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Closed to Submissions

We have had an amazing and overwhelming response to our recent call for submissions for short story collections by single authors. Seriously, we’ve been overwhelmed by an embarrassment of riches. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to send us something. We will get back to you as soon as we can. We are also now closed for submissions to Unthology 11, Unveiled and books. Please sign up to our mailing list if…

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Call for Submissions: Short Fiction

  Dazzle me. Haunt me. Tom Vowler talks about joining Unthank as short fiction editor and what he’s looking for in short fiction collections.   I am delighted to join Unthank Books as Short Fiction Editor, tasked with commissioning single-author collections to complement an already respected and talented list. I also look forward to joining Ashley on Unthology, continuing his fine work in bringing you the best work of voices new and established. The short…

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Introducing Tom Vowler

We are very pleased to announce that Tom Vowler has joined the Unthank team as our Short Fiction Editor, with a remit to commission single-author short story collections and co-edit Unthology with Ashley Stokes. Tom is a former winner of the Scott Prize and brings with him considerable experience as editor of the literary journal Short Fiction, author of two novels, as well as the short story collections The Method and the recently released Dazzling the Gods,…

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Chrissie Gittins on Getting On

  As I got older, I didn’t bargain for my parents getting older ahead of me. There were gradual tell-tale signs that their world was curling up at the edges. My mother kept a photograph of her younger self beside her in the sitting room. She was lounging on a beach towel in her harlequin shorts and off-the-shoulder top. She liked to remind herself of how she once looked. When her dear brother died, she…

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Victoria Briggs on A Beautiful Noise

Victoria Briggs talks about her Unthology 8 story, A Beautiful Noise   In the late noughties I was working in the music industry. It was the least glamorous side of the business, where all the industry’s bean counting takes place, and where long discussions about songwriter royalties and copyright law fills up everyone’s day. Unlike most organisations stuffed with lawyers and accountants, the place was not awash with cash. It did splurge though when it…

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Mortality, Love and Loss: On Writing ‘Coup de Grace’

Ailsa Cox talks about how she wrote her story for The End: Fifteen Endings to Fifteen Paintings.   When, in summer 2015,  the writers were asked to select a paintings, I knew the one I wanted straight away.  It was the picture that looked like an eye in fur.  I’m a very slow writer, and there wasn’t much time to complete the commission.  But my journal was full of entries about my dog George, who’d…

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