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Submission Instructions


Submissions are invited for New Writing Scotland 38, publishing in summer 2020. The deadline for submissions is 31 October.

New Writing Scotland 37 (2019):
Sound of an Iceberg
New Writing Scotland 36 (2018):
With Their Best Clothes On
New Writing Scotland publishes works by writers resident in Scotland or Scots by birth, upbringing or inclination. All forms of writing are invited: 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.

Submissions are invited for New Writing Scotland 38, publishing in summer 2020. We now accept online submissions via Submittable: click here for details.

Postal submissions should be typed on one side of the paper only and the sheets stapled at the top-left corner. Prose pieces should be double-spaced and carry an approximate word-count. You should provide a covering letter, clearly marked with your name and address. Please also put your name on the individual works. If you would like to receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your manuscript, please enclose a stamped addressed postcard. If you would like to be informed if your submission is unsuccessful, or if you would like your submissions returned, you should enclose a stamped addressed envelope with sufficient postage. Submissions should be sent by 31 October 2019. Hard-copy submissions should be sent in an A4 envelope to:

     Department of Scottish Literature
     7 University Gardens
     University of Glasgow
     Glasgow G12 8QH, UK

We are sorry but we cannot accept submissions by fax or e-mail.

Please be aware that we have limited space in each edition, and therefore shorter pieces are more suitable – although longer items of exceptional quality may still be included. A maximum length of 3,500 words is suggested. Please send no more than four poems, and no more than 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 16 September 2019.