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I’m delighted to announce some big news from The Fiction Desk.

We’re relaunching as a publisher, with a list dedicated to promoting new fiction.

Our first project is a quarterly anthology of new short stories, featuring a wide range of stories from both new and established writers. We’re excited – this series is going to be a great platform for a variety of writers, and a great way for readers to get a regular fix of quality short fiction.

Subscriptions are available now, and more details of the first volume, Various Authors, will follow over the next few weeks. (For now, there’s the cover on the right.)

We’ll also be increasing new content here on the blog, reviewing new titles from other publishers, and sharing news from across the book trade.

If you’d like us to keep you updated with our plans, sign up for our newsletter here.

18 Comments on “Big news from The Fiction Desk”

  1. Petulia Says:


  2. Rob Says:

    Speechless. I wish you every success Rob. Tis a brave move to make!

  3. Rob Says:

    Thanks Petulia, and thanks Rob! A brave move, and maybe a crazy one, but a lot of fun!

  4. Charles Lambert Says:

    I love the cover. Do we get a prize for guessing which author is which?

  5. jason Says:

    looks great rob!

  6. Charlotte Says:

    Brilliant news – how exciting! A subscription has just been added to my Christmas list!

  7. Trevor Says:


  8. Rob Says:

    Jason, Charlotte, Trevor: thank you!

    Charles: People will be arguing about that for generations… not generations of humans, perhaps, but generations of something.

  9. Nicola Says:

    Excellent initiative! Good luck

  10. Katie Parla Says:

    This is fantastic news! Best of luck to you , Rob!!!

  11. Rosie Says:

    This is great news. Is there a submissions deadline?x

  12. Rob Says:

    Nicola & Katie: thank you!

    Rosie: There’s no submissions deadline. Stories that arrive too late for one volume will be considered for the next. We may occasionally have reading breaks, or issue calls for specific types of submissions. In this case, the info will be in the newsletter and on the main submissions page.

  13. Sue Says:

    Always reach for the stars and dream big-Congratulations

  14. Elaine Says:

    Sounds great, good luck with the project. Can you tell us the fee to be paid for each accepted story?

  15. Rob Says:

    Hi Elaine,

    fees vary slightly from story to story, according to length. As a rough figure, think ‘takeaway dinner’. We also have some other perks planned for our writers, and we’ll be announcing those in due course.

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  17. liz gazzara Says:

    I am really looking forward to getting the book. Matthew Licht is quite possibly my favorite “new” writer and it´s great to have included him in this lustrous pantheon.

    Sheesh. Well you know what I mean!

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