Please read the following guidelines carefully before submitting your story, as work cannot be resubmitted once you have sent it.

***Submissions are open to all writers living in Northern Ireland, at any level of experience. Entrants must be aged 18 years+.

We are particularly keen to receive submissions from under-represented writers and those whose work is not widely published, including submissions from writers within the LGBTQ+ community, from ethnic minorities and from people with disabilities.***

*** Only one submission per writer will be considered. ***

Submissions are only open to those writers currently living in Northern Ireland.

Deadline: The submission period will run from Friday, May 8, 2020 until Monday, June 8, 2020. Stories submitted before or after these dates won’t be considered.

It is anticipated that successful entrants will receive word from the editors by the end of June/early July 2020. All submissions will be replied to.

Story length: Between 3,000 – 5,000 words. NB Stories submitted below or above this word count won’t be considered.

Story theme: The anthology has a Christmas theme so all submitted stories must take place over the Christmas period and fit with this theme, taking place either in the lead-up to Christmas and/or over the Christmas period itself (including Boxing Day and up until New Year’s Eve).

Genres: We are keen to receive a diverse range of stories from any genre, but particularly within the following:

  • Gothic fiction
  • Ghost stories
  • Fantasy and fairytale-inspired stories
  • Sci-fi/speculative fiction
  • Crime fiction

Stories should be written for an adult audience.

All submitted stories must be original work that is previously unpublished (in journals, books, blogs and websites etc.).

All contributing writers will retain copyright over their work. However, we ask that writers whose work is accepted for inclusion in the anthology do not send their story to any other publication, once it has been accepted, for at least six months after the anthology is published.

All stories submitted for consideration in the anthology should be in their final, edited state. Once you have submitted your work, you cannot resubmit with further updates or changes, so please check your work prior to this and only send it when it is fully completed.

NB The editors retain the right to suggest small edits to accepted stories.

  • Send your story in a 12pt standard font.
  • Please do not put your name on the story itself.
  • Please submit your story in a Word Doc/Doc X email attachment.

NB Please do not include any biographical details with your submission, as we will only request these from the writers selected for inclusion within the anthology. 

Please do include the following details with your submission, in the body of the email:

  • Your name and address (so we can ensure that only NI writers are considered)
  • Story name
  • Story word count
  • Story theme

Please email your submission to:

Successful writers will receive a one-off payment of £200 for their story, which will be paid at the time of publication, along with a contributor’s copy of the anthology.  

All writers published in the anthology will be expected to contribute to any launches which take place – either online or in-person – where possible due to Covid-19.

All royalties from print and e-book sales of the anthology will be split between two Northern Ireland charities, the Simon Community NI and the World of Owls.

Sesheta will not profit from the anthology.

All decisions made in relation to the anthology lie with the editors at Sesheta and all decisions are final. Please do not be disappointed if your story is not accepted for the anthology, which may be for many reasons. Unfortunately, we cannot give feedback on individual submissions.

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