Arachne Press is a micro publisher of (award-winning) short story and poetry anthologies and collections, fantasy novels for adults and young adults including a (Carnegie Medal nominated) young adult novel, a photographic portrait book, and an illustrated children’s story book. We are expanding our range all the time, but the short form is our first love. We keep fiction (poetry, non-fiction) live, through readings, (see below for info about our annual literature and music festival, Solstice Shorts) workshops and all things to do with writing. We also video a lot of our events to make them more widely available, and some of them are BSL interpreted.
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We try to be imaginative in our events and marketing, and produce animated trailers and idents, and have hosted an art exhibition for our cover artists – we often have live music at our events too. In December we run the Solstice Shorts Festival, short stories poems and music on the shortest day of the year, on the Greenwich Meridian, with generous support from the Arts Council (at times) and a lot of friends. 2017 and 2018 were UK wide and 2019 went international for the first time. 2020 exclusively online - not from choice, and we are considering our options for 2021
Arachne Press is committed to showcasing talented writing and treating writers as they would wish to be treated, which includes paying them for their work, and making sure that their books look gorgeous! We welcome submissions to our open call anthologies from everyone who writes magnificiently and particularly want to see work from writers with disabilities and from the diverse ethnic and LGBT communities.