Northwords Now

New writing, fresh from Scotland and the wider North
Sgrìobhadh ùr à Alba agus an Àird a Tuath

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Submissions to Northwords Now

The next issue is planned for November 2022. The deadline for submissions is 4th September 2022. If accepted for publication, you will hear about your submission by 30th October 2022, so feel free to submit elsewhere if we have not contacted you by then.

Please submit no more than three short stories or six poems, in MS Word format (not .pdf). If submitting several poems or prose pieces, please include all poetry in one file and all prose in one file, rather than splitting the work across several files. All work must be previously unpublished in print or on-line. Copyright remains with the author. Payment is made a few weeks after publication for all successful submissions.

Writing from people living in or inspired by the Highlands and Islands is given prominence, but we also feature material linked to the wider north. That includes both other parts of Scotland and places around the northern world. We publish Northwords Now and Tuath in print and online to inspire writers and readers with the power of new work in Scotland’s three languages, including local variants. As ever, please familiarise yourself with recent issues to help you decide whether your work chimes with our ethos and scope.

Since we are keen that the magazine and its contents are seen by as many people as possible, you should be aware that your work will appear on our website soon after publication of each issue. If you have any reservations about this, please let us know prior to publication of your work.

We’re open to poetry of diverse kinds and we publish prose of many different lengths, from flash fiction upwards, but usually less than 3,000 words. Stories over 3,000 words cannot be considered. Please study past issues to get an idea of the length of prose pieces that we publish. A full-page story will usually have no more than 1,500 words of text, for example.

Submission of poetry collections and other books for potential review

Post to:

The Editor
Northwords Now
Easter Brae, Balblair,
Dingwall, Ross-shire.
IV7 LW

Online Submission

We only accept submissions through our online process. Simply complete the form below and click ‘Send Submission’. Please make separate submissions for prose and poetry. As described above, if you are submitting multiple stories or poems (no more than three short stories or six poems), please amalgamate these into a single document for each genre. Send documents in MSWord format, not as .pdfs. Use the relevant box to indicate the principal language of your submission.

*** IMPORTANT! *** PLEASE ensure that you put your name on EVERY PAGE (top or bottom, up to you) so that we can identify your submission

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