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.

Octavius Magazine

Octavius is a literary magazine for students in Scotland. They publish short stories, poetry, drama and flash fiction. Octavius is run by a small team of graduates from Scottish universities, with backgrounds in English, Journalism and Creative Writing.

W: http://www.octaviusmagazine.com/

Gutter Mag

Gutter Mag 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.

W: http://www.guttermag.co.uk/

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.

W: http://www.arts.gla.ac.uk/ScotLit/ASLS/NewWriting.html

Edinburgh Review

The Edinburgh Reviewis 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.

W: http://edinburgh-review.com/

Dundee Writes

Dundee Writes is a magazine of creative writing from students, staff and recent graduates of the University of Dundee.  It is produced and edited by postgraduates on the MLitt in Writing Practice and Study, part of the University of Dundee’s Creative Writing Programme in the School of Humanities. 

W: http://dundeewrites.wordpress.com/

Female Gaze Review

The Female Gaze is an all-lady online review. They publish essays about books, movies, music, and TV series without regard for genre, style, or release date.

W: http://www.femalegazereview.com

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.

W: http://www.thedarkhorsemagazine.com/

Thi Wurd

Thi Wurd is a fiction magazine based in Glasgow. Submissions of short fiction and illustrations are welcome.

W: http://www.thi-wurd.com/submissions.html

Pushing Out the Boat

Pushing Out the Boat is North-East Scotland's Magazine of new writing and the visual arts.

W: http://www.pushingouttheboat.co.uk/

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.

W: http://www.scotborders.gov.uk/info/486/arts_development/65/the_eildon_tree

 

General writing magazines in Scotland

The Bottle Imp

The Bottle Imp promotes and supports the teaching and study of Scottish literature and language.

W: http://www.arts.gla.ac.uk/ScotLit/ASLS/SWE/TBI/

The Drouth

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.

W: www.thedrouth.org

Lallans

Lallans is published twice a year and is the journal of the Scots Language Society. It includes poetry, fiction, reviews and articles in Scots.

W: http://www.lallans.co.uk/

Northwords Now

Northwords has been published in various formats and intends to give a voice to new writing from the Highlands

W: http://www.northwordsnow.co.uk/

Product Magazine

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.

W: http://www.productmagazine.co.uk/

The Inkwell Magazine

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.

W: http://www.publishedinburgh.blogspot.co.uk/p/magazine.html

 

UK wide writing magazines

Mslexia

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.

W: https://mslexia.co.uk/magazine/

The Puffin Review

The Puffin Review exists to give a voice to new writers and journalists, whilst publishing reviews of the latest fiction and author interviews.

W: http://www.puffinreview.com/content/content/write-puffin-review-0

Ninth Letter

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.

W: http://www.ninthletter.com/

Writers’ Forum

Writer’s Forum is packed with up-to-date market information, advice from experts in the publishing industry and inspiring stories and tips from fellow authors and writers.

W: http://www.writers-forum.com/

Writing Magazine

Whether you write for pleasure or publication, Writing Magazine has something to help you.

W: https://www.writers-online.co.uk/Writing-Magazine/

 

For further listings, please see our Opportunities for Writers page.