Submissions – fiction

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Come on you writers, you seers of visions, send us your stories and shine!

Shoreline of Infinity is based in Scotland, traditionally a country that is welcoming to everyone. We are no different here at Shoreline of Infinity HQ.

For this call we are emphasising our ongoing search for stories from around the world, from different cultures, different viewpoints — perspectives that are new to us.

Wherever you are on this planet (or elsewhere? we can hope), if you’ve got a stunning science fictional or speculative tale which pushes the imagination onwards and outwards, we want to see it. We want to welcome it, give it a place to be.

Translated stories are warmly welcomed.

What we are looking for

First, we strongly suggest you read a copy of Shoreline of Infinity to see the kind of stories our readers like. You can download a copy or order a print copy from the Shoreline Shop.

 We are looking for an engaging science fiction or fantasy story, something that gives reality a tweak on the nose – an idea that makes us stop and think.

But more than that, we want your story to be populated with characters we want to meet and have a drink with or from whom we want to run screaming away; we want characters to hug to ease the pain; we want to read the stories of heroes; we want to be your character.

Make us want to nudge our sleeping partners at 3am in the morning and say: “you should read this!”

Broaden our horizons – look beyond the Shoreline We told you, we’re looking for a good story.

If you can include all that in one tale as seen through the powerful lens of science fiction, so much the better.


A maximum of 6,000 words.

Submissions windows

For 2021, we will be opening for submissions on these dates (all inclusive):

11th-13th March – General submissions

11th-13th April – General submissions

11th-13th May – Transgender, Nonbinary & gender-nonconforming writers’ edition submissions

11th-13th June – General submissions

11th – 13th July — Disabled and/or neurodivergent  writers submissions 

14th June – 5th September – flash fiction competition – science fiction ghost story – details here

11th-13th September – General submissions

11th-13th November – General submissions

The link below will open on those dates. Get scribbling!

What we Offer and Rights

We offer £10/1000 word.

We retain the right to continue selling back issues of Shoreline of Infinity and Shoreline anthologies containing your story (royalties are paid for republishing in collections).

For original stories, or for reprints published in another language, we buy first digital, print and audio world rights in English, but after 9 months of original publication (digital or print), you are free to publish how or wherever you like. However, it would be splendid if you could acknowledge first publication in Shoreline of Infinity. We also ask for audio rights.

What to Submit

We accept simultaneous submissions, but do tell us immediately if you want to withdraw a submission. Submit a neatly formatted manuscript set in Times 12 point and double spaced in Microsoft Word format ( doc/docx). Please use the submission process here – emailed manuscripts will be ignored.

Submit only one story.

Response Time

We will reply as soon as we can after your submission, but do contact us if you have not heard within 3 months. We know what it’s like to be kept waiting, but we are only human (mostly).

We receive a large number of submissions, so please be patient.

Poets: The poetry submission window is open all year round.