Short Fiction is one of the UK’s best regarded literary magazines. Its ten highly acclaimed annual print issues were produced by Antony Caleshu and Tom Vowler from 2007-2017. Originally supported by the University of Plymouth, these beautifully illustrated Short Fiction coversjournals feature stories by Kevin Barry, Helen Oyeyemi, Alison McLeod, Marina Warner, Kit de Waal, Colin Barrett, Ríona Judge McCormack, Inderjeet Mani, and many more.
In our new incarnation, we are delighted to have the support of the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies (LiFTS) at the University of Essex.
We currently live online, publishing one Featured Story per month, maintaining the magazine’s commitment to the very highest standards in short fiction. We have always been “the visual literary journal”, interested in a dialogue between visual and written art, so we work with artists to provide bespoke front-illustration for each published piece.
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University of Essex
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Elizabeth Baines, Jeremy Galgut, KM Elkes
We look for high-quality literary fiction. Submissions are free, except for our annual contest. We have no geographical restrictions. Max 5,000 words, min 500 words. We accept reprints of work that has appeared in print only (not reprints of work that has appeared online).
Annual contest for short stories up to 5,000 words. Paid entry. First prize £500. Runs Jan-March. (See website for details)
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80% Fiction, 20% Art