A reminder about Fantastic Treats

We are still open to submissions for Fantastic Treats our charity cookbook.

We are seeking flash or short fiction, in any genre that has a loose tie in to a recipe for a dessert, treat or snack. We also need the recipe. Writers and cooks are encouraged to team up on this one. Every one included in the book will receive a contributors copy but we are not offering payment. All proceeds go to Cancer Research. More information is available on our submissions page.

Get yourself involved!

Tracking Submissions

Ok, I’m entirely human so I have recently discovered I missed a couple of submissions. It’s been perfectly correctable in these instances but rather than take the risk I will be regularly updating tracking sheets you can access via the submissions page. Each books details will be taken down when I notify the authors of whether or not they have been successful but in the run up you can check that I’ve had your story and that you and it are correctly titled. In the case of the Fox Pockets where I may occasionally consider a story for a book other than the one you planned to submit to, you can also see where I think your story is a good fit.

I hope it helps.


Piracy Yarr!

The full line up of authors for the first Fox Pocket Piracy in no particular order:

Emma Teichmann – Silvermelt

Jenny Barber – Past Lives

Christian D’Amico – Insurgent

Den Patrick – Becalmed

Kit Marlowe – Black Ethel’s Beast

Francesca Terminiello – Plunder

T.F.Grant – Geronimo

Chloe Yates – Leave the Pistol Behind

Rahne Sinclair – No Quarter

Margret Helgadottir – Nora

K.C.Shaw – Skyway

Ruth Booth – The Real Deal

Catherine Hill – The Trouble with Daydreams

Asher Wismer – True to the Song

S.J. Caunt – X Marks the Spot

Rob Haines – Pieces of 2^3

I’m really excited about this series and we have great stories taking piracy from a child’s mind, to the high seas and straight onto mind jacking. We have strange beasts and the penalty for stealing dreams.

Fox Central: The one for voyeurs

For those of you with voyeuristic tendencies, i’ve just finished moving the office upstairs and getting it straight. I still have pictures to frame and hang and obviously most of the bookshelves are in the rest of the house. Still here it is, the heart of the Den.


Books, my teenage mutant turtle toy bin and a Victorian china cabinet full of action figures and such. Oh and a cat bed.

foxden4Moving round to the right, umm, a scratching post, more bookshelves and my world map (being populated with tiny black foxes).



My Bureau. This belonged to my grandfather and in it you can almost see his gorgeous portable typewriter all tucked away.

foxden2My computer desk which the printer will go on and the top of my ‘office’ chair, which is actually an old rocking chair. So that’s it. How publishing empires are built. 😉



Announcing – 25 Ways to Kill a Werewolf

You may have spotted mutterings and rumours about this, but I am pleased to formally announce that Fox Spirit will be publishing ’25 Ways to Kill a Werewolf’ a YA novel by Jo Thomas (@journeymouse) later this year.

I’m delighted Jo will be joining us at Fox Spirit, she has written an unusual and entertaining novel that is perfect for readers who prefer their werewolves to be primal killers and who like their heroines smart and capable.

Fox Pockets!

Fox Pockets is a series of small books (4.25″x6.87″) containing around a dozen flash length short stories in perfect pocket sized editions.

Fox Pockets will provide a quick, inexpensive introduction to the kind of authors we work with and the type of stories we love. The books will contain a mix of horror, sci fi, fantasy and crime and their many sub genres and will be organised around loose themes. Fox Pockets will be collected flashes of inspiration, rather than full short story anthologies.

Cover art will be by the talented and fabulous Sarah Anne Langton who is working to create an image for the collection as well as giving each book its own identity.

There will be ten Fox Pockets in total over 2013 and 2014, released every two to three months.

To celebrate the release of the fist Fox Pocket in April two pocket foxes have been commissioned from the very talented Emily (@foresthouse)

The subjects will be (in no fixed order):


Missing Monarchs



Under the Waves

In an Unknown Country

Things in the Dark

The Evil Genius Guide


Piercing the Veil

Due to the small size the books will be available as paperbacks from Lulu and will also be made available in e formats.

Full submission details on the FS Submissions page.

We’ve done updates!

There are now tasters available to download free for all our existing titles and also a story from Tales of Eve. You’ll find the download links on the books own pages.

We are also busy agreeing our publishing schedule for 2013 and it’s going to be an exciting year, we will be doing some open submissions next year so keep an eye on these pages.

Available now

Officially released on Monday 22nd October but if you are sharp eyed you may have noticed it already up on amazon is Alec McQuay’s exciting debut novella ‘Spares’


Nun & Dragon Paperback is now available in very limited numbers via our friends at Anachron Press


International Talk Like a Pirate Day

The Pirate Flash Fiction contest is now closed. We hope you all had a fabulous International Talk Like a Pirate Day and thanks to everyone who entered.

The winners will be announced on Wednesday next week to give us time to read the entries and make a decision.

The three stories we select will be posted on the website and the authors will, once they arrive with me, receive ltd edition copies of Tales of the Nun & Dragon. They will also be invited to submit for one of the next Bushy Tales anthologies.

All our books, the horror novel Shadows, zombie novella Oasis, thriller Requiem in E Sharp and the anthology Tales of the Nun & Dragon are all available on all flavours of Amazon and Wizards Tower Press.


Just a reminder that our pirate flash fiction contest ends on the 19th September.

To celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day send us up to 1,000 words on pirates or piracy in any form to adele @foxspirit.co.uk titled ‘Pirate Flash’

The best three will be posted on the website, receive a lts edition hard copy of Tales of the Nun & Dragon and be invited to submit for one of next years Bushy Tails anthologies.

Any genre you like for pirates.