Present Tense is a literary magazine of new writing. We publish poetry, flash fiction, short stories, and creative non-fiction with a strong sense of place.

In our fractured times, we want to create a meaningful space for dialogue, to find the common ground, to listen and unearth, to join the dots between writing, reading, and dreaming.

Our commitment to writers is simple:

  • We will accept unsolicited submissions
  • We will take care of your words
  • We will pay you within 30 days of publication

Present Tense will be published biannually in print. A selection of pieces will also appear online.

Each issue of the magazine will offer at least 128 pages of ruminations and up to 16 sides of carefully curated advertising. Advertise from just £50. For a media kit please email:

We are now open for submissions. We want to carve a space to acknowledge our shared humanity and connectedness, and as such, welcome submissions from around the world.

Out now: Summer Issue on the theme of Water/fall
Out now: Winter Issue on the theme of Wilderness


Subscribers will receive a gorgeous welcome pack including a notebook and tote bag as well as our Winter and Summer issues. Subscribers will be sent an email newsletter with occasional updates and invitations to our online gatherings. Single copies can be purchased in our online bookshop.

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