TSS Publishing



The TSS Submission period is closed.

We should be opening to general submissions again in February / March. 


Our preference is for literary fiction, but we are open to other genres and styles as long as the characters are convincing and the plot compelling. Please read some of the short fiction on the site before submitting, or subscribe to our limited edition chapbooks which you’ll find here. For further details on submissions, please read below.

There is no reading fee, but we are grateful to anyone offering donations (here) or anyone subscribing to our chapbooks (here).

Please read the rules for submission below before sending us your work.

  1. Submissions must be in English and be between 2,000 and 4,000 words in total.
  2. Entries should be the sole work of the author. We accept translations but only with the written consent from the original author. We accept short stories from anywhere and anyone in the world.
  3. Entries should be 12pt, a regular font, and at least 1.5 spaced.
  4. Please put the title and word count on the first page. Please number the pages.
  5. Do NOT put your name on the document. All reading is blind. 
  6. Your work must not have been previously published online (incl. blogs, journals, websites) or in print (incl. magazines, books, journals). 
  7. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  8. Please submit as a Word Doc or DocX. We do not accept PDF files.
  9. Please save the name of your short story as the document name. Please don’t add things like ‘TSS’ or ‘short story’ or ‘final’ – this makes admin more time-consuming.
  10. Please submit ONE short story only.
  11. The decision of readers and editors is final. We do not enter into correspondence about decisions.
  12. We do not wish to see stories that are gratuitously violent, sexual, or prejudicial.

Responses should be sent within two weeks. If you have not heard back from us by then, please email Miles: miles@theshortstory.co.uk

Selected writers will be published on the website (date tbc) and offered the choice of a chapbook subscription or £15 to be paid via PayPal (you must have a PayPal account). A few writers may also be offered chapbook publication for 2019. 

Please note that we only accept a small percentage of short stories for publication (as of last submission round: approximately 3%), but if your work is not selected, we will be having further opportunities in early 2019. 

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Thank you for entrusting us with your work.

TSS Publishing


We are currently closed to general submissions.


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