imageNeil Gaiman said that he learnt to write novels by writing short stories – and letting them get longer.  It is a wonderful narrative form that really tests the ability of a writer as it demands all the tension, character and jeopardy of a longer novel to grip the reader – but in so few words.  At SCOOP we publish short stories as a core part of the magazine, giving our young readers the opportunity to enjoy different stories, different authorial voices and different worlds in every issue.

We are very pleased to announce a new initiative aimed at BAME writers as we are creating an open-submission opportunity for writers to contribute to the magazine.  SCOOP publishes every two months and the 64 pages of the magazine are filled with wonderful worlds for the reader to enjoy.  We publish fiction, non-fiction, puzzles, poetry and humour and try to create a mesmerising mix of words that allow any child between the ages of 7 and 12 to find something of interest to them regardless of their reading interests. Through the open-submission we are looking for fiction by BAME writers.   Each issue of the magazine focuses on a theme and in December it is music, in February the wonderful world of story imaginations and in April wild things: animals.  We are interested in all angles and perspectives and are particularly interested in stories that will introduce young readers to a different, fresh and unusual approach to the themes.

Our fiction pieces are either 1000 or 2000 words long.  The shorter length is for the younger end of our readership and the longer for the older end.   

If you are interested in being sharing your writing with us please email with the story and a short bio of no more than 150 words.  Should the team at SCOOP want to publish your piece we will be in touch and will discuss terms then. 

To see who else we have published and get a sense of the style and feel of the magazine please visit the website


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