Call for submissions for Riptide volumes 12 and 13!


Send us unpublished stories and poems on the theme Cradle to Grave that in some way celebrate and reflect on a caring society, healthcare and the 70th anniversary of the NHS.

Submission Guidelines:

Stories – up to 5000 words
Poems – send up to 5 poems (up to 40 lines per poem)
Deadline – May 30th
Email submissions as a word doc to:

Please write in the subject line of your email Cradle to Grave and either story or poems.
Include a 50 word biographical note with your submission

All submissions must be original work and not previously published.

Please submit as a word attachment by email to



In collaboration with Exetreme Imagination, Exeter Literature Festival for and by Young People, Riptide is facilitating a competition for adult writers. We want unpublished stories and poems that use themes relating to ‘childhood’ that surprise, amuse and challenge us.

First prize £50 and publication

Runners up in the competition will also be published in Riptide 13 – the anthology will also include writing by young people alongside stories and poems by established writers.

Entry Guidelines:

Stories – Enter One story up to 5000 words

Poems – Send up to Five poems per entry (Up to 40 lines per poem)

Deadline: July 31st

Online Entry Purchase one copy of Riptide from as confirmation of your entry fee – then email your story/poems to Put Exetreme Imagination Entry in the subject line. (We will post a copy of the selected volume to entrants. In the event of a particular volume running out we will substitute with an alternative volume.) In your email include a short biography if you wish. However, submissions will be judged anonymously, so stories and poems should be as an attachment (preferably a word doc) without inclusion of the writer’s name on the file.

Postal Entries: Address your entries to Riptide Editors, Dept of English, Queen’s Drive, University of Exeter, EX4 4QH with a cheque made payable to Riptide Journal for the volume of your choice.

Winners will be informed in August/September 2018 and invited to the festival in Exeter in October 2018. We look forward to reading your entries!


* If your story or poem is selected for publication the Riptide Team support and advise new writers through the editing/publishing process. Unfortunately the editors cannot offer feedback on unpublished submissions.