Submit speculative fiction to Holdfast

Arnos Vale twisted treeHoldfast are inviting short story submissions and non-fiction articles for their 2015-2016 print anthology. The deadline is 3rd February 2016.

Your fiction or non-fiction can be on any of the following themes:

  • Of Land Sea and Sky (landscape, setting and place in SFF)
  • Gods and Monsters (religion and politics)
  • Looking Forward, Looking Back (time – from alternative history, fantasy set in the middle ages, through to dystopia and space opera, it’s a pretty broad theme)
  • Love, Sex, Romance ( interesting and original fiction and articles examining this theme in speculative fiction)

Note from the editors regarding payment:

“Last year our fundraising goal was £3500, and we raised over £4000. We feel confident we can do it again, particularly now our readership has grown, but this is not guaranteed. When and if we are successful, we will split all profits after printing costs equally between each contribution, including all contributions for issues 5–8. This payment is of course dependent on the crowdfunder being successful.”


Fiction should be 100-5,000 words long, and must be related to speculative fiction (eg magic, SF, fantasy, horror, weird stuff).

Please format in house style, i.e.: 1.5 line spacing, line break paragraphs and single speech marks for dialogue, with double speech marks for quoting within speech.

Please submit file as .doc or .rtf. with your name and story title in the file name, and put ‘fiction’, the theme, and the title of your story in the subject line of your email.

Articles should be no more than 2,000 words long. Please send article ideas related to the issue theme with a link to examples of your work/blog (if you have any.

Please put ‘Article’ and the issue theme in the subject line of your email.

Find full submission guidelines and discover more about Holdfast at