Have you got a passion for retro fashion, the Victorians maybe, or even medieval architecture? Or have you been researching your family tree and have found some skeletons in the closet you’d like to share with us? Maybe you have lived through an interesting period in history and can tell us your memories?

We are looking for short stories and articles that are original and well-written, and must be on an historical theme. Short stories and longer articles should be no longer than 2,000 words. We are also interested in shorter articles of 500-1,000 words. Contributions should not have been published elsewhere.

We are a small organisation and just starting out, so we are unable to offer payment. However, if your short story or article is selected for publication you will receive a free copy of the edition of Vintage Script in which your piece appears (or a refund to the value of one copy of the magazine if you have already subscribed) and the chance to see your name in print…so get scribbling!

Please email your submission to and mark the subject line Short story or Article and indicate the edition you are submitting to (Spring 2012 etc).

You can submit up to three items per edition.

To increase your chances of getting published, please note these tips. We are looking for:

Definition: a unique way with words, denial of clichés and a fresh take on history.

A good piece of writing should resemble a sprig of cherry blossom against a clear sky: understated and striking.

Thoughtful content
The topic we get most of here at VS HQ is the First World War and the Second World War. Of course, they are both deserving subjects, but you’ve got more chance of being published if your piece is both well-written and on less familiar ground.

We love both unpublished writers and those who can contribute regularly to Vintage Script.

More guidance is available on editor Emma Louise Oram's blog.

Submission and publication deadlines for 2012/13

Spring 2012
Submissions to be received by 11.59pm on 13 March 2012
Publication date is 13 April 2012

Summer 2012
Submissions to be received by 11.59pm on 13 June 2012
Publication date is 13 July 2012

Autumn 2012
Submissions to be received by 11.59pm on 13 September 2012
Publication date is 12 October 2012

Winter 2013
Submissions to be received by 11.59pm on 13 December 2012
Publication date is 14 January 2013




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