“I could open the case, have a peek, and sneak out again. Just a peek. No one would know…”

Uncle Dougie's Suitcase, Alastair Chisholm

Houses Borders Ghosts

Welcome to The Fiction Desk

We are short story publishers, devoted to encouraging and promoting short story writing. Our regular anthologies of new short fiction feature a diverse range of established award-winning authors and newcomers, all brought together by the love of a well-written short story.

Most of the short stories we publish might loosely be considered 'general' or 'literary' fiction, but we regularly feature ghost stories and some science fiction.

To find out more about what we do, check out our latest anthologies below.

Our anthologies

Our latest anthology of new short stories is New Ghost Stories IV. It's a special volume dedicated to the supernatural, and features stories by authors including Alastair Chisholm, Jo Gatford, Cindy George, and Matt Plass. It's available to order now.

Get your copy here.

(Our previous volumes, Somewhere This Way and Houses Borders Ghosts, feature short stories in a wider selection of genres, and are also available now.)


Send us your work

We publish short stores by new and established writers, from the UK and around the world. If you'd like to send us your work for potential publication, start by checking out one of our anthologies. Then, if you think we'd be a good fit for your stories, take a look at our short story submission guidelines. You might also want to keep an eye on our annual ghost story submission call, which runs every winter.