Submissions - Writers

What We Accept

  • Flash fiction - anywhere between 250 and 1000 words
  • Short stories - anywhere between 1000 and 3500 words
  • Narrative creative non-fiction - anywhere between 1000 and 3500 words


What We Don't Accept

  • Scripts - we believe scripts are best served by being performed rather than appearing in print
  • Poetry - currently, we do not feel best suited to make editorial decisions on poems
  • Extracts from longer works - all submissions must be self-contained, and be able to stand on their own
  • Picture books - we include our own artwork with some stories. If you'd like to have your own artwork appear alongide your story, please say in your email, but don't send us examples.

What We Might Accept

  • Prose poetry - the lines are often blurred with prose poetry, so we won't know if it's suitable for us without reading it
  • Experimental fiction - as above, we don't know if it's for us without reading it

Submission Periods

November to January - Unthemed

Submissions received between November and January go towards one of our two yearly unthemed issues. This means that we accept all submissions (as long as they comply with our guidelines above). Stories selected for publication during this period will be published 20th March.

February to April - Themed

Submissions received during these dates go towards our themed issue - for 2018, our theme is Underdog. Those submissions that do not comply will still be read, but if accepted, will be published in the next unthemed issue. Stories selected for publication in our themed issue will be published 20th June.

May to July - Unthemed

Submissions received between November and January go towards one of our two yearly unthemed issues. This means that we accept all submissions (as long as they comply with our guidelines above). Stories selected for publication during this period will be published 20th September.

August to October - Resitricted

In keeping with our company goals and acting on feedback given, we will only accept submissions during this period from writers in education, and writers who are unpublished. Those submissions that do not comply will still be read, but if accepted, will be published in the next unthemed issue. Stories selected for publication in our restricted issue will be published 20th December. You can find a little more information here.

Currently accepting submissions with the theme of Underdog

Submission Guidelines

All submissions to be sent to submissions@banditfiction.co.uk. We do not accept paper submissions.


Documents should be attached the email as a .doc or .docx file. Please title your attachment as the name of your story.

Emails to be entitled 'SUBMISSION -' and then the name of your story (eg. SUBMISSION - PRIDE AND PREJUDICE).


Your name should appear nowhere on the document - neither in the title or the content.

We reserve the right to reject any story unread that does not follow this.

  Should be in English, and formatting for British publication. This means British spellings (colour rather than color, for example). 

 Should be formatted in size 12 font, Times New Roman, with double-spaced lines.

In Your Email

In the body of your email, please include a little bit about your submission - what genre is it? What age is it targeted at? Are there any similar stories currently out there?

If possible, try to address your submission to a specific one of us. Information about our tastes can be found on The Team page.

You are not required to write an author bio at the submission stage. We will only ask for one if we choose to publish your work.

Do not worry too much about the tone of your email. There's no need to be rigidly formal with us, but also, please don't be too informal. Be polite, respectful, and concise.

We accept multiple submissions from the same author during a single period, but please send one story per email.

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