Issue 26 (themed issue): now open for submissions!

Calling all writers!

You may not have managed to make the deadline for Issue 25, but how about getting some poetry or prose in for Issue 26? It’s quite an exciting issue, as it will be our first EVER themed issue. We think our theme: TRANSFORMATION offers a lot of scope for interpretation and creativity.

The deadline for this issue is Monday 2nd April- so start scribbling away now! (Please see our submissions page for details on how to submit).

We’re looking forward to seeing the work our theme will inspire!

Megan Primrose |Siobhan Staples| Paul Deaton


Happy New Year and Issue 25 Deadline

Happy New Year!

We hope you’ve all had a lovely break and New Year was celebrated with a bang!

We are very excited about 2012 and are looking forward to editing the next few issues of FGtS. Speaking of which, the deadline for Issue 25 is 6th February- so get writing and send in your work! We were delighted with Issue 24 and know there are some excellent poems, short stories, essays and pieces of flash fiction out there waiting to be read by us.

Siobhan Staples | Megan Primrose | Paul Deaton



Issue 24 now online

We are proud to present the slightly later than planned arrival of  Issue 24 .

Here, for you seasonal delight, are the wonderful writings of JoAnne McKay, Richie McCaffery, Daniel David, Kasia Boreysza, Anna Gebbie, James Carson, Sean Hoath, Gillian Bowman, Louis Pilard, A K Bruty, Jane Hartshorn and Ellie Stewart, all rounded off with a fantastically pithy Quick View from award-winning writer Alan Bissett.

All that remains is for us to wish you a very Happy Christmas and we look forward to speaking to you again in the New Year. Plans are afoot for a reading party in February/March and we’ll be bringing you news on that as soon as we have it.

Now we’re off to crack open a mince pie or two.

Siobhan Staples|Megan Primrose|Paul Deaton

Summer Issue Online Now!

Dear Readers,

It is with great pleasure that we present the long-awaited Issue 22 of From Glasgow to Saturn. This contains a selection of prose and poetry from the myriad talents of Catherine Baird, Patrick Holloway, R. A. Davis, Bethany Anderson, Izabela Ilowska, Siobhan Staples, Mizzy Hussain, Caroline Moir, Michelle Waering, Andrea Stout, G. W. Colkitto, Alan Bissett, Kathrine Sowerby, Katy McAulay, Mairi McCloud, Mark Fraser, Kirsty Neary, Anneliese Mackintosh, Katy Ewing, Matthew Baxter, Kirsty Logan, Gill Davies, Angela Blacklock-Brown, Elly Farrelly, George Craig, Thomas Walpole, Carol McKay, Evanglia Daskalaki and Vivien Jones.

You can read the poetry and prose online, or via our supershiny, free, downloadable pdf, which you can print off or upload to some kind of new-fangled e-reader gizmo or simply save to your desktop.

Cyril Connolly once said that there are two kinds of literary magazine: hotels and clubs. Hotels ‘fill up every week with a different clique.’ Clubs are occupied by a single clique whose purpose in life is to keep non-members out.[1]

Over our nine-month editorship of From Glasgow to Saturn, we have tried to be more of an hotel than a club. We have travelled in a different direction than James Byrne, editor of the ultra-clubbish The Wolf, who announced in a recent editorial that he will publish nothing but ‘demanding’ work which possesses ‘layers of multiplicity of meaning’; writing that ‘hovers among uncertainties.’[2]

In the hands of the present editors, From Glasgow to Saturn did not seek to promote (or discredit) any particular style of writing. We opened our doors equally to poetry that was free or accentual-syllabic, obscure or accessible. We had no preference for prose that was realistic instead of fantastic, gritty instead of uplifting. All we looked for was writing that worked.

So what kind of writing do we consider to work? Does a poem work if it makes the reader think deeply about the human condition? Does a story work if there’s a twist at the end the reader didn’t see coming? Ultimately, the judgment of what works is subjective; it is felt but cannot be explained; the editors’ judgment must be final, and like the decision of a jury, does not need to be justified.

In Issue 22, we offer poetry and prose pieces which, in our collective opinion, work well. Here you will find concrete verses, experimental formats, characters dark and delightful. We hope you enjoy the issue and find something that moves you. Please feel free to leave comments letting the writers and editors know what you make of the selection.

And with that, our task is complete. It is now time to hand over the editorship to a new and sparkling team: Paul Deaton, Megan Primrose and Siobhan Staples. We wish them well for the next incarnation of the University of Glasgow’s creative writing showcase, and look forward to their launch in the autumn.

With good wishes,

Alan Gillespie, Nick Boreham and Sheila Millar


[1] Cyril Connolly, ‘Fifty Years of Little Magazines’, Art and Literature 1 (1964).

[2] James Byrne, ‘Editorial’, The Wolf, issue 19 (2008), pp 2-3.

An Apology

Work on Issue 22 of From Glasgow to Saturn is well underway, and we’ve received a dizzying amount of brilliant submissions. Sadly, the reading and editing process is taking us longer than we imagined.

The deadline for submissions has been slammed shut and we thank everyone for submitting, especially those who have sent us material for the first time. We know how scary it can be to send your first batch of work off to a magazine.

