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A Writer On Writing: The New Writer Magazine

Sally Jenkins introduces us to a new quarterly writing magazine.

The New Writer http://www.thenewwriter.com/ is a subscription only, quarterly writing magazine. Each edition includes a mix of features, fiction and poetry along with regulars such as a Writers’ Circle Clinic by Simon Whaley. http://www.simonwhaley.co.uk/

The New Writer doesn’t have the glossy finish of Writing Magazine or Writers’ Forum nor does it have pages of adverts. I think the magazine has a cosy, friendly feel. The Spring 2011 edition included features on ‘First of a Million Kisses’ by romance writer Sally Quilford http://www.sallyquilford.co.uk/ , ‘Travel Writing Perks’ by Roy Stevenson http://www.roy-stevenson.com/ and ‘Make it Short & Snappy’ by me (!).

The magazine is open to unsolicited articles and features (for which it pays a small amount). Poetry is also accepted but fiction is restricted to guest writers, subscribers’ stories on a given theme and competition entrants.

The New Writer runs an annual Prose and Poetry Competition with 5 categories: http://www.thenewwriter.com/prizes.htm
Micro fiction – up to 500 words (2 entries for £5 or 3 entries for subscribers)
Short stories - 500 to 5,000 words (1 entry for £5 or 2 entries for subscribers)
Single poems (2 entries for £5 or 3 entries for subscribers)
A collection of 6 – 10 poems (£12 entry)
Essays, articles and interviews on any writing related subject - up to 2,000 words (1 entry for £5 or 2 entries for subscribers)
The annual closing date is 30th November and the prizes are:

Micro Fiction: 1st prize £150, 2nd £100, 3rd £50.
Short Stories: 1st prize £300, 2nd £200, 3rd £100.
Single Poem: 1st prize £100, 2nd £75, 3rd £50
Poetry Collection: 1st prize £300, 2nd £200, 3rd £100.
Essay/article/interview: 1st prize £150, 2nd £100, 3rd £50.

If all this has whetted your appetite then you can obtain a free back issue by sending an A4 SAE to the address shown on the website here (scroll to the bottom of the page for the offer).


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