You know how my Sutton Writing Group creates a compilation every December, where we all write short stories, essays, and poems on a theme? Well, there’s a publisher in the UK called “Fox Spirit” who is working on doing a similar compilation.
Their theme is “Love”.
You might think it’s mushy – but they say:
“We are a genre anthology – fantasy, horror, science fiction and everything inside and around those. We encourage experimentation, poetry, drabbles, flash, short stories. Whatever. We are setting a word limit of up to 3500 words. Get to the point and make it happen!”
So you can definitely take a twisty approach to this.
They also say:
“This anthology initially called for romantic love, but we recognize this is not everyone’s experience and would also like to include aromantic love. Please note, we do not want stories of familiar or parental love, how much we love our pets (we do, but not for this book) or similar. We are looking for stories that carry the spark of love, the feeling that can make life seem worthwhile, that can be as simple as a sprinkle of sugar or that gives us meaning and drives us on even when all hope seems lost.. The ending might be bleak (although we don’t mind a happy ending, not one bit!) but the motive is the key. As much as we enjoy them, we’re not looking for erotic trysts or hefty old clichés (unless you’re spinning them); we want to hear stories about love as a force of nature, whether it be a full-blown storm or a breath of fresh air… or maybe even a fetid stench!”
So if you’re not into sappy love, that is great. This publisher is looking for new takes on the theme.
They only ask for exclusivity for 12 months. One year. So you give them the story, they publish it and promote it, and then a year later you can do whatever you want with it from that point forward. They will take reprints, but they prefer things which haven’t been published elsewhere. Still, you can submit multiple pieces, so if you have a reprint or two that would qualify, I say send it along.
In essence this is FREE powerful marketing for you, and heck, you might get paid some money, too. It’s a great way to hook a new group of readers on your style so they then seek out your other stories.
IMPORTANT NOTES: They are British so they want SINGLE QUOTES around dialogue, not double quotes. So swap those out. Also, they want 1.5 line spacing in your document. Ask if you need help figuring either or both of those out.
I definitely recommend giving it a try! Good luck! Use this link: