Call for stories to honour 100 years of women’s suffrage and support the 2018 Hundred Years March

Charity anthology for Hestia, supporting adults and children at times of crisis in London

In 1918 women in the United Kingdom were given the right to vote. That vote was won on the shoulders of the suffrage movement, their marches, hunger strikes and campaigns. These suffragettes marched from Bow in East London to Westminster demanding Votes for Women.

One hundred years on and a group of women living and working in East London are planning to march again on 3 November 2018 to honour and celebrate what has been achieved but with a clear manifesto and voice that women’s rights still need fighting for.

At Retreat West we are supporting the Hundred Years March with a call for stories and flash fictions for an anthology that will give voice to the fight…

  • in honour of the suffragettes who won women the vote;
  • in a world where women continue to face abuse, violence or death if they exercise what are basic human rights such as going to school; and where governments and regimes restrict women’s freedoms every day;
  • marking 3 November as the day of the ‘pay gap’ on which many women start working for free for the remainder of the year due to pay inequality;
  • in the wake of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, surfacing the extent of predatory and abusive behaviours experienced by women;
  • at a time of joy that women are now world leaders, humanitarians, teachers, scientists, artists, doctors, lawyers, bishops and activists – yet too often these women are judged on their looks and not their deeds.

Retreat West is committed to helping people find their writing voice and bringing new voices to readers, and is proud to support the Hundred Years March. As a small, independent publishing house we want to make a change to the world through the way we know best – storytelling. So celebrate and support the cause with us and send us your story.

We are delighted that already a number of authors including Anna Mazzola, Angela Clarke and Angela Readman have agreed to donate a story.

We are teaming up with Rose McGinty to co-edit this anthology. Rose is the author of Electric Souk and has had short stories published in anthologies and magazines; and she works in the  health service in East London. She was approached by the march organisers, who want to invite artists, writers and musicians to help celebrate and communicate the cause and the march.

Profits from the anthology will be sent to Hestia. Last year Hestia supported more than 9,000 people, including victims of modern slavery, women and children who have experienced domestic abuse, young care leavers and older people. From giving someone a home, to helping them to get the right mental health support, Hestia supports and enables people at the moment of crisis, and as they go on to rebuild their lives. Hestia is supported by more than 460 volunteers across London who provide specialist skills such as art therapy, yoga, IT, gardening and cooking, as well as befriending and fundraising. Find out more about their work here:

If you would like to know more about the march or get involved please contact:

It is the organisers hope that this march will be joined not just by women but by men, by people of all cultures, faiths and ages. Marching together in beautiful diversity will show the world that change is possible.

story submission details

Word count: 300 minimum / 3000 maximum

Deadline: 27th May 2018

Theme: We would like stories submitted around the themes of the march as shown in the bullet points above. Stories are accepted from writers of all genders and nationalities but must be written in English. We will let writers whose submission have been successful know by the end of July 2018.

Submissions Guidelines
  • Submit stories written in English through Submittable using the button below by 23.45 GMT on the deadline date (sorry late entries will not be included).
  • All stories are read anonymously so do not include your name on the story or submission title but provide a short bio in the body of the email.
  • Stories must be your own original work and not have been published online or in print, or have won any competitions (longlisted and shortlisted places in other competitions is fine).
  • By submitting you agree to your story being published in the anthology.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine but if your story wins a prize or is published prior to the anthology announcement it won’t be included.
  • Stories must be for adults – no children’s fiction.
  • Any genre apart from erotica.
  • Only 1 story per writer.


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