Submission Call: Stories about Houses and Homes
For stories about the buildings we live in, and how they affect our lives.
Deadline: open now / deadline 30 September 2019
Word count: 1,000-20,000 words
Submission fee: standard (see submission guidelines).
Payment and rights: standard (see submission guidelines).
Until the end of September this year, we’ll be reading stories about different kinds of housing and the way they affect the lives of their occupants.
There are so many stories to tell about houses and homes, from the political to the personal: the way changing house prices can split and shape communities and families; the psychological aspects of owning, renting, and living in houses; homelessness and precarious living; the changing nature of housing through history (and into the future…); and so on. Both realistic and fantastic approaches are welcome.
The theme can be the central driving force of your story, or part of the background, adding context and depth. To encourage a diverse selection of stories, writers should feel free to interpret the theme as tightly or loosely as they like: any stories that stray too far will still be considered as general submissions.
If you're in need of inspiration, we'll be exploring aspects of this theme between now and September on our website. Sign up for our email newsletter to stay informed.
Remember that stories should be about people, and resist the temptation to simply rewrite a newspaper headline as fiction. If your story addresses a political aspect of the theme, it still needs to lead with believable and engaging characters.
As always, we welcome writers and stories from around the world.
The stories we select from this submission call will feature in a future Fiction Desk anthology. If you've not yet read one of our anthologies, it’s worth picking up a recent volume before you submit, to get an idea of the range of styles we feature in our pages. Our latest, And Nothing Remains, is out now.