Submission Guidelines

New Voices Press (NVP) is an imprint of the Federation of Writers (Scotland) (FWS). The NVP is not a commercial publisher, and is open for submissions only from members of the FWS. Membership of the FWS is free, and open to writers anywhere with an interest in Scotland and Scottish writing. FWS membership is separate from membership of the Facebook group and you can apply via this website.

NOTE: some answers to Frequently Asked Questions can be found
**here**

  1. Members of the NVP editorial team will look at all work submitted within the terms of these guidelines. An acknowledgement of receipt will be sent to the author within four weeks of submission.
  2. NVP considers poetry, short works of prose fiction and non-fiction, humour, cartoons and graphics in any of the languages of Scotland. Gaelic submissions must also be accompanied by an English translation.
  3. The following are guidelines for initial submissions:

Poetry: up to 4 poems, not more than 40 lines per poem.

Prose: Up to three entries in total: short stories, flash fiction, articles or humorous pieces up to 2,000 words maximum in any entry.

Please indicate the word count at the end of any story.

Cartoons and graphics: up to 3 pieces

All work to be single spaced and in Times Roman 12 point and each piece submitted, regardless of genre, to be in a separate document. Please do NOT submit more than one piece per document. Do not include your name or other identifying mark on the work submitted but submit it with a separate sheet giving your name, address and contact details. Please send as a Word attachment (doc. or docx). Do NOT send as rtf or pdf.

  1. The editorial team regret that they do not have resources to support publication through NVP of novels or novellas, screenplays, full-length dramas or large non-fiction projects. They recommend that members submit these to commercial publishers or literary agents in line with guidance available in the current editions of The Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbookor The Writer’s Handbook.
  2. No work submitted should have been previously published/broadcast/e-published or posted on-line in any form.
  3. Material already being considered by other publishers should not be offered to NVP.
  4. No correspondence can be entered into with the selectors. Successful contributors will notified by 11 May 2020.

Submissions should be sent via email to Janet Crawford at janet94crawford@gmail.com by 20 March 2020.

Authors who do not have access to electronically generated documents should contact Jenifer Harley at dandj@harleycs.plus.comexplaining their circumstances and the nature of their desired submissions.

Paper submissions will be accepted for assessment only; if accepted, the author may still be required to re-submit the work in an electronic form in order to go forward to publication.

All members should ensure that they keep a copy of everything they submit.

Prose: up to 3 complete short stories, flash fiction, articles or humorous pieces, of  up to 2,000 wordsin length. Please indicate the word count at the end of the story.

Cartoons and graphics: up to 3 pieces

All work to be single spaced and in Times Roman 12 point. Do not include your name or other identifying mark on the work submitted but submit it with a separate sheet giving your name, address and contact details. Please send as a Word attachment (doc. or docx). Do NOT send as rtf or pdf.

  1. The editorial team regret that they do not have resources to support publication through NVP of novels or novellas, screenplays, full-length dramas or large non-fiction projects. They recommend that members submit these to commercial publishers or literary agents in line with guidance available in the current editions of The Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbookor The Writer’s Handbook.
  2. No work submitted should have been previously published/broadcast/e-published or posted on-line in any form.
  3. Material already being considered by other publishers should notbe offered to NVP.
  4. No correspondence can be entered into with the selectors. Successful contributors will notified by 3 August 2019.

Submissions should be sent via email to Janet Crawford at janet94crawford@gmail.com.

Authors who do not have access to electronically generated documents should contact Jenifer Harley at dandj@harleycs.plus.com explaining their circumstances and the nature of their desired submissions.

Paper submissions will be accepted for assessment only; if accepted, the author may still be required to re-submit the work in an electronic form in order to go forward to publication.

  1. All members should ensure that they keep a copy of everything they submit.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. I’m not a Federation member. Can I submit to the anthology?

No. The anthology is designed to showcase the work of members. As soon as you join the Federation you are eligible to submit work.

2. I have gone a few words/lines over the limit. Does it matter?

Any entry exceeding the word/line limit will not be accepted. You may resubmit a shorter version or a different entry.

3. Do you allow translations of work by other writers?

No. You may submit an English or Scots translation of your own work (e.g. if you normally write in Gaelic) but not someone else’s unless your submission is actually in Gaelic, in which case you may provide a translation by another writer provided the translator is acknowledged.

4. How about ‘erasures’ based on work by another writer or on found text?

No. You may where relevant include a word or phrase from another writer or text (provided it is acknowledged) but your work must be substantially your own.

5. I’ve sent in my entry but just noticed something I want to change.

Once the entry has been accepted no further alterations can be made. 

6. What if my entry is accepted for publication elsewhere?

We ask that you do not submit work under consideration by other publishers or previously published work.

7. How will I know that my entry has been received?

You will be notified of receipt within four weeks of submission.

8. It’s past the date when successful entrants were due to be notified and I haven’t heard anything. Should I assume I wasn’t successful?

Yes, I’m afraid so unless there has been a change in the date owing to unforeseen circumstances in which case there will be a notice on the FWS web-site.

9. I have a friend who writes lovely poetry/short stories but is shy about trying to get it published. I attach two submissions on her behalf.

Entering by proxy is not possible, including entering the work of someone after they have died. You may be able to encourage your friend to submit as per the guidelines on our website.

10. Can I submit my work under a pen name?

Yes provided your contact details state your real name and how you can be contacted.

11. Will you alter the layout of my work to make it look better? I’m not very experienced at this.

Entries are accepted as they stand and appraised for publication by the editors who cannot accept any request to alter them.

12. I am unable to submit work electronically. Can I send it by post?

Our guidelines state that it is possible to accept paper copies of entries for assessment. It is the responsibility of the entrant to supply electronic copy is their work is selected for the anthology. Only consider sending by post if you are really unable to send work any other way. Contact Jenifer Harley at dandj@harleycs.plus.com for more

 

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