Our submissions WINDOW IS NOW closed



The word limit is 4,000 words or up to three poems. Please don’t send more than one submission at once.

Send your submission attachment as a readable Word (.doc or .docx) file ( not PDF) to

In the subject line write ‘Submission + [genre] + [title of piece]’

All submissions need to be accompanied by a short biography.

Submission windows, 2023-24

Window 1 – Literary Fiction & Poetry from November 24th to January 31st

Window 2 – Non-fiction & Genre Fiction from February 14th to April 30th

Window 3 – Literary Fiction & Poetry from May 14th to July 31st

Window 4 – Nonfiction & Genre Fiction from August 14th to October 30th


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

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.

If you have any issues submitting, please contact Jack Glanfield and Alice Kidd on

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