Guidelines for Submissions


Submissions are currently closed. Apologies to those who planned to send us their work; we do intend to reopen in the near future.




We welcome submissions of poetry, and short fiction themed on ‘the countryside’ for our website (print anthology submissions are now closed) —the theme will be interpreted widely and includes urban nature. 

We appreciate every submission and aim to respond as quickly as possible. Please do feel free to give us a nudge if we are keeping you hanging. 

There is currently around a four-month delay between a submission being accepted and its publication on the website. We offer no payment.

Though Words for the Wild is connected to Hampshire, we welcome submissions from anywhere in the world. 



Submissions for the website are invited for unpublished short stories and flash fiction. Please send up to 2 stories as a single Word document attachment to  Stories should be a maximum of 3,600 words. 



Submissions for the website are invited for unpublished poems. Please send up to 4 poems as a single Word document attachment to Poems should be a maximum of 60 lines. We are also interested in publishing groups of related poems.

Further Information


We are looking for stories and poems with a rural element — of  woodland, field, river, pond, lake or beach, maybe a rocky crag or a chalk stream, or a patch of green grass or a copse of nettles and brambles, perhaps a gap between buildings that resonates with wildness, a dandelion growing between kerbstones. The work doesn’t need to be about conservation or environmental issues — it can be, but it might not  — we are longing for interpretation.

All works of original fiction and poetry are published with the permission of the individual author, and all copyright to a work remains with its author. Work published on our site may not be reproduced without permission.

We hope that you will consider submitting your work to us, and we will read it carefully and kindly.

Stories and Poems