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Submission Instructions


New Writing Scotland is currently closed to submissions. We will begin to accept work for New Writing Scotland 40 from 1 May 2021.

New Writing Scotland publishes works by writers resident in Scotland or Scots by birth, upbringing or inclination. All forms of writing are acceptable: autobiography and memoirs; creative responses to events and experiences; drama; graphic artwork (monochrome only); poetry; political and cultural commentary and satire; screenplays; short fiction; travel writing or any other creative prose may be submitted. We have a maximum recommended length of 3,500 words in total. Please do not send complete novels or other long works, although self-contained extracts are acceptable. The work must be neither previously published nor accepted for publication and may be in any of the languages of Scotland.

From 1 May 2021, submissions will be invited for New Writing Scotland 40, publishing in summer 2022.

Prose pieces should be double-spaced and carry an approximate word-count. Please do not put your name on your submission; instead, please provide your name and contact details, including email and postal addresses, on a covering letter. If you are sending more than one piece, please group everything into one document. Please send no more than four poems, or one prose work. Successful contributors will be paid at a rate of £20 per published page.

Submission is free. Authors retain all rights to their work(s), and are free to submit and/or publish the same work(s) elsewhere after they appear in New Writing Scotland.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us. Details can be found on our contact page.


New Writing Scotland is supported by Creative Scotland Lottery Funding.


Last updated 3 October 2020.