Collisions: Call for short stories

Collisions – Call for short stories 

For volume 14, Riptide invites short stories that take their inspiration from collisions minute and stellar. Narratives might animate clashes, crashes, conflicts, revisions, calculations, near misses, or shared interests and atmospheres. A collision could be an eventuality of error and errantry; it could be a beginning. Whatever your approach, and on whatever conceptual scale you wish to work, Riptide welcomes your submissions.

Please submit short stories of up to 3500 words to by 30 August 2021. 


Ancient Sunlight


Riptide is currently working on a project with ‘Kaleider’ to produce an inspiring look at what people would do with the last barrel of oil on earth. This autumn, ‘Ancient Sunlight’ aims to run workshops in the community to produce poetry and short stories. The result will be a collection of books, written by people in Exeter, that look at five particular themes: Justice, Food, Leadership, Technology and Love.


Our very own Sally Flint is leading the project on ‘The Book of Food’ and is running workshops at Exeter College. Riptide will publish the books for the project and in the Spring of 2015, Kaleider plan to bring the books to life as an outdoor show in Exeter.


For more information, have a look at Kaleider’s website:


Vol 8 (short stories) and vol 9 (poetry) launched and on sale!!

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.

Medical Humanities and the Arts: Self-Portrait without Breasts – University of Exeter – November 27

Writers will be especially interested in The College of Humanities and the University’s Arts and Culture Team’s collaborative event which brings together a poet, a photographer, a medical practitioner, a writer and psychologist, a cultural historian and a literary critic to explore the issue of preventative medicine, cancer and our perceptions about the body. 

Host for the event Dr Andy Brown, Director of Creative Writing at the University of Exeter explains: “The evening will open a dialogue about the relationship between arts and medicine, addressing issues surrounding cancer and preventative surgery and exploring perceptions about our bodies and their purposes.”

Visiting poet Clare Best will recite from her publication Excisions, which was nominated for the Seamus Heaney Prize for Poetry for 2012. The central sequence of the collection, Self-portrait without Breasts, is inspired by her own journey through preventative double mastectomy.

A panel will follow with Dr Corinna Wagner, Department of English, (author of Pathological Bodies: Medicine and Politics), writer and psychologist Professor Janet Reibstein, Department of Psychology, (author of Staying Alive: A Family Memoir) and, Dr James Mackay from University College London (who is the only accredited UK Consultant Medical Oncologist specialising in clinical cancer genetics).

This will be followed by a lively audience discussion and question and answer period, a wine reception and an exhibition of stunning photographs of Clare Best’s project, taken by Laura Stevens. More information:

Event Details:

Date:  Tuesday 27 November 2012  

Time: 18:30  

Where: Lecture Theatre 1, Queen’s Building, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter – followed by an exhibition and wine reception at 20:00 in The Forum.

The event is free and open to all (no need to register). Should you wish to find out more information about the event please contact Dr Corinna Wagner,