It is strongly recommended that you study the magazine before submitting. Being familiar with what we publish – we don't run police procedurals or locked room mysteries for example – will obviously greatly improve your chances of acceptance.
We are not currently looking for non-fiction.
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We are open to submissions of new modern crime and mystery short stories of up to about 10,000 words in length.
- You will require an account to use the Submittable system, but it is free
- Your attached story should be in standard MS format (double spaced, good margins, contact details, approximate word count and page numbers)
- There's no need to spend too long on a covering letter, just introduce yourself and tell us of any relevant credits you have
- Please don't send us simultaneous submissions or anything that's been published before
- Please have only one story (per magazine) under consideration at any one time
If you prefer to submit by post use the address below and please follow the simple guidelines:
5 Martins Lane
Cambs CB6 2LB
- Send your manuscript mailed flat, in standard manuscript format — typed (not handwritten!), double spaced, good margins all round, printed in black ink on one side of white paper, numbered pages, keyword from story title and author's name on each page — with a covering letter and adequate return postage (ie a stamped, self-addressed envelope).
- Please include a covering letter but don't worry too much about it, just introduce yourself and list any relevant credits, things like that. If you've never been published before tell us this too — we've published many debut stories over the years.
- Use a paper clip to hold pages together, not staples or any kind of binder. There is no need to place your manuscript inside a folder. An ordinary paper envelope is sufficient, don't use bulky padded envelopes.
- Don't send a submission by recorded delivery.
- Make sure you enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage for return of your manuscript, or send a disposable manuscript (clearly marked as such) with a small stamped, self-addressed envelope for reply. Overseas submissions should always be disposable and accompanied by two IRCs or an email address for reply. Any submission that arrives without means of reply won't be read, just recycled.
- Never send simultaneous submissions, multiple submissions or reprints.
- All submissions must be sent in hard copy only.
Don't be offended by a form rejection. It simply means that we're really busy, with lots of stories to read. But even a form rejection means what it says: send the rejected story somewhere else and try us with something else…and keep on trying! Don’t submit a rejected story to another of our magazines though, as we will already have considered that option.