Contact us

Matter 15 now has its own e-mail address, Facebook page and Twitter account. Click on ‘Contact’ at the top of this page to access details.

See you at the launch.

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Matter Launch

We are excited to announce the launch of Matter 15. This will take place at Waterstones Bookshop, Orchard Square, Sheffield on Wednesday 24th May at 6pm. Please come and support us. Refreshments and readings. Event ends at 7pm.

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MATTER 15 at the Printers

Eleven Design have completed their work on Matter 15 which is now with the printers. The Issue will include previously unpublished poems from Jo Shapcott and Patrick McGuinness along with invited contributions from Katharine Towers, Ruby Robinson and Conor O’Callaghan.

Watch this space for news of the Launch, mid May, and further details of the publication.

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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)


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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


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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 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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