The Mechanics’ Summer Folk Tale Festival is coming to MIROnline.


The Mechanics’ Summer Folk Tale Festival Final List as chosen by Zoe Gilbert


Winner – Corn Running by Gilli Fryzer


Is My Name by Sian Hughes

Hikaru and the Whale by Adam Forrest

Crow Girl by Tabitha Alice Potts

Lavendar Tea by Katie Young


The five winning stories will be published over July 2019!


The Folk Festival will be live on July 8th at The Harrison with headliner Catherine Menon and music from Bity Booker:



The Mechanics’ Summer Folk Tale Festival Shortlist


Come all ye fair and tender

Corn Running

Crow Girl

Hikaru and the Whale

Is My Name

Lavender Tea

Pomegranate and the Search for Summer

The Key to the Summer House

The Middle Daughter

The Sun Standing Still



**Submissions are now closed.**

Thank you to everyone who shared their work.

For general submissions go to:

Our special guest editor will be the Dylan Thomas Prize 2019 shortlistee and author of ‘Folk’ Zoe Gilbert.

She’ll be selecting five folk tales based on the theme ‘Summer’ to be published on MIROnline over June and July.

Zoe will also be selecting one overall winner who will receive:

– A signed copy of ‘Folk’.

– Your story illustrated to accompany publication on the site.

– A free place on a MIR Masterclass of your choosing.

All pieces selected for publication will have their story illustrated.


What we are after: A short-form Folk Tale. A submission is defined as: a short story of up to 3,000 words.

Free to Enter.

One submission per person.

All submissions should be a response to the word summer.

The work must be previously unpublished. If you are submitting it elsewhere at the same time as to The Mechanics’ and it is accepted by a publication with an issue date earlier than ours (Monday 24th June 2019), please let us know immediately by email to and we will withdraw it from consideration.

Who: Any UK resident is eligible to submit.

How: Using the submissions form on this page (see below).

Document format: Word .doc or .docx file; double line spacing for prose; at least 10-point font size; title and word count on first page; title and page number in header or footer on every subsequent page. Submissions are read anonymously, so please do not include your name or any other identifying details anywhere in the file. No PDFs or Apple Works, etc. please.

Deadline: The deadline for submission is midnight on Friday 31st May 2019.