Call for submissions for 2019 charity anthology

Each year at Retreat West Books we publish a themed anthology of short stories to support a charity. You can see our previous charity titles here.

This year’s charity is Indigo Volunteers, which places volunteers in refugee camps and community development projects around the world, for free. They don’t charge the volunteers or the organisation they place them with any fees so rely entirely on fundraising to support their important work.

The anthology will be edited by Amanda Saint, author and Retreat West Books founder, and Sophie Duffy, author and creative writing tutor with Creative Writing Matters.

The theme of the anthology is ‘Help’ and we are looking for submissions of short stories and flash fictions on this theme. The maximum word count is 3,000 and there is no minimum. Submit your stories by 30th June for consideration for the anthology, using the button below (you will need a free account with Submittable to do so).

We’d like to see all different sorts of take on this theme. Surprise us, make us laugh, make us cry. The anthology will be published in November 2019 and we will let writers know if their stories have been accepted in August 2019. We cannot accept stories that have been previously published.

Huge thanks to the following authors who are donating stories for the anthology:

  • Amanda Huggins is the multi-award-winning author of two short fiction collections, Separated From The Sea, and Brightly Coloured Horses. She was third prize winner in the 2018 Costa Short Story Award.
  • Joanna Campbell is the author of the novel, Tying Down The Lion, and the short fiction collection, When Planets Slip Their Tracks. Her short stories have won and been long and shortlisted for many prestigious prizes.
  • Rose McGinty is the author of the bestselling novel, Electric Souk, and her short fiction has been widely published and won and been long and shortlisted in many competitions.
  • Paul Hardisty is the author or the acclaimed Claymore Striker thriller series. The first book in the series, The Abrupt Physics of Dying, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger and Telegraph Thriller of the Year. 
  • Cassandra Parkin is the bestselling author of several novels, including The Summer We All Ran Away, The Beach Hut and Lily’s House. Her short story collection, New World Fairy Tales, won the 2011 Scott Prize for Short Stories.
  • Clare Harvey is an ex-army wife. The Gunner Girl, her debut novel, won the Exeter Novel Prize in 2015 and the RNA Joan Hessayon Prize in 2016. She has since written The English Agent and The Night Raid.
  • Meg Pokrass is a flash fiction writer, poet and writing tutor. Her books include flash fiction collections, Bird Envy, Damn Sure Right, The Dog Looks Happy Upsidedown and an award-winning book of prose poetry, Cellulose Pajamas.
  • Susmita Bhattacharya is the author of the novel, The Normal State of Mind, and a collection of short stories, Table Manners.  Her short fiction has won and been placed in many competitions and appeared on BBC Radio 4.
  • Hilda Sheehan is a poet, teacher, and mother of five. Her poetry collections include The Night My Sister Went to Hollywood, Frances and Martine and The God Baby. She has been heavily involved in the Swindon Poetry Festival and the Richard Jefferies Museum for many years and co-edits the festival’s anthology, Domestic Cherry.

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