Submissions are invited from all current Sheffield Hallam University post-graduate writing students, recent graduates from the SHU MA, and current SHU undergraduate level 6 (major project) students.

MATTER  is the flagship publication of the Sheffield Hallam University Creative Writing MA.  2017 will be the 15th edition and we warmly invite you to submit work for inclusion. Alongside student writing, we will be inviting contributions from well-known writers associated with Sheffield Hallam University. Previous editions have been well received with high profile launch events in both Sheffield and London. Be a part of MATTER 2017 and help to make it the best yet.

MATTER  submission guidelines:

Deadline: 12 noon on Tuesday 14th February 2017 (Valentine’s Day!), with a view to publishing late April/early May. (launch date to be confirmed)

Submit to: with subject heading First name, Last name: genre


Prose up to 4000 words

Poetry up to 3 poems of no more than 40 lines each

Script up to 5 pages

Please state your name, course and expected year of completion in the body of the email and attach submissions in a PDF format.

No more than one submission per genre (i.e. maximum of 3 submissions in total).

If you are submitting to more than one genre please send each submission in a separate email with relevant heading. You should also include a 50 word biography for use in the magazine if you are successful.

All submissions meeting the guidelines and received by the deadline will be considered for inclusion by the editorial team. The editorial team’s decisions are final.

We look forward to hearing from you!

MATTER Editorial Team (2017 edition)


Filed under Uncategorized

Hello eveybody,

now that we’ve all submitted our work for assessment thoughts naturally turn to sending your creative endeavours to Matter. Have a look at the submission guidelines further down this page (we haven’t changed them from last year), check your spellings/grammer/ formatting etc and get sending. I shall pass your writing to the relevant Editor (it’s anonymous) and if its great it’s in! 


Remember, you can only make one submission in each genre so only send your best.


Best wishes


Comments Off on

Filed under Uncategorized

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



Comments Off on Matter 13 – launch recording

Filed under Uncategorized

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.’

Comments Off on Matter 12 Launch – 17th October

Filed under Uncategorized

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.

Leave a Comment

Filed under Uncategorized