Fictive Dream Call for Submissions

Fictive Dream is open to submissions of short stories and flash fiction (500 – 2,500 words). As always, we’re interested in material with a contemporary feel. Your stories may be on any subject. They may be challenging, dramatic, playful, exhilarating or cryptic. Above all, they must be well-crafted and compelling.

Check out the Fictive Dream website here.

Look at our submission guidelines here.

We’re looking forward to receiving your best work!

Laura Black
Editor 

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Bunbury Issue 18…in your hands?

Well hello to you all from Bunbury Magazine, and a (possibly slightly late) Happy New Year 2019 because by golly that January was a long one! We hope you are all well and sticking to your resolution like the good ones that you are.

 

We’re back to let you know that WE’RE BACK! Bunbury has landed with a brand new issue. Number 18. Bunbury is now officially able to vote and drink. It’s applying to university and revising for A Levels. It’s a busy time at Bunbury HQ.

 

To the important part. The issue is available for you now and, for the very first time, you can literally get your hands on a copy! That’s right, we’re in print! You would not believe how excited we are about this. Bunbury 18 now comes in both physical and digital formats: the physical features all of the poetry, short stories and flash fiction. The digital comes with bonus content, including the Art & Photography section, Serials and Our Edinburgh Fringe 2017 feature! It’s a corker.

The physical copy is £5 and comes with an activation code to download the bonus content for free OR you can get the full digital version downloaded to your gadgets for £5. Choose your destiny below.

Bunbury Issue 18: The Hunt Physical Edition

Bunbury Issue 18: The Hunt Digital Edition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We went with the theme of ‘The Hunt’ because Editor Keri was the loudest in the meeting room that day and started pretending to hunt everyone around the office. We don’t know why… We were afraid to ask.
Still, she’s stopped now and that’s the main thing.
We also thought it would be a darn good prompt. We hope it was.

This issue is another very special one, from the words, to the people, to the art, it’s just splendid from cover to cover.

As always, we’re bringing you excellent short stories, poetry, flash fiction and more alongside the usual stunning art work and in this one, we present for your delectation and delight, our adventures at the Edinburgh Fringe festival through our annual interviews. Also, allow me to take this opportunity to say that if you’ve never been to the Fringe, you really should. It’s a month of mayhem and wonder. Plus, haggis! What more could you ask for?

 

OTHER NEWS

Bunbury Issue 19 is now open for submissions. The theme for this one, you ask? Infinity we answer. As always, a big concept for you lovely, talented people to get your creative chops in to. For all of our guidelines for submitting to us, click on the submissions poster below. There’s lots of lovely info there!

 

Some of you may also know that we run spoken word events in our home town of Bury. If you didn’t know, you do now! They are also back up and running for 2018. The first one of the year was an absolute belter and we’re ramping up for the next one. It’s on 27th February in The Old White Lion in Bury. Our headliners are the absurdly talented Benjamin Guilfoyle and Fiona Nuttall. If you’re in the area (or even if you aren’t) come along. We have open mic spots available. For all the information, you know what to do (click the poster which will take you to a Facebook event where you can tell us you are coming!)

 

That’s all for now folks! As usual, come and find us on Facebook (Bunbury Magazine), Twitter (@BunburyPublish) and wherever they are serving a fine gin.

 

Tah-tah for now, dear Bunburyists!

Christopher and Keri.

New Lit Magazine: Call for Submissions!

Crossways is a recently launched literary magazine based in Cork, Ireland. We publish short stories and poetry.

We like well written stories that stimulate the intellect and imagination. Whether it be traditional, modern or experimental we will read it.

We are especially interested in new and emerging authors.

Unfortunately, we can’t offer payment for work at this stage: our goal is to get your name out there to attract other publishers.

We aim to publish four issues a year, beginning with our Spring issue in late April.

We like to say yes but that doesn’t mean we will publish anything!

The word limit is 3,000 words. Please submit no more than five stories.

Send cover letter with bio, pic and stories in a separate attachment (doc.x) to crosswaysmagazine@gmail.com

The Shadow Booth: Vol. 1 – Free Launch Event in London with Unsung Live

This coming Tuesday, 16th January 2018, we’re holding the London launch event for The Shadow Booth: Vol. 1, in partnership with Unsung Live! The event is FREE, but please RSVP using the link at the bottom of this post if you’d like to come along.

