Passionate about creative writing? Why not submit an article to our creative writing magazines – Pandora’s Inbox (online) and Pandora’s Box (print)?

Students from any course (not just English!) can submit their poems, flashes and short stories of up to 500 words to be considered for inclusion in Pandora’s Inbox. The best of the work from Pandora’s Inbox will then be selected by our student editors for the print magazine Pandora’s Box, which is launched at an open-mic night in May.

The deadline for submissions is 15 March. Check out the submission guidelines below.

The original Pandora’s Box magazine (print) was founded in 2002 and its sister magazine Pandora’s Inbox was created in 2010.

The magazine is edited by level 6 Creative Writing students and the General Editor this year is Dr Ashley Chantler, Senior Lecturer in English and the Programme Leader for MA Creative Writing: Writing and Publishing Fiction.

Submission guidelines:

  • Submission is only open to current students and staff of the University of Chester.
  • Submissions of poems, flashes and short stories are welcome from 1 October to 15 March.
  • Poems must be no more than 50 lines; flashes and short stories no more than 500 words.
  • Your piece(s) must be original, and previously unpublished. Poems, flashes and short stories that have been written for seminars or assignments (past or forthcoming) are welcome. In a nutshell, if they are well written, send them in for consideration.
  • You may submit up to 4 pieces each academic year. Do not submit work that is currently being considered by another magazine.
  • Each piece should be titled and your name (in the form you wish it to be printed) should appear below the title. Below each piece should be your Chester University email address.
  • Text should be single-spaced and in 12-point Times New Roman font.
  • Each piece should be saved as an individual Word document (‘doc’, ‘docx’ or ‘rtf’, not ‘odt’) and sent as an attachment from your Chester University email account to the General Editor, Dr Ashley Chantler: 
  • The editors reserve the right to make minor changes to grammar, spelling or punctuation. If more substantive revisions are required, you will be consulted.
  • The editors will contact you by email to inform you of their decision. Please note that there may be a delay during busy or holiday periods.
  • All submissions will be considered for publication in Pandora’s Box.
  • If your work appears in Pandora’s Box, you will receive a complimentary copy.

Click here for an example of how to present your work.

Click here for more information about the magazines – or click here to read the latest poems and flashes on Pandora’s Inbox.

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