Guidelines

Neon is currently OPEN to submissions.

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 below guidelines below to find out how to get it published in our pages.

Before Sending Work For Publication…

Before sending work for possible 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 UKs longest-running independent literary magazines, and keeping Neon ad-free and prolific.

And 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 and suggestions. 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.

Themes

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.

Terms

Reprints and simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please let us 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 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. Send work by email to subs@neonmagazine.co.uk.

Please query if you have received no response after six months (expedited submissions will generally be answered within one month).

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

Feedback

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 £3.00 as a voluntary reading fee.