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.

Spring/Summer Issue – now open for submissions

We are now open for submissions. Please follow our submission guidelines below.

Theme: Water/fall

We accept poetry (up to 40 lines), flash fiction (up to 1,000 words), and short stories (up to 3,000 words) as well as creative non-fiction (up to 3,000 words) on the set theme.

We ask writers to submit one piece of work per issue. Submissions should be made using the form below. A reading fee of £3 is payable per submission and helps us with running costs. Please note, we only accept new and original writing. Your submission must not have been previously published – online or in print. Please let us know if you’ve submitted elsewhere.

Pitches for features (human interest, interviews, and essays only) should be sent directly via email to the editor Farhana Shaikh at Please use the subject heading ‘Pitch for Present Tense’.

Please submit by 7 February 2022 and allow at least six weeks for a response after this deadline.

Payment: Poetry £25, Prose £5 per 100 words. All published writers will also receive a complimentary copy of the magazine.

All submissions will be considered for Pushcart nominations and our annual prize, Present Futures.

Out now: Autumn/Winter Issue on the theme of wilderness


Subscribers will receive a gorgeous welcome pack including a notebook and tote bag as well as a copy of the magazine sent in October and April respectively. Subscribers will be sent an email newsletter with occasional updates and invitations to our online gatherings.

Please select the appropriate option using the form below.