1. WHO? Submissions are welcome from any writers of any age and experience.
2. WHAT? We are happy to receive any sort of writing provided it complies with these guidelines, is original (i.e. the author’s own work), not published elsewhere and not an unattributed translation of some other work. Add a brief biographical note if you wish.
3. HOW MUCH? Poems should be not longer than forty lines. Short stories should be not longer than 1500 words and preferably under 1000 words. Plays should be one act and not longer than 4 minutes read aloud. Essays same as for short stories. Translations: same limits. Other writing: contact the editor.
4. HOW? Submissions must be sent by email. Emailed submissions should be in the body of the email, not as an attachment. All submissions must include details of the writer’s name, address, post code and email as necessary. We cannot publish anonymous work nor reply to same. By email to email@example.com. Don’t forget to add your name and address!
5. HOW MANY? Up to four poems, up to two stories, plays or essays.
6. HOW OFTEN? We like to receive work on an annual basis. If your work gets accepted do not rush off a further ten pieces to us as it is extremely unlikely that we will respond favourably to such carpet bombing.
7. WHEN WILL I KNOW? Emailed submissions are responded to quickly. You should contact us if you have heard nothing after a month.
8. WHAT DO I GET PAID? Nothing, I'm afraid. This is standard practice for small press magazines.
9. WHEN DOES THE MAGAZINE COME OUT? Twice a year.
10. HOW DO I SUBSCRIBE TO THE MAGAZINE? You don’t have to subscribe as it is freely available online.
11. WHAT SORT OF WORK GETS ACCEPTED? Your best way of finding this out is by reading the magazine, but here are some pointers. Most rhyming poetry we receive would be better off sent to Hallmark. Too many lines are forced just to fit the rhyme in and end-stopped so there is little or no flow. Not many people can write good rhyming poetry. Good scansion appears beyond most. Few rhymers ever read their poetry out loud and it shows.
Other poetry needs to be worth reading. Travel or tourist poetry needs to be more than just exotic names and places. Titles need care. Poetry should be poetic in some form: some rants and idealogical pieces tend too often to be just dressed up prose. I would like to feel differently at the end of a poem from how I felt at the beginning.
No clichés. No obviously poetic words which have been done to death. I don’t want arcane. academic or archaic terms, no ‘shards’ or ‘plangent’ or ‘Ye Gods’ or ‘Alas!’ or ‘Oh’ for example. This is not the 19th Century.
Experimental work is always welcome.
As a writer you are expected to be able to spell.
If you can’t be bothered to check your work…
Punctuation is compulsory in most prose but optional in a lot of poetry these days. Quirky devices that make writing hard to read are not recommended. Most writers who get accepted read an enormous amount. It helps.
Stories need to be well-constructed with good believable characters, an awareness of ‘show don’t tell’, dialogue that is real, a plot that moves along and an ending that is neither obvious nor ridiculously far-fetched. Too many stories are overwritten and leave nothing unexplained for the reader to work out and enjoy. All genres (within the word length) are acceptable. We don’t get enough plays.
The magazine has contributions from local, national and international writers. Whilst the standard of writing may vary between the three, there is no guarantee that local work will be accepted just because it is local. Local writers also have our other website on which to showcase their work.