Coverstory books invites submissions for short stories to contribute towards a collection which we are aiming to publish in the first quarter of 2024. The volume - as yet untitled - seeks to showcase quality contemporary fiction, and will be made available worldwide in both Paperback and ebook formats via internet retailers and on order from bricks-and-mortar bookshops. Our first such anthology - Making Marks in the Sand - was published in 2022.


  • Unpublished, your story should be between 2,000 and 5,000 words long. No editing post-submission will be possible.
  • Maximum of one submission per person. If you choose to make multiple submissions (and pay multiple fees) please be aware that only one short story can be published from any single author.
  • The story should be written in English and be solely the work of the author. No AI submissions accepted.
  • For ease of processing, submissions should be in one of the following formats: Word document; .rtf format; plain text format.
  • Submissions will only be accepted via Submittable. Any entries sent direct to Coverstory books by email will be deleted without review.
  • Because of the nature of this collection, there is a submission fee of £6 to cover reading fees and associated costs.
  • Please include your name and email address at the end of your submission, along with the total word count of the complete story.
  • There is no prize offered for pieces selected other than their publication and - for authors in the UK, USA or Australasia - a physical copy of the book. Authors in the EU whose work is selected will receive an ebook version of the collection. Subsequent copies of the book may be made available to successful contributors at a discounted rate (subject to a minimum order quanity of 5).
  • Submission deadline: 30th November 2023. This date may be extended or shortened depending on the number of submissions received. Submittable will be updated accordingly.
  • Long-listing and final selection should take place during December. If an entry is selected its author will be notified accordingly and final approval sought for publication. No other correspondence will be entered into.
  • Decisions in relation to selection, layout, and format of the final volume etc. will rest with Coverstory books, and all decisions taken will be final.
  • In making a submission the author is asserting that the material they are offering for publication is their own own work, is not subject to copyright elsewhere, and has not been previously published (including on-line). As such, the author explicitly indemnifies Coverstory books of any responsibility should legal challenges arise over the submitted work.

Details of other Coverstory books publications can be found on our website www.coverstorybooks.com.