As we watch Spring blossom around us, Edinburgh-based independent publisher Linen Press is seeking outstanding, original short fiction and non-fiction submissions for its first ever short story competition. Dedicated to representing the female voice, Linen Press publishes novels and memoirs that grapple with the challenges, issues, and joys of contemporary womanhood. Writers of all stages are invited to send us their work.

Two finalists will be selected and published on our brand new website, the first contributors to an archive of brilliant short stories Linen Press plans to digitally publish in its effort to promote and nurture original female creative voices. Three runners-up will be offered the opportunity for their entries to undergo a detailed critique by the LP editorial team.

We look forward to reading your work. Happy writing!

Submission guidelines

We will only accept previously un-published work. By submitting, you agree that you are the author of the submitted piece and will credit the Linen Press Archive as the first place of publication. Applicants are free at any point to withdraw their submission; simply email Lynn.

If your ms fits the Linen Press ethos, please email your short story to 2,500 – 3,500 words to Lynn Michell with the email subject line reading SHORT STORY COMPETITION followed by the title of your work. Do feel free to include a brief biography. Entry deadline: May 1, 2014.

P.S. If you have a manuscript hidden in a drawer that is a good match for us, we would love to read it. Please check out our submission guidelines.


The competition is now closed. Thank you everyone for sending us your short stories. We’ve had a great time reading them. We’ll announce the winners soon.

Photo credit: Thanks to Cara Forbes Stenning for her permission to use the image.