Submissions

Submissions are closed. They will reopen in November 2021 for Issue 3.

We accept simultaneous and multiple submissions (max. 3 per author) and don’t require first or exclusive rights to your work. This means it may have been previously published elsewhere and you may, in the future, publish it elsewhere. However, if your work has been previously published we will need evidence that you have the rights to re-publish the work.

Submissions should be predominantly in English.

NON-FICTION

We’re open to non-fiction writing in almost any style or format. Essays, comment, features, biographies, histories, creative non-fiction, personal reflections, or any combination of these are all welcome. The only requirement is that it is related to science, scientists, or the interaction of science with society.

We have a particular interest in writing which reflects on science as an artistic and emotional endeavour, or about forgotten, marginalised, or currently underrepresented scientists. Although our core interest is in natural sciences, we will also consider non-fiction about related areas such as medicine, engineering, technology, and social sciences.

Submissions should be between 1,500 and 5,000 words long.

FICTION

We are open to fiction writing in almost any style or format, from short stories to free-form writing. Submissions can cover any number of genres and styles, from historical fiction, to slice-of-life stories, and speculative science-fiction. Our only requirement is that the pieces relate to science, scientists, or the interaction of science and society. We welcome stories that look creatively at science and the philosophy of science.

We have a particular interest in writing which reflects on science as an artistic and emotional endeavour, or about forgotten, marginalised, or currently underrepresented scientists. Although our core interest is in natural sciences, we will also consider pieces involving related areas such as medicine, engineering, technology, and social sciences.

Submissions should be between 1,500 and 5,000 words long.

POETRY

Unfortunately we’re not accepting poetry submissions at this time, mostly because we don’t feel adequately equipped to be judging or editing poetry. We hope that this will change in the future, perhaps with the addition of a poetry editor to the staff.

HOW TO SUBMIT

Submissions are accepted online through our submissions portal at submgr.tamarindlit.co.uk. Submissions should be in plain text (i.e., txt), rtf, doc, docx, otd, or fotd formats only. Uploads of any other format (including PDFs) will be rejected.

Please include a short submissions statement in your submission comment, including (if required) the pen name under which you wish to publish your piece and details about any previous publication of the work. If you would like to, it would help us to know where you heard about the magazine (Instagram, Reddit, from your university, word-of-mouth, etc).

Submissions will be reviewed blind by the section editors. They will only be able to see the document you upload. Your name, personal details, and submission comment will be hidden from them and only visible to the Editor-in-Chief.

PAYMENT

We pay in royalties. As we are published by a non-profit, surplus revenue from the magazine will be distributed equally between the writers. Royalties will be calculated from the following income sources:

  • Patreon: donations received during the time your issue is the ‘current issue’.
  • Print & digital sales: revenue from sales of your issue for 12 months after the issue’s publication date.

Writers will receive an equal share of the revenue from these sources once production costs have been accounted for. Our editors and staff receive no compensation for their work, and the magazine’s online and marketing overhead costs are borne personally by the directors. Due to our lack of funding, we’re unable to pay advances at this time.

RIGHTS

Authors grant us non-exclusive licence to publish their work under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 UK: England & Wales licence, subject to the royalties noted in the payment section above. This licence will allow anyone to distribute the magazine in whole (unadulterated) and attributed for non-commercial purposes. Neither licence places any restrictions on what you (the author) can do with the work now or in the future. For example, it will not prevent you from selling commercial rights later on.

PRIVACY

Please see our GDPR-compliant privacy policy for information on how we store, use, and destroy the personal information you provide to us when submitting.