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Saturday, August 3, 2019

NEON A Literary Magazine submission guidelines

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Neon publishes around forty writers and artists each year – almost all from unsolicited submissions. If you’ve got something that you think might fit the magazine, please read the guidelines below to find out how to get it published in our pages.

Before Sending Work for Publication…
Before sending work for publication, the best possible thing you can do to increase your chances of success is to read the magazine! We’ve made this as easy as possible to do: the print edition costs less than a sandwich and a coffee (and ships to anywhere in the world) and you can set your own price for the instant-download digital edition.

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Not only will reading the magazine give you the clearest possible idea of Neon‘s aesthetic, but by subscribing, purchasing a copy or donating you’ll be supporting one of the UK’s longest-running independent literary magazines, and keeping Neon ad-free and prolific.

If that’s not enough to persuade you to sign up, anyone who supports the magazine in any of these ways will receive expedited responses to any submissions, complete with editorial feedback. If that’s something you’d value, please consider supporting the magazine before making your submission.

What We’re Looking For
There is no set word limit, but if sending short pieces (poems, flash fiction) we’d prefer to see several at once rather than just one. We prefer darker pieces, especially those with an element of the surreal or speculative, but are open to reading anything and like to be surprised.

Images, comics and graphic poems are also welcome, as are self-contained extracts. If you have any doubts about whether something is suitable, please feel free to send it anyway.

Alternate issues of the magazine are themed. The next themed issue is now full, and so we are presently looking for unthemed submissions. The theme of the next themed issue will be available here in due course.

Reprints and simultaneous submissions are more than welcome. On acceptance Neon takes one-time, non-exclusive rights to your work, as well as the right to archive it. Accepted authors receive a contributor copy and a small royalty payment.

How to Submit
Include a covering letter and a 50-word biography in the body of the email. The subject line should include the word “Submission”. The editor is Krishan Coupland, and the assistant editor is AL Bradshaw. Send work by email to

Please query if you have received no response after six months (expedited submissions can generally expect a response within six weeks).

If you are new to sending your work out for publication, you might find this guide useful.

If you are a subscriber to the magazine, or if you have recently made a donation or purchased a sample copy, please mention this in your covering letter. You’ll receive an expedited response with some personalised feedback from the editor on your work. If you would like some feedback on your work, but haven’t yet supported the magazine, here’s a quick link to donate any amount as a voluntary reading fee.

If you’re looking for more detailed, line-by-line feedback, or want to develop a story or poem you’ve written, you might wish to consider our editorial services.