Gutter is an award-winning, high quality, printed journal for fiction and poetry from writers born or living in Scotland. The editors believe there is a need for an energetic, ambitious magazine dedicated exclusively to the best in new Scottish creative writing.


Gutter now invites submissions of up to 3,000 words of fiction (short stories, novel extracts) or 120 lines of poetry. Preference will be given to provocative work that challenges, re-imagines or undermines the individual or collective status quo. We are also interested in work that relates Scotland to an international context.


Issue 09 out now.

Click here for the full list of contributors.


Thank you to everyone who sent us work for Issue 09 – the pile was bigger than ever. Unfortunately due to the volume of submissions we cannot contact everyone personally. Needless to say, restrictions on space meant that many excellent pieces missed out. So if you didn’t make it this time, keep trying!


Issue 10 submission deadline:

31 October 2013


Submission Guidelines

3000 words maximum per short story
Up to 4 stories maximum to be submitted per person per issue
160 lines of poetry maximum
Please consider the magazine format when sending experimental works
All work submitted must be previously unpublished in print or on-line
We respectfully request no simultaneous submissions
All submissions must be emailed to
Please send word doc or docx only
For concrete poetry, please send PDFs
Please include your name, address, postcode, and word count on the title sheet.

At this stage no payment is available for published submissions but successful writers will receive a free two-year subscription (4 magazines) worth 22.00.



Please support Gutter Magazine.

Subscriptions are available for one or two years. Payment can be made by Paypal or credit card. Click a link below to subscribe.


United Kingdom

1 year (2 issues) - 12.00 (incl. P&P)

2 years (4 issues) - 22.00 (incl. P&P)



1 year (2 issues) - 15.50 (incl. P&P)

2 years (4 issues) - 25.00 (incl. P&P)


E-subscription (magazine emailed in PDF format)

1 year (2 issues) - 12.00

2 years (4 issues) - 22.00


Editorial Service

Unfortunately we do not have the resources to provide feedback on individual submissions. However, we can provide a detailed editorial service for a small donation to the magazine. If you’d like feedback on work already submitted please make a payment by Paypal or credit card here - 10 per 1,000 words, 5 per poem - and then email to confirm your payment and the title of the piece to be reviewed and we will come back within 3 weeks with a detailed, written critique of your work by an experienced and masters degree qualified creative writing tutor. If you’d like us to review a piece that hasn’t yet been submitted please follow the same procedure but attach the work to the email (marking clearly in the subject field ‘New work for editorial review’).



Adrian Searle, Colin Begg


Managing Editor

Helen Sedgwick


Editorial Board

Prof. Kirsty Gunn, Ian Jack, Bob McDevitt, Maggie McKernan, Alan Warner.


About the Publisher

Freight Books is a new imprint focused on publishing high quality fiction for an English speaking readership. We are committed to publishing work by established writers, brilliant debuts, short story collections, forgotten classics, occasional novels-in-translation and, from time to time, poetry collections. More info at Freight Books