Riptide publishes anthologies of new short fiction by both established and emerging writers. We are committed to providing a forum for high quality, innovative fiction, expanding the readership of the short story genre and enhancing its standing. We invite work by prominent authors who believe in the continuing importance of the short story, but we aim to include new voices in every issue.

All volumes of Riptide can be purchased online or at selected bookshops.


Dr. VIRGINIA BAILY’s short stories have been published in a range of journals and anthologies and won awards. Her first novel Africa Junction, published by Harvill Secker, came out in May 2011 and in 2012 she won the prestigious McKitterick Prize awarded by the Society of Authors. Her latest novel, Early One Morning,  (Little Brown July 2015), is a Sunday Times best seller and is being translated into eleven languages.

Dr. SALLY FLINT is a published, award-winning writer. She teaches and lectures in creative writing and also runs workshops in the community and schools. She also works with ‘Stories Connect’ ‒ a project which helps people at vulnerable times in their lives ‘change their lives through literature’. Research interests include ekphrastic writing which goes ‘beyond description’ and healthcare in the arts. Her poetry collection Pieces of Us, published by Worple Press, is available here: http://www.worplepress.com/pieces-of-us/

Editorial Board

Dr. JANE FEAVER worked for Faber and Faber as assistant poetry editor before moving to Devon. Her first novel According to Ruth was published by Harvill Secker in 2007. Her story collection Love Me Tender’(2009) was short-listed for the Edgehill prize in 2010. An Inventory of Heaven was published by Constable in June 2012. Jane is a lecturer in creative writing at the Universty of Exeter and a regular tutor with the Arvon Foundation.

Professor PHILIP HENSHER is a novelist, critic and columnist. His novels, The Fit, and, The Mulberry Empire, are available from Harper Perennial. The Northern Clemency, published by Fourth Estate, was short-listed for the Man Booker prize in 2008, and for the Commonwealth Prize. King of the Badgers came out in March 2011 to great acclaim. Scenes from Early Life, published in 2012, won the Ondaatje Prize 2013.  His novel, The Emperor Waltz, described as ‘his most ambitious and daring novel yet’  was published by Harper Collins in June 2014.  He lectures in creative writing at Bath Spa University.

Dr. LUKE KENNARD is a poet, dramatist, writer of fiction and a senior lecturer in creative writing at the University of Birmingham. He won an Eric Gregory Award in 2005. His collection of poems, The Harbour Beyond the Movie, was short-listed for the Forward Prize in 2007. His third collection of poetry, The Migraine Hotel, was published by Salt in April 2009. A poetry pamphlet, Planet-shaped Horse, came out in Feruary 2011. Holophin, a sci-fi novella was published by Penned in the Margins (August 2012).

JAMES LONG has written eleven novels under three names. In 2007, Faber published his first work of non-fiction The Plot Against Pepys, co-written with his oldest son, Ben. His most recent novels (as ‘Will Davenport’) are The Painter and The Perfect Sinner.