This new series of short stories maps out what happens to our country in the future. Writers have contributed their interlinking visions of England’s future through their short stories.
Having finished our first timeline, we’ve decided to publish the winning entries in an anthology. Soon, we’ll be looking for entries to the next timeline, which will go on to make Volume 2.
The stories listed below can now be found in England’s Future History: Volume 1 (Kindle and paperback).
- Oh dear by Dave Beach
- The Genesis by Miriam A. Averna
- I want to be pure for him by Stephen Oram
- How beautiful by Maria C. McCarthy
- Mercy by Richard Blass by Florence Bean
- Thin man by Sarah Scott
- Jellymen by Norman Miller
- Rat farm by Tom Leins
- Sky castle by Lizzie Clark
- Wake up to yourself by Aviva Treger
- Three and a half things by Nina Lindmark Lie
- Afterlife by Lisa Farrell
- Second Thoughts by Emma Levin
Or you can see how these tales shaped the future in our final Timeline.
Submit your story
We’re on a bit of a break but will be back later in 2017.
We will be looking for stories between 500 and 3,000 words set in the future and based in England. Simple, right?
The twist is that once a story has been accepted and published, the events in that story become canon- they are officially part of England’s Future History’s timeline. Other stories that follow have to take these historic events into account.
- Don’t write us into a corner: The selection of stories will be curated so any that write us into a corner (apocalypse scenarios etc) will be rejected no matter how good they are
- Think small: Not every story has to have a major event. We’re looking for more personal views of the future. Characters are just as important as the events. But the story should reflect the changing times
- Follow the timeline: As new stories are published the events of these tales will be added to our timeline. Before you submit, read the timeline to make sure you’re not contradicting someone else.
- Get connected: One of the aims of this project is to create a connected vision of England’s future. So, you’ll get extra brownie points if you make reference to events in other stories. Think of it as the EFHLU – the English Future History’s Literary University.
A bit about me
You might be asking, whose running this excellent site? Well, it’s me, Jonathan Brown…with a little help from some friends.
Having spent many years writing short films, short stories, theatre, radio plays and more I got a bit sick of entering everyone’s competitions and submitting to other people’s magazines and website, so thought I’d set up my own.
Currently, I work for the Press Association, so my editing skills will be being put to good use.