“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

Short Story Submission Form

Thank you for your interest in The Fiction Desk. Please use this form to submit a short story for potential publication in our regular anthology of new fiction.

You aren't entering into any agreements or giving up any rights to your work by using this form. It's just a way to simplify the usual story submission process.

1. Submission type

What kind of submission would you like to make?

If you're responding to one of our themed submission opportunities, please select the relevant option below. (Right now we don't have any themed calls, so you can leave 'General' selected and skip this step.)

2. About You

Your Full Name Please give your real name, not your pseudonym / pen name.


Your Pen Name Please give your name as you would like it to appear in the story credit if you're published. (Leave blank if it's the same as above.)

Your Email Address


Would you like to receive our email newsletter? We do recommend this: it will keep you updated with new submission opportunities here at The Fiction Desk. It goes out roughly once a month, and naturally you can unsubscribe at any time.

*Yes please No thanks

Your Full Address Please include the country.


Website If you have one.

Author Biography Just a couple of lines, with anything relevant to the subject matter, or any previous publications.


3. Submission Fee

We charge a £5 submission fee for each story submitted to us. By paying this, you'll contribute to our running costs and help us to support and publish new short fiction. We aim to respond to all submissions within four weeks. You can also choose to purchase one of our anthologies instead of paying the fee (this option appears on the next page).

You'll be able to make payment on the next page.

4. About Your Story

Title of Your Story


Approximate Word Count This should be between 1,000 and 10,000 words.


Brief Synopsis Tell us about your story in a couple of sentences. If you're responding to a themed call, feel free to tell us how you see it fitting into the theme.


5. Upload Your Story

Your story should be in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx).

The document should contain your real name, the title of the story, and your email address in the header. The manuscript should be double-spaced, in 12-pt Times New Roman type, on A4 or US Letter paper size.

Please only attach one story at a time.

Attach Your Story:*

Please check this box to confirm that this story is entirely your own work, and does not contain any material written by anybody else, created using AI, or copied from elsewhere.*

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