Submissions are currently closed. 

We’re currently in the middle of our reading period for issue two; submissions for issue three will open soon, so keep an eye on our Twitter to be the first to know.


Want to know more about upcoming issue – available in digital and print copy from mid-September? Read on!

Our theme for issue two is EMBERS.

A dying fire in a lonely room, one light in the middle of an endless forest. The single spark needed to set the world alight, the heat hidden deep inside –  embers can be the start or end of everything.

For our autumn issue, we’re looking for flash fiction and art that captures the long shadows on the cave wall, the crackling that could be a twig snapping on the fire or something else entirely, and the sense of danger that might turn out to be nothing at all – if you’re lucky.

We want fiction that makes us draw nearer the fire, turn our back on the darkness, and hope the darkness does the same for us. Give us chills – not just the obvious kind – and make us question what we think we know.



Please review our guidelines carefully – having contributors follow them makes our review process much easier, so thanks in advance!

How do I submit?

Please submit your best work by email to
Your email should include:

  • The subject line “Submission: [Your name]”
  • A brief cover note in the body of your email
  • A third-person author bio of no more than 75 words, plus social media links if you would like to include them.
  • A Word or Pages document containing your story, with title and word count at the top. Please do not include your name in the document, as submissions will be read blind.

Flash fiction submissions:

Stories should be:

  • 1,000 words or fewer
  • unpublished – this includes your own blog
  • Checked carefully and edited for mistakes

If you’re short on inspiration, we’ve also got a collection of visual prompts, which you can find here – using these is entirely optional, but we’d be interested to know if you did.

How should I format my submission?

  • Text should be left-aligned, double spaced, 12pt, Times New Roman. It’s really helpful if documents are all formatted the same – we’re not being precious, it just saves us hours when it comes to putting the magazine together.

Do you pay for submissions?

No, Halo is unable to pay for fiction at this time. In future, we hope to be able to pay contributors from funds raised from print copy sales. At present, Halo only makes enough money to cover costs and is run on a voluntary basis.

When will I know if you want to feature my writing?

We will endeavour to let all writers who submit their work know whether it will be featured within 12 weeks – please do not contact us to check before this time has passed. We may hold on to submissions for later publication, although we will of course ask writers if this is acceptable to them. If your writing is published elsewhere while you are waiting, please email us with this information, placing Simultaneous submission notification in the subject line.

Any questions? Email us – submissions [at]