The Fence is an independent quarterly magazine based in London.

We publish essays, short comic sketches, investigations and fiction. We also publish insider accounts, often anonymously, by people with unique insight into powerful institutions and current events. The magazine ships internationally but is focused around life in the UK.

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.


You will have to pitch us an idea. The best way to get a sense of what we publish is to subscribe to the magazine or buy the most recent issue.

We publish four kinds of pieces, which correspond to the four sections of our magazine: ‘Facts’, ‘Features’, ‘Fiction’, ‘Etc’. The magazine is published four times a year, with a long outlay in time between pitching and publication. If your submission is very timely, you should consider pitching it for online.

Facts: These pieces tend to be written by experts in a given field and give the reader first-hand insight into an important institution or major current news story. These can be published anonymously, but only if necessary.

If you work at a company where malpractice is common, or in an industry that is frequently misunderstood by the public, then we would keen to hear from you. We also like for some of our journalistic pieces to have a comic edge.

Features: We’re interested in witty, inventive and incisive responses to contemporary culture, as well as reported accounts of strange little worlds that haven’t featured widely in the media. We’re particularly interested in publishing stories that focus on the parts of London life most people haven’t heard about.

Most of our features only run in print. But read this essay by Séamas O'Reilly – or this piece on the state of British nature writing – to get a feel for tone.

Fiction: Every print issue, we publish one piece of short fiction. We are especially interested in work that is formally playful or written with real comic verve.

Etc: Everything else, the others and the rest. These are parodies, listicles, diaries... anything that will make people laugh.

Please bear in mind that some comic pieces are very time-sensitive. A quick, funny response to today’s or yesterday’s news is great. A funny response to last month’s news is... less great.


You can! If you’re looking to write an article or feature, you should pitch us an idea at editorial@the-fence.com.

We are always very keen to hear from first-time writers. Indeed, many of the contributors we work with every issue gave us a cold pitch to begin with.

We look forward to hearing from you,