The best way to know what we publish is to buy a copy and read it!
We publish original poems (no more than 100 lines), short stories (no graphic violence or language, please; we have younger readers), and creative non-fiction (no interviews or journalism), both up to 2,000 words. We also use illustrations, drawings, paintings and photographs in black and white.
All work must be original.
All work must bear some relationship to the natural world. But we don't just want descriptions or factual journalism: we want poetic language, beautiful imagery; writing that makes the heart soar.
Please do not submit work with sexual references, graphic violence or swearing, since The Curlew is a family publication. Any such work, if not amended with your permission, will be rejected.
We do not want work describing hunting, culling or the violence in nature. The Curlew is about celebrating the natural world and our relationship with it. Likewise, there are plenty of story themes out there that don't end in death! Try to be different. (And please, no more 'murderous' owls or foxes – we have herds of them galloping into the night...).
We don't care whether or not you have paper qualifications; we don't care if you've never been published before. It's all about the work. We just want high-quality material that sings.
Now stop reading and start writing!