Themed Writing

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.


Our next themes will be announced in March 2017

We look for stories of up to 2,200 words and poems of up to 40 lines – please check back to find out our coming Showcase themes.

Meanwhile, if you’ve got some wonderful work ready to send out into the world, why not enter one of our Short Fiction competitions?


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