Author Not Present - Submissions

The first round of submissions are now closed! We’ll announce the next round soon.

Author Not Present is a new show for the MIR Podcast. Each episode Louise Hare, Christina Carè and Peter J Coles (and sometimes a special guest) will be critiquing a piece of fiction submitted from the MIROnline community. This could be a short story or part of a longer piece of prose.

They’ll be gushing over its brilliant bits, offering feedback and advice on how the piece could be improved, and sharing their own stories about similar issues with their writing.

As this is an interactive show, we’ll put the unedited, submitted piece on for a short while, so that our listeners can read it too and see whether they agree with the hosts.

Pieces can be read and critiqued anonymously; this will be entirely up to the author!

After the show has aired, a MIROnline editor will work with the author to polish their piece and, with the author’s permission, this edited, final version will be published on

The hosts will also be discussing their current reads, the writing life and the trials and tribulations of getting a book published.

Submission Guidelines

The deadline for submissions is 5 pm, December 31st, 2019.

You may submit one piece of short fiction of up to 3000 words in any genre.

Before submitting have a read of our Best Practice blog post to make sure your work has the best chance of being accepted:

Submitting to MIROnline – Best Practice

Any UK based writer is eligible to submit and you will need to provide a UK postcode to confirm eligibility.

We do accept simultaneous submissions but please let us know as soon as possible if your piece is accepted for publication elsewhere.

All submissions need to be accompanied by a short biography.

All submissions need to be in a readable Word (.doc or .docx) format, not PDF.

We are looking for new fiction. Please do not send: journalism, scripts, poetry or plays as these will be deleted.

Work for the site is selected by the editorial committee. You should hear back within three months if your work has been selected. NO correspondence can be entered into regarding the decision of the editorial panel and it is the responsibility of the author to ensure that work has been submitted in the correct format and sent to the correct email address. We regret that we will not be able to provide feedback to individual authors.

All work that appears on MIR Online will be copy-edited by our team. We want The Mechanics’ Institute Review to be a showcase for excellent, polished creative writing. Copy-editing is a valuable experience for any writer and we want to bring out the best in your work. While it is important for us to retain the writers’ original intentions, offers to publish work may be revoked if there are significant disagreements at the copy-editing stage.

Work is published under the creative commons licence.

If you have any issues using this form, please contact Peter J Coles on

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