The evening will feature readings by RICHARD V. HIRST and GARY BUDDEN, both featured in Volume 1. There will also be readings by Unsung guests JAMES MILLER and STEPHEN ORAM – so prepare yourself for an evening of speculative readings, heated discussion, and the weird and wonderful. The event starts at 7pm on Tuesday 16th, and runs until about 9.30pm. It takes place at The Star of Kings, 126 York Way, London (near King’s Cross).

Reading this evening, we have:

JAMES MILLER: James Miller is the author of the novels LOST BOYS (Little, Brown 2008) SUNSHINE STATE (Little, Brown 2010) and most recently UNAMERICAN ACTIVITIES (Dodo Ink 2017) as well as numerous short stories and articles. He is senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Kingston University where he runs the MA in creative writing.

GARY BUDDEN: Gary Budden writes fiction and creative non-fiction about the intersections of British sub-culture, landscape, psychogeography, hidden history, nature, horror, weird fiction and more. A lot of it falls under the banner ‘landscape punk’. His work has appeared in The Shadow Booth: Vol. 1, Black Static, Unthology, Year’s Best Weird Fiction, The Lonely Crowd, Litro, Structo, The Quietus and many more. He was shortlisted for the 2015 London Short Story Award, and his story ‘Greenteeth’ was nominated for a 2017 British Fantasy Award and adapted into a short film by the filmmaker Adam Scovell. He also co-runs the indie publisher Influx Press. His debut fiction collection, HOLLOW SHORES, was published by Dead Ink Books in October 2017. He might also be part of the Eden Book Society.

RICHARD V. HIRST: Richard V. Hirst is from Manchester. His writing has appeared in The Shadow Booth: Vol. 1, The Guardian, The Big Issue and Time Out. His latest book is THE NIGHT VISITORS, an award-winning ghost story co-written with Jenn Ashworth and told entirely via emails.

STEPHEN ORAM: Stephen Oram writes science fiction and is lead curator for near-future fiction at Virtual Futures. Currently, he’s the cultural partner in a collaborative project with scientists at King’s College, London – they do the science he does the fiction. He’s been a hippie-punk, religious-squatter and an anarchist-bureaucrat; he thrives on contradictions. He is published in several anthologies, has two published novels, QUANTUM CONFESSIONS and FLUENCE. His recent collection of sci-fi shorts, EATING ROBOTS and Other Stories, was described by the Morning Star as one of the top radical works of fiction in 2017.

All are welcome, so please come along for an evening of free speculative fiction and good company!

If you’re interested in coming, please RSVP via the Meetup link here. See you at the Star!

(Note: If you can’t make it along, but would like to read The Shadow Booth, we now have paperbacks and ebooks available via our online store. Volume 1 includes stories by Alison Moore, Paul Tremblay, Gary Budden, Malcolm Devlin, Annie Neugebauer, Richard V. Hirst and many more.)

Fictive Dream Call for Submissions

Just over three weeks left to submit to Fictive Dream’s Flash Fiction February in which we will feature a new piece of flash fiction throughout February 2018. That’s a new story every day starting on 1 February for the entire month.

As always we’re interested in stories with a contemporary feel but for Flash Fiction February we’re putting a squeeze on the word count so only stories between 250 – 750 words please. Deadline December 31 2017.

Check out the Fictive Dream website here.

See out Flash Fiction February submission guidelines here.

For standard submissions we remain open as usual.

We’re looking forward to receiving your best. This is our last blog for the year so from all at Fictive Dream Happy Holidays! 

Laura Black
Editor

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Website http://www.fictivedream.com
Twitter @FictiveDream

 

Bunbury is back with Fallout.

So here we are again with Bunbury Magazine, dear Bunburyists. Issue seventeen. It feels like seventeen should the unlucky number, not thirteen. Thirteen gets a bad rap, probably because it got caught in the fallout of those Friday the Thirteenth films.

