Submissions

To find out what kind of stories we like, please read our previous editions.

Before submitting in any category, please read the Submission Guidelines below.


Themed Editions Submissions

  • April (submissions closed)

  • August - (submission closed)

  • December - submissions open - deadline 30th September.

We aim to respond within 5 weeks of the submission period closing.

December Edition Submissions

THEME: IDENTITY

SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN UNTIL 30TH SEPTEMBER

We charge a small submission fee (£5) in order to pay writers and cover our production, design and admin costs. We understand that this will be unaffordable for some people so we have 4 free submissions available in each period. Contact us to get one. No need to provide any explanation or evidence, just ask. They are first come, first served so if you do need one, best to get in touch as soon as the submission period opens.

If you would like to sponsor a submission so we can increase the number of free submissions available, then you can do that here.

WORD COUNTS

  • Short Stories: up to 3000 words

  • Flash Fictions: up to 1000 words

  • Micro Fictions: up to 350 words

Author Payment

For each edition, the writers we publish will share 50% of the submission fees received (after Submittable fees are deducted). All stories selected for an edition will receive the same payment no matter the length of the story.

We will also nominate stories for prizes (Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, Best Microfictions, etc.).

Submit for the December 2024 edition


Story Sunday Submissions

Submissions are now open on a rolling basis for stories that will be published once a week in our new Story Sunday feature. The first story will go live on Sunday 1st September 2024. No theme.

We will also nominate stories for prizes (Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, Best Microfictions, etc.).

Max word count: 1000

Submission fee: £5

Writer compensation: All writers selected will receive a £15 payment on publication of their story.

Submit to Story Sunday


Unpublished Writer Edition Submission Details

Max word count: 1000

Deadline: 8th September 2024

Submission fee: £5

Writer compensation: All writers selected will share 50% of the submission fees received (after Submittable and payment processing fees are deducted)

Publication date: 26th October 2024

Eligibility: You must not have had any fictional stories previously published. If after submitting you have a story accepted and it will be published before 26th October 2024, then you must withdraw your story.

Submit to Unpublished Writer Edition


Submission Guidelines

  • All submissions must be sent through Submittable and we cannot accept email submissions. Anything sent via email will not be read.

  • Please submit no more than one story per category in each submission period. If you are submitting to more than one category then each submission must be made separately and the submission fee paid each time.

  • Please use a legible, easy-to-read font of 12pt or 14pt.

  • All submissions must be previously unpublished (never published in print or online, including a personal blog) and in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format ONLY.

  • Simultaneous submissions are fine but please withdraw your submission via Submittable if it is accepted elsewhere.

  • Our submissions are open to all adult writers worldwide. All work must be written in English.

Please do not send us stories with racism, sexism, homophobia, religious hatred or any other kind of bigotry and hate. Any sex must be relevant to the story. Do not send us graphic stories of rape, incest, child abuse, bestiality, or gratuitous violence. We won’t publish it and we do not want to read it.

Authors will retain all rights and copyright to their works. WestWord requests one-time, non-exclusive rights to publish your work.


We are also open 3 times a year for submissions to the WestWord Prize.


Once a year we are open for submissions for the 1000 Word Photo Competition


We are open for submissions once a year for the Hermit Crab Prize


We are open for submissions once a year for the Past Times Prize