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Announcement: Gatehouse’s Open Submission, 2014

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Gatehouse Press is excited to announce the opening of submissions for their new short fiction series. With a word limit of between 10,000 and 13,000 words, the open submission process seeks to encourage new writers to explore the possibilities of length within the short fiction genre. The winning stories will be published as part of Gatehouse Press’ upcoming New Fictions series in 2015.

The New Fictions series seeks to publicise the best new writing, not only through publication but also through readings and events. Building on the substantial critical success of Gatehouse Press’ Lighthouse journal and its sleek, elegant print format, New Fictions will provide a crucial platform for emerging writers who are able to redefine the limits of the short fiction genre.


Rules for Submissions

1. Submissions must take the form of three copies of a single work of prose fiction of between 10,000 and 13,000 words. Submissions should be typed, double-spaced, and include the work’s title and a page number on every page.

2. The Gatehouse Press judging panel will announce a shortlist of between 10 and 15 writers in the first instance. From this the panel will then select between two and four writers whose work will be taken forward for publication as part of Gatehouse Press’s New Fictions series in 2015. However, the panel reserves the right not to select any work for publication if they judge that no work submitted has attained a sufficiently high standard.

3. All submissions must be posted to the following address:

New Short Fiction Series Submission

Gatehouse Press

90 Earlham Road

Norwich NR2 3HA;


Email submissions will not be accepted.

4. All submissions must reach Gatehouse Press by 5pm on the closing date for submissions, Friday 12th September 2014.

5. Authors submitting work must include the following information on a separate cover sheet: Their name; The title of the work submitted; A valid contact address within the UK; A valid contact email address; A UK contact telephone number.

6. Submissions must be anonymised; authors’ names must not appear anywhere in the text of a submission except on the cover sheet for their work. To ensure fairness we regret that any work that does not follow this rule will not be considered eligible for selection.

7. Work that has been published elsewhere, in whole or in part, is not eligible for submission. This includes work that has appeared in magazines or online.

8. We regret that we cannot consider overseas submissions; we expect authors submitting work to be normally resident within the UK. Within the bounds of reasonable possibility, writers should be available to attend launches, readings and events within the UK to represent themselves and their work.

9. Gatehouse press will announce the shortlist on the weekend of the 27th of September 2014. Authors who have been selected for the shortlist will be contacted by telephone or by email before midnight on the 29th of September. Those who have not been contacted by this time should assume that their work has not been successful in the 2014 submission period.

10. The decision of the Gatehouse judging panel, both in respect of the shortlist and the final selection of work for publication, is final. We regret that we cannot enter into any correspondence with regard to submitted work or the decisions of the panel.

11. Authors who wish to have their manuscripts returned must include a stamped addressed envelope with sufficient postage for the return of the entirety of the manuscripts submitted. We regret that we cannot return manuscripts sent without an SAE.

Posted 4 years ago

6 comments on “Announcement: Gatehouse’s Open Submission, 2014”

I am a young writer from Ireland, am I eligible to submit my work?

Posted 4 years ago by Jonathan

Hi Jonathan – in order to be eligible, you would have to be normally resident within the UK, so that you could attend readings and events in the UK. If you think you fit that description, then we’d be most happy to consider your submission. Best wishes, Meirion

Posted 4 years ago by Gatehouse Press2

Can self published writers submit?

Posted 4 years ago by Caz

Yes. There is no expectation of prior publication: we ask writers to submit work personally, rather than ask publishers to submit work on their behalf. We expect to publish the work that we select from the open submission, so not having a publisher is not a disadvantage in any way.

Posted 4 years ago by Gatehouse Press2

Are there any restrictions to the type of story elegable for submition I write for all ages however the only ones I currently have complete are designed for children would these be suitable as long as they fit into the word restrictions?

Posted 4 years ago by Leo Howes

Hi Leo. Thanks for your message. We’re open to submissions of fiction in all genres, and we certainly wouldn’t discourage you from submitting your work. However, our New Fictions series is intended for an adult literary market so we would expect that submissions would have at least some appeal for more mature and critically aware audiences.

Posted 4 years ago by Gatehouse Press2

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