So apologies for the delay in sending out notes and getting on with publishing. We hope to let everyone know what’s happening and have the finished article available to download around the middle of June. It’ll be worth the wait.

Many thanks,

Alan, Nick and Sheila

New Summer Issue Submissions Deadline!

The last issue of From Glasgow to Saturn for this academic year will be published towards the end of this month. We’d love to hear from new contributors and old friends who’ve already featured their work. This is our last issue as editors, and we are determined to make it the loveliest, longest one yet.

Over the course of the last six months we’ve published over 50 writers and received around 18,000 visits to the website, so please send us your poetry and prose, and help spread the word. If you’d like to be included check out our submission guidelines and email before May 21st.

In the mean time, enjoy the sun, enjoy the holidays and happy writing.

Summer Issue Submissions Deadline

In order to accommodate the Easter holidays and the Royal Wedding and the absolute glut of brilliant submissions we’re receiving, we have decided to postpone the next open issue of From Glasgow to Saturn until the end of May.

Over the course of the last six months we’ve published over 50 writers and received around 18,000 visits to the website, so please send us your poetry and prose, and help spread the word. The bumper summer issue will be our biggest and best yet, and if you’d like to be included check out our submission guidelines and email before May 15th.

We’re hoping to put together a special schools’ edition in the coming weeks, with creative work gathered from pupils in Scottish schools, which is an excellent venture and something to look forward to.

In the mean time, enjoy the sun, enjoy the holidays and happy writing. We’ll see you in May.

Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs

Last November in Issue 17 of From Glasgow to Saturn, we brought you an exclusive extract from a work-in-progress by Rodge Glass called Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs . We’ve just heard that the novel has been bought by Tindal Street Press with plans to publish in 2012.


Tindal Street Press has bought UK and Commonwealth rights to a book about an obsessive ex-professional footballer’s relationship with Manchester United player Ryan Giggs.

Senior editor bought UK and Commonwealth rights to Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs by Rodge Glass from Jenny Brown at Jenny Brown Associates. Tindal Street plans to publish in April 2012.

Brown said: “This is an ambitious novel about football and family which voices a  once-professional footballer’s destructive obsession with Manchester United and Ryan Giggs. The variety of writing and psychological insight is brilliant.”

Glass won the Somerset Maugham prize for his biography of Alistair Gray and has had two novels previously published by Faber.

So well done, Rodge! We are delighted to have been trusted with the piece and look forward to seeing the book on our shelves next year.

Until then, you can check out the extract in Issue 17.

Japanese Charity Anthology

Our friends at Glasgow Writers for Japan urge you to consider sending in work for an upcoming charity anthology aimed at raising funds for those affected by recent events in Japan.

From the website:

This has been exciting week for our fledgling charity anthology, which seems to be growing daily into something very real and worthwhile.

We now have submissions from 24 talented and fantastic writers, which is an overwhelming amount to receive in such a short space of time. There is a wonderful variety of prose and poetry within this selection, and we’re delighted to be in possession of some brilliant pieces.

We have also had interesting and helpful meetings with two publishing houses, and there is a lot to consider, we but hope soon to be able to make an announcement regarding this. Ideally we will ensure the anthology is available for sale in paperback sometime in the summer in order to start generating funds for charity.

If you haven’t yet sent us in work, don’t worry! There’s still time! We’ll be accepting submissions right up until April 17th, so if you want to be involved please email us before then (and familiarise yourself with our submission guidelines).

Email your work to in a .doc or .rtf attachment.

Remember, you don’t have to wait for the book to come out to contribute to the relief fund; the Red Cross are taking donations online now.

Issue 21 Online Now

Dear Readers,

It is with great excitement that we present Issue 21 of From Glasgow to Saturn for your reading enjoyment. This contains a selection of prose and poetry from the various talents of Lewis Irvine, Jenny Kannellopoulou, Ian Hunter, Lucy Cheseldine, Nasim Marie Jafry, Cila Warncke, Jim Ferguson, Craig Steele, Katy Ewing, Mark Fraser, George Craig, Marise Morse, Iain Maloney, Angela Blacklock-Brown, Patrick Holloway, JoAnne McKay and Megan Primrose.

To download your free copy of the magazine, visit here.

This is our largest selection of work to date; the poetry takes us from Glasgow to Istanbul, and the prose moves between the politically-correct madness of the present to a dystopian not-too-distant future. We have pieces from familiar faces and brand spanking new contributors, far-flung alumni and first year undergraduates. We hope you find something to your taste.

Many thanks to those who submitted work for our consideration. We are continuously intrigued and impressed by Glasgow University’s students and alumni, and thrive on the quality being produced.

We are beginning work on Issue 22, due out next month, which will be out last issue as editors. We hope you can join us in helping to produce a suitably excellent final hurrah, and welcome the new editorial board who will carry From Glasgow to Saturn into the new academic year.

Feel free to say hello on facebook, twitter and of course via email. Please send us your most high quality stories and verses for next month’s publication; without submissions we are nothing, and this is your magazine – make of it what you will.

Alan, Nick and Sheila