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Unpublished except for The Story Sessions
(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.

Arachne Press is hoping to publish an anthology of fiction and poetry from UK resident writers of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic heritage. We are aiming for publication in Autumn 2021. We will pay royalties. Once published in an Arachne anthology you may be invited to submit a collection/novel.

Laila Sumpton [recently the Keats House poet in residence who has edited poetry  anthologies for the University of London, the Royal Free Hospital and  Ministry of Stories] will be our poetry editor, and Sandra A. Agard [Professional storyteller, poet, short story writer, playwright, cultural historian, literary consultant, resident writer/reader and creative writing facilitator for over forty years] will be our fiction editor.

We have an application for funding in with ACE, so at the moment all we want is an expression of interest – your name and contact details, and any writing credits, whether you are a poet or fiction writer (or both!) and if you want, your idea for what you will write.

We have an overarching theme for all our anthologies for the next 12-18 months of ‘maps and mapping’. You do not need to take this in any way literally – ‘the map is not the territory.’

Submissions of work will be accepted from February 2021 once we know we have the funding. Please don’t send anything now, we just want a list of exciting authors and poets lined up to work with when we are ready.

Deadline for expressions of interest Jan 15th 2021.

Deadline for expression of interest from deaf writers/editors extended.

Writers: keep telling us about yourselves until Jan 31st 2021

Editors: CV please by 3rd January 2021

Arachne Press is hoping to publish an anthology of d/Deaf fiction and poetry in Autumn 2021. We will pay royalties.

Lisa Kelly (co-editor of Magma 69, The Deaf Issue; co-Chair of Magma Poetry, first collection A Map Towards Fluency published by Carcanet) will be one of the editors, and we are looking for another Deaf editor who is fluent in BSL, ideally someone who writes fiction rather than poetry.

We are putting together an application for funding, so that the whole book can be produced as BSL videos as well – this means we need translators and interpreters and video editors… quite a lot of people! But we are starting with YOU the writers.

At the moment all we want is an expression of interest – your name and contact details, any writing credits or performance of your own work. If you have an idea for a theme for the anthology please make suggestions.

Submissions of work will be accepted in English or BSL, from UK writers only, from February 2021 once we know we have the funding. Please don’t send anything now.

If you have the experience to be our Deaf editor (there will be a fee for this work), we’d like a CV.

BSL version of this call out: 

Up to 2000 words. £20 per 500 words see options below.

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.

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