Magazines and awards

These magazines and awards accept submissions from unpublished writers – get involved!

The Willowherb Review

The Willowherb Review was created by author and environmental historian Jessica J. Lee and aims to provide an initial platform to celebrate and bolster nature writing by emerging and established writers of colour. The submissions period for the second issue is open from 1 July to 31 August 2019.

Caught by the River

Caught by the River posts daily about nature, art and culture. You can subscribe to their newsletter for regular updates.

Little Toller and The Clearing

The Clearing is an online journal offering a space for writers and artists to explore the landscapes we live in, run by Little Toller, an independent publisher particularly attuned to writers and artists who seek inventive ways to reconnect us with the natural world.

New Nature Magazine

New Nature is the only natural history magazine written by young people with a passion for the natural world. Released online for free every month, articles include a broad range of topics: from countryside issues and related opinion to more traditional nature writing. Articles from contributors under the age of thirty are accepted.


Elementum is an independent literary journal with a focus on nature writing and visual storytelling. They commission work from both established and emerging writers and artists, actively seeking out voices that speak from differing perspectives and that offer the reader new insights.

Elsewhere Journal

Elsewhere is a print and online journal dedicated to writing and visual art that explores the idea of place in all its forms, whether city neighbourhoods or island communities, heartlands or borderlands, the world we see before us or landscapes of the imagination.

Scottish Book Trust: New Writers Awards

These annual awards have three categories: Fiction and Narrative Non-Fiction, Poetry and Children’s and Young Adult Fiction, and offer a cash prize, personal development and training. Previous winners of the New Writers Award include Malachy Tallack who used it to complete his first travel book Sixty Degrees North.

Kendal Mountain Literature Festival: Open Mountain

As part of the Kendal Mountain Literature Festival, Open Mountain seeks submissions (until 16th August) of prose and poetry from those who feel underrepresented in the mountains and outdoors for a performance event in November.

Shared Stories: A Year in the Cairngorms

This is a creative project running throughout 2019 encouraging people to tell their stories about the ways in which people and nature thrive together in the Park. Merryn Glover is the first Cairngorms National Park Writer in Residence and she will deliver writing workshops throughout the year.

Northern Writers Awards

Established in 2000 by New Writing North, the Northern Writers’ Awards supports work-in-progress by new, emerging and established writers across the North of England. The Awards support writers as they develop their work towards publication. They will open for 2020 applications later this year.

Penguin WriteNow

WriteNow is a programme which aims to find, mentor and publish new writers from communities under-represented on the nation’s bookshelves, returning and open for entries in 2020.