Submission Instructions for Issue 18

Submissions to Pushing Out the Boat Issue 18 will be open from 1st July to 30th September 2024.



  • Before making a submission, please register with us as a potential contributor and choose your personal username and password.
    • Registration for new submitters will open on 1st July.
    • If you submitted online to a previous issue (or registered then as a potential contributor) please do not re-register; your username and password are still valid. If you have forgotten your details, there is a link on the login page through which you can recover your username and/or reset your password.
  • Once you have a username and password you will be able to login to the web site and use the submission forms.
  • During the registration process you will be asked for your name, postal address, email address, phone number and age if under 18 (nb minimum age for submissions is 12).
  • We also ask if you or your work have any Scottish connections (eg you are Scottish, have Scottish relatives/ancestors, your work was inspired by Scotland, etc) and, if you are under 18, you will be asked for the name of your school or college. These details are being collected as background information only; they will not be taken into account during the selection process.
  • You will be asked to confirm your consent to Pushing Out the Boat holding and processing the data you have provided. In line with our Privacy Policy, registration details will be retained for contact only in relation to Pushing Out the Boat. We will not share data with any other organisation or use it for any other purpose without obtaining your prior permission.
  • If you are under 18, you will also be asked to confirm that you have the agreement of your parent or guardian to submitting your work.
  • If you are a returning user (ie someone who registered when a previous call for submissions was open) then the first time you login you will be asked to review your personal details and reconfirm your consent to our holding your data.


  • All submissions must be made through the relevant forms on this web site. Submissions will not be accepted via email.
  • The submission forms are only visible once you have logged in. (See registration information above.)
  • To find the submission forms, hover the mouse over the ‘Submissions’ heading in the menu bar above and links to the submission forms will appear in a drop-down menu. Alternatively, use one of these links:
  • The submission form will ask you for the title of your entry, some further details (described in the following sections), and the name of the file to be uploaded.
  • You will also be asked to indicate whether, if your submission is selected, it would be your first publication. This information is collected for background information only and will not influence the selection process.
  • To ensure that the entries passed to the selection panels remain anonymous, please make sure that no personal details, such as your name or contact details, are included within the uploaded file.
  • If you wish to submit more than one entry, each entry must be submitted in a separate file.
  • Submissions must be your own, original work. AI (artificial intelligence) generated text and art will not be accepted.
  • By making a submission, you agree to accept the terms of Privacy, Reproduction & Copyright detailed below.


  • Poetry, fiction and playscript may be submitted, provided it has not been accepted for publication elsewhere; we welcome work in English, Doric, Scots or Gaelic.
  • Due to limited space, shorter works are preferable – although we may accept longer items (including self-contained extracts) up to 3,000 words. See our Hints and Tips for Submitting work to Pushing Out the Boat for advice.
  • You may submit up to three poems and/or up to two prose/playscript pieces.
  • If you submit a piece in Gaelic, feel free to add an English (verse or prose) translation if you wish to, but this is not a requirement.  If provided, the translation should be included in the same file as the Gaelic submission and, if the piece is chosen for publication, the translation will be published on our website.
  • Submissions should be uploaded through the relevant web form as separate MS Word or RTF files.
  • The web form will ask you for details of the title, word count/number of stanzas (as appropriate) and name of the file to be uploaded. Please do not include more than one submission in a file.
  • In each file include only the title of the piece and the piece itself. Please do not use headers, footers or page numbering.


  • A maximum of three images (colour and/or black-and-white) of 2- or 3-dimensional work – including line drawings, illustrations, photographs, etc – may be submitted.
  • Submissions should be uploaded through the relevant web form as separate files, in JPG or PNG format.
  • Files should be no more than 5MB in size.
  • To ensure that your image is of sufficient quality for publication, one of the image width or height should be at least 2400px. We will accept smaller images, with dimensions in the range 1200 – 2400 px, but may ask you to provide a higher-resolution version if your work is selected.
  • The web form will ask you for details of the title of the submission, whether it is in colour or b&w, plus the medium/materials and the dimensions (in mm) of any original artwork.
  • See also our Hints and Tips for Submitting work to Pushing Out the Boat


  • 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 used on the Pushing Out the Boat web site and in other POTB publicity.
  • Copyright: All content copyright © of respective authors and artists. 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.


  • Each submission will be acknowledged by an automated email to the submitter.
  • You can check the submission of your entry/entries through the My Profile link on the main menu. That page also contains links to the submission forms.
  • Any queries should be addressed to submission-queries@pushingouttheboat.co.uk


  • Final date for submissions is 30th September 2024 but earlier submissions are especially appreciated.
  • The target date for completion of the selection process is the end of December 2024.
  • In January 2025, successful submitters will be notified by email and asked to provide some brief biographical details for inclusion in the magazine.
  • The My Profile details will then be updated to indicate which submissions have been accepted for publication. Please note that, due to limited resources, we are unable to enter into correspondence regarding selection.
  • We aim to launch Issue 17 in Spring 2025.
  • Contributors will receive a copy of the magazine and an invitation to read or display their work at the launch event.