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“Sitting up in the dark, he took a deep breath and scented a familiar, beguiling trace in the air…”

Deep Green Leaves, Alex Clark

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Houses Borders Ghosts

Submission Call: Stories about Travel

For short stories about people in places.

Deadline: Open now. Deadline 31 January, 2022.

Word count: 1,000-20,000 words

Submission fee: standard (see submission guidelines).

Payment and rights: standard (see submission guidelines).

How to submit: Read the submission guidelines, then send us your story through our submission form. Choose the ‘Stories about Travel’ submission type at the top of the form.

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If books, the subject of our other submission call this winter, can lead us on an inner journey, this call is all about getting out into the world.

We're looking for short stories about people visiting other places; their travels could be local or international (or interplanetary), they might be tourists on day trips or expatriates building a new life elsewhere. They might be discovering new locations, or revisiting old haunts. The story could be from the perspective of the traveller or the locals (or somebody else altogether).

As always with our submission calls, feel free to experiment, and don’t worry if your story only fits the theme loosely: any stories that stray too far will still be considered as general submissions. (If your story fits both the books and travel themes, choose either one.)

If you're in need of inspiration, we'll be exploring aspects of this theme between now and January on our website. Sign up for our email newsletter to stay informed.

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, Houses Borders Ghosts, is out now.

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