Cornwall Secret and Hidden Publishing Campaign

The Cornwall Secret and Hidden Publishing Campaign took place from 7.15pm on Tuesday 26th April to 9pm on Thursday 12th May and has now finished. The book is now available on pre-order in our shop and you can read more about the background of the book below.

Cornwall Secret and Hidden by Cornwall Writers is an eclectic collection of short stories written by authors in Cornwall.

We want to encourage & support new writers in Cornwall and this fundraising campaign will help us publish their work in our anthology. You can help us get our short stories published by pledging to our project. As a thank you, you’ll receive a discount and be the first to read our short stories! Choose your rewards from the selection below and thank you for stopping by!

All pledges go towards the costs of publishing and printing.

58 supporters pledged £3,074.55 to our fundraising campaign and ordered 182 books

We exceeded our target by 156%

We can now donate books to all 45 public libraries in Cornwall and order an additional 190 books for bookstores to sell

Thank you so much for all your wonderful support!

Final update at 9pm on 12th May 2022.

Our Story

Cornwall Writers is a community of writers based in Cornwall, UK. Writing can be a very lonely profession so Cornwall Writers was set up to help authors network with and support each other. We started with just two people in 2017 and have since grown to over 200! Below you can see some of our writers working on their novels during National Novel Writing Month in November 2019.


In January 2021, twenty-six authors got together to embark on our second Cornwall Writers Short Story Project. We started by choosing two words to combine into a theme, open to a wide interpretation, but firmly anchored in Cornwall. The theme became the title – Cornwall Secret and Hidden.

Over the following 15 months we got together to develop our stories. Some of our writerly band have MAs in Creative Writing and helped us to think about character, plot and style development. For others, it was the first time they’d received any feedback on their work.

The final touches and edits were completed in March 2022 and we are now ready to start the publishing journey.


What We Want To Do

We set up the short story project because we want to encourage and support new writers in Cornwall and help them get published.

We also want to promote creative writing talent in Cornwall and make it easy for readers to find Cornish writers.

We have been developing a directory of Cornish Authors and Cornish Books to get the word out, but we need help to get our second book published.


Our Book

Cornwall Secret and Hidden is our 2nd book.

Our first book, Cornwall Misfits, Curiosities and Legends was a great success and this book has twice as many authors, stories and pages. We also decided to include black and white illustrations in this book.

There are 28 stories altogether and, despite the common theme, each one is very different to the others. Each author has interpreted the theme in their own particular way, resulting in a wide range of genres, time periods and moods. We also have a play and a few experimental pieces nestling in the pages. Whatever kind of stories you are into, there is something for everyone in our short story collection.

There are ebbs and flows, surprises and entertainment throughout. If you enjoy our stories half as much as we did putting them together, you will fall in love with them!


What Are We Doing With The Money?

So far, the project has been funded by the authors involved. Now, to bring it to life, we need everyone’s help.

  • ISBNs – each book type requires a separate ISBN or barcode to enable Cornwall Writers to publish the book and make it easily available for bookstores to order.
  • Book Cover – the amazingly talented Lucy Smith has illustrated our book cover for us. We are committed to creating a book people will enjoy looking at as well as reading.
  • Printing – the book is just under 358 pages and will be published in paperback and as an ebook. The print version is 5.5″ x 8.5″ (14cm x 21.6cm) and will be printed to order by Ingram Sparks for wholesale. Both print and ebook versions will incur set up costs.
  • Availability – after the fundraising campaign finishes, we hope to sell the book online on our website, in Cornish bookstores and any bookstore specialising in short story collections. Many bookstores sell books on sale or return, so we need to fund the books to be sold.
  • Donations to Cornish libraries – we are required to send a copy to the British Library for their records, but we also hope to donate copies to each of the Cornish libraries.



Our anticipated costs for the book cover, ISBNs and print set up are about £600. This does not cover the printing costs of the rewards, postage and packaging. These will be charged separately depending on the rewards requested.

We hope to exceed our target so we can order additional books for libraries and for sale and return at bookstores.



In return for a pledge of money, we’ll send you a copy of our book and/or book swag, depending on the amount pledged.

To order more than one of the offers, simply add them separately to your shopping basket and they will be totalled up for you when you checkout.

If you have any problems with the process, please contact and we will sort something out for you.



Note: dates are estimates and may be affected by changes in supplier and delivery lead times

Fundraising Pre-order Campaign ends: 9pm Thursday 12th May 2022

Orders placed when money received from payment processing (1 week): Thursday 19th May 2022

Orders expected to be received by Cornwall Writers: 6th June 2022 (best guess)

Orders sent out to you: 7th June 2022 (best guess)

Orders received by you (allowing 3 working days for delivery): 10th June 2022


Please note: Postage is not included in the pledge amounts and you can add the postage service required at checkout. Free collection is available for those able to pick up from our Studio in Truro or if an author is delivering them to you. Please make sure you agree the delivery method with your author beforehand.

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Up Frogs by Ross James

Up Frogs by Ross james is about a young boy who grows up too soon when the closure of South Crofty tin mine causes his world to collapse.

Welcome to Cornwall – the one you might not know about

“Welcome to Cornwall – the one you might not know about” was hilarious and yet sensitively pried open the darker side of second homes, the closure of Crofty and living four miles from the sea in Camborne, Pool and Redruth but never having visited or even seen it.

Cornwall Secret and Hidden

Cornwall Secret and Hidden by Cornwall Writers is an eclectic collection of short stories written by authors in Cornwall.

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Look Up by Kate Barden

Look Up by Kate Barden is an absorbing short story set in Marazion, in Cornwall, and told in a uniquely powerful way.