top of page

University Challenge


Open for submissions 16th May - 19th June

How it works

Welcome to The Phare

Welcome to our University Challenge.  Every quarter, The Phare invites creative writing students from one university to submit their work. The winning piece of short fiction, flash fiction and  the winning poem plus two runners up from each category will be published on our online magazine.


At the end of the year, one short fiction writer, one flash fiction writer and one poet from all our university winners will be nominated as our University Champions and will be invited to read their work on our podcast, have free entry to all future Phare submission windows, appear in our printed anthology and be invited to attend one of our future Phare Writing Retreat workshops for free. 

This quarter, we are inviting the Open University to take part. We wish all students the very best of luck!

Entry is free for students. Here's how to submit:

Submission Guidelines

  • Please send in your submissions between 16th May and 19th June 2022. Submissions received after this date will not be read.

  • Before submitting, please read an issue of The Phare so you're aware of the type of work we publish.


  • Use a sensible font, 12 point. Double-spaced for fiction, single-spaced for poetry. 

  • Short fiction/flash fiction format: please do not indent new paras or dialogue - just add appropriate line breaks. 


  • In the subject box, please say whether it's  short fiction, flash, or poetry and the title of the piece e.g. ‘Short Fiction – My Phare Lady’


  • In the body of the email please include a third person author’s bio of no more than 75 words with any social media or personal website links

  • Please send no more than one piece of short fiction (up to 2000 words), one piece of flash (up to 500 words) or up to four poems (max 40 lines). Your work will not be considered if it exceeds the word or line count. Please check before sending!


  • On each piece please type your name, email address, student number and word count (line count if it’s a poem)


  • Please  send your piece as a word document attachment. PLEASE DO NOT SEND IN PDF FORMAT.


  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please notify us if your story has been accepted elsewhere. 


  • Unpublished pieces only please.


  • We may suggest a few minor edits before publication.

  • There are a few things that will turn the The Phare's lights out; overtly transgressive, gratuitous violence and/or sex, religious intolerance, anything homophobic or racist. And sorry, we’re not the right place for YA or children’s literature.


  • By submitting your written work to The Phare Literary Magazine you are granting us non-exclusive rights to publish in our online journal at and in any The Phare print journal or anthology. We will also be granted non-exclusive archival rights to display the written work for as long as The Phare exists. Copyright remains with the author.


  • Email all submissions using your university email  (once you’ve read above guidelines) to

bottom of page