Welcome to Sawney Literary Magazine. It’s taken a few months to get to this point, but we are now officially up and running. For those of you encountering us for the first time, we are a literary magazine operating out of the University of Strathclyde, though by no means restricted to that university, as you’ll see from our author bios. With a general focus on setting (particularly the natural world) and its influence on character, we hope to bring to the best Scotland’s students have to offer. (And when they’re famous down the line, you can claim you saw them early on this site).

So, here we are, ready to have submissions up on our new site.

Provisionally, you’re going to be seeing two new works every week, most likely a poem and some prose uploaded a couple of days apart. We will of course be hitting Facebook and Twitter with a deluge of promotion for each individual piece. A physical edition is still a ways off, but it’s in the cards.

It was nerve-wracking waiting for the submissions to come in. At one point I was certain we wouldn’t get enough. Thankfully Scotland seems to have a surplus of talent right now, and I’m exceedingly pleased with every work selected. I am also thrilled that we got the word out beyond the central belt, for which you can credit my co-editor and sub-editors.

And yes, we’re named after that Sawney. We’re a fun crowd.

Tom Waits once said that the world ‘is a hellish place, and bad writing is destroying the quality of our suffering’. So for the next few weeks, here is your online antidote to bad writing.

See you there,

Scott McNee