MIROnline accepts submissions of poetry and prose (fiction and non-fiction).

The word limit is 5,000 words or up to five poems. Please don’t send more than two submissions 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.

We are looking for high-quality new fiction, narrative 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 to 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.

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Submission Title (If you are submitting multiple poems, enter the title of each poem in this field.)

Genre - (Prose or Poetry)

Your Submission - Files must be in .doc, .docx or .pdf format (If a PDF is selected, authors may be asked to provide a word copy for editing)

Please provide a short 3rd person biography. (Max 500 characters)


Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questions

The following optional questions allow us to build and monitor our equal opportunities and diversity profile for Arts Council England.

Your answers will not affect our consideration of your submission, and you are free to opt out by choosing the "Prefer not to say" option. The information you provide will be treated as strictly confidential and will be used solely for monitoring purposes. This information will be deleted after three months. If you would like us to delete it before that time please contact us at



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