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. 


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 and other stereotypes and deplore derivative plotlines, sloppy writing and clichés, and are bored by romance and chick-lit.

If your writing is motivated by hate of any kind you won't get considered.

Other than that we will consider most genres provided they are beautifully written, imaginative, and have narrative substance and persuasive characterisation

Thank you!

Our Usual Criteria...

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

Music (Where requested): original or traditional - i.e. YOUR copyright or out of copyright,

Our October 2023 Anthology is aimed firmly at older women, lesbians and  women from the global majority. Our theme is the menopause, and we want  your stories, flash and poems that go waaay beyond the empty nest and feelings  of sexual redundancy. Tell us something we don't know, go wild  and magnificent...tell us about surgically induced menopause, unexpected  benefits, the freedom of not bleeding... whatever genre you want (within our guidelines), but surprise us. Give us great titles to play with too - you might end up naming the whole anthology.

We are giving you a spectacularly long run in on this one, because we want it to be truly amazing and we are planning some writing workshops, run jointly by editors Cherry Potts and Catherine Pestano, to explore possible themes (as soon as the funding is in place). Keep an eye on our website for news from around the end of May 2022.

*We do not publish Memoir or other forms of non-fiction.

*We do not publish, and do not want to read: erotica, horror, romance or anything that objectifies, or demeans, or encourages hatred of any group.

Arachne Press seeks fiction and poems, maximum 1000 words, original, unpublished and in English; or in Welsh with an English translation, for publication in 2024

Byways – rights of way that you can’t take a vehicle on – so think alleys, snickets, ginnels, bridlepaths, greenways, the high water line on a beach, mountain passes, desire paths, tow paths… the path to somewhere else, the familiar and the uncertain.

Authors will get royalties of an equal share of 8% of the cover price for print, and of 25% of net for ebooks and audio, should we decide to record.

Arachne Press Limited