Submission guidelines

General guidelines

For our first issue, we will be looking for atmospheric fiction, non-fiction, poetry and visual artwork about the sea which will captivate our readers’ imagination.

Read our formatting guidelines before submitting. Submissions not abiding by these guidelines will be automatically removed from consideration.

Make sure your submission is set to 12 points in a legible font such as Times New Roman, Calibri, Baskerville or Garamond, double spaced with the first line of a new paragraph indented no more than 12.7 mm, left-aligned. Pages should be numbered and the word count or number of lines (for poetry) should be mentioned below the title.

Please ensure your writing is free of grammatical and spelling errors. We’re not big fans of semicolons. Capitalise topographical names (London, France, Europe) and people’s names (John Doe, Jane Doe). For numbers, anything under 100 should be spelt out (twenty-five, ninety-two) and everything above that should be written as is (2020).

Submissions must be formatted to UK spelling. A comprehensive guide can be found here.

All submissions should be sent as a Word or PDF document (for written pieces) or as a PNG or JPG (for artwork) to: seabornemagazine@gmail.com.

For multiple submissions, please send a separate email for each entry. You can send up to three submissions per issue.

Mention in the subject line the title of the piece and what category you are submitting to, for example: TITLE – FICTION SUBMISSION. Along with the appropriate attachments, include a 100-word bio about yourself in the third person. Please also give your submission documents the title of the piece and nothing else (TITLE).

Do not include your name in the document.

FICTION

There are two subcategories you can submit to:

For short stories, we are looking for fiction pieces between 2,000 and 5,000 words in any genre, albeit we prefer folklore, gothic, fabulism, magic realism, weird, whimsical and mysterious works. We encourage you to think outside the box. Be brave & have fun.

For vignettes, we are looking for pieces up to 300 words which capture the essence of the sea, brief but evocative, like a message in a bottle.


NON-FICTION

Creative non-fiction pieces should be between 800 and 1,500 words. They can be creative and personal essays, nature writing, historical & travel pieces or evocative accounts of true stories. We are looking for more than a factual journalistic perspective. Take risks, be creative.


POETRY

Poetry submissions are temporarily closed! We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Please check our social media for regular updates.

Poetry submissions should be no longer than 40 lines. We aim to publish exciting and courageous poetry. We are open to experimentation with the layout of a poem, but this is not a requirement. Bear in mind the layout will be a standard A4.

You can submit up to three poems at once.


ARTWORK

We are looking for photography, illustrations and drawings of high artistic standards which are in keeping with our style and compliment the literary side, so please read our requirements for both.

You may submit no more than three images at once. We cannot guarantee all will be used if successful.

We do not accept submissions that have been published elsewhere, in other magazines, websites or personal blogs.

We accept simultaneous submissions, however please let us know if your piece has been accepted somewhere else as soon as possible.

The deadline for our first issue is 1 January 2021.

Depending on the volume of submission, feedback is not guaranteed. We aim to respond within two weeks, but this may take longer during busier times.

As this is the launch of a new magazine, we are unable to pay you at this moment in time, but this is something we aim to do in the future. However, all contributors will receive a free copy of the magazine they are featured in.

We look forward to seeing what you have in store! Don’t be dismayed if your piece gets rejected. Try again next time with something else!


To help make paying for submissions possible, you can buy us a virtual coffee.

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