Holdfast print anthology#2 and call for submissions!

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We need your help to print the second holdfast print anthology!

All you creatives out there will understand the importance of being paid for your work, even if it is great to get your work out there on any platform possible. The holdfast magazine anthology will not only be a beautiful paperback, but all profits after printing and postage go directly to the writers and artists that make the magazine possible. As our team edit holdfast in their free time just for the passion, we need to raise funds in order to pay our contributors.

After winning the British Fantasy Society award for best magazine last year, we’re determined to make this issue even better than volume 1, with more fiction, articles and illustrations. The content is ready to go, all we need is YOU to make this happen!

Go check out our awesome perks that include paperbacks, tote bags and art prints!

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And don’t forget the deadline for our Brexitlit fiction supplement is coming up on 15 August! So go over to our submissions page for more details!

Call for submissions and British Fantasy Society best speculative fiction magazine nomination

hold_fast_largewithtextalt-smallerFiction supplement Brexit edition

 Deadline 15 August 2016

 Holdfast magazine is an award winning speculative fiction magazine, that explores our world, minds, hearts, dreams, (anything really) through the lens of weird and wonderful writing.

We are looking for speculative fiction drawing from all of the themes from issues 5 – 8, but also specifically inspired by the UK’s recent decision to leave the EU. Where can you see this going? Are we headed for dystopia or utopia? What would the ghosts of people that died in our two world wars think? What would a secret supernatural underworld be feeling right now? How would this affect witches, robots, fairies? Is there a terrifying lizard monster wearing a human’s skin and leading a certain political party that really doesn’t like immigrants? Perhaps someone can go back in time to alter the result? Or maybe someone is mind-controlling the population?  We want your most imaginative speculative fiction to explore your thoughts and feelings concerning this historic time.

Please remember this is a speculative magazine, so we only accept fiction which falls under this umbrella – fantasy/horror/science fiction/magic realism etc:

  Themes to hang your Brexit fiction on:

Issue #5 Of Land, Sea and Sky
(think place/borders/ownership/migration/refugees/origins)

 Issue #6 Gods and Monsters
(think politics/manipulation/power)

 Issue #7 Looking Forward Looking Back
(think dystopia/utopia/time travel/origins of EU)

 Issue #8 Love Sex Romance
(think relationship/friendship/heartbreak/ unity)

 The fiction supplement will be published online on the magazine site and sent out as a newsletter to subscribers.

 Please read our submission guidelines before submitting.

 All submissions to: submissions@holdfastmagazine.com

We are also excited and very thankful to be shortlisted for the British Fantasy Society award for best magazine again, after we won it last year! (Still super amazed at that)

New issue out, call for submissions, and BFS award!

HOLDFAST_TIME_2Issue#7 of Holdfast, Looking Forward, Looking Back is live!

We are so excited to have Tamora Pierce as our featured author, and talk to her about how her obsession with the Middle Ages as a child inspired her writing, as well as about writing the role models she felt were missing in fantasy. We have some wonderful short stories and poetry by Deborah Walker, Sian Lorna Dawson, Matt Harris, and Nicki Heinen in our fiction section. Find Sonia Mullet’s latest column on out-of-print SFF works, and a look at East Asian visions of the past and future by Lucy in our non-fiction section. And in cross media find our Terminator movie marathon, read about time travel and romance in Lisa Kerrigan’s article, and about TV show Quantum Leap in Time Travelling Without Moving by Tom Riley.

 

British Fantasy Awards

We are so amazed and thrilled to be able to say that we have now won the British Fantasy Society award for best magazine! It’s all thanks to our amazing writers and artists who make holdfast possible. Which leads us on to our next point:

 

Call for Submissions!

Holdfast Anthology 2015–2016

We are now looking for submissions for the next holdfast print anthology! Last year we successfully crowd-funded a print anthology in order to raise funds to pay our wonderful writers and artists for their work. This year’s will contain some of the best fiction, articles and artwork from issues 5–8, but we also want new fiction and articles on the following themes:

Of Land Sea and Sky (landscape, setting and place in SFF)

Gods and Monsters (religion and Politics)

Looking Forward, Looking back (time – from alternative history, fantasy set in the middle ages, through to dystopia and space opera, it’s a pretty broad theme)

Love, Sex, Romance (we are looking for interesting and original fiction and articles examining this theme in speculative fiction) Issue#8 subs are open until Jan 15.

