367/
postage free in UK, £3 Europe £6 elsewhere.

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