Fiction Submissions

If you're interested in submitting fiction to 1 Bookshelf, the submission process is easy enough.

  • Step 1. Become a follower to the site. You can sign up through Google, FB, and others. You can also join us on Twitter@1Bookshelf. (Please indicate in your email, which way you joined). 
  • Step 2. Submit a short story between 500-1200 words. The genre of the story is open, but must be relevant to books in some way. I.e. books, bookstores, libraries, bookmaking, bookshelves, books, books, books. Use your imagination. We welcome all speculative fiction (SF, fantasy, Mag-Real, new weird, steampunk, etc.) We also welcome fiction for teens and children. Historical, lit-fic, contemporary, dystopian, and upstream. Read other posts to get ideas. 
  • Step 3: Take a few minutes to also write a 500-word essay on your favorite bookshelf. We'd love to publish your story with your essay. 1 Bookshelf is about sharing the joy of books with a community of readers and writers. We want to hear your personal stories, how books have influenced your life. See full guidelines here: non-fiction guidelines
Rights/permissions: By submitting, you grant "First Publication Rights," of the "story." This means I can publish your story on the 1 Bookshelf website, and only this website. It also means that this is the only "publication" that it will appear, unless credited.

Payment: None at this time. Your post will appear with a bio and links, which will go a long way in advertising. This is an endeavor to establish community with book lovers around the world. If many many miles down the road an anthology comes of this, you will be contacted regarding inclusion.


*Note: No experience necessary. You need not be a professional writer to send in a story or your bookshelf. Minor editing will be done, such as grammar and punctuation.

Other: If you have a second story or bookshelf, please wait a month before submitting again.
Other: Bookshelf fiction is posted bi-weekly, and in order of receiving them. You will receive an email of acceptance, and a follow up notice when it's been published.
Other: If you are a member of The Marran Group, please indicate this in the email.
Other: No formal query or credits needed in email. Just a brief note explaining what you're sending.

*Thank you for your support. This online literary magazine and oral history project  is edited and maintained by Hunter Liguore. 

Hunter Liguore holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications including, Bellevue Literary Review, Mason Road, The MacGuffin, Strange Horizons, Steampunk Tales, and The Writer's Chronicle. Her story, "Red Barn People," was nominated for the 2011 Pushcart Prize. Her story, "Elder Leah," was performed by the Liar's League, at the Phoenix in London, September 2011. For more information, and links to her work, please visit: