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Unpublished except for The Story Sessions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,
Thank you.



Call out for stories and poems for an anthology celebrating the centenary of the end of WWI. Publication planned for Nov 2018.

Provisional Title An Outbreak of Peace.
 
Two free copies of the anthology and royalties @ 8% divided between all the contributors. ebook royalties @25% of net divided between all contributors.

Open to everyone - unpublished and in English please.
Stories: around 2000 words but anything between 1000 and 2500 accepted.
Poems up to 1000 words.

How you respond to this theme is up to you, and it doesn't need to be specific to WWI, but we find nothing to celebrate in war, and want a good balance for the book between appropriate commemoration of the dead, relief that it's over and hope for the future.

Ends on November 5, 2017
This year's Solstice Shorts Festival (21st December) is running at (Astronomical) DUSK once the sun has gone down but there's still some light, until it's good and gone.  On 21st December Dusk starts in the UK in the far NE (Shetland) at 16:53 and finishes in the far South West (Cornwall) at 18:21, taking between 40 and 50 minutes depending where you are. We want the performances to match this exactly, and to have a live link up (Facebook, Youtube…) – so that Cornwall wouldn’t start reading until Scotland has almost finished (we are starting in Ellon near Aberdeen, and finishing in Redruth) and all the other performances will overlap, so that somewhere in the ether we are all reading/singing together, like a murmuration of starlings... with (probably)  two each of songs, stories and poems at each venue.
We will be celebrating the end of the shortest day of the year in:
ELLON (near Aberdeen), INVERNESS, CARLISLE, LANCASTER, ROSSENDALE, ANGLESEY, BIRMINGHAM, NOTTINGHAM, GREENWICH, BRISTOL, WARKLEIGH (near Barnstaple), REDRUTH

https://arachnepress.com/solstice-shorts/dusk-solstice-shorts-2017/
All of this is subject to our getting our funding application approved. We have had a very positive meeting with the Arts Council and will hear if the funding application was successful around 20th November.


WRITERS AND MUSICIANS The CALL OUT-UK ONLY

Submissions from writers and musicians of short pieces on the theme of DUSK. You can interpret that how you like, but if we don't recognise a connection your work won't be chosen.- Include a covering letter, saying who you are, what you've written/had published/performed/ recorded before,  and MOST importantly, where you are.
Story & Poetry Submissions will be long-listed anonymously by up to 5 of the organisers, and then shortlisted using where people are geographically, to help balance the material across sites. SO DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON YOUR ACTUAL STORY/POEM/SONG, only on the form/ cover letter. If your name is visible we will not consider your work.
PLEASE do not title your work DUSK. We've had three already, it's confusing!
This will be a UK only call out this time because of the structure of what we have planned.
For absolute clarity, these are works suitable for performance, story, poem or song.
Please no death or dementia stories we've read SO many of those (and been offended by inaccuracy in the dementia ones) that no matter how wonderful, it's a case of 'not another one!'
Songs: Acoustic Traditional or original please! (We aren't interested in covers of work still in copyright)  And... Relevant to Dusk.
Between 3 and 5 minutes for preference, absolute maximum 7 minutes.
We would prefer the musicians among you to be able to perform at your most local venue yourselves (wherever that ultimately is).
Musicians: we aren't a recording company so we can't offer anything on those lines, but if anyone knows someone who can, put us in touch. We will publish original lyrics alongside the poems and stories, and we have a cunning plan for audio books which if it comes off will need some occasional music so there may be future opportunities. Please note we've had several applications for which the tune, if not actually a dead ringer, is awfully like other people's work- this does not make us happy.

Stories: No more than 1500 words please, we are tight for time. No minimum.
Poems: We like a narrative, but hate the rhythms that often go with them. (Haiwatha- aargh!) Surprise us. You can go long with this, but don't exceed 1000 words. No minimum.
Work for performance CAN BE PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED
Successful UNPUBLISHED stories & poems will be performed by actors, and will go forward to next year's Dusk anthology (provisional publication date 21st June, for the Summer Solstice), for which 2 copies of the book and royalties will be paid. Depending on how many contributors we get the royalty may be tiny, unless it really takes off, so an option to take your royalty in books is also available.

All Entries in English (or BSL for a story/poem) or Welsh/Gaelic/Kernewek (with a translation as well please) and your own unaided original work. Please specify if (and where) published.

FORMATS
Word/ PDF
We welcome stories/ poems from Deaf writers. If you want to submit in BSL you can send us a video. AVI, MP4, WMA, MOV.
Musicians and blind writers. You can submit using audio files. MP3 or WAV.