Shooter publishes themed issues each January and July, and runs competitions for short fiction during winter/spring and poetry during summer/autumn.

General submission guidelines are as follows:


Submissions are now open for Shooter’s summer 2021 issue, themed Escape. Writers should send short stories and non-fiction of 2,000-6,000 words and/or up to three poems, adhering to the guidelines below, by the deadline of April 25th, 2021.

We’re looking for stories, essays, memoir and poetry to do with any kind of escape: evading capture, pursuing something better, avoiding peril, taking off on adventure. After a period of isolation for many around the world, we want to be transported to exotic locales and away from the everyday. Whether it’s breaking out of prison, fleeing a bad relationship, or leaving Earth altogether – get us out! Imaginative sci-fi or fantasy are welcome, but please ensure writing adheres to a high literary standard.

Please include a brief 2-3 sentence biography in your email, noting any prior publishing experience, and send work to by April 25th. Documents should be in Word format, 1.5 or double spaced, with word count indicated at the end of the (prose) piece. Any non-fiction or journalistic work selected for publication will be fact-checked. Please submit only one piece of prose and/or up to three poems per issue. Simultaneous submissions are welcome but let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. All work must be previously unpublished either in print or online. Successful writers can expect to hear from us within a few weeks of the deadline.


Shooter commissions original artwork for its covers. Artists should email examples of their work or a link to their online portfolio to We take note of promising illustrators on a rolling basis but, if you have work or a style you feel is particularly relevant to an upcoming theme, please draw our attention to it. We will contact suitable artists to discuss commissioning the cover. Artwork will be used as cover illustration for the magazine, plus detail use on the inside pages and on Shooter’s social media.


Shooter acquires first rights for print and online/e-book publication and reserves the right to publish work that has appeared in the magazine on its website and related social media.


Upon publication, writers will be paid £25 per story and £5 per poem. Stories that fall below the requested minimum of 2,000 words will be paid at poetry rates. Artists will be paid £25 for use of their work as magazine illustration. UK contributors will receive both payment and a copy of the issue in which their work appears; non-UK contributors may choose either cash payment or a copy of the magazine.