Go to our submissions page for more information and read through our guidelines before submitting. Get writing!

Call for Submissions for issue#8: Love, Sex, Romance

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Space romance opera? Sex and sorcery? The Red (hot) wedding?

Call for Submissions

Deadline 15 Jan 2016

In this issue we’ll be looking at that element of the human experience that levels all barriers and spans all narratives. Desire, attraction, relationships, whether riding a horse across fantastic landscapes or spiralling through space, love almost always has a place in our most beloved speculative fiction. For this issue we want stories that explore this in some way, whether it’s horror, urban fantasy or space opera, sparks will fly. We are particularly interested in stories and articles that contain diverse relationships. Please look through the submissions guidelines for info on how to submit. (Remember we are a speculative fiction mag, so that means fantasy, SF, horror, magic realism, dystopia, and general weird stuff)

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Issue#6 Gods and Monsters is out! Call for submissions for issue#7: Looking Forward Looking Back

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Our latest issue of holdfast magazine,Gods and Monsters“, on the themes of religion and politics in SFF is now live! We recommend opening up the gospel-themed playlist in a new tab and then settling in to take a read of all the amazing stories and articles we have for you.
We are more than thrilled to bring you this issue’s featured author interview; Lucy was lucky enough to interview the amazing Lois McMaster Bujold, author of the Vorkosigan Saga. We also have new stories in the fiction section, essays and articles in the non-fiction and cross media sections and some great book recommendations in the Bookshelf.
Also, submissions are open for issue 7: Looking Forward, Looking Back. Basically, anything that’s in any way influenced by time. This includes science fiction, dystopia, alternative history and fantasy that draws inspiration from the past. So pretty broad! Please go to our submissions page and read through our guidelines before submitting.

Issue#4 of holdfast magazine, Diverse Reflections, is live! Plus call for submissions.

Issue4headerIssue#4 of holdfast magazine, Diverse Reflections: Seeing yourself in speculative fiction, is now live!

We are very proud of this issue, marking a whole year of holdfast! It’s been a very exciting first year, with four issues examining different aspects of speculative fiction.

This issue is an examination of and celebration of diversity in speculative fiction. We speak to featured author Stephanie Saulter about her books, life and thoughts on diversity in our featured author interview. Read about odd, animal growths that affect a lesbian relationship, about a Cameroonian lover’s line magic, and see the preview of a new comic by Carol Hood in our fiction section. In our non fiction section, check out the first installment of a new column Rendezvous with Rare Books, a personal letter to Octavia Butler, an argument for better portrayals of trans folk, and our attempt to convert a new Unbeliever. Read a personal account of the animated series Avatar, an appreciation of the TV programme Sleepy Hollow and our liveblog of the Blade trilogy in the cross media section. And why not listen to our Afrofuturism playlist in another tab (or cosmic plane) and get some great book recommendations from The Bookshelf.
Call for Submissions: Issue#5: Of Land, Sea and Sky

Deadline: January 15 2015

In this issue we will look at the themes of location and landscape in speculative fiction. Interpret this how you wish – it includes urban fantasy, rural epics, alien terrains, creatures of the deep, exploration, psychogeography, eco-apocalypse and anything else where a sense of place, whether in this world or another, is important to the text.

Have a read through our guidelines and email submissions@holdfastmagazine.com

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Holdfast Print Anthology and Call For Submissions!

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Holdfast magazine has launched a fundraising campaign for our first ever print anthology. Click here to visit our fundraiser page and view the awesome prizes on offer, including signed books by Frances Hardinge, Emma Newman and Stephanie Salter, holdfast logo tote bags, and much more.

The holdfast anthology will be a beautiful artefact, comprised of new unpublished fiction, and some of the best articles from our online magazine, all in one, gorgeous volume.

Holdfast is a free, online speculative fiction magazine (that means science fiction, fantasy, horror and all the stuff that falls between) that celebrates and examines these amazing genres.

Read about a time-travelling law enforcer making a difficult choice, a cursed cycling tour that goes hopelessly and hilariously wrong, and what happens when the drugs don’t work on Sleeping Beauty in our fiction section. Discover what shark brains look like (spoiler: a human uterus), find out about the underrepresentation of Black women in science fiction, read a thank you letter to Margaret Atwood, and witness our attempts to convert a literary snob over to SFF in our non-fiction section.

