Issue #2 of The Ham

We are very pleased to announce the official release of issue #2 of The Ham. The theme of this second issue is ‘Change & Stasis’.

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We have listed around a third of the total amount of printed copies for sale on our website for the small cost of £3 for a physical or £2.50 for a digital copy. We’re hoping that we might be able to make enough from selling a small number of copies online to fund the printing of future issues, and no longer have to look for outside funding to pay for the printing and distribution of The Ham.

The other two-thirds of the second issue will be distributed for free, throughout the UK, in bars, cafes, museums, galleries and public transport. For those of you unlucky enough to pick up a free copy, or for those of you feeling generous enough to buy one, you can purchase a physical or a digital copy here, as well as get a free digital copy of issue #1 if you happened to have missed it. Issue #2 is just as hefty as issue #1, with 88 pages packed full of quality short-fiction, poetry, artwork and photography, for about the price of a fancy cup of coffee. We hope you enjoy it!!

In other news, we are hoping to publish a lot more work on our website in the interim periods between the release of the physical issues of The Ham. So send us your short-fiction, poetry, artwork and photography to thehamfreepress@gmail.com and if we like it we will try our best to publish it. If we really like it, we will also try and publish it in the next physical issue of The Ham. We’re not looking for any specific themes, just quality, unique pieces of work.

Finally, we now have a mailing list! Once signed up you will receive emails every couple of weeks with new work from our contributors, and you will be the first to know when we put out the call for submissions for our print edition. To sign up just click here!

Ed (Editor)

May Round-Up

Live Lit & Book Tours

Lit Mags & Anthologies

The Nottingham Review launches Issue 7 and a call for submissions, and Fictive Dream celebrates their first birthday. The A3 Review tells us about its new things: An issue, A Contest and A3 on Instagram. Bunbury is back with Issue 15 and some exciting news.

Competitions

Ouen Press has announced the results of their 2016 short story competition. The Casket of Fictional Delights’ flash fiction competition closes on 31 May, as does  the Reflex summer flash fiction competition. The Dorset Fiction Award is accepting entries until 10 June, and the V S Pritchett Memorial Prize is open, deadline 14 June.

Workshops & Courses

December Round-Up

Live Lit

Read Paper Republic are organising Dragonworld, an evening of genre-bending new fiction from China, in London tonight, Dec 12th. Hand of Doom productions presents Festive Phantoms & Yuletide Yarns in Folkestone on Dec 16th.  And Smut Slam is happening in London on Jan 11th. You can watch/listen to Stroud Short Stories’ events on their YouTube Channel. Arachne Press are taking their Liberty Tales anthology on tour.Story Fridays Ice is open for submissions for their event  in Bath on Jan 13th. TheSolstice Shorts Festival is being held in London on Dec 21st. Flashers Club blogged about their first event and announced their second, in Cheltenham on Feb 9th.

Lit Mags

Fictive Dream wishes you season’s greetings and is open for submissions. Popshot is also open for submissions for their ‘Future’ issue. The Ham is open for submissions for Issue #2 and is having a launch party for Issue #1 and Spelk wants your flash fiction. Brilliant Flash Fiction has blogged about their Aftermath writing contest, deadline Jan 15th. Structo has a new issue, a shortlisting and a rolling call for submissions.

 

September Round-Up I

Lit Mags

New Writing Scotland announces Talking About Lobsters: New Writing Scotland 34and calls for submissions for NWS 35. Long Story, Short have launched an Indiegogo campaign to pay their writers more than exposure. Holdfast blogged about their print anthology #2 and call for submissions. Structo 15 is now online for free, and Fictive Dream have posted August news and a call for submissions. The Short Anthology has launched its second issue. Shooter lit mag would like your submissions on the theme of ‘Cities’

Live Lit & Festivals

Competitions

Workshops & Critique

Write & Shine are running new early morning writing classes, both online and in London.  The A3 Review has launched a new short story and flash fiction critique service.

Liars’ League | Work & Play Story Submissions

THIS Sunday 3rd July: Liars’ League are looking for new, unpublished short stories of 800-2000 words on a Work & Play theme for our Tuesday 9th August event. Do you live to work, or work to live? And what do you do for fun? We want to hear about the 9-5 as well as the after-dark hours this month. 

Email your tales to us at liars@liarsleague.com by midnight on Sunday 3rd July.

For additional information, visit Liars’ League’s guidelines page.  

Bunbury is back with issue 12 and some special announcements!

Hello to you Dear Bunburyists from all of us at Bunbury Magazine.

Is is too late now to kick this off with a Happy New Year? Hmmm, it is? Well tough! You’re getting one anyway. Happy New Year, dear Bunburyists, and welcome to the first Bunbury of 2016. Thank you for joining us once again as we explore some of the best writing and art from around the world, as well as speaking to some very exciting people. The theme for this issue is Self. Perfectly fitting. New year, new you and a brand new Bunbury. What could be better?

Well, what is better is getting your hands on it today. Click the beautiful picture below to download it. It is Pay-What-You-Like but we think £3 is a fair price for something so lovingly crafted!

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Whenever we choose a theme for an issue, we try to pick something that can be interpreted in almost countless ways. We like to see a wide variety of beautiful, shocking, touching, scary (and many more emotions besides) creativity. Then we like to throw it all together – or more accurately, carefully and lovingly decide which to publish – in the magazine to create something that has something for everyone. What better theme than Self to achieve this?

The world is full of such diverse characters and, as we all know, creativity is driven by character. What we are goes in to what we create. There is something of us in the characters we create, the paintings we paint, the photos we take. For example, Stephen King spent an entire summer dressed as a red-and-white 1958 Plymouth Fury.

This Bunbury is packed full of everything you have come to expect from us. Top-notch poetry, short stories, flash fiction et al. We have also been spoiled with the art and photography we have received for this issue. As usual, on top of all that, we have very exciting interviews with Angie Belcher, whom we met in Edinburgh, about what she’s been up to and about to be up to. Also, Joz Norris about his web series and other things. And, because we love you, a third interview with Nico Reznick, a fantastic indie author you really need to check out.

We feel like we’re reaching milestone after milestone here, with the 3rd anniversary of Bunbury rapidly approaching. We like celebrating prime numbers so this year is a special one for us. To celebrate, we are launching our first physical product! We are deeply excited about this. It is a collection of the best bits of the first 12 issues. You can see where the anthology has been developed from by getting all our back issues, again on Pay-What-You-Like. Go on, treat yourself to some brilliant writing, art and interviews!

Issue 12 Spiral

As always, we know full well that without all your support, we would not be able to do this so thank you. Thank you to everyone who reads it and submits. Could we ask one more favour? Give us a share on your social media gubbins? The more people see this, the better we can make it for you all and our support network can grow. We want to make this platform for new writers and projects as expansive as possible. Click below to get to our Facebook and Twitter stuff.

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One more thing and I promise we are done. We are still taking submissions for issue 13 of Bunbury. The theme is space and it is a little bit of a Bowie Tribute too! Click the picture below for details on how to submit.

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Enough rambling! Once again, Happy New Year, Happy Valentine’s Day, Easter, Summer Soltice and…why not, might as well say Merry Christmas 2016 while we’re at it!

Keep scribbling,

Christopher and Keri.

P.S. – that thing about Stephen King isn’t true! We have nothing worth suing for!