We’re looking for stories you’ve poured your soul into but haven’t been able to find the right home for. We’re looking for stories that make us feel something.
Warmth, love, melancholy, rage.
We want it all.
All genres, styles and themes will be considered and we especially love stories that are outside the box in their telling. Ambiguous endings? Non-linear storytelling? Antagonist’s point-of-view? A story told in just one scene?
We love it all.
February 1 - 28 (for June issue)
April 1 - 30 (for August issue)
June 1 - 30 (for October issue)
August 1 - 31 (for December issue)
October 1 - 31 (for February issue)
December 1 - 31 (for April issue)
we do not have set issue themes but feel free to be inspired by the season, seasonal occasions and events
How to submit: Please submit via the form at the bottom of this page. If you have any problems using the form please email us for assistance.
Who should submit: Please only submit if you are aged 18 or over and belong to an underrepresented or marginalised community. These include, but are not limited to: LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, and disabled people. Whilst we also love stories about diverse characters, it is not compulsory that your story feature them.
What to submit:
Drabble (exactly 100 words)
Flash Fiction (101 to 1000 words)
Short Stories (1000 to 8000 words)
Pay: A Coup of Owls pays flat rates to writers for selected works as follows
Drabbles and Flash - £5
Short Stories 1001 to 4000 words - £10
Short Stories 4001 to 8000 words - £15
The work must be original. If retelling an existing story please ensure this is wholly your own work and that the source material is out of copyright (for example, fairy tales or The Great Gatsby)
We welcome scrubbed fanfiction, however it must work as an original piece and not infringe on copyright (see our FAQs)
Complete works only, no excerpts or serials
We only accept stories aimed at an adult readership. By this we mean that we do not accept children's stories or YA, not that the work must be explicit
Format: Please submit your work in a classic manuscript format, such as the Shunn format. Upload your file as either a doc or docx, with the file name [story title] by [author name]. Before submitting please check out our Style Guide.
Exclusivity: Payments will be made subject to a signed contract which states that A Coup of Owls is purchasing the rights to publish your work on its website and to archive that work in its Issues archive. We ask for six months exclusivity on your work and do not accept reprints.
Simultaneous submissions: No, please do not submit the same piece anywhere else while we are considering it. In return we aim to have a quick turnaround on submissions.
Multiple submissions: Yes. Please submit no more than three works during the submission period. This can be, for example three short stories, or one flash, and two short stories etc. Please submit a separate form for each piece.
Please note: if multiple stories from one writer are accepted, we will not publish more than one story by the same writer in a single issue, nor in immediately proceeding issue, there will always be at least one issue between.
Rating: We accept all ratings, including and up to R/18+. However, we do not publish plotless erotica. Strong sexual content is acceptable as long as it fits within the story and is not gratuitous.
We do accept strong violence and dark themes, depending on the context within the story. These will be considered on a case by case basis. Please feel free to query us before submitting.
Restrictions on bigotry and hate speech:
We do not accept bigotry in any form. Please do not send us stories that are, or glorify, discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, age or disability.
We may consider stories that feature these things but do not glorify them. For example, we may accept a story that features a character experiencing racism or homophobia, depending on the context within the story and its resolution. This will be considered on a case by case basis, please feel free to query us before submitting.
SUBMISSIONS OPEN 1 - 31 DECEMBER 2021
Our submission form is available when our submissions are open. Please do not email submissions.
From February 2022 our cover art will be sourced from shutterstock. However, we would much rather publish art directly from creators from marginalised and under-represented communities. Our submissions for cover art are always open - please just email via the link below to discuss.
We are particularly interested in hearing from artists of colour at this time.
At this time we offer a flat rate of £15.
Images are published as non-exclusive and can be reprints or work already in circulation
All images must be predominantly in shades of black and gold
SFW only, though artistic nudity is fine
Repurposed fanart is welcome as long as it is not recognisable as such
All subjects, themes, styles and genres welcome
You can send the full image, a pdf or link for our consideration, we will obtain the full spec art from you if accepted
If you have further questions or wish to submit, please email us via firstname.lastname@example.org