Achievement – Lifespan Vol. 8

Submissions for Achievement Lifespan Vol. 8 HAVE NOW OPENED.

Submissions close 30th June 2023.

From 2021 through to 2024, Pure Slush is conducting a 12-volume anthology series, looking across the Lifespan.

This is a unique opportunity to contribute works taking characters across the arc of their whole lives, whether prose or poetry, fiction or non-fiction.

Or alternately, to create unlinked works.

Submit to one … or a few … or many … or all.

Your Achievement submission must be:

  • original, so previously unpublished online or in print (so that includes authors’ websites and blogs)
  • 150 word minimum limit for fiction and non-fiction, stories and essays / maximum 1000 words. (That’s for each story / essay: maximum number of prose pieces you can submit is 3.)
  • 80 word minimum limit for poetry / maximum 1000 words. (That’s for each poem: maximum number of poems you can submit is 5.)
  • must include something about achievement or not achieving.

You must be minimum 18 years of age to submit.

If you have any questions, please email

To submit, click here. Please include the word ACHIEVEMENT, plus your name and the title of your submission, and the word count. (Please note: word counts do not include titles or your name.)

PLEASE NOTE: if you are submitting more than one poem, story or essay, we really prefer they are all included on one document. So if you have 5 poems or 3 stories to submit, please include them on one document, and thus make one submission, rather than 5 submissions (one for each poem) or 3 submissions (one for each story).

If you are new to Pure Slush, please include a brief bio or profile of yourself.

For other topics re submitting and rights etc, click here.


The 12 volumes will be, in submission and publication order

• Birth Vol. 1 – submissions for Birth have closed.

• Growing Up Vol. 2 – submissions for Growing Up have closed.

• Friendship Vol. 3 – submissions for Friendship have closed.

• Love Vol. 4 – submissions for Love have closed.

• Work Vol. 5 – submissions for Work have closed.

• Marriage Vol. 6 – submissions for Marriage have closed.

• Home Vol. 7 – submissions for Home have closed.

• Achievement Vol. 8 – are NOW OPEN

• Loss Vol. 9

• Retirement Vol. 10

• Older Vol. 11

• Death Vol. 12

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