Oh, fallout! That’s why we’re here. It’s not often we get that distracted that early on. This is our fallout themed issue. We thought it timely going with this theme given everything going on in the world right now. As you know, we here at Bunbury towers try to stay non-partisan in all things outside of creativity but there are some things – some big things lurking around the world – that just cannot be ignored.

Our suggestion? Hunker down with plenty of water, canned food and ride out the fallout with this new issue. As usual, it’s packed to the reinforced-steel rafters with poetry, short stories, art and all of the nice things to help you escape from the outside world (REMAIN INDOORS). We also have a superb feature and interview with the very talented Aaron Kent, curator of Poetic Interviews, one of the most exciting projects happening in the poetry at the moment.

You can get this brand new issue but clicking the gorgeous front cover below (very expertly created by Amy Telfer). It is on pay-what-you-like but we suggest £3 for something so lovingly put together. Alternatively, if you pay £15 for this or any other issue, we will send you a copy of the Bunbury Creative Anthology Vol. 1, which contains the best bits from the first 12 issues. Come on, that’s a bargain!

Speaking of exciting, there are exciting times afoot here at Bunbury. Last issue, we introduced Dean Rhetoric to you, our new poetry editor, who has also put together amazing features for us and you (The Best Kept Secrets in Poetry last time)!

Well our team has expanded evermore. We would now like you all to welcome Malika M Street, who has joined us as poetry editor (and also helps us run our spoken word sister event Just Write). We also have Fiona Nuttall, who will be editing the short story section from here on in. We are so thrilled to have these three beautiful humans on board. We have no doubt that each section will be full to the brim with the highest quality you can find!

In other OTHER news, our doors are once again open for submissions. The theme is THE HUNT for issue 18. You can find our submissions guidelines and more how to get in touch on our website (just click the thing below!)

With all that, enough of the dillying and dallying. We must away to put on our tin hats and crouch under a rickety, match-stick table. Keep calm and Bunbury.

Much love and keep scribbling!

Christopher and Keri.

Fictive Dream Special Call for Submissions

New from Fictive Dream is Flash Fiction February in which we will feature a new piece of flash fiction throughout February 2018. That’s a new story every day starting on 1 February for the entire month.

As always we’re interested in stories with a contemporary feel but for Flash Fiction February we’re putting a squeeze on the word count so only stories between 250 – 750 words please. Deadline December 31 2017.

Check out the Fictive Dream website here.

See out Flash Fiction February submission guidelines here.

For standard submissions we remain open as usual.

We’re looking forward to receiving your best!

Laura Black
Editor

Website: www.fictivedream.com
Twitter: @Fictive Dream

 

Fictive Dream call for submissions

Fictive Dream is open to submissions all year round.

We especially like stories that give an insight into the human condition; stories that focus on those moments that change people’s lives. Your writing may be experimental, conventional, dramatic, playful, or cryptic. Above all, it must be well-crafted and compelling.

Check out our website here.

See our submission guidelines here.

We look forward to receiving your best short stories and flash fiction (500-2,500 words).

Happy writing!

Laura Black
Editor

Twitter @fictivedream
Website www.fictivedream.com

 

Bunbury Magazine in the flesh.

Hello to you all from Bunbury Magazine. We hope you are well and enjoying what passes for summer! The clouds may be filling the sky but we are here with news that will help the sun shine strong on your day.

For the very first time, Bunbury Magazine can be yours in physical form! We have been working tirelessly to get our back catalogue of issues into print and we are so proud to be able to bring you the very first issue. You can get your actual hands on the actual magazine by actually clicking on the beautiful front cover below.

In other news, our inbox is still open to submissions for our ‘Fallout’ themed issue. We are looking for your poetry, short stories and flash fiction. The deadline is 16th August and we still have plenty of room for your work. Find out more about our submission guidelines below:

We will be back in September with more news, themes and a new issue!

Much love,

Christopher and Keri.

Submissions open for Shooter’s “New Life” issue

Submissions have reopened for Shooter Literary Magazine‘s issue #7 with the theme of “New Life”.

As always, the theme is open to interpretation. In addition to the subject of birth, writers might like to consider themes to do with renewal, invention and reinvention. “New Life” could conjure starting over later in life; giving someone a chance at a critical time; rescuing animals or people, perhaps through adoption; second chances and opportunities that radically change someone’s circumstances. Non-fiction to do with trying to get pregnant, birth or parenting (from either a personal or political perspective) is particularly welcome. Poetry should incline to the observational rather than experimental end of the spectrum.

