Magazines and e-zines

E-zine for creative writing and arts. Publishes quarterly and accepts prose and poetry for themes issues.

Print magazine; published quarterly. Publishes poetry and fiction; flash fiction up to 1000 words; short stories 1000-5000 words. Well-established, with well over 200 issues. Humorous and literary fiction.

Over 50 issues now; a well-established literary magazine including fiction, poetry, articles and reviews. Flash fiction and fiction without specific word limits. Published three times a year.

Bare Fiction 
Approaching Issue 10 in Spring 2017; submissions of poetry, prose, plays. Print and digital issues. Flash fiction 100 – 1000 words; short stories 1000 – 5000 words. Intends to publishe three times a year.

E-zine, publishing monthly. Reviews, essays, interviews etc. as well as fiction. Short fiction to unspecified lengths for ‘new voices’ section.

Brittle Star 
Print magazine, publishing twice a year. Fiction up to 2000 words. Issue 39 out in December 2016. 

Print magazine in the Indigo Dreams stable. Concentrates on fiction with ‘myth, legend, landscape’ themes. Publishes four times a year. No specific word limit.

Dream Catcher 
Print magazine, publishing twice a year; typically over a hundred pages. 28 issues by 4/14. Postal submissions only; stories up to 2000 words.

East of the Web 
Vast e-zine which updates regularly and publishes short fiction in a large variety of genres. No word limit on short story submissions – ‘any pieces that authors consider to be in the form of a short story’.

Fiction on the Web 
An e-zine with a huge volume of material, updating regularly and arranging the fiction in a number of genres. Does not proscribe word lengths. The editor encourages contributors to comment on other material on the site.

Gold Dust 
Print magazine and e-zine; publishes twice a year. 30th issue published in Winter 2016. Flash fiction up to 1000 words; short stories 1000 – 3000 words. 
The ‘big daddy’ of short story magazines, published in the U.K. and the U.S.A. and frequently featuring well known writers. Approaching 140 issues in 2016. 
Huge e-zine which includes fiction, travel writing, lifestyles and reviews. Updates on monthly basis. Guidance for submissions, 1200 – 2000 words. 18th year in 2017.
The Interpreter’s House 
Print publication, published three times a year. Been going for over thirty years. Fiction up to 2000 words. 

Liars’ League 
A fiction site with a difference; writers contribute stories up to 2000 words towards a monthly reading night, when the winners are read to an audience by professional actors. Stories are also prepared for appearance on YouTube videos. Started in 2007.

The Literateur 
Literary e-zine featuring articles and reviews as well as poetry and fiction. Stories up to 5000 words considered. 

Includes three magazines, effectively; the printed Litro, Litro Online or the podcast Litro Lab. Print magazine includes short fiction with thematic approach, typically 3000 words but up to 5000 ‘in exceptional cases’. Non-themed short fiction, to the same word limits, is included in Litro Online.

London Magazine 
In existence since 1732; continues as digital magazine with reviews, articles etc. as well as fiction. Short fiction up to 4000 words; no ‘science fiction, fantasy writing or erotica’. 

The Manchester Review 
Published twice a year by University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing. Submissions of short fiction no longer than 6000 words.

Publishes ‘two or three times a year’. Short stories without word length specified. 

The Next Review 
Literary print magazine published quarterly. Short fiction up to 3000 words.

Print magazine, publishing three times a year; short stories to a top limit of 7,500 words; annual competitions. 

The Recusant 
Left-leaning e-zine which updates on an irregular basis. Accepts short stories up to 3000 words. Published ‘Robin Hood Book’, with fiction and poetry contributions.

Short Fiction 
Published annually in November by University of Plymouth Press; selection of material submitted on a competitive basis. Short Fiction up to 5000 words.

Print magazine, publishing twice a year. Short stories up to 3000 words.

Tears In The Fence 
Print magazine, publishing twice a year. Short fiction up to 3500 words.

Creative writing quarterly print magazine produced by the Open University; celebrated its thirtieth anniversary in 2014. Fiction submissions up to 6000 words.

Another enormous e-zine which publishes fiction without proscribing word lengths. Updates on a monthly basis and has been publishing since 2003.

Quarterly print and e-zine holding regular competitions with free entry. Supports various charities. Fiction up to 2000 words


Once over the dreadful pun of the title, this is a very helpful site with a wealth of information including both poetry and fiction competition listings and the site’s own annual competitions.

