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Thank you for your interest in The Scores.

We are looking for submissions of original – not previously published – works of poetry and prose in both English and the Languages of Scotland, as well as work translated into English. We want writers from all walks of life, all identities, all nationalities, published or unpublished. Submissions should be sent via Submittable, our submission manager (submissions sent via post or email will not be read). To submit and/or create your free account, click the link below.

Please do us the favour of reading the submission guidelines for your genre carefully before sending us your writing.

We are happy to accept simultaneous submissions, but we ask that you do us the courtesy of withdrawing your work immediately if it is accepted elsewhere (if you are submitting poetry, no need to withdraw the whole submission, just add a note to your submission informing us which poems are no longer available). We make every effort to respond to submissions as quickly as possible, but we are a small team and sometimes need time to give your work the consideration it deserves – we hope you understand.

We also ask that you submit only one manuscript per genre at a time – please wait for a response before submitting again.

For our special feature in ISSUE 10 of The Scores, we are inviting writers who are disabled, d/Deaf, neurodivergent, and/or experience chronic pain to submit their work — please submit to the relevant form via Submittable if you would like your work to be considered as part of this feature.

In order to keep submissions free for all submitters, we will be running two shorter submission windows for ISSUE 10: the last two weeks in March (17th–31st) and the last two weeks in April (16th–30th), closing at 11.59 UK time on the 31st and 30th respectively. Apologies for the complexity!

 


***Update, 28 April: We’ve again surpassed our Submittable submission limit so please send your submissions to us our email: scorespoetry@st-andrews.ac.uk. Please put the category of your submission in the subject line. We will continue to accept poetry, prose, translations, Scots language submissions, and submissions for our special feature until 11.59PM (UK Time) on Friday, 30 April. Thanks so much for understanding and we look forward to reading your work!***



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Special Feature:

For our special feature in ISSUE 10 of The Scores, we are inviting writers who are disabled, d/Deaf, neurodivergent, and/or experience chronic pain to submit their work.

We believe that disabled artists should not need to justify the validity of their experiences. While we recognize that the pandemic has disproportionately disrupted disabled communities and care, the work doesn’t need to perform pain or educate abled readers or advocate for the disenfranchised. We understand that this is part of disabled writing, but is by no means the boundary of it. These communities do not cohere into a monolith, and we welcome resonant work in all forms and genres. If you have any questions or accommodation concerns, please feel free to directly contact Prose Editor, Claire Carroll, at cc366@st-andrews.ac.uk and Poetry Editor, Shannon Fox, at sf85@st-andrews.ac.uk.

You can see an example of a recent special feature in The Scores Issue 5

**Please indicate in the title field whether your work is Poetry, Prose, Scots (poetry, prose), or Reviews.


Poetry: 

The Scores publishes all forms of poetry, from formal verse to prose poems, experimental forms, and poetry translated into English. Please submit up to five pages of poems (one poem per page unless longer than a page) in a single document (.doc, .docx, .pdf).

Please indicate in the title field if your work is a translation and include a copy of the original work (note that rights for translation must be obtained by the translator before submitting).


Prose:

The Scores publishes all forms of prose fiction and creative nonfiction, including short stories, flash fiction, self-contained excerpts from novels, lyric essays, memoir, and prose translated into English. Please submit one piece of prose of no more than 5,000 words in a single document (.doc, .docx, .pdf).

Please indicate in the title field if your work is a translation and include a copy of the original work (note that rights for translation must be obtained by the translator before submitting).


Submissions in the Languages of Scotland (besides English!): 

The Scores publishes all forms of Scots Language writing, including poetry, prose fiction and creative nonfiction. Please submit one piece of poetry or prose of no more than five pages (poetry) or 5,000 words (prose) in a single document (.doc, .docx, .pdf).

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Note: Every effort is made to respond to submissions as quickly as possible. That said, depending on our submission numbers, our response time may be slower. If you have not received word from us within four months, we are happy to respond to queries regarding the status of your submission.