Guidelines: Story of the Month

Willesden Herald Story of the Month

This is an occasional feature, online only, no book publication. There may not be a new story every month or sometimes there might be a few in a row, sometimes none for a while. There is no reading fee. Recompense is limited to one copy of our latest anthology. Copyright: apart from permission to display it on our website online, you retain all rights in your story. Please read Terms and Conditions below for rules and details in full before submitting

Editor: Stephen Moran 

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Terms and Conditions

  • Story of the Month is a sporadic, occasional feature, not necessarily every month.
  • Submission is for online publication only, there is no suggestion of or agreement to publication in book form.
  • We’re seeking literary fiction. Please see our back issues for examples of what we like.
  • Language: English. Previously unpublished. Entirely your own original work.
  • Word range: 1500 to 4500. Only one submission at a time please.
  • Please do not include quotes for which copyright permission would have to be obtained, e.g. song lyrics or other excerpts, including epigraphs, unless the quoted text is in the public domain.
  • Times New Roman, 12 point font, double-spaced is good but it’s not the be all and end all.
  • Document formats accepted: .doc, .docx, or .RTF. Unfortunately we cannot accept PDF format. If you don’t know what any of that means, don’t worry too much. It’s the file you upload, and it should be fine.
  • Consideration: Each Story of the Month author will receive a copy of our latest anthology
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay but please withdraw your story if accepted elsewhere by selecting “Withdraw” beside your entry in the Submittable system.
  • Response time: Submissions are read in sequence by date received. When a story of the month is chosen, which may not be every month, we then try to “release” all prior submissions. If you have not heard back it means your story may still be under consideration for a subsequent month.
  • We can’t provide feedback on stories or enter into discussion about selection criteria, technical issues etc.
  • There is no fixed schedule of acceptance and publication, some months may have a story of the month and others might not. For example, there might be two months in a row with a story of the month or several months might go by with none. 
  • When a story is accepted, it will be published as Willesden Herald Story of the Month and will remain online indefinitely or at the editor’s discretion. You can view and read the previous Stories of the Month
  • Note: We understand that due to subsequent publication or for personal reasons, it might be advisable to remove a story. Therefore, if subsequently requested by the author, we will endeavour to remove the text of the story but will retain the listing of it for that month. 
  • Permissions: Except for permission to display your submitted story online on our website when your story is published as Willesden Herald Story of the Month, all copyright reverts to you, the author.
  • There is no requirement to mention Willesden Herald nor any other constraints on subsequent publication although we do appreciate such acknowledgements.
  • The text of stories will remain online indefinitely unless removed later on request from the author or at the discretion of the editor.
  • Data Protection: We wish to communicate entirely through Submittable.com‘s message system, not collecting any of your data outside of that. We won’t pass your information to anyone else, unless compelled to do so by law.
  • Submission shall be taken as acceptance of these terms.