Guidelines

Neon is currently OPEN to expedited submissions only.

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.

We’re currently taking a break from general submissions to allow us to catch up on our reading – we expect general submissions to open again in November 2018. In the meantime you are still more than welcome to send along work if you have ever supported the magazine with a subscription, purchase or donation.

If you haven’t yet supported the magazine, you can visit the store, pay the voluntary reading fee, or make a donation via PayPal. Doing so will mean that you’re eligible to submit your work at any time (even when general submissions are closed) and will also give you a much clearer idea of what we publish. The print edition of Neon costs less than a sandwich and a coffee, and ships to anywhere in the world, and you can set your own price for the digital edition.

In addition to all that, as a supporter of the magazine you’ll receive personalised feedback from the editor on any submissions that you send, as well as an expedited response during general submission periods.

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.

Themes

Alternate issues of the magazine are themed. The theme for the next themed issue is “Futurism“. This theme is intended to be interpreted very loosely. If you think your work might fit it, please say so in your cover letter. Themed and non-themed works are always equally welcome. There are no deadlines; when the next themed 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. Again, please note that we are currently accepting submissions from supporters only while we catch up on our reading.

Please query if you have received no response after one month. If you are new to sending your work out for publication, you might find this guide useful.

Feedback

As a supporter of the magazine you’ll receive a personalised response with some feedback from the editor on your work. If you’d prefer not to receive this feedback, please simply say so in your cover letter.