Holdfast exists because of the wonderful writers and artists that contribute their time, effort and creativity for free. We want to recognise that writing and illustrating is work, and deserves to be rewarded.

So by supporting our anthology, not only will you be getting awesome stories, fascinating articles and fun prizes, you will also be supporting our wonderful contributors, without whom holdfast would not exist. All profits made will go directly to the writers and illustrators whose hard work and creativity fill the pages of holdfast, split equally for each contribution.

So go to our fundraiser, and become a part of the holdfast team!

We also need your stories for our next issue!

Issue#4 Diverse Reflections: Seeing Yourself in Speculative Fiction

 Deadline for online issue: September 21 2014

 In this issue we will look at people who aren’t represented in speculative fiction as much as they should be. For example, people of colour, lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, and people with disabilities. Everyone should be able to see themselves reflected in their world, including SFF fans. It seems, however, that much like other media, this just isn’t the case. We’re looking for submissions on this theme to be included in Issue#4.

Go to our submissions page for further information.

Email submissions@holdfastmagazine.com with ‘Diversity fiction’ in the subject line with your submission. Please take the time to read through our submission guidelines before submitting.

Out Now! Issue 7.1 of Flash

The twelfth issue of Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine is now available.

It features new stories from Australia, Belgium, Britain, Canada, Ethiopia, France, India, Ireland, Sri Lanka, and the USA. It opens with the winner of the UK’s inaugural National Flash Fiction Youth Competition (2014), ‘Unborn’ by Seeun Choi, a talented A-level student at Cardiff Sixth Form College. The competition was organized by Flash and the Department of English, University of Chester; it was judged by the editors and leading flash-author David Gaffney. For further information and to read the two runners-up, see Flash’s website.

The issue’s ‘Flash Presents’ section contains four pieces – ‘A Harbinger’, ‘Doctor Chevalier’s Lie’, ‘Old Aunt Peggy’, and ‘Ripe Figs’ – by Kate Chopin (1850–1904), a writer of subtle and often poignant fiction set mostly in 1870s and 1880s Louisiana, in the post-Civil War American South.

In the third-ever ‘Flash Essay’, ‘Samuel Beckett’s Faint Fiction’, Tim Lawrence reminds us that the great playwright and novelist was also author of haunting, lyrical fragments that might best be regarded as flashes. Alongside the essay, ‘The Cliff’ is reprinted, translated from Beckett’s original French.

Flash Reviews’ ranges from the humorous (Flash Fiction Funny) to the serious (Flashes of War), the masculine (Beasts and Men) to the feminine (The Kind of Girl), and concludes with a novella-in-flashes (Liliane’s Balcony). Each review is accompanied by a sample story.

To order a copy of the issue, or to subscribe to the magazine, visit the website: http://www.chester.ac.uk/flash.magazine

May Fortnightly Round-Up I

May is National Short Story Month in the US, but it’s always short story month round here… Check out our round-up of what’s been happening on ShortStops’ blog over the past fortnight:

Lit Mags and Competitions
The flurry of new lit mags continues: welcome to The Short Anthology: “each issue uses the work of one photographer as the stimulus for a collection of short stories”, and Storyboard magazine: “every month we have a new theme to base your writing around”. The Short Anthology got straight to it on the blog and introduced its first issue.

The Grind are now open for submissions for Issue 3, and HeadStuff also wants you.  The Cro Magnon wants your writing too, for their website and perhaps for their travelling show. Check out Confingo’s first issue, now on sale, and Structo’s brand new website.

Kingston University have launched two new exciting short story competitions – one judged by Hilary Mantel and one, for stories to be read aloud, judged by Bonnie Greer. Writing Maps has launched a new monthly contest and lit mag and Writeidea announced a new national short story contest, The Writeidea Prize, deadline 31 July. More contests: the 3rd annual A Spot of Hysteria Writing Competition run by the UK Hysterectomy Association is now open for entries (deadline Aug 31), and the Historic House Short Story Comp (26 Sep) wants stories inspired by or set in a historic house. 

Holdfast magazine is still open for submissions for their first print anthology, deadline June 15th, with submissions open til May 31st for their online issue #3. The Moth International Short Story Prize closes June 30th.

Live Lit & Short Story Events
White Rabbit unveiled its new Wonderlands White Rabbit Walks: From Pleasure Gardens to Power Station. Fictions of Every Kind has produced its first podcast with stories and music. 

