The Selkie is committed to working with marginalised and/or underrepresented voices and will only accept work by/concerned with: individuals identifying as women; people of colour; minorities in predominantly white nations; refugees and first-generation immigrants; LGBTQIA+; those living with mental illness, or physical or other disabilities; those persecuted for their political or religious beliefs; victims of violence, or domestic or sexual abuse; and those without access to higher education degrees, living below the poverty line, or who are/have been homeless or incarcerated.
Please clarify which of the above you or your work identifies with in your email, further details are not necessary. This information will be treated confidentially; we will not make any personal details public without your written permission. Submissions must be attached as a Microsoft Word compatible document. We aim to respond to submissions within two weeks.
The Selkie publishes high-quality work; all approved submissions are checked by at least two editors. Contributors would need to be comfortable with their work being edited* to correct any grammatical errors and to ensure the house style is followed for consistency.
*excerpts from published work will not be edited.
The Selkie is a non-profit community interest company based in the UK; it does not profit from its website, anthologies, or New Voices Workshop. The Selkie is entirely run by volunteers who are passionate about working with writers and artists from marginalised and/or underrepresented backgrounds.
We do not charge writers for submissions and all published material is free to view by our readers. Though contributors are not currently paid for published work, our team is in the process of applying for several grants and will prioritise paying contributors in the near future.
Flash fiction, short stories, and extracts from novels.
Flash fiction: under 1,000 words
Short stories and extracts: 1,000–4,000 words
Send submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maximum 5 pages.
Send submissions to: email@example.com
Personal essays, narrative nonfiction, and memoir.
Send submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Essays on art/illustration, and interviews.
Artwork and illustrations can also be sent to be featured alongside relevant posts and/or our social media channel.
Art and Illustration: 500 words minimum
All images must be of high quality and in PNG or JPEG format.
Send submissions to: email@example.com
Please ensure your submission is accompanied by a short author biography (about 2–3 sentences). You’re welcome to submit a photograph along with the bio, but this isn’t necessary.