Call for Short Story Writers

Submissions are open for the 2021 edition of Superlative!


The theme this year is 'Scapes

From landscapes and seascapes, to cityscapes and escapes, please interpret the theme however you choose, but the more intriguing, imaginative and well-crafted your stories are, the better.


Superlative publishes quality work by aspiring short story writers, in order to promote new, developing authors and the art of the short story to readers worldwide. They work closely with developing writers so that, when they publish their work, it is of the highest standard.


The journal is published annually, and Superlative provide free editing services. They ask for contributors to please read back issues of the journal before submitting, to get a feel for the types of pieces they publish.


Please click here for information about purchasing or submitting to the journal.

Somewhere Else Writers Group - Cirencester

Now online every Wednesday afternoon the Somewhere Else Writers Group covers poetry, novels, short stories, drama, including radio plays on Corinium Radio, and commissioned plays.

They created and produced for local radio six episodes of The Inn on the Green, very loosely modelled on The Archers.

Their writers have been successful in having work published, including podcasts with Ragged Foils Productions, and in winning prizes for their work.

Their ethos is to encourage and support and offer honest, constructive critiquing, and they are now open to applications to join...

Visit their website here.


Call for Writers

Clare Roberts, a postgraduate student at the University of Gloucestershire, is putting out a call for writers to help with her ‘Personalised Poetry and Flash Fiction’ research project.

The project is a website for people to commission poems or short stories for friends and loved ones on birthdays and anniversaries, etc.

She is researching the idea for her MA in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of Gloucestershire and would like to hear from poets and short story writers who would be willing to write brief pieces based on clients’ answers to a questionnaire, a few photos, and perhaps a short phone call.

She is currently trialing the idea, so would also be grateful for feedback from writers.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact Clare Roberts on or 07946 703729.

Free Creative Writing Workshops and Courses with Amy Scott

Amy Scott is a writer and editor, working with new writers setting out with their first novels, and offering free creative writing courses and workshops.

For more information about creative writing courses and workshops, or to get in touch with Amy about writing or editing,

click here to visit her website or click here to visit her facebook page

University of Gloucestershire 2021 New Writing Anthology


As a society we all have VOICES.

As individuals we use our voices to communicate, inspire and more. This can be reflected in our storytelling – a way of using our unique voices to communicate with the world. Now is the time to share these stories. The University of Gloucestershire are looking for uplifting and powerful prose, poetry, and dramatic monologues from all UoG students, staff and alumni. However you interpret the theme VOICES, they want to see your work!
Submissions open now!

Click here to visit the UoG Voices Anthology Wesbite for further information and full submission details.

UoG are delighted to be supporting GL Communities with their anthology this year. GL Communities recognises and supports the gifts, skills and talents of the communities it works with. It facilitates the connecting of residents, local businesses and local services and works towards a community that is thriving and aspiring.
GL Communities key themes are Advice and Advocacy, Employability and Education, Community and Economic Development and Social Inclusion and Well Being.

Workshop with Dialect Writers

Workshops - Fourth Tuesday of each month, 7pm - 9pm 

Are you looking for a space to share work and get feedback?

Dialect writers have four spots available on their monthly Tuesday evening workshops.

In the first hour, there are some themed writing prompts, and in the second hour they feedback on work that has been shared before the meeting.

Suitable for all levels. Pay what you can. Next meeting 23rd February.

Email for more information!

Steel Jackdaw Submissions Open

Steel Jackdaw is a new arts magazine, which celebrates creative expression and promotes positive environmental and social change.

The first edition is raising 100% of its profits to charity, ClientEarth, and international environmental charity and local charity The Nelson Trust.

Edition 2 is now open for submission by creatives and artists of any discipline, including poetry, flash fiction and storytelling.

Please visit Steel Jackdaw's website to find out more about the new magazine and to submit.

The submission window for edition two closes at midnight on Sunday the 4th of April.

Superlative Literary Journal Accepting Submissions

Superlative, The Short Story Literary Journal, publishes quality work by aspiring short story writers, in order to promote new, developing authors and the art of the short story to readers worldwide. They work closely with developing writers so that, when they publish their work, it is of the highest standard.

Superlative are currently accepting submissions for the journal, and for their short story, flash fiction, and mini saga competitions.

If you would like your work published in a print journal for the first time, please head over to their website for more information!


Stroud Short Stories Open for Submissions


Stroud Short Stories, this year celebrating its 10th birthday, is open for submissions from Gloucs & South Gloucs writers from 29 Jan to 21 March.

Ten stories will be chosen for their authors to read at our event, which will either be on YouTube or at the Cotswold Playhouse, and will take place on 9 May.

It's free, as always, to submit and it's an open theme this time. John Holland's co-judge this time is Saboteur Award winning short story author, Chloe Turner.

Click here for all Stroud Stories Info

Mentoring with Dialect Writers

Dialect Writers have announced a mentoring scheme that aims to give a boost to those who are working towards their first novel / short story collection / poetry pamphlet / poetry collection.

4 emerging writers will be matched with one of 4 mentors (Fiona Benson, Mahsuda Snaith, Melanie Golding and Pascale Petit) to work intensively together for three to four months. The deadline for applications is the 7th February, so get yours in now!

Click here for more details about Dialect's Mentoring Opportunity.