For those who have never visited, The Scores is the name of a street in the town of St Andrews, one that winds precariously along the cliff edge above the chilly North Sea. Overlooking this street, the English Department at the University of St Andrews finds its home. And it is here that our bi-annual online magazine, The Scores, has come to life.

The Scores is not a journal of student work, but rather a journal edited, compiled, and managed by the MFA Creative Writing students at the University of St Andrews, working under an advisory team of esteemed professors and instructors both in and beyond the programme. We seek to publish a very wide range of poetry (as can be seen in our current issue) in English and the languages of Scotland, along with poems translated into English and reviews of recent work in our bi-annual issues. We like work that thrills, work that moves, work that plays along the cliff edge. (For more information on our submission policies, please visit the submissions page.)

Each issue also contains a ‘Letter to a Young Poet’, written by a well-established voice in the world of contemporary poetry, offering inside advice and insights to new generations of writers. In addition, we publish interviews and videos with some of the many writers who visit the university to teach or recite their work. As a university journal, we feel it is part of our mission to offer more than just work worthy of emulating and admiring, but resources and insights to help writers at all stages in their careers, in the hope that we might make the sometimes lonely work of writing somewhat less so. We hope that, whether writer, reader, or anything in between, you find something worth exploring in our issues and work. Perhaps you will even find some company among these pages.

Current Editorial Team

Editor-in-Chief: Patrick Errington

Managing Editor: Rosa Campbell

Poetry Editors: Mhairi Owens, Sean Robinson, Alexa Winik, Lily Clarke

Prose Editors: Kenzie Saunders, Rachel Hall, Shruti Kothari, Gabrielle Sher

Reviews Editor: Kate Bone

Social Media & Publicity: Rachel Hall

Outreach & Events: Lily Clarke & Shruti Kothari

Interview Coordinator: Sean Robinson

Web-designerDave House

Contact the editors: scorespoetry[at]st-andrews.ac.uk
(For submissions, please visit our submissions page. Work sent to this email will not be read.)

Advisory Board

Prof Robert Crawford, University of St Andrews

Dr Oli Hazzard, University of St Andrews

Prof Kathleen Jamie, University of Stirling

Dr Emma Jones, University of St Andrews

Dr Peter Mackay, University of St Andrews

Prof Don Paterson, University of St Andrews


For more information about the Creative Writing MFA and MLitt Programmes at the University of St Andrews, please click hereand for the University of St Andrews Creative Writing website, please visit us here.


ISSN 2398-9300