What’s a summer holiday without ice cream, big hats, sunglasses, parties, a braai, the beach or adventure and a great book?

What’s a summer holiday without shorts!? Well, we’re talking about short stories!

Short short stories to entertain, regale, thrill, excite, startle, and tickle book lovers over the holidays.

Are you a writer who loves short stories? are you a writer who has never been published? are you a writer who specialises in short stories and has been published before? do you have dreams of being a writer and think you could give this call a try?

Well, this is for you.

Black Letter Media presents MY HOLIDAY SHORTS and other adventures:

Black Letter Media will publish a collection of short short stories that can be read in one sitting while relaxing during the holidays. This is a collection of short stories that fit comfortably into a book lover’s fun-time holiday schedule.

These are stories of adventure and fantasy. The kind of stories that one can enjoy while chilling at the beach, at a side walk restaurant, enjoying a braai with friends or on a road trip to see family. We’re looking for stories that are thrilling, hilarious and romantic. We’re looking for exciting stories that will take readers on a fun adventure. No serious stories please.

This collection, My Holiday Shorts, will be published in print and digital formats as well as be made available on a dedicated website.


  • This call is for South Africa-based writers only.
  • Story length must be no shorter than 300 and no shorter than 1000 words
  • Only unpublished short stories may be submitted.
  • Submit your story in any South African language.
  • This call is open for writers of all ages

DEADLINE: 9 OCTOBER 2013, 11:59PM (23:59)

To submit you must use the form on www.blackletterm.com/submissions.html

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