Cornish Short Stories

Cornish Short Stories: A Collection of Contemporary Cornish Writing

We are pleased to announce open submissions for a new collection of short stories by writers living in Cornwall, to be published in 2018 by The History Press. The editors are Emma Timpany and Felicity Notley.

You may submit short stories via the Submissions page.



Submissions are open until 7 July 2017.


We are inviting short stories of between 2,000 and 6,000 words in length. Exceptional work that falls outside this range may also be considered.


All entries must be the author's own work and should not have been published anywhere, in print or online. The stories must have a Cornish setting and the author must be Cornish or resident in Cornwall. Stories for children are not suitable for this publication.


Within these guidelines, we would encourage you to make full use of your creative freedom and embrace a wide range of subject matters, literary styles and genres (literary fiction, crime fiction, historical fiction, sci-fi etc.) We are simply looking for the very best new writing.

The Collection will be divided into four thematic sections and you may or may not wish to make use of these as a prompt for your own writing: 

Sailors' Knots - the high seas and all things maritime

The Heart of the Storm - love and death

Enchantment - magic, hauntings and concealment

Cornishware - domestics

These themes are provided for inspiration only. We positively encourage any writing that is truly your own. All that we ask for is that there should be a Cornish connection.