TOKEN Magazine is currently calling for submissions from under-represented writers and artists on the theme HOPE.

Why HOPE? 

Firstly, because we all need to read stories of hope that spark positivity – even if it takes the character (or the writer!) on a difficult journey to get them there. With the constant news headlines causing anxiety and hopelessness, we want Issue 4 to be a welcome reprieve. 

Of course, if you’ve read TOKEN before, you’ll know the editor, Sara, has a preference for realist, dark works, so you can take the theme as loosely as you’d like…

We’re looking for short story, life writing, artwork, poems, comic strips, photography, and illustrations. For details on each art form please read the below guidelines.

The deadline for sending in submissions is midnight Sunday 7 July 2019.

Submit here.



The word count for short stories and life writing are 500 – 3000 words.

For this issue we’ll only be accepting one written submission per submitter, due to the amount of submissions we receive. So please send your best work here.


You can submit a maximum of 3 poems, with a maximum of 3 pages each. Please send them all in one document.


You can submit a maximum of 3 pieces of art or photography. Please send them all in one document. We’d also like a short description accompanying each piece, please!



You can submit an already drawn comic strip – or you can pitch to us, with a link to your portfolio. 



Unless you have a series of illustrations you’d like to submit (if so, we’d suggest following the ‘art and photography’ guidelines), we work closely with the illustrators after the written pieces are commissioned. We then match illustrators to written pieces and send a brief. If you are interested in being a part of this process, please state your interest, including
1) how many illustrations you’d like to do
2) how long you would need to do however many illustrations

Please also send us across past examples of your work/your portfolio. 

Please note, we are only accepting submissions from under-represented writers and artists. As part of your submission we will ask you to confirm and state how you are under-represented (this doesn’t have to be long!). By under-represented we mean BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) or LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) communities, those who have a disability, or come from a socio-economically marginalised background. We recognise that you may be under-represented and not be from these backgrounds, and in this case we’d suggest you submit, following the above guidelines and stating how you are under-represented. 

We also only accept works that have not been published before (though if part of it has, that’s fine). 

To submit please follow the link here. If you have any questions, or issues using the Google forms, please email


Currently, TOKEN is ran by one person, so please bear with us (well, “me” but that sounds weird written…), and we should get back to you by late summer/early autumn, for Issue 4 to be published in November 2019. 

If you are chosen, you may go through a developmental editing process, as well as your piece being copy-edited and proofread. Every contributor gets a complimentary copy of the magazine, and has their work displayed at the launch party. At the moment, as we don’t get funding and do this in our spare time outside of work, we cannot pay contributors—but that is something we’re keen to change. So, watch this space…!