“Clear above the flood I raise my ringing voice. In the disorder and darkness of the night,
in the wind and the washing waves, I shout to my brothers - lost in the flood.”
– Sherwood Anderson


“She was seeking herself and finding herself in just such sweet, half-darkness which met her moods.
But the voices were not soothing that came to her from the darkness and the sky above and the stars.”


– Kate Chopin









Voices in the dark is an opportunity for writers of short fiction to have their work given a greater platform and prominence than is usually permitted by inclusion in a magazine or anthology.

This summer, we will release a series of four print pamphlet publications, each featuring the work of one individual writer.

There will be 50 copies of each published (200 in total), and all editions will be numbered. The pamphlets can either be purchased individually or as a set of four.

In addition, each of the four writers will be paid £100.00 as part of their prize.

If you wish to submit, the approximate limit is 5,000 words. This can be one long story, or many short stories. The selection of work for the pamphlet document is at the editor's discretion, as there are physical limitations to the size of a high-quality print pamphlet. The writer would be consulted in advance of any planned omission for this reason.

There are no prescribed themes for the work submitted. Voices in the dark is aimed purely at the liberation of the artistic voice of the short prose writer. It is our belief that too much great short fiction is left unpublished due to lack of opportunity. This project is our small, defiant strike against this.

The only guideline is that we can't accept pdf-only submissions. If you wish to submit a pdf to show how your work should be presented, please also send this in Word doc form. All forms of Word doc are accepted (MS/Libre/Open Office, .rtd, etc).

Please include a 50-word biography (in the third-person of course) along with your submission.


Submissions open start of 02.01.2021, and close end of 28.02.2021.
The release date for the Voices in the dark series will be 1st June 2021.

Subs address: editor@thecommonbreath.com
All subs should be sent with an email subject title of: VOICES
The material can have been published previously, as long as full copyright remains with the artist, and the original publication will be acknowledged in print.


Note: This is a joint project between The Common Breath and our friend Martin James Dowds. Martin made a generous donation to TCB for new writer development. We believe this project is the best opportunity we can provide for writers, and the best use of such a donation, and are excited to proceed. We thank Martin most sincerely for his contribution.




Subs Open: 02.01.21 ● Subs Close: 28.02.21

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