Long Story, Short #PayMoreThanExposure

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Long Story, Short Journal exists to serve writers. We were established in 2012 in order to provide a home to longer short stories within the Irish and international publishing scene where word limits are often 3000 words or less. Within such limitations, how can writers strike more than one note or create work with intricacy and complexity?

After years of trying to gain funding for paying writers via ‘tip jars’ and funding applications, we’re moving on to our readership with a crowdfunding drive. We acknowledge that not everyone can afford subscription fees, so  we’re keeping the journal free to read. For those who have a little spare change, please check out our Indiegogo page!

There’s a special perk going out to those who donate €20 or more: ‘Sunset Drinking the Black Ocean’, a digital anthology of diminutive forms such as flash fiction, portraits and prose poems–all by former Long Story, Short Journal contributors including Mary Morrissy, John McKenna, Danielle McLaughlin and Matthew Sweeney.

If you’re short on cash, we’d love a share or a reTweet! Show that long story love! #PayMoreThanExposure !

 

Bunbury Here. How have we missed you? Let us count the ways…

Hello to all of you from us at Bunbury Magazine. We hope you are all well. Are you well? Are you? We’ll keep asking until you answer. Oh, you are? Great! We are in very high spirits here at the moment as we start to move forward with some very important things.

First thing is first, we are looking, as we said right above – just there, see? – to move forward in some very big ways. We have two wonderful authors who are publishing through us full collections of their work. We want to help promote their work as fantastic writers, give them the professional support they deserve and open up this service to all of you people. We want to help give you a platform for your passions. We want to advertise to everyone we can just how good our clients are! We want to get the authors we work with into print, give book launches, get more editors involved to enrich the editorial support and guidance we love to give to you all. We also want to open up our events to the whole community and make them a true spectacle of which everyone involved can be proud. There is so much we want to do to make Bunbury the company and support network we need. To do this, we are asking for your help. We want to get this project off the ground and that means having some dough. Even if you only donate £1, that £1 will be going towards something of which we can all be proud. If you do have that spare £1, click the link below and do your good deed for the day:

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As you know, we are always trying to make everyone’s life a little nice by bringing the best in grass-roots and established creativity. Well, we are trying to make things even shinier and prettier for you all. The beautiful Keri-Ann, our Editor and co-founder, has been making some gorgeous jewellery for you, our dear Bunburyists, and everyone else! We have set up shop on Etsy where you can procure yourself some very fine things indeed and there will be much more to follow. Click the picture of the Gamer Dice Earrings below to take a look. Funds received from you great people will be going towards funding some exciting things we are doing here at Bunbury and our chosen charity, FMA.

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Issue nine is right around the corner. As always, we have worked out tiny little socks off (well, Keri’s are tiny. Christopher has large, unwieldy plates)  to bring you the very best in writing, art and features from right around the world. With submissions from America, the Middle-East, Australia, Mexico, right here in the U.K and everywhere in between, we feel we are bringing the world of creativity a little more tight-knit and cozy. We will not reveal too much of what we have planned for issue nine but it is an absolute cracker.

We are also accepting submissions for issue ten of Bunbury Magazine. The theme is politics so there is a lot of scope for you great writers to have some fun! Come and wow us with your words, pictures and everything else. If you have a project you are working on, a new book coming out, going on tour – anything! – and you would like to talk to us and our readers about it in interview form, let us know. Our submission guidelines can be found here:

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If you can’t wait for issue nine, you can always catch up on previous issues by visiting us at our website by clicking the lovely picture below. You can find beautiful links to issues eight, seven and all the back catalogue of Bunbury.

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Until next time, you lovely people, take care of yourselves, each other and all those you care about. Oh, and

GET SCRIBBLING!

Love Christopher and Keri.

Bunbury Magazine Issue Eight and Some Very Special Announcements

Hello to you all!

Well here we are again, dear Bunburyists! A new edition, a new chapter in Bunbury Magazine. Our mission to bring you the very best in creativity from around the world, from professional writers to emerging talents. And boy do we have some great stuff for you this time around. There’s a lot to talk about so let’s get right to it.

Here is Issue Eight: Power right here for you now!

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Right now we would like to send a massive thanks to all of our contributors, both returning and new and exciting writers and artists. It really is you who makes all of this possible! We would also like to thank Jasika Nicole and Michael R Perry for giving wonderful interviews. We are so very excited to be able to present both of them in our pages. There is also a fantastic feature on a local regular event called Verbose, which features some of the best talent in the Manchester area. Thanks to everyone who got involved in that!

We also have an announcement. This year will mark two years since we started Bunbury Magazine. Two years of some of the best writing and art & photography from around the world. It has been a genuine honour to be able to bring all of this to you for all this time. As you know, we have been doing all of this for absolutely free. Now we are calling all of our dear Bunburyists for help. We are planning to mark this occasion by doing The Best of Bunbury in print. We are going to pick our favourite moments from the past eight issues and binding them forever in a beautiful tome to take pride of place on bookshelves around the world. We are also doing a book launch where we intend to bring Bunbury to life with readings, comedy and music. We are asking you for help. We have created a Kickstarter project in order to make all of this possible. We have some wonderful rewards for those who donate and cordially invite all of you to come along. We will be keeping in touch with you all about the project as it unfolds and more things are announced. It would be an honour to have your help. Please come to this link below and help us make this reality.

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Big news. We have officially registered Bunbury Publishing LTD. as a fully-fledged company. This is going to allow us to take what we are doing now even further. Plans for the future are being kept under wraps for now but some of them include launching another magazine and publishing fully in print some fantastic collections we have already been sent. Keep your eyes locked on the horizon for more news on this.

Secondly, we are so proud to announce a new member to our team. Rhea Seren Phillips, whom we have published in Bunbury Magazinein previous issues, has joined us as executive editor. Believe us when we say we feel a lot more sane now than before. She has already proved so invaluable and with her knowledge and experience, the magazine can only get stronger.

Next month, in the week beginning 12th April, we will be taking part in the rotation curation of the WeAreManc Twitter account. This is a fantastic opportunity for us to highlight the wonderful people we have in these pages as well as in Manchester. Our only worry is they do not know how crazy we are! We have also been offered a table at the MancsterCon in August, an independent graphics and art convention at Salford University. If you’re in town, come along and see us do something…secret, for now. A secret.

We are sure there will be more news to follow so make sure you keep up-to-date on our website.

This month we were blown away by one piece in particular. A young writer sent us a story which had a maturity beyond its years. A male writer but written in a woman’s voice about an issue which takes all of that maturity to write about sensitively, which he did so very well. It was a genuine pleasure to read this piece, as well as all the others of course! But this is exactly the reason we started Bunbury Magazine; to give a platform and a boost to those just starting out in writing.

As you know, we only exist by you wonderful people spreading the good word about us. You can find all of our Twitter, Facebook and other social media details at the bottom of this email. Please let everyone you hold dear about us and let them know we always welcome involvement!

I think that’s everything, is it? Yes. Well we powered through that. Without further proverbials, let us be the first to welcome you all to this brand-new issue. We hope you love reading it as much as we loved putting it together.

Keep scribbling!

opher and Keri.