Genre / Style:
We accept any kind of genre and style, as long as it isn't too specialised (i.e. it will only appeal to a handful of people). The main stipulation is that the story is engaging and memorable. We aren't averse to many subject matters, but anything intentionally offensive or distasteful is unlikely to be accepted. Additionally, work intended for children is not really suited to our readership. If you want a better idea of what we are looking for, our past editions are a good place to start.
Each issue has a loose theme. However, we would recommend not taking the theme too literally. Remember, it is not mandatory for all the writing to fit in with this theme - it is just a loose framework to give the issue an identity.
Short stories need to be under 2000 words. Shorter work is preferred as space is tight. We may consider longer entries if they are exceptional.
Submitting work that is under consideration elsewhere is absolutely fine but we would appreciate being informed if it is picked up by another publication.
Submissions are limited per person to the following: 1 x short story (under 2000 words), 1 x flash fiction (under 400 words – either an independent piece or for our prompt challenge) and 2 x poems.
Due to the amount of submissions we receive, we cannot accept re-submissions / re-writes of work we have previously rejected unless specifically requested.
Previously published work:
On occasion, we do reprint writing that has previously been published elsewhere but please include details of this when submitting.
At Firewords we believe a writer should have full control of their work, so all copyright and publication rights remain with the writer at all times. However, we appreciate exclusive publication rights for three months after the issue has been published to ensure maximum impact.
We are based in Scotland but gladly receive (and encourage) submissions worldwide. Firewords is shipped across the globe.
Firewords is a small and independently run magazine. All profits go towards producing the following issue, so unfortunately we cannot offer payment to our writers at this stage - though we do hope to do so as the publication grows. Each of our writers receive a complimentary printed copy of the issue they feature in.
There is a space on our submission form for an optional cover letter where you can enter a short bio. However, if selected, we will request an additional bio with a specific word count.
As long as it's legible and in a standard file format (e.g. .doc, .docx, .rtf) then the format isn't too important. When naming your file, please use the title of your piece. This makes life easier for us when dealing with a large quantity of documents. Please do not include your name or any personal details in the document itself.
We aim to make a decision, and inform you of this, within 45 days but this can fluctuate depending on how close we are to publication. If you do not receive a response within 60 days, feel free to badger us. You can also check the status of your submission by logging into your Submittable account. If you are a user of Duotrope, we appreciate you reporting your response times.
How to submit
Submissions are not currently open.
Under the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679, you have the right to know exactly what is happening with the information you provide along with your submission.
Your name, email address and writing will be held on file only at Submittable. All rights remain with you. We will hold your data for ten years or for the duration of the Firewords Project, whichever comes first, to ensure against resubmissions. This information will be used exclusively by the editors at Firewords for this purpose and will not be shared with third-parties or collaborators.
Under Article 17 of the GDPR, individuals have the right to have personal data erased. This is also known as the ‘right to be forgotten’. If you require that we remove any personal information we have collected about you, please email us with your request to firstname.lastname@example.org and your data will be permanently removed in a timely manner where possible within the limits of the law.