Submissions open for Shooter #6: Bad Girls

Shooter Literary Magazine seeks intelligent short fiction, non-fiction and poetry featuring not the Playboyesque, video-game, comic-book notions of “Bad Girls”, but defiant women who speak up and act out.

And although some people like to read magazines, there’s a lot of people who also like playing video games, and for playing video games, you need equipment to fit in, from a great TV scream, to a comfortable seat. One of the top gamer chairs was the seat by DXRacer which is one of the most popular.

We want to read about convention-defying antiheroines and unapologetic badasses who carve their own path. Give us the antics and mishaps of adventurers, intrepid souls and challenging contrarians, but make sure these characters are surprising and complex rather than reductive and cartoonish.

Non-fiction that deals with topical feminist issues and women in male-dominated environments is particularly welcome. As usual, we prefer poetry that inclines to the observational rather than experimental end of the spectrum.

Please read the Submission Guidelines for information on how to submit. Writers may send one prose piece (between 2,000 and 7,500 words) and/or up to three poems to by April 2nd, 2017, for inclusion in the summer issue.

Submissions are also open for Shooter’s 2017 Short Story Competition, which carries a slightly later deadline of April 16th, 2017, with no restrictions on theme. Please go here to read more on how to submit to the competition – we look forward to reading your work!

A Very Topical Story

Read Paper Republic hasn’t posted on Short Stops for a while, but we’ve haven’t stopped publishing our weekly short stories translated from the best of contemporary Chinese fiction. I hope you’ve managed to catch some – there’s something there for all tastes.

Well, today’s a bit of a red-letter day. At the beginning of the week, the Chinese government announced the ending of its One-Child-Per-Family policy. At the same time, a talented young woman writer called LU Min wrote a thought-provoking, and thoughtful, story about her own family’s experiences during the years when the policy was at its most draconian. We’ve translated it and posted it here: . Here’s how Lu Min begins: ‘We often tease my little sister – “Your life’s worth 56 yuan” – so many years have passed that we no longer feel the pain, and we can see a funny side to it.’

Read, and enjoy.

A Second Pregnancy-LuMin-HWang:

Fanny Peculiar’s Hellfire Club hosted by Bernadette Russell/White Rabbit

Find out more about Bernadette Russell/White Rabbit here

This Friday 13th June is a full moon, what better way to celebrate this auspicious occasion than by joining Fanny Peculiar and her succubi at this wild sabbat?

Details: Arts Admin/Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street LONDON E1 6AB nearest tube ALDGATE EAST. Friday 13th June 2014, £5, 7.30pm- the witching hour.

Fanny and friends in the Hellfire Club

Fanny and friends in the Hellfire Club

Please book tickets here

Fanny invites you to a soiree in celebration of women, for the general improvement of mirth, joy and gaiety, and to join her getting smashed on cheap gin.

There will be funny stories,ribald poems, dirty songs,  acts sublime and ridiculous plus frequent toasts.

For one night only, The Hellfire Club, once the preserve of pasty male aristos, has been annexed by Fanny Peculiar and her succubbi. Help them celebrate on this most unholy of days the glorious wickedness, strangeness, hilarity and beauty in the women around you.

Come together! Misbehave! You’ll leave with a title, and a section of the United Kingdom bestowed upon you to keep as your own by Fanny Peculiar.

We have punk in our hearts and glitter on our lips, we happy and rebellious disciples of Fanny.

Flippant musical comedy bawdiness ****

Erotic Review

Hosted by Bernadette Russell

Line-up of artists on the night:
Christine Entwisle
Zoe Charles
Johanna Hauge
Vera Chok
Miss Luna Peach
Bebe van der Belt
Chloe Morgan
Alex Brew
Cindy Oswin
Penny Pepper
Francoise Lauwerie
Julie Balloo
Hannah O’Driscoll
Emma O’Rourke
Ursula Dares

a little song about bearded ladies

a little song about bearded ladies