Seize the Day

Submissions on our theme of Carpe Diem have been flooding in from all over the world.  Today in the Riptide office we have been busy reading, reading and reading some more.  We have made the tiniest dent in the pile! Undaunted, we are asking for still more. The deadline is the end of November so seize the day, get writing, get polishing what you’ve already written and ping it across to the editors here.  As Shakespeare bemoaned: ‘I wasted time, and now doth time waste me’ so avoid that fate, stop wasting time and send us your tale.

Submissions Wanted – Imagining the Suburbs – Now Closed


At Riptide, we are delighted to invite submissions for our tenth issue – this time on the theme of Imagining the Suburbs.

We are interested in short fiction, poetry or life writing that evokes the particular experience of suburban life. In keeping with previous issues of Riptide we are particularly interested in submissions that eschew easy stereotyping and caricature of the suburbs and that instead look beneath the surface of suburbia, exploring and revealing its variety and its hidden depths. We want creative work that portrays the richness and diversity of suburbia in different contexts around the world.

This special issue complements the work of the Leverhulme Trust-funded Cultures of the Suburbs International Research Network and coincides with the Network’s 2014 conference, also on the theme of Imagining the Suburbs, to be held at the University of Exeter, UK, in June 2014.

As an extension to Riptide’s usual practice, we also invite submissions from visual artists whose work, if selected, will be published online as a Virtual Exhibition on the Cultures of the Suburbs Network’s website (for current examples see here)

Submission Guidelines:

Send your submission as a word attachment by email to with ‘Suburbs’ in the subject line.

Prose – Maximum of 5000 words (up to two pieces)

Poetry – Maxiumum of 40 lines (up to three poems)

Deadline : March 1st 2014

Publication: June 2014


And for information about the Cultures of the Suburbs Network, see here

Enquiries e-mail:


Two New Collections

As part of exetreme imagination Riptide is delighted to have published 2 childhood-themed collections – one of short stories and, for the first time, one of poetry. Vol. 8 includes an introduction by Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE and vol. 9 by National Poetry Prize winner Julia Copus. More details about each book which contain writing by established writers and new talent are on our shop page. The launch of the books at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum was a great success with contributors coming to read from as far away as Scotland!

Exploring Childhood – stories and poetry workshop

Creative writing workshop – stories and poetry inspired by art and artefacts at RAMM.

Date: Saturday July 14th. 10am to 4 pm with a break for lunch.

Venue: Meeting Room A, RAMM.

Tutors: Ginny Baily and Sally Flint, Riptide Editors.

Cost: £25 for the day.  Email to book a place.

‘The writer should never be ashamed of staring. There is nothing that does not require his attention.’ (Flannery O’Connor)

This workshop will use RAMM’s exhibitions and artefacts to transport adult writers back in time to use the child’s voice or memories to spark a story or poem into being and to inspire innovative writing.

Structure, character development, dialogue, tenses will be discussed in relation to the best way to progress with a story or poem. both inside and beyond the frame.

As part of the Exeter Children’s Literary Festival 2013, Riptide is publishing two anthologies – one of poetry and one of short stories – with the theme of Childhood. The best story and/or poem submitted to the editors by writers who attend this workshop will receive further mentoring and be considered for publication.

Childhood-themed Stories and Poems

Riptide is now accepting submissions on the theme of childhood for our next two volumes. For the first time we are looking for poetry as well as short stories.  Accepted work will be published in two separate anthologies whose launch will coincide with the Exetreme Imagination Children’s Literature Festival in Exeter in February 2013.

Details of how to submit are on our ‘Contribute’ page.


Launch Success

The launch event for Riptide 7 at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter on March 2nd was a great success.  Over 150 people attended, Ben Bradshaw gave a stirring talk about putting Devon on the literary map, the music was wonderful and very atmospheric to hear it there, wine glass in hand, amongst the artefacts.  Seven of the talented authors who contributed to this book  –  Sue Belfrage, Helen Chaloner, Judy Darley, Anthony Howcroft, Ben Smith, Martin Sorrell and Roland Tuson – read short extracts from their stories.

Volume 7 is imminent!

Seascape by Henry WhiteRiptide volume 7 is now with the printers and it will be available soon. This anthology, produced in collaboration with Wordquest Devon, contains an eclectic mix of stories and memoir.

It is rooted in Devon – the brief was to submit a Devon-themed story – and is expressive of the uniqueness of the county, its towns and its countryside, its wild parts and its settlements. Devon is the thread that binds the diverse stories into a whole, but the stories spill over the boundaries of the county to find a universal resonance. Living on the edge, struggling to escape limitations, to cope with and transcend loss are all recurring themes.

As Ben Bradshaw writes in the foreword, ‘This volume shows how Devon can be both the inspiration for creativity and the place where creativity is practised.’



Jane Rusbridge, whose story “Ship of Dreams” appears in Riptide Vol 5, has recently announced that her second novel, ‘Rook’, will be published by Bloomsbury in August 2012. Like “Ship of Dreams” and her first novel, ‘The Devil’s Music’ (long-listed for the International Impac Dublin Literary Award 2011), Rook is set on the West Sussex coastline near where Rusbridge currently lives. Weaving together the hidden histories of the Bayeux Tapestry, the truth behind King Cnut’s illegitimate daughter, shameful family secrets and a half-dead baby rook found in a ditch, this novel promises to create a beautiful and delicate tapestry in its own right. More information can be found on Jane’s own website.

Sips that make a poison woman

Anita Sivakumaran whose stories appeared in Volumes 4 and 6 of Riptide, has recently published a book of poetry: ‘Sips That Make a Poison Woman’.  Her poem The Dog won the 2010 Ravenglass Poetry Press Competition and the prize was publication of the poetry collection. Graham Mort described it as ‘an ironic simplicity of diction, forming narratives that have the force of parables where the everyday becomes mythic and the mythic takes on demotic form.’ This year, her poem Dark Skin was long listed for the Montreal International Poetry Prize.

Anita also won the Grassroutes £1,000 creative writing commission at the University of Leicester where she is currently a PhD student. The commissioned work was to be featured at two Grassroutes exhibitions of creative writing in Leicestershire Libraries and in the David Wilson Library at the University of Leicester to coincide with the Literary Leicester festival.

The Bridport Open Book Festival

Organised by the founders of the prestigious Bridport Prize, this year’s Bridport Open Book Festival is definitely one for the calendar.

 The festival takes place from the 19th to the 26th of November, and includes music, film and writing workshops, as well as readings from a combination of up-and-coming and established writers (including this year’s Bridport Prize judges – Carol Ann Duffy and AL Kennedy).

 The Bridport Prize offers over £15000 in prize money each year to exceptional short story, poetry and flash fiction writers, and its list of previous prize-winners includes Riptide writers Graham Mort, Adam Marek and Vanessa Gebbie. The festival that now accompanies the prize is testimony to ongoing support for the arts, in spite of the economic downturn.