Society of Civil & Public Service Writers - The Author Magazine

The Author Magazine

Our quarterly magazine is sent to all members, who vary from successful authors to virtual novices. It includes details of our meetings, competitions, marketing information and advice, as well as short stories, reviews, articles and poetry submitted by members. Winning competition entries also appear in the magazine, and runners-up may be published at the Editor’s discretion, space permitting. Thus all members are given the chance to see their work published. While every current edition of The Author is for members only, back numbers can be found on this website.

The Editor welcomes information from members about books and other work they have published, including e-books, and will endeavour to mention them, and in some cases review them, in the magazine.

All short stories, articles and letters should be sent to the Editor. The Editor accepts work in any form, though email submissions are preferred, if possible as a Word attachment (although not essential, it would also help if submissions were in Times New Roman, font size 12). If submitting work by post please use A4 paper, single sided, with your name on the manuscript.

Poems on paper (but not emails) should be sent to the Poetry Editor. The Editor of the magazine will accept email poetry submissions.

Short stories should not exceed 2,500 words, ideally fewer. Space is at a premium in the magazine, so long stories may stand less chance of publication than shorter ones unless space is available.

Articles should not exceed 1,500 words, letters not more than 400, though more succinct letters would not be discouraged!

Different rules apply for competition entries, so competition rules should be read carefully. Please note that stories and articles published in The Author cannot subsequently be entered in competitions organised by the SCPSW. This is because members are sometimes asked to be competition judges, so anonymity would be lost if a judge had already seen a story.

Questions, views, ideas and news can also be posted on the Society’s Facebook page, to which there is a direct link on the home page of this site.