The Most Normal Town in England
Submissions for this anthology have now closed. If you submitted your work, you should hear from us by the end of October. The book will be launched on Wednesday 5th December.
What’s strange about the most normal town in England? What skeletons are lurking in the closets of its residents? What surprises does the landscape hold? Who comes to visit? Who never leaves?
In 2018 Didcot Writers will be putting together their second anthology of short stories. Submissions will open on 1st May 2018, and close on 30th September 2018.
The anthology will be published in time for Christmas, and will be available as both a paperback and an ebook. We will be holding a launch event with readings and author signings at Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot on Wednesday 5th December, 7-9pm.
- Your piece must be prose of between 800 and 5,000 words. Submissions must be in English.
- The theme (and title) of the anthology is ‘The Most Normal Town in England’, your submission can be in any genre.
- Please submit your work as a Word (or Word-compatible) document to email@example.com.
- There is no fee for one submission, but if you would like to submit more than one piece a £5 fee will apply for each additional work. Payments can be made via Paypal, please get in touch if you would like to submit more than one piece.
- Please include in your email a 50-word bio that will be included in the book if your work is chosen for inclusion.
- Please do not put your name on your manuscript as the judges will be reading them anonymously.
- If you would rather be published under a pen name please make this clear in your submission email.
- Please include your title and word count at the top of the first page of your manuscript.
- Regarding the formatting of the document:
- please use Times New Roman, font size 12, 1.5 spacing, and add page numbers
- paragraphs should be indented – please use the Format > Paragraph menu options for this, rather than indenting manually with tabs or spaces
- likewise, please do not put spaces between paragraphs as these will be timely to delete later and we may need to ask you to resubmit
- indicate section breaks with a centralised *
- In terms of punctuation and grammar please adhere to the following:
- use single quote marks (if you want to be really helpful, please make sure they are ‘curly’ rather than straight)
- use British English spellings (colour, defence, centre; also -ise endings, as in realise)
- only put one space after a full stop
- use em-dashes to indicate a breath or pause – like that
- do not use dots for abbreviations (Dr, TS Elliot, HSBC)
- no superscript formatting (29th September, 1st prize)
- Swear words and intimate scenes are allowed, but nothing excessive or too explicit, please: some of us want to give this book to our grandparents for Christmas.
- You do not have to be part of Didcot Writers to submit a story, but priority will be given to those who have come along to our events in 2018, and more support and feedback will be offered to people we know. You can find out more about what we do at bit.do/didcotwriters.
- This doesn’t have to be the first time your submission has been published, but your work must be copyright-cleared for publication.
- Submissions will be read anonymously and selected for the anthology by a panel of judges: we will try to get back to you by the end of October 2018.
- Submissions may require light editing, but should be substantially ready for publication. We will send authors a proof copy to approve.
- Making errors in formatting won’t have you automatically disqualified, but it will take time to sort it out, and we’d rather spend our time on other things. We might ask you to revise and resubmit: the earlier you submit your work the more time there will be to sort these things out before the final deadline of 30th September.
- There will be no monetary payments to authors for work accepted. Any proceeds will go to Didcot Writers, a not-for-profit writing community.