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“Stand first appeared in 1952 when Jon Silkin used his £5 redundancy money, received after trying to organise some of his fellow manual workers, to found a magazine which would ‘Stand’ against injustice and oppression, and ‘Stand’ for the role that the arts, poetry and fiction in particular, could and should play in that fight.
In its 50 plus years Stand has published early work by many writers who have gone on to become established figures – Ken Smith, Tony Harrison, Michael Hamburger, Douglas Dunn, Jeffrey Wainwright and George MacBeth are just a few. The magazine has also played a major role in bringing the work of Russian and East European writers in translation to an English-speaking audience.
The search for inventive or radical or experimental work goes on, as Stand appears quarterly, featuring the best in new writing, poetry, fiction and criticism.
Stand can only consider previously unpublished material, including that sent in by literary agents. Manuscripts should be accompanied by a SASE or, in the case of mss. sent from abroad to the editors at the address in Leeds, by sufficient International Reply Coupons (IRC) to cover return postage. (Note: These are often only available at larger post offices in the USA.) Fiction submissions under 3,000 words are preferred.
Manuscripts should be sent to:
School of English
Leeds LS2 9JT
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