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NEW VOICES

Submissions & Guidelines

We understand that for many emerging writers getting your work published can be a daunting experience, especially for women from underrepresented or marginalised backgrounds who face multiple hidden barriers.


In response to this, Honno, Welsh Women’s Press is seeking new voices in Welsh women’s fiction for a brand new collection of short stories which reflects the rich diversity of authors in Wales. This is a paid opportunity to have your work showcased and is open specifically to women who have not had a full collection (stories or poetry) or a novel/novella published.


If you reside in Wales or are Welsh-born and are a woman or you identify as a woman of any age or ability, social background or race, we want you to send us your best unpublished short story. There is no theme, but we’d really like to see literary fiction with a compelling plot and characters we can believe in – a story so vivid, it will stay with us forever!


Please submit short stories of between 2,500 and 4,500 words in either pdf or word document, clearly marked: SHORT STORY ANTHOLOGY with your story title and author name in the heading to: submissions@honno.co.uk with a brief biography including your background (500 words max).


We estimate a timeframe of around 3-4 months for a response. Please do not query before this time. Simultaneous submissions welcome but please inform us if your story is accepted elsewhere.


Deadline: Extended to Midnight 31 March 2023


*Please ensure you have read our general housekeeping guidelines on our submissions page and please submit only one story per person.


Criteria


New: when we say new, we mean anybody who has not yet published a full collection of poetry or stories or a novel or novella. You may have published individual pieces in anthologies or magazines. We do accept submissions from authors who have self-published their work.
 

Welsh: This is for anybody either residing in Wales or is Welsh born.
 

Women: this means women or those who identify as women or any age or background. We also include non-binary and transgender.
 

Will I be paid? Yes!



About the Editor


Rebecca Parfitt
Rebecca Parfitt has worked in publishing for 15 years. She is the founder and Editor for The Ghastling – a magazine devoted to quiet horror, the macabre, ghost stories and the oh-so-strange. She is also a published author and poet and most recently, writer and director of a short film, produced by the BBC and FfilmCymru Wales, based on her experience of miscarriage. How women’s bodies are a constant source of objectification, scrutiny and censorship in society is a continual theme of her work.


 

​Send your submission to: submissions@honno.co.uk

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