the short story magazine

Short stories always welcome from new and established writers. Articles about writing; newsletter containing feedback from readers. Critiques offered on all unsuitable work (FREE for annual subscribers). At least 72 pages in each issue.

Over £100.00 in prizes in each issue.

Awarded ‘Best Short Fiction Magazine 2007’ in small press category, by Writers’ Grand Circle,

for consistent quality of content and production.

‘The judges were delighted to award Scribble the top award for short fiction because it provided the most constant opportunity for new and emerging writers to be published. This fine publication provides constant quarterly opportunities for creative people.

The judges commented on the strong design, providing a recognisable image; the critiques were honest and reflected views of a constructive manner both praising and pointing out perceived short-comings. The judges were delighted to learn the publication is about to enter its tenth year of publication.’

Writers' Grand Circle
December 2007

2008 Awards:

1st in Class

‘Small Press Magazines for experienced and emerging writers of short fiction in UK’

‘Scribble has strong design values and it has an excellent rapport with writers.

The short fiction content was of a very high standard. The editorial control was constant and the low cost and free entry for subscribers offered real value.’

Writers’ Grand Circle
December 2008.

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The autumn 2020 issue is now sold out. The first issue of new subscriptions will be the winter edition, which will be published during December. To make sure of your copy, subscribe now and immediately be entitled to free critiques and free entry to all our competitions. With regard to the current Corona Virus situation we can reassure all our readers, contributors and subscribers, that we are operating as normal and welcome your short stories on any subject.

(incorporating Debut)
The Short Story Magazine

Short stories on any subject. Max. 3000 words. Entry fee…£3.00. With critique: £5.00.

Cheques payable to Park Publications.


Prizes of £75.00, £25.00, and £15.00 for the best three stories in each issue of Scribble, as chosen by the readers.

These competitions are ongoing: no closing date.

Please see Scribble guidelines below for further information or send s.a.e. for our leaflet 'Writing For Scribble'.

We do not accept previously published material. Please note that ALL submissions are automatically entered into our quarterly competitions so all work from non-subscribers must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee.

SCRIBBLE, the short story magazine, was launched at the beginning of 1999 and has developed into one of the UK's most popular general fiction magazines. Scribble contains a wide range of high quality fiction from new and established writers. The magazine is now being circulated world-wide. Scribble is a quarterly magazine in A5 format.

Each quarterly issue contains 84 pages of entertaining short stories including a letters’ section where readers can pass comment on the stories and the magazine in general.

The three prize-winning stories are chosen each quarter by a readers’ voting system.

LENGTH...Ideally 1000 to 3000 words

SUBJECT...Any subject.

PAYMENT...Prizes of £75.00, £25.00, and £15.00, will be awarded for the best three stories in each issue, as chosen by the readers. For all other stories, a complimentary copy will be given.

Annual subscribers whose work is published will also receive a credit voucher to the value of £4.00.

Stories from non-subscribers are welcome but must be accompanied by the entry fee.

Entry fee is £3.00 per story or £5.00 if a critique is required (cheques payable to Park Publications). Free unlimited entry for subscribers.

Why not become an annual subscriber and take advantage of email submissions? You can send stories by email and receive a free critique on any unsuitable work without paying entry fees or expensive postage prices. Pay online now and receive your first issue within days.

SCRIBBLE is published in March, June, September and December.

Publishers of SCRIBBLE – the short story magazine.



‘For consistent quality and value for money’

‘The judges couldn’t find better opportunities for writers of short fiction than the above three titles in the UK.’