Call for Submissions: Midwinter 2018

Our Three Drops from a Cauldron: Midwinter 2018 special is now open for submissions until 23:59 (your own time zone) on Thursday 6th December. This year’s Midwinter special will not be appearing in print, it will be an online only issue.

In addition to the change to e-issue only, this will be our final Midwinter special edition, so we want to make it count. After Midwinter 2018 we will no longer be publishing seasonal specials. It’s quite sad to see them go, but it was a decision I had to make.

For Midwinter, we want to see poetry, flash fiction and visual art (one image will be selected for our cover, others will be included inside the issue) with a wintry feel, but still involving folklore, mythology, and fairy tales – Christmas or Krampus, current dark nights or the faraway promise of light, snow fairies, nativity, frost giants – if it’s cold, festive, or even a bit sinister, we want to read it.


  • Please send 1-5 poems (any length, within reason), 1-3 flash fictions (up to but not exceeding 1,000 words), 1-5 pieces of visual art – or some combination of the three – to
  • Please send your pieces TOGETHER in ONE document (.doc, .docx, .rtf) or in the body of an email. Please DO NOT send PDFs. They will not be considered.
  • In the subject line please put ‘Midwinter Submission – your name’ e.g. ‘Midwinter Submission – Good King Wenceslas’
  • Please include a short, third-person bio note of 100 words or less with your submission.
  • Previously published is fine, but please let me know where it appeared first so I can credit them.
  • Simultaneous submissions are also fine, but please inform us ASAP if the work is accepted elsewhere. Also, if we accept your work first, it is good form to withdraw it from any other places where it is currently under consideration. If you do not intend to do these two things, please do not simultaneously submit.
  • Please make sure your work is on the general themes for Three Drops: folklore, mythology, legends, fairytales – these are broader themes than you might think, as yes they are often magical, but also include traditions and superstitions that might be more mundane.
  • Because this edition is being published online only, and is free to read, there is no payment to writers.
  • Again, the deadline for Midwinter 2018 is Thursday 6th December 2018.
  • Again, this edition will be published online and in print on Thursday 20th December 2018.
  • This edition will be edited by Kate Garrett, but work for seasonal editions is selected by majority votes from members of our editorial team – who exactly will be working on Midwinter is TBC.
  • We look forward to reading your work!