Brittle Star Magazine

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Brittle Star Writing Competition 2016 Dec 12

Brittle Star Open Writing Competition Feb 6


We are a print magazine and, for almost fifteen years, we’ve been publishing scintillating short stories, poetry and articles from new and early-career writers, many of whom have seen their work in print for the first time. We also publish writers who are published by small independent presses, but we champion those who are new to writing, or at least to sending their work out. Here’s a sample of our double issue 31/32  (you’ll need flash to see it). Amy Blakemore reading at Brittle Star launch, Barbican.

We publish literary short stories because we see them as brilliant gems in literature’s crown – ones that catch the eye and imagination of the reader! We’re always looking for excellent short fiction up to 2000 words and if you’d like to submit, have a look at our guidelines. We’re very excited to say that on Wednesday, November 20th at the Barbican Library, we’ll be launching the next issue as well as our first ever writing competition with David Constantine as the fiction judge. Follow our blogs for details of how to get free tickets or follow us on Twitter @brittlestarmag or facebook

Brittle Star logoBrittle Star receives no external funding (from local councils or the Arts Council) and relies on subscriptions and sales. We are at this very moment embarking on a major re-design, so if you’d like to find out how we’ve evolved, subscribe today!

The magazine is published twice a year (Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter) and is edited and administrated on a voluntary basis by Martin Parker and Jacqueline Gabbitas. Martin is a publisher (Stonewood Press) and designer and Jacqueline is a poet and short story writer, and because we know what it’s like to live in the Writer World we try to be as supportive and understanding as we can.