Home Anthology

The Selkie is now accepting submissions for its next anthology!

Submission Deadline:

2019/10/02 00:00:00

The theme for the anthology is ‘home’ and it is open to your interpretation – whether it is a physical or figurative space you yearn for, a quest for something you haven’t found yet, a darkness you associate with something that should ideally be untarnished, a funny incident that jogs your memory or something else entirely. We will be accepting all genres that fall under fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and submissions are open to writers of all ages and from all locations.

The submission deadline is 1 October 2019 at 11:59 p.m. (GMT), and the anthology will be published in January 2020. You can read our 2019 anthology, Transformation, here. We have French, Spanish, Italian, Urdu, and Dutch translators available and would be happy to receive submissions in these languages if the writer is comfortable with having their work translated – the writer can decide if they want both the original and translated versions published or just the translated version.

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, but 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. Please mention the subject as ‘Home anthology submission’ in your email. 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.


Flash fiction: 250–1,000 words

Short story (no excerpts): 1,000–4,000 words

Send submissions to fiction@theselkie.co.uk


Personal essays, memoirs, and narrative nonfiction: 1,000–3,000 words

Send submissions to nonfiction@theselkie.co.uk


Up to three A4 pages

Send submissions to poetry@theselkie.co.uk

We are also accepting art and photography submissions to include within the anthology and for cover consideration. Please send art or photography submissions to features@theselkie.co.uk.

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We only publish high-quality work; all approved submissions are checked by at least two editors. Contributors would need to be okay with their work being edited to correct any grammatical errors and to ensure the house style is followed for consistency.

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.