Submission Guidelines

Our aim is to bring you gritty and interesting short fiction across multiple genres from a range of talented writers.

Our submission guidelines:

Flash Fiction  — Submit a well written story of 700 words or less. Post the title of the story and the word count in the subject line. Within the email please write a short bio.
Send your story to the following email address:  close2thebone@hotmail.com 

Short Story — Submit a well written story of 3,000 words or less. Post the title of the story and the word count in the subject line.Within the email please write a short bio. We were previously accepting 5,000 words or less, but that is too long for the attention span of internet reading. We are pushing it with 3,000 words, so if you can get under that all the better. But if your story needs to hit 3,000 words to work then go for it.
Send your story to the following email address:
close2thebone@hotmail.com

We are looking for bank robberies gone bad, double crossing bastards going at it, serial killers with a heart (maybe literally), redemption and revenge. We like it violent, thoughtful and well written. We will consider other genres such as western, science fiction and maybe fantasy, as long as they fit in with the grit theme we are looking for. Please take the time to edit— look over your story for spelling, grammar and flow.  We want to publish you. If it’s good but needs work we’ll let you know.

 

23 thoughts on “Submission Guidelines”

  1. Can you clarify exploitation of children please? I started a story which revolves around avenging the attempted murder of a child. Unacceptable? Or, acceptable provided I don’t use details surrounding child? (NO sexuality involved in any way.)

  2. Hello, I sent a submission on Feb 7th and was wondering if you had received it? It’s titled Tomorrow and Tomorrow. Thank you so much.

    1. Hi Hector,

      Sorry for the delay – we’ve been busy with other projects and we are now working through submissions. Your work is being considered,

      Craig

  3. Hi. In your guidelines you specify more than 500 words, but is there a word cap. What is the longest story you will consider.

    Also, I’m curious about serialization: would this refer to longer short stories that are serialized in your publication, or will you consider publishing serialized novels or novellas?

    Thanks for your time.

    1. Marc,

      We accept short stories, no serialisations though we did when we started. As for word caps, I’d say a 5,000 word cap on the stories. We would prefer nothing that has been published in the past,

      Hope this helps Marc,

      Craig

  4. Looking for the link to submit for the contest. Don’t see one? Please let me know what i’ve overlooked.

    Thanks!

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