Dostoyevsky Wannabe News

A selection of Dostoyevsky Wannabe Future Classics in the pipeline plus other news.

Which Dostoyevsky Wannabe Future Classics are due to come around the bend for the rest of 2020 and other news.

Poetry and poetry-like

Maria Sledmere is taking over as poetry editor for much of this reading period but some of these book were decided before she took up the role so it will be necessary to divide this list into pre-Maria titles and post-Maria titles.


I Will Show You The Life of The Mind by SJ Fowler (2020)

Vantablack by Lee Rourke (2020)


Well we're not sure yet as she's only just put the call out so watch this space. To everybody who has submitted poetry in this window, your subs have been passed over to Maria but we're taking a look too.

Fiction, short-stories and fiction-like

Never Mind the Beasts (provisional title) by Marcus Slease (2020)

Cities Books

The Dostoyevsky Wannabe Cities books were always a large and open-source experiment with lots of potential writers and guest-editors involved so there was always a chance that not all of the titles would come out or when they would come out. Since these books have been put together under our open-source publishing model then nobody, including us, was making any money off them and as we all know people need to do work that pays the bills first. Given that state of affairs, editors were always going to become unavailable at different points and our own time was also always going to need to be more strictly portioned too.

It's also true that we've had to reduce our rate of published books for 2020 both to allow for more careful editin and design and because we just couldn't maintain the kind of work-rate that we put in during the first phase of the Dostoyevsky Wannabe project. We're just not middle-class or privileged enough to continue to be as accommodating as we have been in the first five years of this project.

Watch this space for the few Cities titles due out next year though. There are one or two.

Others, bits and pieces

If we've talked about a work of fiction with anybody and we've tentatively expressed interest but we haven't seen the manuscript, your book isn't listed here because we can't do that anymore, sorry. We have to be more careful with deadlines for various reasons. Please feel free to submit in the normal way though, when you're ready, and we'll read and consider.

If we've made headway on a book but then you've disappeared for whatever reason (which is fine, people vanish for all kinds of reasons, life gets in the way) then your book might not be listed here and you can probably consider it to be either on-hold or not-happening according to how long it has been since you were last in communication with us about it.