Submissions

An online literary magazine.

Poetry and stories for every season.

Editor: Millie Kidson

We are currently closed to submissions.

Our submission guidelines are as follows:

Up to 5 poems of up to 40 lines each

Up to 2 prose pieces of up to 1500 words each – stories or narrative non-fiction

You are welcome to submit the full allocation of 7 pieces. Please send all of them in one email and submit only once.

Please include your submissions in the body of the email and send them to submissions@sylviamagazine.com. Attachments will not be read. Please indicate the line count for poems and the word count for prose pieces within your email.

We strongly encourage you to read around the site and see if your work might be a good fit. There are so many fantastic literary magazines, so if your work is not for us you are likely to find a home for it elsewhere!

Simultaneous submissions are welcomed but do let us know if your piece is accepted elsewhere.

All submissions will receive a reply within 6 months. Unfortunately, due to the volume of submissions, we are unable to provide detailed feedback on every piece.

We particularly welcome and encourage submissions from voices that are typically underrepresented in the writing world, including LGBTQIA+, people of colour, and disabled writers.

Things to include in your email:

  • The pieces you are submitting within the body of the email (no attachments)
  • The line/word count for each piece
  • A short, third person biography that we can publish alongside the piece if you are accepted (feel free to include social media handles/websites)
  • Optional: a picture of yourself to be published with your bio

These aren’t exhaustive lists, but the following might help you to decide if your piece is the right fit for us!

Things we are likely to accept:

Pieces that feel seasonal (whether that is nature’s seasons or seasons of life) – all seasons are welcome as we are scheduling pieces well in advance
Pieces that have simplicity
Works that are rooted in nature
Personal reflections
Uplifting work

Things that we are not likely to publish:

Science fiction or speculative fiction
Horror
Overly cryptic metaphors
Pieces containing many errors!

Payment

We pay £1.75 per line for poetry (not including titles or line breaks) and £0.25 per word for prose.

Payments will be made via bank transfer or PayPal only. We will email you to let you know if your piece has been accepted and to receive payment you must send over an invoice, either via PayPal itself (go to request money – send an invoice) or as a document (there are many simple templates available online). You must be responsible for paying any income taxes.

The invoice must include payment details for your bank or PayPal. If you are not able to provide these, please do not submit your work to us.

The small print

We are purchasing first rights to your piece to publish it once on the Sylvia site and to feature it in promotion on our social media channels. You retain all rights to your work.

Future submissions and questions

If you would like to receive an email when we open our submission windows, please sign up to our newsletter.

If you have questions in the meantime, please feel free to email our editor, Millie, on submissions@sylviamagazine.com

About Sylvia Magazine

Sylvia Magazine was founded by Millie Kidson, a writer from Gloucestershire. Our mission is to create a literary space that pays writers for their work and brings great storytelling to the world.