Submissions

Spelt is Currently Open for Submissions

The submissions window for Spelt no. 3, our Autumn issue:

5th July 2021 to 16th August 2021

You will have a response to your submission by 31st of August. Do feel free to chase us up if you have not heard after this date.

Spelt Submission Guidelines

We only accept previously unpublished work

We do not accept simultaneous submissions

We are looking for poetry and creative non-fiction that has something to say about the rural experience. We want to avoid romanticising the rural, but at the same time, we don’t want the rural experience to be all about pig sh*t and visits to the Slaughtered Lamb. So what are we looking for?

We will read any poems or creative non-fiction that falls into our inbox within the submissions window, but you have a much better chance of being published if you have made your work the very best that it can be.

Poets: think about the tools in the poet’s work box and how they might be used to lift your poem off the page. Think about your reader, think about how you can bring a unique point of view to your work.

Creative non-fiction writers: we don’t want journalistic articles or op eds, we want prose that uses creativity to explore the subjects that you, and our readers might be interested in. Take something usual and make it unusual. 

Subjects that particularly interest us (not an exhaustive list)

  • Exploring the liminality of semi wild spaces within the urban 
  • Nature, all of it
  • The real rural experience: what is it like living out in the sticks? 
  • Farming
  • Landscape and the psychogeography of landscape, how the landscape you live in shapes you as a person.
  • Rural culture, events, traditions
  • The personal within the rural experience

Submissions

Please follow these simple instructions:

Poetry

  1. Include a cover letter in the body of your email. This should tell us a bit about you, where you’ve been published, what your literary likes and dislikes are and why you think Spelt is a good fit for your work. Also include your name and the titles of your poem/s.
  2. Include up to six poems in the body of the email, please no attachments as it slows the process down.
  3. Send your submission to speltmagazine@gmail.com

Creative Non Fiction

  1. Include a cover letter in the body of your email. This should tell us a bit about you, where you’ve been published, your literary likes and dislikes are and why you think Spelt is a good fit for your work. Also include your name, the title of your piece/s and a word count.
  2. Include in the body of your email up to two pieces of creative non-fiction. 
  3. Your creative non-fiction piece/s should not exceed 1500 words. 
  4. Send your submission to speltmagazine@gmail.com

You can submit both poetry and creative non-fiction in the same submission.

You will receive a confirmation email within a few days of submitting.

You should have a submissions response by 2nd February 2021. If you haven’t, chase us up!

Payment

We are right at the start of our journey and although it’s in our five year plan to be able to pay writers, we do not have the budget right now, but you will receive a contributor copy of the magazine.