Shooter is taking a one-issue hiatus this summer and will reopen to submissions in July for the Winter 2021 issue.

The Short Story and Poetry competitions will run at the usual times. The former is currently open to entries, while the poetry contest reopens in July. The winners of each contest will appear on Shooter’s website (along with the runners-up) as well as in the winter print edition at the end of this year.

Annual subscribers will continue to receive their usual complement of copies. If anyone would like further information, please email

In the meantime, many thanks for your continued support – happy reading!


Submissions for Issue #12 will open in July 2020, when the theme will be announced.


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 a copy of the issue in which their work appears; non-UK contributors may choose to receive either cash payment or a copy of the issue in which their work appears.