Simone Press needs contributors for a new short story anthology.

The theme of the anthology is ‘Place’. The place where your story is set should have an obvious influence on all, some or one of the following aspects of the story: plot; characterisation or atmosphere.

The place can be fictional or real and set in the past, present or future. Maybe your characters dislike where they are, perhaps they’re trying to escape or they could be content and this contentment is under threat in some way. The setting might be dangerous or safe for your characters. A war or extreme weather conditions could be approaching. The building might be on fire.

Your characters can be inside, outside or both. The setting might reveal aspects of their characters that words and actions don’t. Perhaps, their surroundings have important cultural and social values that are unique to that area which influence their behaviour. They might live in the countryside, near the sea, in the suburbs or the inner city. It could be that they’re travelling from one place to another.

Stories should be between 1000 and 5000 words long. We are looking for literary, experimental, mainstream, contemporary, historical and speculative genre stories. Previously published work won’t be accepted.

Please send your stories to as a doc file or pasted into the body of an email. Please include a short bio in the third person.

Closing date is 31.08.16.

Every contributor will receive a free Ebook of the final anthology.