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Current Submission Opportunities with Clarendon House

As of this writing in mid-January 2021, there are a large number of submission opportunities available with Clarendon House. Here’s a summary:

1. The Beacon e-magazine

This proposed magazine is intended to launch within the next couple of months, and I’m setting a submissions deadline for February 15th — a month from now. What am I looking for?

Short fiction (max 2,000 words)




Articles about art, culture, metaphysics, writing

Travel articles with plenty of pictures

It’s important with all submissions that the emphasis is on positivity. The aim of The Beacon is to uplift spirits.

This pilot edition will be published by Clarendon House Publications, and available to download FREE from the Clarendon House website.

That will mean that it will be able to be distributed ANYWHERE, across the internet, to groups with varied interests and readers with varying tastes — but with a leaning towards positivity.

As it will be dependent upon advertising revenue to be sustainable, I'm looking for people willing to place advertising. To keep things simple, I’m offering a single rate of £20.00 for a one-page, full colour ad, which may contain links if you wish.

Go here to purchase your page:

BUT please don’t purchase advertising unless your book or other product is aligned with the positive theme of the magazine.

You can contact me directly at if you have any questions or feedback.

2. The Inner Circle Writers’ Magazine

The Inner Circle Writers’ Magazine is a quality, downloadable pdf, available internationally. It is unique, is designed to service the needs of writers and also to entertain readers, including with specially commissioned short stories, expert columns, interesting articles and much, much more. The magazine is entering its third successful year and is always packed full with items of interest to writers. It costs only £2.00 per issue, or less with a subscription (£20.00 for 12 issues).

There is no deadline for submissions as the magazine is ongoing.

What am I looking for?

Short fiction (max 2,000 words)




Articles about writing

You can read the full guide to the magazine here.

Any questions? Please contact me directly at

3. Galaxy # 2: The Inner Circle Writers' Group Sci-Fi Flash Fiction Anthology 2021

What’s required: 500 word flash fiction

Genre/theme: science fiction or fantasy, no theme

Due date: February 28th, 2021

Open to any member of the Inner Circle Writers’ Group

One submission per person

4. Poetica # 3: The Inner Circle Writers' Group Second Poetry Anthology 2021

What’s required: 500 word limit poems

Genre/theme: poetry, no theme

Due date: March 28th, 2021

Open to any member of the Inner Circle Writers’ Group

One submission per person

5. Flashpoint # 2: The Inner Circle Writers' Group Flash Fiction Anthology 2021

What’s required: 500 word flash fiction

Genre/theme: no set genre or theme

Due date: March 28th, 2021

Open to magazine subscribers only

One submission per person

How To Submit (mainly concerning anthologies)

I accept submissions through Clarendon House Publications and its email address:

I need stories sent to me as attached Word documents. Anything more exotic will be refused.

Please use Shunn format BUT PLEASE ALSO INCLUDE IN THE DOCUMENT A 100 WORD AUTHOR BIO (with links if you wish). This is to save time later, if your submission is accepted.

Clarendon House Publications is based in the UK, but I accept submissions from poets all over the world, as long as they are in the correct format outlined above.

No submission fee is required.

Please don’t submit more than one item per person to an anthology — multiple submissions are permissible to the magazines.

Please don’t submit the same item to another publisher at the same time.

Editing Submissions

It is a condition of submission that the writer/poet must be open to me correcting punctuation, spelling, grammar or any other technical basics without always contacting him or her.

If I have suggestions on how to improve a story in order to get it published, I will write back to the author and discuss things. As an editor, I am here to help writers and poets to make it, and all suggestions will be made with that in mind. If, after receiving feedback, the writer/poet does not wish to proceed, that is fine and will not bar future consideration for publication.

It is obviously in the writer/poet’s best interests to ensure that the submission is in the best possible shape prior to sending it to me. If the submission takes too much time to fix, it is likely to be rejected. It also follows from this that submissions must be the FINAL version as far as the writer/poets are concerned — I will not be able to entertain any adjustments to documents (other than proofreading fixes as above) once they have been received.

What I’m Looking For In General

In the case of the anthologies, I’m looking for well-crafted stories and poems. In the case of poetry, that means poems which have been designed to appeal to readers, not long, rambling free verse or shapeless, incomplete collections of words which don’t make internal sense. Using traditional forms is more likely to catch my eye. Permitting words to flow freely into the page does not alway produce effective or readable poetry. Craft is required.

Nothing sexually or violently graphic or gratuitous will be accepted.


When I publish a piece, I only ask that it not be tangled up in any other prior agreement and be exclusive to Clarendon House for one year after the date of publication. I don't ask for other rights, or place any limits on what you can do with your work after the exclusivity period.


Copyright remains with you at all times.

Word Count

The maximum word count in each of these anthologies is 500 words. This is to ensure that there is room in the anthologies for more writers and poets.


Each accepted writer/poet receives a free e-copy of the complete anthology upon publication. As you can imagine, in such anthologies, monetary payments to each author are not feasible.



As mentioned, Inner Circle Writers' Group anthologies each have a competition, in which the readers vote for the best story or poem in each volume. The author of that piece will be offered an opportunity to publish a collection of his or her work (not necessarily poetry) with Clarendon House Publications — upon which royalties will be paid. Accepted writers and poets therefore have a path to becoming paid writers and poets.


I strongly recommend — but don’t insist — that each accepted poet purchase at least THREE copies of the paperback book once released — one for their own collection (it’s important to validate one’s own progress as a published poet); one for a family member, friend, or influencer; and one for their local library.

I also recommend that each poet purchase a copy of my book Crack Your Marketing, which opens the door to commercial viability for authors and poets.

Response Times

I aim to reply to all submissions within three weeks, although I will sometimes go over this during busy periods. If you're waiting for a reply from me, please keep an eye on your junk mail folder, as some replies do end up there. If you grow concerned, or have any questions about anything, you can always email me at

Please make the most of these multiple opportunities to get published, and launch your career to new levels in 2021!


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