Before sending your work for possible publication… please read the magazine! Doing so is the only way to really understand what I want to publish. You can set your own price for digital issues, and print issues cost less than a sandwich and a coffee. By subscribing, purchasing a sample copy, or making a donation you’ll be keeping 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, 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 provide some personal feedback on your submission.
What I’m Looking For
There is no set word limit. Please send several poems / flash fictions or one short story. 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 feel free to send it anyway.
Alternate issues of the magazine are themed. The themes for the next two themed issues are “The Apocalypse” and “Futurism“. These themes are intended to be intepreted very loosely. If you think your work might fit one of these themes, please say so in your cover letter. Themed and non-themed works are always equally welcome. There are no deadlines; when a particular issue is full, this page will be updated.
Reprints and simultaneous submissions are welcome, 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 UK authors receive one contributor copy and a royalty payment. Accepted authors from elsewhere in the world can choose either a contributor copy or the 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. Send work by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Paste work into the body of the email if possible, but don’t worry if you cannot.
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 or Twitter, 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.
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.