The Sword

The Sword is British Fencing's magazine which includes articles, reports and news from across the sport.

The Sword welcomes articles, reports, profiles, letters and photos to do with fencing and fencers, but regrets it is unable to pay for contributions.

Text should be in Word format and normally not more than 1000 words.

Photos should be high resolution, 300 dpi, jpg format or high quality prints, identifying who is shown, crediting the photographer and with the permission of the copyright holder, usually the person who took the photograph.

Photos of children can only be used if written permission from a parent or guardian accompanies the image. If submitting electronically please confirm that you have the permission of the parents and can produce this on request.

As well as one-off articles, the magazine will be pleased to receive material for its regular sections:

Fencing News - anything of general interest to the fencing community.

Round-up - competition reports and photos, club news, refereeing problems and solutions.

Letters - on any aspect of fencing that needs an airing or requires answers.

Young Fencer - profiles of top U20 fencers, reports of trips abroad, training camps, advice from coaches, tips from parents.

Submission Deadline

The submission deadline is the 1st week of the month preceding the issue month.

Issues are January, April, July and October.

Advertising specifications:


A4 Full page with bleed 303mm H x 216mm W
Half Page –148.5mm H x 210mm W
1/3 Page Horizontal 99mm H x 210 mm W

Advertising:  Please contact Karim Bashir 

Sword Rates

From the April 2015 the following advertising rates will apply:

1/3 page standard competition entry black and white - £84.00 + VAT
1/2 page colour - £200.00 + VAT
1/2 page black and white - £144.00 + VAT
Full Page black and white - £180.00 + VAT
Full Page colour - £360.00 + VAT

Discounts will be in place for adverts placed in more than one issue in a 12 month period as follows:

-  a 10% discount will be applied to advertisers who wish to place adverts in two different issues
-  a 15% discount will be applied to advertisers who wish to place adverts in three different issues
-  a 20% discount will be applied to advertisers who wish to place adverts in four different issues

Please note these discounts will only be applied to advertisers who make and pay for their adverts in advance.


Download the current issue of The Sword by clicking here


April 2018 Interactive - PDF



Download recent issues of The Sword by clicking on the issue date below:

January 2018 Interactive - PDF

October 2017 Interactive - PDF

July 2017 Interactive - PDF

April 2017 - Interactive - PDF

January 2017 -  Interactive - PDF

October 2016 - Interactive - PDF

July 2016 - PDF Interactive

April 2016 PDF   Interactive

January 2016 Interactive - PDF


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