Featured market: The Reader Berlin and EXBERLINER short story contest Reply

This week’s featured market is an amazing opportunity all the way from Berlin. Don’t worry – you needn’t write in German. This is strictly for English-language stories of 1500-3500 words. The theme is “A Summer Night” and you have until midnight (CET) on May 31st. Best of all, it’s completely free to enter and there are some amazing prizes: first place wins publication in the summer print edition of EXBERLINER, €100, and a goodie bag. Two runners up will each receive publication on the EXBERLINER website, €50, and a goodie bag. And ten finalists will have their stories featured on The Reader Berlin showcase, and have the opportunity to perform their work live at a Reader Sunday Salon event in autumn. Please see here for full rules and submission details. Good luck!


Featured Market: Lighthouse Reply

This week’s featured market is Lighthouse.

Lighthouse is a new journal published quarterly to give space and support to new talent. They look to publish the best short fiction and poetry emerging from the UK writing scene. Lighthouse is part of Gatehouse Press, an award winning publishing house for new fiction and poetry. Lighthouse is run on a voluntary basis by a team of editors

Here’s a quick look at their prose guidelines:

  • For short fiction, we will not normally be able to print submissions of more than 7000 words. We welcome the submission of shorter prose forms, such as flash fiction and micro-fiction. Please do not send us extracts from longer works, such as chapters from novels, unless they are able to stand alone as complete pieces.

Full submission guidelines here.

Lighthouse is a high quality print publication with a range of talented and experienced editors that want to see work from new writers. What more could you ask for? Get submitting, and good luck!


Balancing interior & empirical experience (tip 61) Reply

Some writers can become trapped in their protagonist’s minds. Everything is heavily filtered through the protagonist’s consciousness, to the extent that we can lose our bearings in the external world. In this video, we consider how JM Coetzee finds the right balance between interior and empirical experience.

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Featured Market: Wasafiri Reply

This week’s featured market is Wasafiri.

Wasafiri is Britain’s premier magazine for international contemporary writing. Published quarterly, it has established a distinctive reputation for promoting work by new and established voices across the globe.

Wasafiri Issue 85

Here’s an intro to their submission guidelines.

  • Fiction submissions should be no longer than 6000 words in length and previously unpublished.
  • Work should be submitted as a Word document or equivalent (no pdfs please, and do not paste your short story into the body of an email).
  • Your name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript. Instead, your name and contact details should be listed in a covering letter/email.

Full guidelines can be seen here.

Wasifiri is an established magazine with a great reputation. Placing a story with them would be a brilliant achievement, and will give your work an international audience – so get to it!