Literary Magazines and Journals
Getting your novel published is not the only way to see your name in print. There are many reputable literary magazines and journals which encourage submissions from writers at all stages of their career.
404 Ink Magazine
404 Ink produce a literary magazine featuring fiction,non-fiction and poetry. It has previously featured comics. Submission guidelines can be found via the link below.
The Dark Horse
The Dark Horse was founded in 1995 by Scottish Poet Gerry Cambridge. The Dark Horse is an international literary magazine committed to British, Irish and American poetry, and is published from Scotland.
The Edinburgh Review is Edinburgh’s oldest literary journal.Submissions of Short fiction, novel extracts and critical essays: up to 3,000 words are welcome, but please check the website to ensure submissions are open at this time.
The Eildon Tree
The Eildon Tree is a creative writing magazine based in the Scottish Borders. They publish poety and prose from the Borders and beyond.
Gutter Magazine is an award-winning, high quality, printed journal for fiction and poetry from writers born or living in Scotland. The editors believe there is a need for an energetic, ambitious magazine dedicated exclusively to the best in new Scottish creative writing.
The New Shetlander
The New Shetlander is published quarterly, and is reputedly Scotland's oldest literary magazine. They welcome contributions of prose and poetry with a Shetland interest.
New Writing Scotland
New Writing Scotland is an annual volume publishing poetry and prose from both emerging and established writers. Every piece appears here in print for the first time, and has been drawn from a wide cross-section of Scottish culture and society.
Postbox is a bi-annual short story magazine from Postbox Press, the literary fiction imprint of Red Squirrel Press.
Shoreline of Infinity
Shoreline of Infinity is a quarterly Science Fiction journal featuring prose, poetry, non-fiction and artwork. They also hold regular shows in Edinburgh.
Pushing Out the Boat
Pushing Out the Boat is North-East Scotland's Magazine of new writing and the visual arts.
Thi Wurd is a fiction magazine based in Glasgow. Submissions of short fiction and illustrations are welcome.
General writing magazines in Scotland
The Drouth (‘The Thirst’) is a quarterly magazine published in Glasgow, Scotland. The magazine publishes features and fiction related to literature, film and politics and also covers visual art, music, architecture, photography and comics.
Glasgow Review of Books
The Glasgow Review of Books is a review journal publishing short and long reviews, review essays and interviews, as well as translations, fiction, poetry, and visual art.
The Inkwell is Edinburgh University’s creative writing and arts magazine. Published bi-annually, the magazine provides a platform for aspiring young poets, dramatists, novelists and artists. The magazine is free and is run and funded by the PublishED committee through events.
Lallans is published twice a year and is the journal of the Scots Language Society. It includes poetry, fiction, reviews and articles in Scots.
Northwords has been published in various formats and intends to give a voice to new writing from the Highlands
Product is an independent magazine established in 1999 to promote new work by Scottish and Scotland-based writers and to examine ideas dismissed or just missed by mainstream media.
Scottish Review of Books
Scottish Review of Books is an independent literary magazine and has been running for 12 years. It is edited by Alan Taylor who commissions literary reviews and long form critical essays from Scotland’s finest writers for online and print content. It also showcases new poetry and carries interviews with leading writers as well as running the Emerging Critic programme.
UK wide writing magazines
Mslexia is a magazine for women who write. They welcome new writing submissions and other general submissions for the magazine such as feature articles, reviews and guest blogs.
Ninth Letter accepts submissions of fiction, poetry, and essays. Ninth Letter is a published semi-annually at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. We are interested in prose and poetry that experiment with form, narrative, and nontraditional subject matter, as well as more traditional literary work.
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