Submission guidelines

Submissions for Issue 2: Storms, Omens & Monsters are about to open! Please do not submit before the start date, 15 June 2021.

For this issue, we will be looking for rich, atmospheric writing and artwork about storms, omens and monsters at sea which will captivate our readers’ imagination. Before submitting, please read the guidelines set out below. Any submissions not abiding by them will not be considered.


  • All written submissions must be sent as a Word document (DOC file).
  • All artwork submissions must be sent as a PNG or JPG file in high resolution.

To keep things simple, we ask that all written submissions follow the Shunn manuscript format, but do not include your phone number or postal address. Your name and email address will suffice. For poetry, refer to this example.

Submissions must be written in UK spelling and grammar. A comprehensive guide can be found here.


We do not accept submissions that have been published elsewhere, in other magazines, websites, books or anthologies. We will consider submissions that have been published on a personal blog or your personal social media accounts.

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

We are unable to pay for submissions currently, but this is something we aim to do in the future. All contributors will receive a free copy of the magazine they are featured in.

The submission window is open from 15 June to 31 July. We will reply to submissions after this window has closed. We aim to reply within 3 weeks from the end of the submission window, however, depending on the volume of submissions we receive this may take longer.

Submissions can be in any genres or style if they contain one or more of the following:

  • storms
  • omens (good or bad)
  • monsters.


Please send your submission to us at

We read hundreds of submissions, and we can tell who is really interested in being published by us and who is just out to get a by-line. If you want us to treat your submissions seriously, we expect you do the same. Saying a proper ‘Hello’ and ‘Thank you’ is a mandatory part of the submission process.

In the subject line of your email, please mention what category you are submitting to, for example, FICTION SUBMISSION. Please give your attached documents the title of your submission and the category you are entering, for example, if you are submitting a short story called The Lighthouse, name your word document THE LIGHTHOUSE – FICTION SUBMISSION.

Along with the appropriate attachments, you must include a 100-word bio about yourself in the third person. This can be pasted in the body of the email.

You may only submit to one category at a time per submission window.


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 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.

You can submit up to 1 short story OR 2 vignettes, but not both.

For the second issue, we are only selecting up to 7 short stories and 5 vignettes to be published.


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.

You may submit 1 creative nonfiction entry per submission window.

For the second issue, we will only choose up to 6 creative non-fiction pieces to be published.


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 per submission window. Please include all poems in one document.

For the second issue, we will only choose up to 10 poems to be published.


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 can submit up to three pieces of artwork per submission window. Please include all of them in one email.

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!


Before submitting, we strongly recommend you read a copy of our first issue to know what sort of content we are looking for.

Adriana – In this issue, I would really like to see a combination of human stories and boundless imagination. Let me see the dark and darkly beautiful stuff. I’m interested in reading about the stories we tell ourselves and others to justify our actions and desires. I think human nature can often be a lot more mysterious and darker than we would like to admit. I think nature and landscape, in particular the sea, has a special way of reflecting this, which is why I am so excited about this issue. When we’re talking about Storms, Omens & Monsters, they don’t necessarily have to be real, tangible. They can be manifestations of ourselves, our feelings and thoughts that become true and physical through the power of imagination.

I would also really like to see more local stories. Each community around the world has hundreds of myths, legends and stories that are unknown to the rest of us.

What I would like to see less of in this issue are the classic mermaid and pirate tropes. They can be fun and adventurous, but for this issue especially I would like to get away from what is expected. If you really want to use them, make sure it’s something we haven’t seen before. How can you reinvent these popular tropes?

Kevin – Myths and legends go hand in hand with the sea. A clever retelling is hard to resist, but it’s even better when you stumble upon something new and exciting. We had a lot of selkie and siren submissions in our first issue. I would really advise submitting something different.

I have a fondness for classic adventure stories and dread-filled expeditions. Sci-fi / paranormal contact, crises of the human spirit, lost dreams, and dangerous desires will always pique my interest. Nothing hits the spot quite like a powerful parable; a long-time favourite short story of mine is Dino Buzzatti’s profound and brilliant The Colomber.

One of the best sea stories ever written is The Fog Horn by Ray Bradbury. Another is Theodore Sturgeon’s A Saucer of Loneliness. Please do not send a story hoping it will be the next Fog Horn. It will never be as good. Send something that only you can write. Dream big and go far. A sea captain never found anything standing still.

A big part of Seaborne Magazine is protecting the environment, about how we impact it and how we can support it, so this is a good thing to keep in mind.

But also remember the part about having fun. This, if nothing else, is the most important thing.

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

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