The Mechanics' Institute Review Call For Submissions

The Mechanics’ Institute Review (MIR), Birkbeck’s annual short-story anthology, is now inviting submissions for its next issue from writers across the UK.

MIR is a literary print and ebook publication that aims to champion the short story as an art form, promoting diversity and opportunity for all while publishing new work of the highest possible standard. With Issue 14, thanks to funding from Arts Council England, MIR is going national, widening its reach to find and develop talent from throughout the country. We are looking for unpublished short stories of up to 6,000 words from both new and established authors. The deadline for submission is midnight on Friday 10 February 2017. Full details are given below.



Submission Guidelines


– Short stories of up to 6,000 words. Flash fiction is welcome – there is no minimum word limit. (While the upper limit is 6,000 words, writers should be aware that space is limited; the longer the stories, the lower the overall number we’ll be able to include.)

– One submission per person per issue. If you are submitting only flash fiction to an issue, your submission may comprise one, two or three (the maximum) flash-fiction pieces, to a combined total per issue of 2,250 words.

– The work must be previously unpublished. If you are submitting it elsewhere at the same time as to MIR and it is accepted by a publication with an issue date earlier than ours (September 2017), 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; at least 10-point font size; story title, and word count on first page; page number and  story title in header or footer on every subsequent page. The author name should not appear anywhere in the file. No PDFs or Apple Works, etc. please.

Deadline: The deadline for submission is midnight on Friday 10 February 2017

Additional details:

– The editors’ decision is final. We will aim to contact everyone by Friday 12 May 2017. We regret that no formal feedback can be given if your submission is not selected. However, some of the stories not selected for MIR14 may be considered for publication on our website, MIROnline.

– Our limited budget means we are not in a position to pay contributors a fee. However, their work will be professionally copy-edited, they will receive a complimentary copy of MIR14 and will be invited to attend events including the launch, readings and a workshop on reading their work aloud.

– Copyright remains with the author.

– If you have any queries, please email

– For more information about MIR, see @Editors_MIR on Twitter, Mech Review on Facebook or the MIR in Print page of the MIROnline website.



Submission Form

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Postcode (required)

Submission Title (If you are submitting flash fiction, enter the title of each flash-fiction piece in this field.)

Word Count (If you are submitting flash fiction, enter the combined total of your pieces.)

Your Submission - Files must be in .doc or .docx format

Enter any covering information you'd like to provide. (Max 500 characters)


Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questions

The following optional questions allow us to build and monitor our equal opportunities and diversity profile for Arts Council England.

Your answers will not affect our consideration of your submission, and you are free to opt out by choosing the "Prefer not to say" option. The information you provide will be treated as strictly confidential and will be used solely for monitoring purposes.



Disability Status


Sexual Orientation

If you are a Birkbeck student or alumnus, enter the name and year(s) of your course.

Once you have clicked Send, this page will redisplay, with an acknowledgement message at the bottom. You can then click any link in the menu bar to leave the page and explore other parts of the MIROnline site.