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Pushing Out the Boat

  • probably the best regional literary magazine in Scotland,
  • high quality writing, with a unique blend of the local and the global.
  • a thrilling place to be published alongside writers and artists from around the world

. . . a fantastic and quality showpiece for art and new literature from the North East of Scotland

Magi Gibson

Its standards remain exceptionally high, and format makes it a delight to handle

Isobel Murray

It has expanded its horizons while maintaining the tone and savour of place which has always made it unique.

Esther Woolfson

Well-produced, nicely balanced... one of the most attractive magazines of its kind in Scotland, providing an important forum for new poetry and prose

Alan Spence

. . . sharp-eyed, open minded . . . helping to launch the careers of many new writers and to publish high quality work by established writers

Duncan McLean

. . . it continues to delight in its eclectic range of literary and visual contributions and in the care with which it is produced

Christine de Luca

Issue 16 to launch on Sunday 16th May

Join us for the launch of Pushing Out the Boat Issue 16 on Sunday the 16th May between 3 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. UK time. This will be an online event, using Zoom, providing a great opportunity for our friends throughout the world to join us.

The launch will showcase some of the great poetry, prose and art in our latest issue, complete with live readings from more than a dozen of our contributors. It is open to all, free of charge, but pre-registration is required. Click here for further information and event registration.

Pushing Out the Boat was open for submissions in summer 2020. Once again, the standard of submissions was very high, giving the selection panels a difficult (but enjoyable) task.  Thank you to all who submitted, both those who were successful and those who were not. We hope you will enjoy Issue 16 when it is published and be inspired to submit again to future issues.

Whether or not you’re able to join us at the launch,  you can pre-order the magazine or make a donation online at any time.

Our Magazines

You can read about POTB, and how we work, on the About POTB page. Our current edition, POTB Issue 14, has been described as a ‘beautifully produced treasure house of new writing and art’. It boasts an array of inspiring work from talented authors, poets and artists, introduced by a glowing Foreword by novelist and poet Wayne Price and artist Tom Hammick’s personal inspiration for the image on which the eye-catching cover is based.

Click on the image below to take a peek.

Front cover of Issue 14

Issue 14 can be purchased from our retail outlets or ordered from our online store.

After looking at Issue 14, why not browse through other editions of the magazine. Online versions of Issues 9 – 13 can be read in full and sample extracts from Issues 6 – 8 offer a flavour of earlier editions. Then visit our online shop where all editions of the magazine are available for purchase.

An image from Issue 14



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