Last Minutes & Gentle Reminders
Today is the deadline to send Story Fridays your stories on the theme ‘In Focus’ for their May event. The Manchester Review is open to submissions for Issue 12 until mid May, and Myths of the Near Future is calling for submissions from under-25s for the Money issue by May 30th. You have until May 31 to submit to Jotters United’s new short story comp on the theme of ‘Spirit’. 

If you are eager for even more short-story-related news, do follow ShortStops on Twitter where, when we should be writing, we spend (far too) much time passing on news from lit mags, live lit events, short story workshops and festivals! Happy reading, writing, listening and performing!
Tania x

April Round-Up II

Dear short story fans,
Another month almost over! Here’s our roundup of what’s been happening on ShortStops’ blog over the past fortnight:

Lit Mags and Competitions
We welcome two new lit mags to our list: Don’t Do It, “taking in fiction, poetry, critical writing and reviews from around the globe”, and HeadStuff “a collaborative website interested in a wide range of topics”. HeadStuff introduced themselves on the blog and would love you to submit something.

Talking of new and exciting: Writing Maps has launched a new monthly contest and lit mag and Writeidea announced a new national short story contest, The Writeidea Prize, deadline 31 July. More contests: the 3rd annual A Spot of Hysteria Writing Competition run by the UK Hysterectomy Association is now open for entries (deadline Aug 31), and the Historic House Short Story Comp (26 Sep) wants stories inspired by or set in a historic house. Jotters United announced Issue 2 and a new short story comp (deadline 31 May) on the theme of ‘Spirit’. (You can find all competition announcements by clicking the Competitions link in our top menu.)

Long Story, Short is calling for submissions of longer stories and the editor tells us what she’s looking for. The Cro Magnon wants your writing too, for their website and perhaps for their travelling show, and the Manchester Review is open to submissions for Issue 12 until mid May. Check out Confingo’s first issue, now on sale, and Structo’s brand new website.

Holdfast magazine is still open for submissions for their first print anthology, deadline June 15th, with submissions open til May 31st for their online issue #3. Myths of the Near Future is calling for submissions from under-25s for the Money issue, and The Moth International Short Story Prize closes June 30th.

Live Lit & Short Story Events
Fictions of Every Kind has produced its first podcast with stories and music. Story Fridays wants your stories on the theme ‘In Focus’ by 12 May for their May event. You missed Flashtag Manchester’s Short Short Story Slam and the Word Factory’s April event, make sure to keep an eye out for the next ones.


Workshops
Arvon’s Totleigh Barton centre assistant Eliza Squire talks about Arvon and short stories – there’s still space on upcoming residential short story courses. 

Last Minutes & Gentle Reminders
Wednesday is the deadline for to submit your entry to the Bristol Short Story Prize and to send a short story on the theme of Islands and Cities to a new Tasmanian-London anthology.

Happy reading, writing, listening and performing!

Up Now: Bonus Free Fiction and Fantasy Sharks!

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Illustration for ‘Foot Hoof Paw’ by Mat Andrew

Whilst holdfast is a quarterly speculative fiction magazine, we also have bonus articles and fiction going up each month.

 

New and up now:

Bonus story ‘Foot Hoof Paw’ by D.B Brodie, a view of the apocalypse from three very different points of view.

And have a look at this month’s bonus article ‘The Fantasy Shark’ by Alice Sanders that explores sharks in film, from the scary to the ridiculous. Did you know shark brains strongly resemble the human uterus?!

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Join our mailing list to get updates on when we post each bonus piece.

Submissions open for our print anthology and issues 3&4 now! Deadline for anthology 15th June 2014.

Holdfast Print Anthology Call For Submissions

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We are excited to announce our call for submissions for our first ever print anthology!

Deadline 15th June 2014

Contact: submissions@holdfastmagazine.com

Holdfast is a free online speculative fiction magazine that explores all things fantastic.

Each issue of Holdfast is centred around a specific theme. For the anthology we are looking for fiction and non-fiction on all four themes from our first year:

Speculating on Speculative Women

Animals, Beasts and Creatures

Objects, Artefacts and Talismans

Diverse Reflections: Seeing Yourself in Speculative Fiction.

It has been an incredibly exciting six months for us at Holdfast. Issues 1&2 are out, and we have been overwhelmed by the support and encouragement that we have received from the speculative community, especially when it comes to our amazing contributors. One thing that has become increasingly clear is that if we want to offer even a small payment, (which, please believe me, is a major priority) we cannot rely on donations and advertising alone; we are going to have to rack our brains and actively make some money.

