Pushing Out the Boat Issue 16
Call for Submissions

Submissions of writing and artwork are invited for Issue 16 of Pushing Out the Boat, North-East Scotland’s acclaimed magazine of prose, poetry and visual arts. Issue 16 will be published in Spring 2021. We plan an online version to follow.

Submissions are  invited in three categories, as outlined below. Prose and poetry submissions must not have been accepted for publication elsewhere.

  1. Prose: Up to 2 pieces may be submitted.  This can include short fiction, play scripts, anecdotes, flash fiction, etc. These pieces may be up to 3000 words in length, although we encourage shorter works; pieces in Scots or Doric are appreciated too.
  2. Poetry: Up to 3 poems may be submitted.  Almost anything of a poetic nature goes and poems in Scots or Doric are welcome.
  3. Artwork: Up to 3 images may be submitted. These can be digital representations of any 2- or 3-dimensional work, including line drawings, paintings, illustrations, photographs, etc, regardless of original format or medium; the piece(s) should be suitable for inclusion in a literary journal.

Submissions should be made through the online forms, available on this web site.

How to make a submission

Before making a submission, you must register with us as a potential contributor to obtain a personal username and password that will enable you to login to the submission system.

Already registered? If you submitted online to a previous issue (or registered then as a potential contributor), the username and password you chose then will still be valid, so you can go straight to the login page. If you have forgotten your details, the login form includes a link through which you can retrieve them.

New submitter? Click here to register

Once registered, you will be able to login to the submissions area of the web site, using the personal username and password you chose at registration.

Once you have logged-in, the submission forms will appear automatically on the Submissions drop-down menu. Before making a submission, however, please take time to read the following notes:

INSTRUCTIONS on how to submit an entry – please read this first
Hints and Tips for Submitting – some suggestions to increase your chance of success

Please note that we do not accept submissions by email. All entries should be submitted through the online forms on this web site.


The deadline for submissions is 30th September 2020 but earlier entries are especially appreciated.


Our target date for completion of the selection process is end December 2020.
In January 2021, successful submitters will be notified by email and asked to provide some brief biographical details for inclusion in the magazine. Please note that, due to limited resources, we are unable to enter into correspondence regarding selection.


We aim to launch Issue 16 in Spring 2021. Successful submitters will receive a copy of the magazine and an invitation to read or display their work at the launch event*.

* We hope to be able to have a physical launch event but if this proves impractical due to a continuation of the current coronavirus situation, then we will devise a virtual alternative.

Privacy, Reproduction & Copyright

  • Data collected through the submission forms will be managed in accordance with our Privacy Policy.
  • Access to submissions will be restricted to the selection and editorial team of Pushing Out the Boat.
  • No use will be made of those submissions not selected for publication.
  • Items, or extracts from items, published in our magazines may also be reproduced on the Pushing Out the Boat web site and in other POTB publicity.
  • Copyright: Contents of the magazine may not be used or reproduced without crediting POTB and the author or artist. Any commercial re-use or reproduction of a contribution requires prior permission from the editor’s representative and the particular contributor.