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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thi Wurd is a fiction magazine based in Glasgow. Submissions of short fiction and illustrations are welcome.
Pushing Out the Boat
Pushing Out the Boat is North-East Scotland's Magazine of new writing and the visual arts.
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.
General writing magazines in Scotland
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.
The Bottle Imp
The Bottle Imp promotes and supports the teaching and study of Scottish literature and language.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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