UK literary magazines, 2007

This article (written in March 2007) describes changes in the last 5 years or so following on from my UK literary magazines, 2002, My dealings with UK literary magazines and The Short Story, UK, December 1999 articles.
3 factors are currently affecting UK magazines How long will paper magazines last? Arts Council England's 2007-2011 vision statement for literature ominously says "While not disregarding the benefits of traditional production and distribution methods, we want to see these presses and magazines take a lead in developing new methods of distribution and explore new uses of technology for both publishing and distribution. We believe that our funded presses would benefit from developing creative clusters."

Magazine changes

There's no sign yet of a general decline except with short stories.

When a small-press magazine gets a new editor, the changes are so big that it's as if a new magazine has been launched. 3 stalwarts of the small-press world have recently been revamped

Also more magazines (most recently Smiths Knoll) are setting up pamphlet publication on the side.

Short Stories

As a genre it's sinking ever further from view. The Short Story (a campaign site for the genre) currently lists 67 magazines outlets but they include the "TLS", "Your Cat Magazine", "The War Cry", etc. The revived Salt magazine is taking prose though.

I think London Magazine, Stand (if it's still going), and Ambit are the only magazines with circulations over 300 who accept literary non-genre unsolicited contributions from anyone - that's maybe 30 published stories a year. MsLexia, QWF and Writing Women accept stories only from females. World Wide Writers is a magazine that publishes competition entries. Interzone is a monthly short-story magazine available in newsagents, but it's Science Fiction only. Prospect accepts previously published authors only. I suggest you try US magazines.

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Updated March 2007
Tim Love

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