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  1. Night-time Stories (deadline: 3rd August 2018)


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1. Night-time Stories

28th May – 3rd August 2018

We are looking for night-time stories, for a new fiction anthology edited by Yen-Yen Lu.

Every day, when the sun sets, we are plunged into a different world – the night-time. We’d like to find stories that explore that world, from wild nights surrounded by friends and strangers to quieter evenings filled with sleeplessness to dreams and nightmares that leak into reality. What does nightfall look like in a suburban neighbourhood, in the middle of a city, or in the countryside?

Your story can be about things that come alive at night, like nocturnal creatures who experience darkness as the norm (owls, bats, mice…vampires, perhaps?), or lively/annoying partygoers, or conversations that you could never have during sunlight hours, or simply the night sky.

Or the stories might capture the strangeness of the world deserted after dusk: schools and playgrounds, supermarkets, museums, the living room in your own home.

We will accept short stories in standard or more experimental forms, such as prose poetry and micro-fiction. If you are not sure, please do email us at hello@theemmapress.com with any questions!

If you would like to submit, please send us your submission by 3rd August 2018. The full guidelines are below and you can read more about it in the press release.

About the editor

Yen-Yen Lu is a publishing freelancer and writer based in London. She has worked with the Emma Press, Banipal Publishing, and Inpress Books. She studied Creative Writing at the University of Roehampton and her writing can be found online at Shift Zine and her website: https://castlefeather.wordpress.com/

She enjoys taking night-time walks although it sometimes feels like she is in the beginning of a zombie film. Photo credit: Andrew King Photography

How to submit to Night-time Stories

Here’s how to submit, in four simple steps:

  1. You must be a member of the Emma Press Club, which means you must have bought a book or ebook from the Emma Press website in this calendar year (i.e. since 1st January 2018), or already have been accepted into an Emma Press book. Read more about the Emma Press Club here.
  2. Place a maximum of two short stories, each no longer than 2250 words, into a single Word/PDF/ODF document. Please only include text in the document, and no images.
  3. Make sure your submission is anonymous. Make sure you haven’t put your name or any biographical notes in the document, and be aware that you will be asked to rename your document at a certain stage within the Google form.
  4. Fill in the Google form here – it will tell you everything you need to know. If you have any problems with it, drop us an email on hello@theemmapress.com

The deadline for submissions is midnight at the end of 3rd August 2018.

We will reply to everyone who submitted – please sign up to our newsletter to see updates on our progress. If you received the automatic receipt, we’ll have received your submission and you will definitely get a response. Please scroll down to read our general submissions guidelines, especially before emailing us with questions.

Frequently-asked questions about submissions

Do the poems/stories need to be unpublished?

It’s fine if your poems/stories have been previously published, but please do check with those publishers or publications that you still hold the rights to your poems and can licence us to publish them again with no additional payments or paperwork.

Will you consider translations?

Yes, we are always happy to see translations. Translators can submit multiple proposals (i.e. one per author).

Do I have to arrange for my book to be illustrated?

Not at all – we will arrange this. We’re open to your suggestions of illustrators, but we’ll deal with all the illustration side of things for you.

I don’t live in the UK – can I still submit?

Yes, we welcome international submissions. You’ll need to buy a book/ebook from our website if you’re not already an Emma Press author, in order to join the Emma Press Club. If you don’t want to pay for the international shipping, you could always buy an ebook.

When will I hear back about my submission?

We send updates on our progress in our newsletter, so that is the best place to look if you’re wondering when you might hear back from us. We do reply to everyone, and we read all of the submissions very thoroughly, so thank you for being patient with us.

Will I get feedback if my submission is unsuccessful?

We will email everyone to let them know the verdict on their submission, but we can’t offer individual feedback.

What happens if you do like my writing?

We will let you know by email and take it from there. We might have some suggestions for tweaking or developing your writing further, so we’ll explain that all in the email.

Will I get any money?

We offer each anthology poet two complimentary copies of the book and a discount on future purchases of the book. Pamphlet authors get royalties and complimentary copies.

And finally . . .

We only publish writing which we utterly love and believe in, which means the matter of what we publish will always come down to our personal tastes. If we can’t publish your work, it’s not a judgement on the quality of your writing so much as a reflection of our personal preferences in writing. If you would like to get a sense of our tastes, do take a look at the books we have published so far.


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