Blog Posts!

Two new blog posts have been added to the Riptide Blog! Head over to the ‘blog’ tab to read the new and exciting posts.


Competition Winner!

We are delighted to announce that the winner of our Childhood-themed competition is Dan Brotzel ( @brotzel_fiction) with his story ‘Ella G in a Country Churchyard.’
Dan’s short stories have been shortlisted in a number of competitions over the last few years, including Flash500, Sunderland University/Waterstones, To Hull and Back, Wimbledon BookFest, Fish, Dorset Writers Award and Retreat West. His work has appeared in Cabinet of HeedEllipsis MagazineBending GenresThe Esthetic ApostleSpelkGinger Collect and Fiction Pool… His first collection of short stories, Hotel du Jack, is scheduled for publication in early 2020.
‘Ella G in a Country Churchyard’ will be published in the next volume of Riptide.


Volume 11 Launch Event

Riptide Volume 11 got off to a cracking start with a wonderful launch event in Queen’s Cafe at the University of Exeter.  Three of the authors featured in this Carpe Diem-themed collection read from their short stories: Jane Feaver, Mark Plummer and Eleanor Knight.  There was wine, short speeches, bookish chat and live music. Blackwells looked after the book sales.

The launch was supported by our crowd-funding campaign with one lucky attendee / donor receiving her ‘reward’ of a piece of original cover artwork signed by the artist.

The book is now on sale via this site.


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – Riptide volume 11  

Deadline November 30th 2015

Riptide is now inviting submissions for our 11th volume. Stories up to 5000 words should in some way reflect on the theme ‘Carpe diem’, taken from the poet Horace‘s Odes,  usually thought of as meaning ‘Seize  – or pluck – the day’. Send stories to:   More details are on our Contibute page.


The editors are working on two exciting projects which will result in two innovative publications.

Riptide is collaborating with RAMM, Stories Connect, Exetreme Imagination and youngsters from  Amber Foundation  to produce some writing inspired by artwork and letters of WWI. This will culminate in a launch and exhibition at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in October 2014.

We are also working with Kaleider. ‘The project will bring together engineers, scientists, technicians, performers, designers, young people, teachers, musicians, artists, writers, politicians, dramaturgs, producers, and all sorts of people too layered and complex to name in a word here, to tackle the question “What would we do with the world’s last barrel of oil?”. This project will culminate in a book and an event in 2o15/16.

Therefore, we will  not be putting out a general call for submissions until 2015 as we’re concentrating on the above!

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – Deadline March 1st 2014

Riptide is delighted to invite submissions for its tenth issue; this time on the theme of Imagining the Suburbs. 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.

The editors are interested in submissions (short fiction, poetry, life writing and other genres, as appropriate) that evoke the particular experience of suburban life. In keeping with previous issues of Riptide (and indeed with the journal’s abiding focus, to quote from its subtitle, on literature “with an undercurrent”), we are particular 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 are also interested in creative work that portrays the richness and diversity of suburbia in different contexts around the world.

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:

And for information about the Cultures of the Suburbs Network, see: Enquiries e-mail:

For submission guidelines see Riptide’s Contribute page.



Riptide volumes 8 and 9 are now available! As part of Exeter Children’s Literature Festival 2013 these two volumes for adult readers explore the theme of childhood. Vol 8, with  a foreword by Floella Benjamin OBE contains 17 stories including writing by Ginny Baily, Julia Copus, Linda Cracknell, Tessa Hadley and Kachi A Ozumba. Vol 9  – our first volume of poetry – includes a foreword by Julia Copus and poems by Robyn Bolam, Vicki Feaver, Sally Flint, Matt Harvey and 19 other poets.  (Click SHOP for more details and how to buy)



The editors of Riptide will be running a Creative Writing Workshop  inspired by art and artefacts at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery.

Date: February 21st 2013 – 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 for more details and to book a place.