And so, we will be launching a Kickstarter over the summer, with the aim of producing an anthology compiling all the year’s themes. This will include some of the best fiction and non-fiction we have already published, but also a whole bunch of new stuff. And this is where you come in! We are now accepting submissions for short stories and articles from all four themes. These are listed above.

If you are submitting specifically for the anthology, please put ‘Anthology’ specifying the theme and submission type. For example: ‘Anthology, Animals Beasts and Creatures, Fiction.’ Send to submissions@holdfastmagazine.com

The deadline for submissions is June 15 2014.

The online issue deadlines still apply, so if you want to get your story into issue#3, Objects, Artefacts and Talismans, please still submit by the 31 May 2014 (all submissions will also be considered for the Anthology). However if you miss the issue#3 deadline, you will still have 15 days to submit to the Anthology deadline on the 15 June 2014. Additionally, if you miss the Anthology deadline, you will have until September 21 2014 to submit to Issue#4, Diverse Reflections: Seeing yourself in Speculative Fiction, for the online version.

And if we don’t make our Kickstarter target, we are determined to produce it as an ebook. So, either way, we will be showcasing your wonderful contributions.

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Holdfast call for submissions and issue#2

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Issue#2: Animals, Beasts & Creatures is out now at www.holdfastmag.com 

Holdfast is a free, quarterly, online speculative fiction magazine that explores all things fantastic.

In this issue we explore speculative fiction’s relationship to our furred, scaled and feathered friends. From the hearths of our ancestors, who told tales to ward off the night that teemed with hostile beasties, to modern fiction, we have woven these companions into our myths, our legends, and our stories.

Read of god-challenging goats, horrifying dogs, earthshaking bulls and murderous blackbirds in our fiction section. Discover amazing writers with our bite-sized reviews of recommended reading on our bookshelf, and read our featured author interview with Sarah Pinborough. Explore humanity’s bond with wild creatures in the work of Robin Hobb, witness our attempt at conversion of a fantasy hater in the Unbelievers, and learn about the huge impact birds have had on speculative fiction in our non-fiction section. Find out about the insect fairies of Tessa Farmer and read a round up of dragons in Cross Media. All whilst listening to our Beasts playlist to get you in the mood.

We are now open for submissions for issue#3 Objects, Artefacts and Talismans. We are looking for fiction, articles and illustrators. Go to our submissions page for more information.

Contact us at: submissions@holdfastmagazine.com www.facebook.com/holdfastmag  @holdfastmag

Holdfast Magazine Call for submissions

ImageWe are now accepting submissions for Issue#2: Animals, Beasts & Creatures. Are you fascinated by what lurks within and what hides in the shadows? We look at the relationship between speculative fiction and animals, whether talking badgers or fire-breathing dragons.

Deadline for fiction and poetry January 20 2014. Go to our submissions page for more information. For any queries not covered please contact us at submissions@holdfastmagazine.com

Issue#1: Speculating about Speculative Women is out now at www.holdfastmagazine.com

“In an age when book blogs and eZines seem to crop up every twenty three and a half minutes, Holdfast has done it right – interesting features, diverting fiction, music and literary challenges – and that’s just in the first issue! I for one can’t wait to see where it goes from here.”

– Lee Harris, Senior Editor, Angry Robot and former Publisher of Hub Magazine.

Read speculative fiction, poetry, interviews, articles, reviews and other oddments all whilst listening to our fantasy playlist. Take part in co-authoring a story with featured author Emma Newman in our Story Chain. Discover what’s making Emma Newman angry, read Eva Kerslake-Blue’s short story Mirror, Mirror (and then read her bio!), peruse books written and inhabited by speculative women on our Bookshelf, and find out about the underrepresentation of Black women in science fiction.

Each issue revolves around a central theme, examining genre fiction through focussed articles, fiction and reviews. Linked to this is each issue’s interview with a featured author, whose writing connects to the issue’s topic. Regular features include The Unbelievers, in which our two heroic editors attempt to convert self-confessed fantasy haters, a themed playlist that gives readers a suitable atmosphere in which to browse, and A Letter To… tells an author how influential and inspiring they are.

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 Illustration by Zoe Ann Lee for poem ‘The Crown’ by Rebecca Manser

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