Northwords Now

New writing, fresh from Scotland and the wider North
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Submissions to Northwords Now

Our submissions window is closed until later this year. We hope to post details of the next window before the end of November, 2021.

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 All work must be previously unpublished in print or on-line.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 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 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, Culbokie,
Dingwall, Ross-shire.

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. 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.

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

The Board and Editor of Northwords Now acknowledge support from Creative Scotland and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.
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