Matter 14

Hello everyone and welcome to Matter 14. With a new team in place and some fresh ideas we’re all looking forward to the fourteenth edition of Hallam’s MA course publication. Remember, Matter is the flagship of our course, our exhibition, our way of telling the writing world to sit up and take notice! Everyone enrolled on the MA Creative Writing course at Sheffield Hallam University can send in work for consideration. If you are selected you will find your writing in print with that of professional writers and poets alongside the work of other MA students.

Submission dates have been decided and, with a launch in Sheffield in October next year, and London a little later, this year’s edition is looking like being the most successful yet. 

Student submissions: 20th February 2015

Professional submissions: 17th April 2015

Matter 14 Launch, Sheffield: October 2015

The Editorial team will not accept any submissions after these dates.

I hope that you’ll all submit your best, most exciting work to go in Matter 14. We’re setting the bar high this year so please make sure that you do too. Spell check it, read it and then read it again before sending your work to us. Good luck and we look forward to receiving your submissions.


Adam Slingsby


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Matter 13 – launch recording

Matter 13 was launched at the London Review of Books Shop on 15th May. 

Some of our great contributors read at the event, if you missed it you can listen to our recording here.

The readers were: Denise Setterington, Matthew Rhodes, Linda Moss, Virginia Lowes, Bruce Barnes, Rebecca McCormick and Andrew Jeffrey. They performed short stories, poems and life writing.

Matter 13 – launch recording



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Matter 13 – Launching Soon

Matter 13 - Launching on 15th May at the London Review of Books Shop @ 6:30pm

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Submissions for Matter 13

Submissions for Matter 13 are now open to students on the MA Creative Writing Course. 

The deadline is 26th July. 

Submission Guidelines

Prose – fiction (short story, flash fiction, novel extracts, children’s fiction)

up to 2,000 words

Poetry – up to 4 poems
Script – a complete scene of no more than 5 minutes length (or 5 pages)

(Only one submission per person for any genre, although you may submit for more than one genre, e.g. one novel extract and four poems)

Submissions should work as self-contained pieces of writing, even if they are extracts from a longer work. Please note that the word limits will be strictly adhered to by panels.

The submission deadline is Friday July 26th 2013.

Submissions should be emailed as Word attachments and should be clearly marked with your name and email address on the first page of the attachment. Please also indicate if your work is intended for children by marking as ‘Children’s Fiction’. It’s also helpful if you mark whether an extract from a novel, or short story.

We would prefer submissions to be in 12 point Times New Roman and double-spaced for prose, single-spaced for poetry. Work should not previously have been published.

Please send work to the editors at :
Submissions will be distributed anonymously to the relevant genre editors and decisions made over the summer ready for launch in Spring 2014



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Matter 12 Launch – 17th October

Matter 12 is the yearly showcase anthology of student writing from the Sheffield Hallam MA. It also includes distinguished award-winning guest writers and poets, Michele Roberts, Ian Duhig and Carola Luther, and Sarah Butler whose debut novel Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love will be published by Picador in 2013. The launch for Matter 12 will be hosted by Waterstones, Orchard Square on 17th October at 6.30 – 8.30 and will include readings by contributors. As Lesley Glaister states in her Introduction ‘prepare to be engrossed, amused, moved and stimulated.’

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Submissions, Facebook and the Matter Store…

Firstly, thank you to everybody who has submitted for Matter 12. Submissions have now been sent to the editing panels for the selection process.

Secondly, Matter Magazine now has a new Facebook ‘like’ page. This will be replacing the current Facebook group which will be phased out over the coming weeks. To follow Matter Magazine on Facebook, simply click on the ‘Like’ button in the sidebar to the right of this page.

We also have the store up and running, so be sure to go to our Buy Issues page to pick up your copy of Matter 11 (and any other issues you might have missed!).

You can also check out our Extracts page for some poetry and fiction tasters from Matter 11.



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About Matter

Matter is a collection of work from some of Sheffield’s finest new writing talent – a must-read for literature fans looking for the best sellers of the future.

Matter 12 is an anthology of the best new writing from students on Sheffield Hallam University’s masters in creative writing. It is a chance to read material from writers who may go on to be the stars of the future.

Successful author Marina Lewycka, who studied on the course, published an extract in a previous edition of the anthology from her Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian before the book became a best-seller.

Launched in 2001, the Matter anthologies feature a host of new writing from short stories and poetry to extracts from novels, children’s fiction and scripts. Alongside the best writing from creative writing students, the anthology features guest contributions from some of the best writers of their generation.

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