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Accepting submissions of Poetry and Short Stories
What you'll need to send:
Cover letter
For poetry:
Up to 6 poems
For short stories:
no more than 5000 words each
Accepted formats:
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Fee/deal details: See details
Usual response time: 6 months


Neon publishes dozens of writers and artists each year – all from unsolicited submissions. If you’ve got something which might fit the magazine, please read the guidelines below to find out how to get it published.

Before sending work for publication…

The best possible thing you can do to increase your chances of being accepted is to read the magazine! This is easy to do: the print edition costs less than a sandwich and a coffee (and ships to anywhere in the world) and you can set your own price for the instant-download digital edition.

Not only will reading the magazine give you the clearest possible idea of Neon‘s aesthetic, but by subscribingpurchasing a copy or donating you’ll be supporting one of the UK’s longest-running independent literary magazines.

On top of that, anyone who supports the magazine in any of these ways will receive expedited responses to submissions, complete with editorial feedback. If that’s something you’d value, please consider supporting the magazine before making your submission.

What we’re looking for

We prefer darker pieces, especially those with an element of the surreal or speculative, but are open to anything and like to be surprised.

Images, comics, and graphic poems are also welcome, as are self-contained extracts. If you have any doubts about whether something is suitable, go ahead and send it anyway.


Alternate issues of the magazine are themed. The theme of the next themed issue will be:


Please note in your cover letter if you think your work relates to this theme. Unthemed submissions are always welcome. There is no deadline for themed submissions; when a themed issue is full this page will be updated and any extant themed submissions will be considered for an unthemed issue.

How to submit

  • Include a covering letter
  • Include a third-person bio (up to 100 words)
  • Submissions are read by Krishan Coupland and Lee Mackenzie
  • Up to 6 poems, 5,000 words of prose, 10 images
  • Simultaneous submissions: okay
  • Reprints: welcome
  • One submission at a time, please

Send work to subs@neonmagazine.co.uk. Please add this email address to your whitelist or “safe sender” list. If you don’t, you may not receive a reply.

Please query if you have received no response after six months (expedited submissions can expect a response within six weeks).


We ask for non-exclusive, one-time, worldwide rights to publish your work in print and digital formats, and then to archive it indefinitely.

We pay on acceptance, via PayPal, at these rates:

Prose: 2p per word
Poetry: 20p per line
Photography: £5 per image
Comics: £5 per page

This form will store your information as you go along, but won't be sent to Neon until you submit on the last page.