The Author’s Hand is currently accepting submissions for our 2020 Short Story Compilation, A Spring of Discovery: Stories.

Your story should be fictional, and the discovery of something, someone, or somewhere must be central to your plot. We are accepting all genres, but preference will be given to stories that place their reader in a state of awe, surprise and fascination.

Whether it's the discovery of something mysterious and wonderful in an archaeological dig, the discovery of a new and strange, inhabited colony on the dark side of the moon, or the first appearance of a magical mole on your MC's neck that allows them to communicate telepathically with animals, your story must follow the DISCOVERY theme.



You can send your work directly to our editorial team by:

Please send a synopsis and complete manuscript via email to:


5% fixed royalty of all earnings


Manuscript Guidelines
Please send the following:

  • A synopsis and complete manuscript

  • Word count (Must be between 5,000 and 10,000 words)

  • Genre (All genres accepted but must follow “Discovery” Theme)

  • Your name and contact details

  • Any relevant information about the author

  • Please send all material for review as a single Word document

  • DEADLINE: January 15, 2020

  • For all electronic submissions, they must be in a single Microsoft Word file, in 12pt Times New Roman font.