MIROnline accepts submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry.

The word limit is 5,000 words or up to three poems. Please don’t send more than one submission at once.

Any UK based writer is eligible to submit and you will need to provide a UK postcode to confirm eligibility.

We do accept simultaneous submissions but please let us know as soon as possible if your piece is accepted for publication elsewhere.

All submissions need to be accompanied by a short biography.

All submissions need to be in a readable Word (.doc or .docx) format, not PDF.

We are looking for high-quality new fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry. Please do not send: journalism, scripts or plays as these will be deleted.

Work for the site is selected by the editorial committee. You should hear back within three months if your work has been selected. NO correspondence can be entered into regarding the decision of the editorial panel and it is the responsibility of the author to ensure that work has been submitted in the correct format and sent to the correct email address. We regret that we will not be able to provide feedback to individual authors.

All work that appears on MIR Online will be copy-edited by our team. We want The Mechanics’ Institute Review to be a showcase for excellent, polished creative writing. Copy-editing is a valuable experience for any writer and we want to bring out the best in your work. While it is important for us to retain the writers’ original intentions, offers to publish work may be revoked if there are significant disagreements at the copy-editing stage.

Work is published under the creative commons licence.

Before submitting have a read of our Best Practice blog post to make sure your work has the best chance of being accepted: 

Submitting to MIROnline – Best Practice

If you have any issues submitting, please contact Craig Smith and Amy Ridler on

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