'Matter' is an annual anthology of new writing from MA Writing students and alumni at Sheffield Hallam Uninversity, founded in 2000 by MA Writing students, Emily Pedder and Leigh Money. Guest authors have included Hilary Mantel, Ali Smith, Michel Faber, Jackie Kay, Jacob Polley and Julia Copus. 

'Matter' remains in the hands of current students who form the editorial team. There is a new lead editor for each issue. Quality of design is fundamental to 'Matter’s conception, ensuring professional production values that allow the book to compete in the marketplace

An extract from 'The Short History of the Tractors in Ukrainian', by Marina Lewycka, was published in 'Matter' whilst she was a student on the MA course.

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I have submitted and had work published in three editions of 'Matter' and have also been a member of the editorial team.

'Matter' is now on Issue Twelve and continues to thrive.