Please submit work appropriate to the theme in .doc, .docx or .rtf format, 1.5 or double spaced, with word count indicated at the end of the piece. Literary fiction, creative non-fiction and narrative journalism should fall between 2,000 and 7,500 words. Any non-fiction or journalistic work selected for publication will be fact-checked. Please submit only one story 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 All work must be previously unpublished either in print or online.
Submissions for Issue #7 should relate to the theme New Life. As always, the theme is open to interpretation; in addition to the subject of birth, consider themes to do with renewal, invention and reinvention. “New Life” might conjure starting over later in life; giving someone a chance at a critical time; rescuing animals or people, perhaps through adoption; second chances and opportunities that radically change someone’s circumstances. Non-fiction to do with trying to get pregnant, birth or parenting (from either a personal or political perspective) is particularly welcome. Poetry should incline to the observational rather than experimental end of the spectrum.
Please include a brief 2-3 sentence biography in the cover letter, noting any prior publishing experience, and email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 5th, 2017. Successful writers will hear from us within a few weeks of the deadline, if not before. If you do not hear from us after that time, please assume that we will not be publishing your work on that occasion. Due to the volume of submissions we no longer send rejection emails.
Shooter seeks original graphic illustrations for its cover art. Artists should email examples of their work or a link to their online portfolio to email@example.com. 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 directly to discuss commissioning the cover. Artwork will be used as cover illustration for the magazine, plus detail use on the inside pages and on related 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 whose work appears in the magazine 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.