Window of Opportunity

The Tasmania-and-London-based inter-continentl project that is Transportation: Islands and Cities (a book to be published later this year) is opening its submissions window, short story writers should be glad to know. The publishers behind the project, and indeed its editors, have reported an upturn in exposure and interest in the book. Therefore, submissions have been opened for a short time to allow writers new to the project to submit their work. For more on how to submissions, see here.

The project is asking that lovers of new writing and daring literary fiction take a moment to get involved with the crowd-funding campaign to pay the writers attached to Transportation with “top value rewards” available.

The project launch night on the London side of things will take place at The Society Club Soho, London this Tuesday 12th July at 7:30pm and is free entry to all. Longtime Saul Bellow collaborator and literary behemoth Keith Botsford will be speaking at the event, a long with live readings of short stories from raw literary talents.

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Keith Botsford, 50 year collaborator of the late Saul Bellow.


Transportation – £200 for successful submissions

Submissions for Tasmanian/London book Islands and Cities will open on Monday, March 3rd and remain open till April 30th, 2014, midnight.

Submissions should be in the theme of ‘Islands and Cities’, and no longer than 5000 words in length.

All submissions must be original work and not be previously published.
The work must be accompanied by a short bio/statement of up to 200 words.

There will be a small entry fee of £10GBP / $15AUD, details on this and more will follow with a full submissions guideline shortly.

Click the image below to find out more soon.


Open Pen Live – This Thursday

To celebrate ten issues of Open Pen, we’re holding another live event in Hackney at the Hackney United Services Club. Tickets for the event are now on sale. As ever, tickets will be available on the door for anyone wishing to pay cash. By that token, the bar does not accept card, so please bring cash if you plan on whistle-wetting.



Tickets are priced at £5. Doors open at 7pm. But you can grab a drink downstairs any time onward from 6:30pm.

The usual mix of live readings from new and exciting authors, live Beat Jazz from Canuck Basic CMYKenthusiast Piers Pereira and ivory-tinkling Mark Smith, literary comedy in the form of Filthy Fiction, and a microfiction tournament will be complimented by a one-scene play, making Open Pen Live a truly diverse literary event that you won’t want to miss out on (unless you’re tired on the night, miserable, or racist against Canucks).

The event takes place on Thursday, 13th February, and with modest ticket pricing, live performances, and generous breaks for purchasing cheap drinks, it’ll make for a good Valentines date that isn’t too Valentinesy.

Check out photos from our last event in late 2013.

As always, you can contact us at info at open pen dot co dot uk should you have any questions.

Transportation – Tasmanian/English Book Announced

The project, which has confirmed experienced editors in both London and Tasmania in Open Pen Magazine editor and Londoner Sean Preston and the former editor of Island magazine and Tasmanian Rachel Edwards, will invite  writers from both locations and also call for submissions on the theme ‘cities and islands’ in upcoming months, to compliment published novelists already attached to the project.

“Transportation is an ambitious literary project that will publish, promote and showcase writers from London and Tasmania in book form for release in late 2014.” said the Tasmanian team behind Transportation.

Drawing on the long historic links between these distinct places and evoking the connection of historic and cultural significance, Transportation will allow for a meaningful connection with the reading public, coupled with longterm commercial viability.

More information is expected soon, and the call for submissions already eagerly anticipated.