Submissions

An online literary magazine.

Poetry and stories for every season.

We are currently OPEN FOR SUBMissioNS.

Submissions are open until December 9th for pieces for our first ever month of themed content in February 2023.

The theme is Menstruation. We welcome pieces from anyone who has lived experience of menstruation. We are not looking for pieces on other themes at this time.

Please submit up to 5 poems of up to 40 lines each. We are not looking for prose for this submission window.

Please include your submissions in the body of the email and send them to submissions@sylviamagazine.com with the subject line ‘Menstruation’.

Please include a short third-person bio that we can use if your piece is published. Content warnings are encouraged if you feel that this is relevant to your piece.

For all other information, including payment, please see our usual guidelines below.

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Submission Guidelines (for reference only)

Future submission windows will be:

January 16th – February 3rd  2023: for all seasons

June 5th – June 19th 2023: submissions for Autumn, Winter, and Spring

As always, members are welcome to submit up to two days in advance.

We will be looking for nature-inspired pieces. We are leaning into our sylvan vibes this year; send us your forest poems, tales of fairies, and moments in nature.

Poetry

Up to 5 poems of up to 40 lines each

Prose

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

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

Submission process

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. Please include a short third-person bio that we can use if your piece is published. Content warnings are encouraged if you feel that this is relevant to your piece.

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?

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

We do not accept work that has been published elsewhere, including on personal blogs.

Response time

All submissions will receive a reply within 6 months. We appreciate that this is a long time! If you have not received a reply within the time, please do drop us an email.

Unfortunately, due to the volume of submissions, we are usually unable to provide detailed feedback on every piece.

Please let us know if you are open to feedback – we’re aware that unsolicited feedback is not always welcome.

A note on submissions

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

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 PayPal or bank transfer to a UK bank account only. If you are not able to provide these then unfortunately we cannot accept your submission at the moment.

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

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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 revels in the beauty of nature.