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Before sending your work for possible publication… please read the magazine! Doing so is the only way to understand what I want to publish, and doesn’t cost much. In fact, digital issues are free and print issues cost less than a sandwich and a coffee. By subscribing, purchasing a sample copy, or making a donation you’ll be helping to keep the magazine alive, and allowing me to pay the authors I publish.

You can find a wealth of good reasons to subscribe to Neon in this article. I hope that you’ll consider doing so; if just one in ten people who submitted work also subscribed to the magazine, Neon would never be short of funds. If you do support the magazine with a purchase, subscription or donation, please mention this in your cover letter. As a thankyou for your support, I’ll try and provide some personal feedback on your submission.

1. What I’m Looking For

There is no set word limit, but please send enough work to cover approximately three pages of the magazine. This could be one story, a couple of flash fictions, or several poems. I prefer darker pieces, especially those with an element of the surreal or speculative. I am open to reading anything, however, and am often surprised by pieces that don’t fall into these categories.

Images, comics and graphic poems are also welcome, as are self-contained extracts. If you have any doubts about whether something is suitable, please send it anyway and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

2. Terms

Reprints and simultaneous submissions are okay, but please let me know if a piece is published elsewhere. On acceptance Neon takes one-time non-exclusive rights to your work, as well as the right to archive it. Accepted authors receive one contributor copy, as well as a royalty derived from sales, subscriptions and donations – usually about £8.

3. 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. Send work by email to subs@neonmagazine.co.uk. Paste work into the body of the email if possible.

Please add Neon to your “Safe Senders” list, and query if you have received no response after two months. You may also wish to follow Neon on Facebook, Twitter or Google+, or join the mailing list, to be kept informed of any submissions-related news.

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

4. Feedback

If you are a current subscriber to the magazine, or if you have recently made a donation or purchased a sample copy, please mention this in your covering letter. I’ll try and give some personalised feedback in my response. All submissions are given equal consideration, regardless of whether or not the author supports the magazine.