Twice annually we ask for themed poetry and prose submissions for the Showcase (previously New Writing) section of the magazine. Winners are selected by our Guest Editors (in the past they have included Julia Blackburn, Nicci Gerrard, Pascale Petit, Rachel Cusk and Sarah Dunant) and are published in the magazine. We also make a small payment for most submissions we publish.
We look for stories of up to 2,200 words, poems of up to 40 lines, and short scripts of up to 1,000 words (including character names and stage instructions).
Please note: we only accept up to four poems, two short stories and two short scripts per entrant.
Our current themes are:
Issue 78: WEATHER
Climate can be a source of environmental impact or emotional metaphor. Are you threatened by (or longing for) drought or downpour? Is your relationship tropical, stormy or frosty? Write about either or (ideally) both. CLOSING DATE: 5 March 2018
Issue 79: COOKING
Making a meal can be an act of love and sensual pleasure – or an act of hatred and grudging resentment. It can also be source of intense anxiety. Can I afford it? Will there be enough? Will they like it? Will it be on time? CLOSING DATE: 4 June 2018
Submitting your work
Entries are judged anonymously, so please put your name on a separate cover sheet and omit your name from your poem or story. To send us your submissions online, fill in the form below and upload your submission document .
To send your entries by post, write to
PO Box 656
Newcastle upon Tyne
If you would like an acknowledgement of your submission’s arrival, please include a SAE.
If you have any questions regarding your submissions, please read the Themed Writing FAQs. In the unlikely event your query is not answered there, please email us or call 0191 204 8860. Good luck with your writing!