Zealous Stories

Let us tell your creative story.

Zealous Stories

Let us tell your creative story.

Creative Submissions made easy

We'll champion your work

Zealous Stories is a monthly open call where we celebrate you, our creative community! You’ll have the chance to win a month-long feature of your work on our homepage, an exclusive interview on our blog, plus some fantastic prizes from supporting organisations.

Your work will be seen by top industry judges. We’ll also champion you across our social media channels (current reach 75,000+) and in our newsletter.

Submissions are free and each month focuses on a different creative medium.

We'll champion your work

Zealous Stories is a monthly open call where we celebrate you, our creative community! You’ll have the chance to win a month-long feature of your work on our homepage, an exclusive interview on our blog, plus some fantastic prizes from supporting organisations.

You’ll have your work seen by top industry judges and we’ll champion you across our social media channels (current reach 75,000+) and newsletter.

Submission is free and each month looks at a different creative medium.

Creative Submissions made easy

Industry Judges

We invite leading industry experts in their fields to guest judge Zealous Stories every month.

For the Short Story edition this August, we’re thrilled to welcome judges from organisations including Mslexia, BBC National Short Story Award, The Bath Short Story Award, London Short Story Prize, Scottish Book Trust and Word Factory to select the winner of Zealous Stories: Short Story.

If you’re interested in judging the shortlist for an upcoming Zealous Stories call, please get in touch with us below. We’d love to hear from you!

Debbie Taylor

Founder & Editorial Director
Mslexia 

Claire Shanahan
Sophie Haydock

Associate Director
Word Factory

Jude Higgins
Lynsey May

Writing Communities
Scottish Book Trust 

Bobby Nayyar

Programme Manager
London Short Story Prize 

Jez Kirby

Exhibitions & Funding Coordinator
Surface Gallery

Sam Knowles
Sophie Harriott

Creative Relationships Manager
Hix Art

Creative vouchers

Vouchers to purchase supplies across artistic disciplines

Society memberships

Annual memberships for some of the most respected societies in the arts

Magazine subscriptions

Subscriptions to some of the best creative publications based in the UK and internationally

Creative Prizes

In addition to having your work featured on our homepage and our blog, the winner of each Zealous Stories call wins a host of prizes ranging from art supplies vouchers, annual society memberships, art passes, magazine subscriptions and more.

Our winners have received some great prizes from our generous supporters below.

Supporters
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How it works

Check the latest call

Each month, we announce a new Zealous Stories call, and accept submissions from creatives who create work in the requested medium (Painting, Graphic Design, Writing, Ceramics, Film, etc.)

Submit your work

No pitching needed. We want to celebrate your existing work. Check the guidelines for any specific requirements, and submit your best work. That's it!

We'll tell your story

The team shortlists each Zealous Stories call. Guest industry judges will then select the winner, so you get exposure to industry leaders as well as our audiences.


Your work on our Home page

Recommended original size: 1950px x 796px
Approximate visible area (regular desktop): 1923px x 562px

Your Story in our Blog
Current call

Submissions close 15.08.2019

Upcoming calls

Submissions close 18.02.2019

Get involved

Want to partner with us and be part of Zealous Stories?
Help us spread the word, donate exciting prizes or guest judge a call.

Previous Zealous Stories

Judges: National Open Art, London Contemporary Art and The South West Academy of Art

Judges: The Poetry Society, Creative Future, Bare Fiction and Canary Wharf Arts+Events

Judges: Contemporary Ceramics Centre, RBSA Gallery, Crafty Fox Market, Kunsthuis Gallery, Handmade in Britain

Judges: Belfast Photo Festival, Hix Art, Chaiya Art Awards, The Royal Photography Society, Bow Arts and The Association of Photographers

Judges: The Biscuit Factory, Leyden Gallery, Surface Gallery, Artists’ Collecting Society and Beers London

Judges: Artellite, Winter Pride, The Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture, Elephant Magazine and Lacuna Projects

Judges: Aspex, Society of Scottish Artists, Open Eye Gallery, The MAC, The London Group, York Mediale

Judges: Contemporary British Painting, Bullseye Projects, Sunny Art Centre, Art Fair East, Fringe Arts Bath Festival, Le Dame Art Gallery

Judges: The London Illustration Fair, Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, Forecast, Beecroft Art Gallery, Flux Exhibition, Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair