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. This may include interviews and personality profiles but 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Payment: £10 per story payable by credit voucher on publication.
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 five poems ensuring your name and address is on each one.
- Poems should be previously unpublished and not be simultaneous submissions.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.
When we set a Readers’ Challenge 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.
News of writers’ circles, new publications, how-to books, competitions, courses, workshops are included, whenever space permits. Maximum words 200. No payment for these items.
We are delighted that all submissions can now be made via email to email@example.com
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 work submitted should include a word count.
The New Writer reserves the right to edit articles as appropriate.