A Spot of Writing Magazine
A Spot of Writing is a biannual magazine created by Weston Writers’ Nights to celebrate emerging writers from Somerset and the surrounding areas. Each issue features short stories, poetry, non-fiction and flash fiction from local writers on selected themes.
Submissions are now open for Issue #4 of A Spot of Writing Magazine, which will explore the idea of changes, both small and large.
Be the Change
From individual daily routines and the colour of leaves on the trees, to the latest headlines and current affairs, ‘the only thing that is constant is change’ as philosopher Heraclitus observed. In this issue, we hope to feature work that shows how characters or settings might embody the famous adage, be the change you wish to see in the world.
Submissions might respond to current events, imagining a future that is wildly different to the present day, or they may depict extraordinary versions of everyday moments. They may be personal responses, or fictional interpretations. If you could change anything, what would it be? Pick a character and tell us their story.
Submissions are currently open. We accept:
Short Stories – up to 2000 words.
Flash Fiction – up to 500 words.
Poetry – maximum 40 lines per poem.
Non-Fiction (including articles, life writing etc.) – up to 2000 words.
All pieces should respond to the theme ‘Be the Change’, either implicitly or explicitly.
To be eligible to submit your work you should be either: living in Somerset or Bristol, from Somerset, or submitting a piece about Somerset. Please get in touch if you are not sure whether you are eligible.
Email submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the email subject: Magazine Submission
If you would like any support to put together a submission, the team will be available to help with editorial support and advice.
Terms and Conditions.
• You may send up to three poems or up to 2000 words of fiction or non-fiction.
• Submissions must not have been published online or in print. Simultaneous submissions are not accepted.
• Print copies of the magazine will be available to purchase from the Weston Writers’ Nights website, and a digital copy will be available online. Each contributor will receive a complimentary copy of the magazine and a number will be distributed through the community.
• All contributions will be credited with the author’s name and a short biographical note. All copyright and ownership to works submitted will remain entirely with the author.
• We are unfortunately unable to provide payment for contributions. Contributions will be part of a not-for-profit resource for the public.
• By submitting any works for inclusion in the magazine, the author grants license to Weston Writers’ Nights to publish, copy and distribute the works as part of the magazine.
Please do get in touch with us if you have any questions about this call out.
Issue 3: Our Home – Planet Earth
The Planet Earth Issue, released in July 2021, features 17 emerging writers. From a study of a local church, to musings on human beings’ relationship with nature, this issue offers up glimpses of moments frozen in time: a night out, children lost in the woods, a menacing hiking trip, two men caught in a storm.
Issue 2: Everybody Has a Story
The Everybody Has a Story Issue, released in September 2020, features 16 emerging local writers. The writers featured in this magazine have picked up their pens and shared some of their own stories, some fictional, some true. The stories range from heartbreaking to heartwarming, but are united by verve and a passion for life. Stories make our world go round. We hope you enjoy these.
Issue 1: Hope
The Hope Issue, released in June 2020, features 16 emerging local writers and includes poignant flash fiction pieces, heartwarming stories and beautiful poems. Underpinning every piece is a profound sense of hope for the future.
We sent over 80 copies of the magazine to key workers, isolated individuals and inspiring organisations, free of charge, to spread a little bit of hope in our community.