WHAT IS THE FENCE?

The Fence is an independent quarterly magazine based in London. We publish essays, comic sketches, investigations and fiction. The magazine ships internationally but is focused around life in the UK and Ireland.

In an industry that often fails to make space for them, we are committed to championing the work of young writers. All contributors are paid. 

At present, we are closed for submissions.

HOW CAN I WRITE FOR YOU?

Within the magazine, there are four sections, each with a different tone: ‘Facts’, ‘Features’, ‘Fiction’, ‘Etc’.

Facts

The remit here is extremely broad: some pieces are written by experts and give the reader insight into an important institution. Here are a couple of examples: an ‘insider’ piece from a journalist at the BBC, and an anonymous dispatch from a senior investment banker.

At the same time, we are especially keen on pieces with a comic edge, like this investigation into the absurd reaches of Companies House

In 2022, we’re particularly keen to expand our reach away from the publishing-slash-media sphere. If you have stories from the world of sport, fashion and music, then please do get in touch with us.

We look to commission pieces at either 1000 or 2000 words. While we can run pieces anonymously, articles have much greater impact if they are published under a byline.

Features

Fortunately, we have the capability to run investigative features, like this undercover report into conversion therapy, or Francis Martin’s long-read into Brampton Manor Academy. If you want to pitch a piece of similar ambition, then we will need to meet in-person to find out more about you and your proposal. 

Every issue, we’ll carry a witty, incisive cultural essay, like this piece on the state of nature writing. We also do like dry, funny insider pieces, like this one by Jade Angeles Fitton, or we just like straight-up funny articles: here’s one about the worst bar in London.

Regarding length, we can go up to 6,000 words in the features section, but generally commission pieces from 1,500 to 2,500 words.

Fiction

Unfortunately, we remain closed for submissions here.

Etc.

This is the back of the book section: where we place the parodies, listicles, screeds and satires. Most of this is written in-house, but do have a look at this sharp little short piece by Imogen West-Knights, or this number on London coffee shops as bad dates for inspiration. 

GREAT: CAN I WRITE FOR YOU?

You can! If you’re looking to write an article for Issue 11 and beyond, you should pitch us an idea at editorial@the-fence.com.

If you're a first-time writer, you're especially welcome too.

We look forward to hearing from you,

TF