where to publish short stories

This is an update of my previous post on short story submission opportunities. The list now includes both competitions and  general submission opportunities for magazines, separated by printed and online publication.


New additions to the table are in blue.


Please note that most of these are UK-centric, but many accept online submissions, so non-UKers will also find something for them in the list!

Deadline Name Theme Word Limit Fee
FEB 14 Writers &
Artists Yearbook
“Unity or Union”
Adult fiction
<2000 *
FEB 28 Myriad Editions A WIP of yours <10,000
FEB 28 Writers’ Reign “A new day” 1000-1500 £3
FEB 28 The Last Laugh Humour <2500 £3
MAR 20 Fish Flash Open <300 €12
MAR 31 Bristol Short Story
Open <3000 £7
MAR 31 Aeon Award Spec Fic <8,000 €7
APR 01 firstwriter.com Open 3,000 £6.50
APR 14 Biscuit Publishing Open 1000-5000 £10
APR 15 Scribble “A Country Story” <2000 £3
APR 30 Cooldog Prize Open <3000 £6
APR 30 Words Magazine Children’s <2000
APR 30 Momaya Press Family <3000 £8
MAY 29 Segora Open 1500-3000 £5
JUN 30 Bridport Prize Open <5000 £7
JUN 30 Words Magazine Open <2000
JUL 10 The Guardian Open <2000 £7
JUL 31 Highlands & Islands Open <2500 £5
AUG 31 Earlyworks Press Open <4000 £5
SEPT 1 Scribble DEBUT “A Old Cottage” <3000 £4
OCT 31 Scott Prize Collection 45,000 £18
NOV 30 The New Writer Open <4000 £5
DEC 31 Words Magazine Open <2000
Untitled Books Open ?
Writer’s Forum Open 1000-3000 £10
Dark Tales Horror / Spec fic <5000 £3
Interzone Sci-fi / Fantasy <10,000
Black Static Horror / Dark Fantasy <10,000
Crimewave Mystery / Crime <10,000
Premonitions Sci-fi / Horror <8,000
Albedo One Spec Fic 2,500-8,000
Analog Sci Fi 2,000-7,000
Apex Sci Fi / Horror <5,000

*For the Writers & Artist’s Yearbook Competition, you need to be register here.



Deadline Name Theme Word Limit Fee
FEB 15 Lorelei Signal Female Fantasy <10000
MAY 18 Golden Vision Alien encounters 1500-3500
each 26th Cazart Open 400-3000 £3
StoryFeedback Open <3000 £3
The Fifth Di Sci-fi/Fantasy <7500
Chaos Theory:
Tales Askew
Spec fic ?
AlienSkin Spec/Horror 500-1000
OG’s Spec Fic Spec fic <8000
Ray Gun Revival Space Opera ~3,500
Golden Visions Spec Fic <6,000



As always, let me know if you come across any others not on this list!


About A.M. Harte

A.M. Harte writes twisted speculative fiction, such as the post-apocalyptic Above Ground and the zombie love anthology Hungry For You. She is excellent at missing deadlines, has long forgotten what ‘free time’ means, and is utterly addicted to chocolate.
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2 Responses to where to publish short stories

  1. Jan Oda says:

    What about the New Bedlam Ezine?

    • a.m.harte says:

      When I posted the list, their website still didn’t have the new details up for submissions etc (they were closed to submissions until Feb 01, but haven’t updated their page yet to reflect that they’re open).

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