Birth – Lifespan Vol. 1

Through 2020, 2021 and into 2022, Pure Slush is planning a 12-volume anthology series, looking across the Lifespan.

Submissions for Birth Lifespan Vol. 1 opened 5th September 2020, and will close on November 16th 2020.

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

Or alternately, to create unlinked works and submit to one … or a few … or many … or all.


Your 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  • original, so previously unpublished online or in print (so that includes authors’ websites and blogs)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
  • 80 word minimum limit for poetry / maximum 1000 words
  • must include something about birth or new beginnings.

You must be minimum 18 years of age.


If you have any questions, please email

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

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 are now open

• Growing Up Vol. 2 – submissions will open late November 2020

• Friendship Vol. 3

• Love Vol. 4

• Work Vol. 5

• Marriage Vol. 6

• Home Vol. 7

• Achievement Vol. 8

• Loss Vol. 9

• Retirement Vol. 10

• Older Vol. 11

• Death Vol. 12