Notice of Brief Hiatus…

Whispers and Echoes goes on a short break every year in early September.  We will be quiet until 14th September 2020, when we will return to our usual posting schedule.

We are not closing submissions for this period, but please be aware if you do submit, we won’t be sending out responses until this short break is over.

We are currently open to:

  • General Submissions – for full guidelines on the poetry and flash fiction we share, check out the submit page
  • Tiny Terrors submissions – full guidelines for this themed call, can be found by checking out this post

Thanks so much for your support and patience, and happy writing!

Call for Submissions…Tiny Terrors

To celebrate the year moving towards the darker months, we have a special call for submissions: Tiny Terrors.

Format

We are looking specifically for submissions in the following formats:

  • Haiku (with a 5,7,5 syllable structure),
  • Tanka (with a 5,7,5,7,7 syllable structure) and
  • One Sentence Stories (with word counts of any length as long as they are readable and your story makes sense)

Theme

Any of the following themes and keywords:

  • Halloween
  • Samhain
  • Horror
  • Ghost and Gothic
  • Monster and paranormal
  • Spooky and psychological
  • Mystery, myth, folklore and legend

Submissions don’t have to be grizzly or full of gore.  Neither do they have to be outright terrifying; subtlety will work just as well here.

Submission Guidelines

Our usual submission guidelines don’t apply for this call.  All you need to know can be found in this post

  • Keywords and themes for this submissions call can be found above, under “Theme“.
  • We are only accepting three types of format for this call: Haiku, Tanka and One Sentence Stories – see above for details, under “Format
  • Please send up to 5 haiku, tanka, one sentence stories or a combination of all three, in one email.  Each accepted submission will be posted separately.  Acceptance of one piece doesn’t mean all pieces will be accepted.
  • Please don’t send anything that can be considered offensive.  If you’re unsure, please ask.  All work should be original.  Please do not send us work that infringes another’s copyright – no song lyrics, no fan fiction, etc.
  • All submissions must be sent in the body of an email to the address at the bottom of this page.  No attachments please.  They will be deleted, unread and unacknowledged.
  • Include an author bio written in third person, of no more than 50 words, and accompanied by up to 2 links (blog, website, Facebook, Twitter, Wattpad, etc).
  • Each piece submitted should have its own title.  If no titles are provided, they will be given the unimaginative title of, “Untitled”.
  • Linked pieces will be considered, but please be aware if multiple submissions are accepted they might not be posted consecutively.  A link, however, will be included in follow-up pieces to the earlier part(s).  For linked pieces to be accepted, each part must be able to stand as a complete story / poem on its own.
  • Please state the following in the subject line: Tiny Terrors Submission – Your Name
  • Submissions open: 01 September 2020
  • Submissions close: 30 September 2020
  • Accepted submissions will be posted on the site from early October 2020
  • Whispers and Echoes is not a paying market.  It’s free to submit to it, and the journal is free to read.
  • Please send your submission to: deardreamingspirit@gmail.com

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Whispers and Echoes Poetry and Flash Fiction Index | August 2020

 

Another bumper crop of poetry, with a little flash fiction thrown in, was posted on the site in August.  Extra posting days were made available to accommodate all the beautiful submissions we received.  Some were general, un-themed submissions, some were responses for “Summer 2020”, but all were wonderfully written and evocative.

Enjoy!

To submit your own writing to the journal, check out the submission guidelines here.

Poetry:

Flash Fiction:

Deadline extended for autumn-themed submissions…

The deadline for autumn-themed poetry and flash fiction has been extended to 28th August 2020.

For details specific to this submissions call, please check out this post as well as the SUBMIT page.

We can’t wait to read your submission(s)!

Note: if you are wishing to send non-themed poetry and flash fiction, please do! Check out our general submissions guidelines here.

Whispers and Echoes Poetry and Flash Fiction Index | July 2020

 

July saw a flurry of submissions arrive in our inbox, persuading us to add a few extra posting days to the journal to accommodate all the beautiful writing that was sent our way.  The majority of work shared was from our “Haiku on Hope” call, but we also started posting responses for “Summer 2020” too. Enjoy!

To submit your own writing to the journal, check out the submission guidelines here.

Poetry:

 

Submissions call: Autumn-themed poetry and flash fiction

In addition to always being open to general submissions (you can find the full submissions guidelines on our SUBMIT page), Whispers and Echoes is now open to submissions of poetry and flash fiction on the theme of “AUTUMN”.

Submission Guidelines

  • Keywords and themes you might wish to consider (this list isn’t exhaustive): changing seasons, falling leaves, end of summer, shorter days and longer nights, autumn equinox, autumnal foods / colours / rituals / events / associations, harvest, nature and nature deities, autumnal weather or autumnal-inspired settings for flash fiction stories and poetry
  • Our usual submissions guidelines apply: flash fiction in 100 words or under, and poetry in 10 lines or less.  The full guidelines can be found here. Please read them before submitting.
  • Please state the following in the subject line: Autumn Submission – Your Name
  • Submissions open: 27 July 2020
  • Submissions close: 20 August 2020 or until full
  • Accepted submissions will be posted on the site from the middle of September to early October 2020
  • Please send your submission to: deardreamingspirit@gmail.com

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Summer-themed submissions now closed…

Our submissions window for summer-themed poetry and flash fiction has now closed.  Thank you to everyone who submitted – and there were plenty of you! We have decided to add a couple of extra posting days to our usual schedule for the rest of July and August to accommodate the beautiful writing that has been sent our way over the previous weeks.  So expect to see postings on Wednesdays and Thursdays as well as Mondays and Fridays for a short while…

We are always open to general submissions that fit our guidelines – check out our SUBMIT page for details.

We will soon be opening our next themed submission window for autumn-inspired poetry and flash fiction, which we are scheduling to post on the site from the middle of September, so keep an eye out for that announcement.  And, for October, we are looking to celebrate Halloween in style with mystery and horror themed haiku.  More details on this submission call to come…

Thank you to everyone who submits and reads the journal.  We are grateful for your support.

Whispers and Echoes Poetry and Flash Fiction Index | June 2020

 

June saw the posting schedule at Whispers and Echoes return to normal, with all the work posted having been submitted for our special theme, ‘Haiku on Hope’ – our most popular submissions call to date! Enjoy!

To submit your own writing to the journal, check out the submission guidelines here.

Poetry: