Submission Guidelines

Stories must be typed in English.

Pieces must be your ownoriginal work (no AI), and previously unpublished in any format.

Size 12 font, Times New Roman or similar easy-to-read font. Please do not double space after a full stop (period). No paragraph indents. Leave a line between paragraphs. Please use ” for speech marks, not ‘.

No colour or images please.

Please tell us your nametitle of your story,  and which call you are submitting to in the subject line of your email, for example: ‘SUBMISSION: STORY TITLE – YOUR NAME – CALL NAME’.

Please submit your manuscript (as a .doc or .docx attachment) to: [email protected]

Please keep your cover letter SHORT.

Biography: Please include a 25-75 word short biography (written in the  third person) in the body of your email.

Simultaneous submissions: You may submit your work elsewhere while it is on submission to us – in fact, we actively encourage you to get your work out there to as many suitable places as you can – but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere as soon as possible so we can withdraw it from our selection process.

Contact details: There is no need to give us your postal address on your manuscript – we respect your privacy. Please do provide at least one social media point of contact in your submission if you have one (Twitter is best for us). This is useful in case we have difficulty with spam filters etc. and can’t get through to you by email to discuss your submission.

An automatic reply receipt email will be sent in response to your email from our email system. If you don’t get this (fairly instant) reply, get in touch via Twitter and we’ll chase up your submission.

Please do not respond to a rejection email.

Our inbox gets FULL fast so please do not contact us about other issues unless absolutely necessary – we are a small team and work voluntarily on this press project and will respond when we can.

We usually wait until after the submission deadline to notify authors on whether their work has been accepted or not, so please, hang tight, wwill get back to you.


You own the copyright to everything you contribute to Bag of Bones Press – it’s still and will always be your work and we thank you graciously for sharing it with us. After your publication has gone live with us, you’re free to take your work and re-publish it somewhere else. 

The purpose of our press is to promote, reward, and share fabulous, original writing and great story telling.

On receiving an acceptance for any of the submission calls set and organised by Bag of Bones Press, you agree to allowing the BOB website a non-exclusive, continuing right and licence to publish your material here, on our website in text, and also you give permission for us to publish and distribute your contribution in print or electronic text or audio format, or any other format at our sole discretion indefinitely and globally. You also give us permission to archive your work. We reserve the right to make minor grammatical edits to your writing before publication without contacting you – larger editorial issues will be discussed with you first.

If you contact us or enter anything via our website, we will add you to our mailing list so we can keep you up-to-date with our project. If you wish to be removed from it, please email us and ask to be unsubscribed.

We are an inclusive organisation and welcome entries from EVERYBODY.