The free site accompanies the subscribed magazine, and the free site does offer national and international competition listings, alongside other resources.

Offers monthly and annual subscriptions for modest amounts and includes national and international listings of competitions, publishers, agents, magazines etc.

The site of the National Association of Writers’ Groups, with competition listings as well as many other resources.

Again, a modest subscription is needed, but vast and varied resources are offered in return. 

Bare Fiction Award

Impressive and well-produced magazine holding annual short fiction and poetry competitions. Reduced entry fees for subscribers. Publication for winners.

Bath Short Story Award
Supported and administered by Bath Writing Group, with winners’ ‘bios’ published on site and anthology publication.

Bedford Writing Competion
Recently established but well organised annual short fiction and poetry competitions, with anthology publication.

Bridport Prize
Founded by the Bridport Arts Centre in 1973 and now one of the biggest and most prestigious competitions in the world, with thousands of entries annually. Anthologu publication for winners and shortlisted.

Bristol Prize
Started by the quarterly Bristol Review of Books in 2007 as a competition for short stories; now receives entries in the thousands rather than the hundreds. Anthology publication.

ChipLitFest Competition
Competition organised as part of the Chipping Norton Literary Festival, with the top ten stories made available for sale on www.pennyshorts.com 

Cinnamon Press
Welsh-based publisher offering a variety of competitions throughout the year, including one for short fiction.

Doris Gooderson Competition
Annual competition run by Wrekin Writers as a memorial to one of their members and in aid of a local hospice.

Early Works Press Competition
Well-established and well-organised annual competition from Hastings-based publisher, also offering editorial mentoring and support for writers. Publication in anthology.

Erewash Writers’ Competition 
Now becoming established, an open competition run by the Erewash Writers’ Group.

Exeter Writers’ Competitions 

Exeter Writers is another local group whose competitions have acquired national status because of their fairness and efficiency.

Fish Publishing
This competition is not a U.K. competition, as it’s based in the Republic of Ireland, but it does seem to attract a lot of U.K. entries, not least because of the efficiency and precision with which it’s organised and the high standard of production involved in the printed anthology arising from it.

Frome Festival
See above, though in both cases, it would be helpful for writers if the dates when results will be available could be as precise as the dates for entries to be sent in.

Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize
Publisher based in Norwich, whose competition started in 2015, and is already attracting hundreds of entries. Publication and interview in ‘Bookseller’ magazine.

Henshaw Press
Not for profit organisation offering quarterly competitions throughout the year; now intending to produce an anthology of winning stories in 2017.
Ink Tears
Annual competition organised by well-established e-zine, with online publication for winners.

Magic Oxygen Literary Prize
Recently established Dorset publisher running annual competition for short fiction and poetry, and using part of entry fees in good causes.

Momaya Short Story Competition
The Momaya Press celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2014. It was formed to provide a forum and feedback for writers via the site, and its competition is now well-established and supported.

Retreat West Competition
Publisher established in 2012, offering an annual competition as well as creative writing retreats, workshops and critiques.

Rubery Short Story Prize
Known mainly for their Book Award, but they do also run a well-organised and funded short story competition.

Segora International Writing Competitions
Based in France, and offering an annual literary festival and writers’ retreats as well as their annual short fiction and poetry competitions, Segora is another organisation who can be trusted to run fair and well-organised competitions.

Southport Writers’ Circle
Consistently highly successful and well-organised annual competitions, though I could wish for them to be more willing to stipulate a date for publishing results.

Wells Literary Festival
There are a number of large literary events up and down the country which hold competitions as part of their programmes and present awards at the festival itself; Wells is one of the best organised and well-established.

Words Magazine 
Subscription print and e-zine which offers competitions with no entry fees throughout the year and makes donations to charities.

Words With Jam Competition
Competition organised by well-established e-zine which offers a lot of information and resources on its site. Online publication for winners.

Writers’ and Artists’ Year Book Competition
Maintained by the publishers of the Writers’ and Artists’ Year Book, the site offers a lot of advice and resources, and also now hosts an annual competition.

Writers’ Bureau Competitions
Organisation running various creative writing courses and competitions which are generally well-organised and generously funded.

Yeovil Literary Prize
Started by the Yeovil Community Arts Association in 2004 and now offering prizes in three categories, including novels, poems and short stories.