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Riptide: promoting the short story
Thu 7 Dec 2006
Two Phd Creative Writing students in the Department of English at the University of Exeter - Sally Flint and Ginny Baily - have been awarded an Arts Council grant to produce a pilot copy of a new literary journal, Riptide.

The aim of Riptide is to promote short stories, whether from established or emerging writers. Ginny and Sally want to use this opportunity to provide a forum for high quality, innovative fiction, expanding the readership of this genre and enhancing its standing.  They see themselves as part of the wider push to revitalise the short story within the UK.  They will invite work by prominent authors who believe in the continuing importance of the short story - Philip Hensher has already agreed to contribute - but they aim predominantly to feature new voices.

Riptide will showcase previously unpublished short fiction. As the journal is based in the south-west, Ginny and Sally are hoping that some of the writing will display a connection with the region.

For more information, go to the Riptide web-site.

If you would like to your work to be considered for the inaugural edition of Riptide:

  • Send 1 original and unpublished short story of up to 5,000 words to the address below.
  • Stories must be double-spaced in 12pt typeface on one side of the paper only.
  • Send your story by January 31st 2007.
  • Do not send work in the first instance via email.  If your story is selected, we will contact you by e-mail for a word file attachment.
  • Do not send more than 1 story.  (We will only read the first one.)
  • If you want your manuscripts returned, enclose a self-addressed envelope with UK stamps, or with sufficient, endorsed International Reply Coupons (IRCs).  We will not reply to submissions that come without SAEs.  
  • Please include your contact details including your e-mail address.
  • Riptide is a non-profit making journal.  However, we will pay our writers a token fee and supply them with 2 copies.
  • We regret that we are unable to give you any feedback on your work or enter into any correspondence about rejected work.

The Editors, Riptide,
The Department of English,
The University of Exeter,
Queen's Building,
Queen's Drive,
Exeter EX4 6QH.