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The Fiction Desk

Literary Magazine



The Fiction Desk is an independent short story publisher, specialising in new fiction. Our regular anthologies include stories from debut and established authors, from the UK and around the world. We even publish the occasional ghost story.

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  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    within four weeks*
    Editor reported data
    34 days*
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  • Acceptance rate:  / 
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Find more details in the Genres section


Find more details in the Genres section

  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

    From the editors


  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 10000 words max

Max words: 1000

Max words: 10000

Max pieces: 3

Sub Genres: Literary

Submission fee: £ 4

Payment: £25-250

Most of the stories we publish are between about 2,000 and 7,000 words.

How to submit

  • Processs

    Google / other forms

  • Cover letter

    Just a couple of lines, with anything relevant to the subject matter, or any previous publications.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    If possible, please submit your short story in .docx, .doc, or .odt format. (At a pinch, we can also use .rtf files. However, please avoid Microsoft Works or Apple Pages documents as we aren't always able to open these.

  • Author's rights

    We ask for first serial rights on any story we publish. This means that the story should not have appeared anywhere else, either in print or online (which includes publication on an author's own website). When we publish a story, we ask for a brief period of exclusivity (usually six months), and the right to keep the story in print as part of the anthology. We don't ask for more rights than we need to produce our anthologies, or place any limits on what you can do with your story after the exclusivity period. Copyright always remains with the author.

  • Additional info

    Please note that we do not consider novel excerpts, non-fiction, poetry, or anything with illustrations or photographs. The stories we publish are also eligible to enter the Writer's Award, a cash prize of £100 for the best story in each volume, as judged by the contributors.

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

34 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

14 days

Fastest response time

50 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 87 days

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The Submissions Grinder Statistics


12-month average acceptance rate

34 days

12-month average response time

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The Fiction Desk is an independent publishing house based in the UK. We exist to encourage and promote new short stories, primarily through our series of new writing anthologies. We feature work from across the English-speaking world, as well as the occasional translated story.





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