Manchester Speculative Fiction

Manchester Speculative Fiction is a writing group in Manchester, UK.

It’s for people interested in writing all types of speculative fiction. For example: science fiction, fantasy, and supernatural horror.

We started the group in 2010. Since then, we have had many successes. Several members of the writing group have had novels commercially published, and others are on the way, having gained deals or agents. Others have won writing competitions and had short stories featured in magazines and anthologies.

Our Anthologies

We have produced two anthologies of speculative short stories.

Both anthologies contain stories from published authors and emerging writers, representing Manchester Speculative Fiction and other writers from around the world.


We meet twice a month, once in central Manchester and once online via Discord. Check Meetings for more details.

During the meetings, we constructively critique each other’s work, and sometimes we do writing exercises too.

When critiquing people’s work, we use the Milford System and offer supportive and constructive critiques. For more about the way we run the group, see: About the Group.

Writing Week

During the first full week of each month, we hold Writing Week, a ‘write every day’ challenge.

How to Join

We welcome anybody over eighteen who writes speculative fiction to the group, whoever they are and whatever their background.

Membership is free. If you’d like to join us, then please get in touch using the form below:

Manchester Speculative Fiction Writing Group


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