Values

1—Inclusivity

We have a free and open submissions policy, and read blind—except when authors put their name on the work itself. We realise that bias can be unconscious, and actively seek out work from under-represented groups, periodically reviewing our submissions and publishing activities with this in mind. The magazine team is diverse, and we aim to increase this diversity. We keep our cover price as low as possible given our high print standards. Each issue goes online for free three months after initial publication.

2—An international outlook

Although nominally a British magazine, Structo was founded in the Netherlands, with staff currently living in France, Croatia, the Netherlands, Canada, the USA and the UK. Our contributors are worldwide, and on the translation side we have published work from languages and dialects as varied as Chinese, Faroese, French, Thai, Bengali, German, Jèrriais, Catalan, Korean and Shetlandic.

3—Support

Although we do not yet pay our contributors, we support long after publication. This is accomplished in many ways, including: free subscriptions to agents, editors and others in the industry; nominations to prizes and other competitions; a closed Facebook group for contributors; and a chapbook series open to submissions from previously published authors and poets. Authors have had work from our pages featured in Salt’s Best British Short Stories anthologies and shortlisted for the Stack Awards for Best Original Fiction.

4—Independence

We are not linked to a university or any other institution, nor do we receive any outside funding. Since our founding in 2008 we have not carried any advertising, instead choosing to be completely reader-supported. The magazine grows as its readership does.

5—Ethical printing

We are a print magazine first and foremost. Our printers are Calverts, a co-operative based in east London. The magazine is printed with vegetable oil-based inks on FSC-certified, 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper. Our per-issue sell-through rate is >80%.

6—Community

We do not charge a submissions fee, however we do require those sending in work to also attach a photo of a recently purchased literary magazine before their submission will be considered. This has many wonderful upsides, including a more engaged contributor base and finding out about wonderful new magazines. We are members of the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses, and started a Facebook group for literary magazine staffers to share knowledge.