Anthology call out

Happy to announce that I’ll be editing another anthology for Grimbold books. This is one of a set of three:grimbold

Unexpected Heroines:

Why is it always the teenage girl who is the heroine?
These are the stories of female protagonists who are never cast in the feature films. The awkward, the old, the forgotten, the different.
Their adventures were never meant to be. Their save-the-world expeditions shouldn’t have happened. They are the ones who stepped forward when no-one else would.
Our unexpected heroines.

Forgotten Sidekicks:

We all know what happens when the hero saves the day, but what about their sidekicks?
Too often the hero is held high and celebrated whilst their sidekicks and comrades are brushed to the side; their own battles forgotten, and their actions airbrushed to nothingness from the tales of victory.
These are the stories of the ones who aren’t remembered; the ones who helped save the day, and got cast aside; the ones who don’t want the applause, and the ones who deserved the applause and never received it.
These stories didn’t make the headlines – but they happened, and they’re glorious.

Lost Gods:

They have slept for centuries. Buried. Forgotten. Lost.
Until they awake. Or are awoken.
When the deities of old return, will they bring blessings or destruction to a time that no long remembers them?
Should they be left to lie in peace, or used for our own ends? Are they gods, or monsters?
What lies out there in the realms of the lost gods?

Submission Guidelines:

The submission window will run from 1st September until the 30th November inclusive.

Submissions to be emailed to:

Lost Gods –

Forgotten Sidekicks –

Unexpected Heroines –

All sub-genre and styles will be considered – comedic, epic, grimdark, noblebright etc. We are particularly keen on diversity – think older characters, LGBTQ, ethnic minorities and those with disabilities

Submissions should be (ideally) between 4-7,000 words (10% leeway given either side) and either 1.5 or double spaced and in an easy to read font such as Times New Roman or Arial size 12/14. Please include your contact details at the end of the story, along with a short bio and details of any writing credentials and/or social media handles.

We are aware that this is a long submission window, but hectic lifestyles for both writers and editors means that we must be patient. Editors will be reading submissions as they are received but final decisions are unlikely to be publicised until the end of December 2018 at the earliest. This allows there to be a reasonable amount of time for reading and selecting the final line-up.

Payment will be £15 per story and a physical copy of the final anthology for which the story appears and, should you also wish, copies of the eBook for your own private use and not for resale or lending.

Any questions relating to submission guidelines – please do ask away!


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Pete W Sutton is a writer and editor. His two short story collections – A Tiding of Magpies and The Museum for Forgetting – were shortlisted for Best Collection in the British Fantasy Awards in 2017 & 2022 respectively. His novel – Seven Deadly Swords – was published by Grimbold Books. He has edited several short story anthologies and is the editor for the British Fantasy Society Horizons fiction magazine.

43 thoughts on “Anthology call out

  1. Hi, I submitted at the beginning of Sep, but just realised I never got a confirmation mail. Just thought I’d double check I shouldn’t have expected one – if so I can resend (while your window is still open 🙂 )


  2. Hi,

    I’m about to email my submission. I was windering if there is a Word Count limit for the bio section, as I’ve included my acknowledgments with it.

    Also hould the biosection be attached as a seperate file or just appended at the end of the MS?


  3. Hello, I posted a piece called “The Font of Innara” back in mid November and haven’t heard back yet from the publisher. How do I know if what I sent is rejected? I need to look for some other publishers if this doesn’t make the cut.


  4. Hi. I sent in two submissions a couple of weeks ago.
    One called The Bull of Mithras which was for Lost Gods.
    The other called The Deepest Truth for Unexpected Heroines.
    I haven’t heard anything back yet.
    I know that it’s too early for a decision on whether they’ve made the cut. But is it possible to get confirmation that they were received before the submissions window closes?


  5. Hi. How will we be informed of the selections for the anthology? Will it be added as an update here or as a new post in this blog?


      1. Would it be a general email encompassing who got selected or is it if you get picked you get an email?


  6. Hi. I submitted a story to ‘Unexpected Heroines’ in late September but haven’t heard anything yet. If you could give an indication of how long I will have to wait, that would be helpful. Cheers!


  7. Dear Mr. Sutton,

    I saw a retweet today by you that edits for the Forgotten Sidekicks anthology were on their way to the authors.

    I submitted my work to the same in November, 2018 and have yet to receive any response. It’s possible that I may have lost my response email to the spam folder as it only shows very recent emails.

    Who can I approach to inquire whether my short story made the final cut or not? It would be heavily disappointing to me if I miss only because I failed to see the editors’ response email in time.

    Kindly advise.

    Thank you.


    1. Dear Peter, I posted a submission query here on 3 May, which seems to have been deleted or not accepted. I submitted ‘Family Tree’ to ‘Unexpected Heroines’ (as Vaughan Stanger) on 28 September. I haven’t heard anything since. I’d be grateful if you could inform me as to its status. Thanks! Vaughan


      1. Looks like I missed the notification on your last comment from May – sorry. I’ll ask the other editors if they had your story – we have sent mails to everyone who submitted to Sidekicks which is the one I’m editing


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