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 winter 2022 issue, themed Dark Arts. 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 November 7th, 2021.
We’re looking for stories, essays, memoir and poetry to do with enchantment and scheming, in any context. Black magic, witchcraft and wizardry are the obvious subjects, but we welcome wider interpretations of the theme: anything to do with political manipulation, backroom dealings, romantic plotting, duplicitous gamesmanship, or charismatic trickery is sought. As ever, whether rooted in realism or fantasy, supernatural or sci-fi, please ensure writing adheres to a high literary standard.
Please include a brief biography in your email, noting any prior publishing experience, and send work to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 7th. Documents should be in Word format, 1.5 or double spaced, with word count indicated at the end of the (prose) piece. Please submit only one piece of prose and/or up to three poems per issue.
Simultaneous submissions are fine but let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. Any non-fiction or journalistic work selected for publication will be fact-checked. All work must be previously unpublished either in print or online.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 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 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.