Wednesday 13 December 2017

Getting Glit-er-ary out

As usual it was very rewarding getting out the annual Bridge House anthology.  Each year we choose what sounds like a Christmas theme and then subvert it. So this time, whilst we had several stories that mention the word "glitter" there are several where the glitter only comes  "in shades of dark and light" (quote from back cover blurb). 

As ever it's great to welcome new writers and ones we've published before. We have quite an impressive list: Gail Aldwin, Sally Angell, Mary Bevan, Christopher Bowles, Margaret Bulleyment, Elizabeth Cox, L G Flannigan, Yasmina Floyer, Linda Flynn, A J Humphrey, Catrin Kean, Stuart Larner, Cathy Leonard, Kate Lowe, Michael O'Connor, Paula R C Readman, Deborah Rickard, L F Roth, Theresa Sainsbury, Dianne Stadhams, Julie Swan, David Trebus, Clare Weze and S. Nadja Zajdman.

Again we looked for 24 stories and we're releasing an extract of one a day throughout Advent. See them here:  
Several of us met at our annual celebration, held this time on 2 December at the Princess of Wales pub, Chalk Farm. A good time was had by all though disappointingly twenty people had to cancel at the last minute. I hasten to add this was mainly for very good reasons and couldn't be helped: family problems, illness, awkward trains and work. 

As popular as ever was the speed-dating session where delegates try to get around to speak to as many people as possible. I've invested in a little brass bell, shaped like a lady in a crinoline dress. She did us proud, and despite only having about thirty people rather than the expected fifty we sold all but a handful of the books I'd brought along. It was good listening to people read their work.            
It's a really nice book, even though I shouldn't be the one to say that. It certainly wasn't a chore editing and proof-reading. It gave me a real chance to read some exceptionally good stories.

The next call for submission goes live 1 January 2018. Our theme this time is "crackers" – so funny stories or somewhat nutty ones. Pathos is welcome also. However, the cover will not contain a Christmas cracker.

Here are our general guidelines:

We open for submissions for a yearly anthology of short stories on January 1st each year until March 31st.
New writers, established writers and writers we've included in other anthologies are all equally welcome.  


Submissions accepted January 1st until 31 March
Editors' decisions By 30 June or thereabouts!
Editorial 1 July until 30 September
Book design and early marketing 1 October until 14 November
Book release around 15 November
Celebration event around 2 December
  • In the body of the email say a little about yourself.
  • In the subject line, please put your name and the title of your story.
  • Texts should be:
Between 1,000 and 5,000 words
Previously unpublished
Double-spaced (Please do not put an extra double-space between paragraphs but do indent new paragraphs – use the Word paragraph settings to set this up)
In a regular font – e.g. Times New Roman or Arial, 12 point
  • In the header include the name by which you would like to be known and the title of the text. In the footer please include your legal name and full contact details, including your preferred email address and telephone number. Please use the header and footer function in Word to create headers and footers.
  • Please add a third person bio at the end of your text – between 50 and 70 words and include a URL if you wish.
  • Please adhere to these guidelines even if they sound pernickety – it really helps us if you submit this way. Although we wouldn’t necessarily reject your story if it was fantastic and you’d done something a little out of kilter, if you’re borderline or your story is very similar to another this could be a deciding factor.
    Looking forward to reading some great new stories in 2018. 

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