These guidelines refer to submissions to The New Writer magazine and NOT to entries into our annual Prose & Poetry Prizes.

Articles & Features

We are interested in receiving forward-looking articles on all aspects of the written word that demonstrate the writer’s grasp of contemporary writing and current editorial/publishing policies.  Articles which explore a particular aspect of writing and share a list of handy hints with fellow writers would be very welcome. We are not looking for introspective pieces on ‘Why I Write…’ or how to come to terms with writer’s block and the rejection slip, biographies or opinion pieces. Articles should be 600-1,200 words. Longer pieces or series should be proposed by email to in the first instance.

Payment: £20 per 1,000 words on publication.


The New Writer publishes selected short stories which are restricted to subscribers’ submissions, guest writers and a selection of runners-up from the annual competition.  Subscriber’s stories should not exceed 3000 words and can be on any subject. No multiple submissions or previously published fiction.

We would be particularly pleased to receive Micro-fiction of up to 500 words at this time.


We are not currently accepting Poetry Submissions. Any submissions received will not be considered until August when we make our selections for the Autumn issue.

The New Writer magazine contains a finite number of poems in three of its issues, the fourth consists of winners from its annual competition. The poetry editor would like to point out that poems accepted at following times are likely, (but not always) to appear in the following issues: 30th April – 30th June for the Autumn issue; 30th July – 30th September for the Winter issue; 30th October – 31st December for the Spring issue.The poetry editor prefers strong, well-crafted poems which provide a good use of language, offering challenging imagery.

  • Send up to four poems ensuring your name and address is on each one.
  • Maximum length for any individual poem – 40 lines
  • Poems should be previously unpublished and not be simultaneous submissions.
  • Writers who have already appeared in the magazine are asked to wait for up to three issues before submitting again.
  • Once poems have been published in the magazine we may also choose them as Poem of the Week for

Reader’s responses

When we set a Readers’ Challenge or a Writers’ Prompt in the magazine we will publish the best interpretation of the challenge in a later issue. One submission per issue per reader. Word count details will be given in the magazine. No payment for these items.

Current responses sought:

Readers’ Challenge: Using the theme of Summer Holiday we encourage you to produce a piece of micro-fiction of no more than 500 words and to send it to with the email header ‘Readers’ Challenge 117’. A selection of the best will be published in a future issue of The New Writer. Usual rules of submission apply and only one story per subscriber. 

Writers’ Prompt: Next summer the Commonwealth Games will be held in Glasgow with Cycling very much on the agenda. Cycling is an adrenaline-packed mix of tactics, speed and endurance. Challenge yourself to capture these qualities in your writing in a story or piece of microfiction. Send your responses to and we will print a selection of the best in a future issue.

Book Reviews

The New Writer carries a number of reviews of books aimed at writers and writing groups. We are happy to receive reviews from subscribers.  Reviews should outline the contents of the book and at who it is aimed. Reviewers should address the question of whether the book is suitable for use by a Writing Group as well as individuals.

We are also seeking reviews of recently published collections of poetry.

No payment for these items.


We are delighted that all submissions can now be made via email to

Entries should be sent as an attachment – either Microsoft Word (.doc) or rich text (.rtf) formats.

All work should be typed double-spaced (except poetry). Poems should be typed as you would expect them to appear on the page. Brief biographical information can accompany your submission.

Please note that although we accept material for advance publication we are unable to give any indication as to when this will appear in the magazine. Articles, poetry and fiction are selected for each issue to give the best balance of subject matter, not by date of receipt/acceptance and so there may be a delay in using your work.

All articles and stories submitted should include a word count.

The New Writer reserves the right to edit articles as appropriate.