The theme for our Autumn 2021 issue of Makarelle will be... (slow creaky-door-opening-noise...):

"Twisted Tales"

Nights are creeping up on us a little earlier each day; before you know it, there will be a pumpkin on your porch. Luckily, we have received a beautiful selection of visual art, poems, short stories (fiction or non-fiction), and flash fiction on the theme 'Twisted Tales' - and our autumn issue will no doubt brighten those dark nights.

Our submissions window was open from August 20th to September 11th and we will publish the autumn issue of Makarelle on
October 15th, 2021.

Meanwhile, you can read your free copy of Makarelle Summer 2021 here

Submission Guidelines
The submission window for the winter issue will be open from November 21st, 2021 to December 11th, 2021. The winter issue will be published on January 14th, 2022. To find out what the next theme will be, watch this space or subscribe to our email list here.

Please do not submit before this date.

We are volunteer-run, so we are charging £3 per submitted piece. This means we can pay a small sum to the artists who have been selected as the top entries in each category:
- short story/fiction
- short story/non-fiction

- poetry
- visual art

Step 1: Format your piece to the standards given below.
Step 2: Email your submission to

Step 3: Click on this secure PayPal link (or copy into your browser)

Step 4: Click on 'send'

Step 5: Enter the amount
(£3 for every submitted story/flash or £3 for up to three poems or up to three pieces of visual art)

Step 6: Click on 'add a note' and enter the title of your piece/pieces.

Please submit your fiction, poetry and non-fiction contributions as a Word document, using a regular font such as Arial or Times New Roman, size 12.

Please use the following format for the name of the file:
title author word count genre (Example: The Stranger by John Smith 1400 short story fiction)

Visual art should be submitted as a jpg or png. Images must be clear and in high resolution.

All art must be your own work and must be previously unpublished.

Please state the title of your work and the medium (short story, poem, visual art, fiction, CNF etc.) in the subject header.

In the body of the email please include a one-or two-line bio with any info you may have on your own website or social media links.

Please let us know your preferred pronouns (he/him, she/her, they/them)

We need to know your actual name but we are happy to publish your work under your chosen pen name.

Please limit short stories to a maximum of 2000 words. There is no minimum.

Please send us only one short story or three poems (max 40 lines each) per submission window.

Make sure you are sending us the final version as our brains will melt under the strain of replacing previous entries with new ones.

Artists retain all rights to their work.