Where the Delta meets the World…


We are looking for submissions from The Medway Delta and Beyond of short stories/prose, short plays and poetry. We define The Medway Delta pretty loosely, but you should be within a shout of the river if you want to be categorized as from ‘here’. If you’re not from here or not writing about rivers, we won’t hold it against you! We aim to publish an equal amount of words from our Delta and from everywhere else.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but please do ensure that you contact us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. If you have not heard from us within 30 days, please get in touch to enquire as to the status of your submission.

We do not accept translations or work that has been previously published in print or online. Only original unpublished work submitted by the author will be considered. No submissions by publishers, presses or agents please.

Submissions are now open. The deadline for Issue 5 has been extended to mid-September, and we do not have a theme, so please send us your writing on any topic!

We will aim not to publish the same writers in more than two magazines in a row, to give everyone a chance, so if you have been published in the previous issue, then do send us your writing, but dependent on the makeup of the issue, if selected, we might hold it over for the next one.

If you are based in The Delta… or elsewhere…

Email your submission as an attachment to: confluencemedway(at) with ‘POETRY / PLAY / STORY TITLE by NAME’ in the subject line. (Eg ‘6 poems by Wanda Wax’ / ‘Waiting for Charlie by Herbert Berry’.)

In your email please include your full contact details including postcode, and a short bio, no more than 50 words.

Please proofread carefully, though we will proofread as we layout the magazine, we can’t always be sure whether you might have meant something that looks like a typo!

What we want: 

Plays: 8-minutes (or 8-pages) maximum.

Short stories/Prose/Hard to define non-fiction and fiction:  1,500 words maximum.

Poetry: Please send us up to 5 poems. We will no longer be printing just one poem in order to give readers more of a feel of your writing, so please send more than one poem, as we will only be printing single poems in exceptional circumstances!

In Microsoft .doc/x formats.

If your poem is in a specific layout – please also include a pdf which shows us the correct layout in case of version incompatibility.

Typographic note: Please do not put two spaces after a full stop. This messes with our layout software!

We will separate the submission from the email and it will be read anonymously by our editorial team – so please make sure that your name is not featured anywhere in the attachment, but make sure that the title of your submission matches the title of your email.

Important Note*

Please don’t quote from poems or songs in your writing (unless they are in the public domain and so old that nobody will care). Even if it’s only a line in quote marks, we would still have to seek permission from the original publisher, or owner of the song, and that is prohibitively expensive and time consuming, and something that as a small publisher, we cannot justify doing.


All rights revert to the authors upon publication. We ask that your work does not appear in another publication (print or online) for a period of 1 month from the date of publication in Confluence. We also ask that Confluence is acknowledged with any subsequent publication of your work by another website or press.

Unfortunately, as a small venture, at this time we are unable to offer payment for the inclusion of your work in the magazine. If your work is selected for the magazine we will send you a complementary print version.


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