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Literary Magazine








We have two related but separate magazines – the online magazine, which opens submissions twice a year and publishes continuously, and our print magazine which opens for submissions twice a year and publishes issues biannually.

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  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    within eight weeks*
    Editor reported data
  • Acceptance rate:



  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 4000 words max

Max words: 4000

Max pieces: 1

Short stories, flash fiction. We prefer stories that examine the everyday, that infuse the quotidian with magic, that explore our interactions with the people and world around us in an interesting way. We don’t have preferences genre-wise but would discourage horror submissions and aren’t big fans of ‘twist’ endings.

Nonfiction - 4000 words max

Max words: 4000

Max pieces: 1

Essays and creative non-fiction. We’re especially interested in articles about history, culture, current affairs, politics, technology, and the environment.


Max pieces: 3

We also like the abstract and absurd. We do have a preference for non-rhyming work though won’t rule out work that does rhyme.


Max pieces: 1

We are also looking to interview more artists so if you have a show coming up in London, Birmingham or Lancaster, do let us know about it.


Max pieces: 6

Painting, collage, and other visual media.


Max pieces: 6

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    No cover letter advice

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    We don't have formatting requirements for this magazine

  • Author's rights

    We don't have rights information for this magazine

  • Additional info

    The COMFORT FOODS series publishes creative responses to the relationship between food and culture, identity and cuisine, from people in diaspora or those from various marginalised identities. From eating away exile to 2,000 word philosophical treatises on biryani, we’re here for it. We prefer non-fiction and visual art for this category. Do not submit multiple times during submission periods If your work is accepted, please wait at least twelve months before submitting to us again. If your work is not accepted then please wait until the next submissions period to try again.

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    Editor Georgia Tindale avatar

    Georgia Tindale


    Editor Arbnora Selmani avatar

    Arbnora Selmani

    Arts Co-editor & COMFORT FOODS Editor

    Editor Jessica Syposz avatar

    Jessica Syposz

    Fiction Editor

    Editor Chris Rouse avatar

    Chris Rouse

    Non-Fiction Editor