Literary fiction, creative non-fiction and narrative journalism should fall between 2,000 and 7,500 words. Please submit only one story or up to three poems per issue. Simultaneous submissions are welcome but let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. All work must be previously unpublished either in print or online. Successful writers receive payment and a copy of the issue.

Please read the guidelines at Shooter’s Submissions page before sending your work. The deadline for issue #7, which comes out this winter, is November 5th.

In addition to general submissions to the magazine, poets might like to submit verse on any theme to Shooter’s 2017 Poetry Competition. Further details can be found at https://shooterlitmag.com/poetry-competition.

How can you #resist a new Bunbury? Issue 16 is here!

WELCOME

Roll up! Roll up!

Welcome one and all, to this, the 16th issue of Bunbury Magazine.

The theme of this issue was #resist and, unlike Trump around the ladies, we just couldn’t. We wanted to shake it up a little this time as we usually don’t dabble in the greasy world of politics and the wonderful people who submitted did not disappoint.
We hope you enjoy reading this as much as we enjoyed editing and yes, I know we say it every time but every time it is a genuine pleasure and honour to be taken on such fabulous journeys.

You can get your virtual hands on this new piece of loveliness by clicking on the gorgeous front cover below (artwork provided by Marina Iks/Semina Arts). We run the magazine on a Pay-What-You-Feel basis. We recommend £3 which we can put back into the magazine and other projects we have in the pipeline. It also goes to thank those people that help us put it all together. Click now, follks!

 

INTRODUCING

We’re growing and changing at Bunbury. We are very proud to welcome into the fold a long term friend, respected writer and editor and now, colleague, Dean Rhetoric!
He will be on the editing team for poetry and will be out and about spreading the good word of Bunbury throughout, well wherever he goes really. He has also put together a phenomenal feature for this issue entitled The Best Kept Secrets in Poetry. His finger is on the pulse of what is up-and-coming in the poetry world and this is well worth a read.

SUBMISSIONS

Our inbox is now open for submissions. The theme is for issue 17 is Fallout. As always, we are looking for short stories, poetry, flash fiction, art, photography and basically any form of creativity.

Please send your submissions to submissions@bunburymagazine.com.

You can find all of our guidelines at https://bunburymagazine.com/submit-to-us/.

INTREGUE

As we’ve already said, we’re growing and changing so over the next few months, look out for exciting announcements, opportunities and other fun stuff.
But where will you be announcing these amazingly awesome things?! We hear you cry! Well you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter by clicking the buttons below.

 

SUPPORT

We now have a Patreon too. As we have said, everything we do for the magazine, our events and the support we give to grass-roots creativity comes out of our own pockets. In order to make this support even better, we are looking for YOUR support. We are on the verge of getting the magazine into print and we want to launch more anthologies and a podcast. None of this can be done for free. With your donations, we can expand our network and put more resources into Bunbury Magazine. You can get to our Patreon page by clicking our logo below. There are fabulous incentives and the chance to get involved in the magazine.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this,
We’ll leave you to it. Much love,

Christopher and Keri.

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Submit your writing to Popshot Magazine’s ‘Light’ issue

Popshot Magazine is now open for short fiction and poetry submissions for its 18th issue. Find out what their editors are looking for below:

With seventeen beautiful issues under our belt (you can see them all here), we’re hoping to make our eighteenth edition the brightest and most brilliant one yet.

Light has a multitude of meanings and (nearly) all of them are positive. They cover illumination, enlightenment, weightlessness, discovery and delicateness. This is what we would love to fill this issue with: fiction and poetry that gifts our readers with a more vibrant view of the world. In our most recent issue, a prose poem called Giraffe by Bryony Littlefair quietly embodied this feeling of tiptoeing towards the light. The positive reaction from readers all over the world was a joy to observe, and for the Light issue, we would love to see more of it.

If you’re interested in seeing your writing published and illustrated in Popshot’s eighteenth issue, head to our submit page for the full submissions guidelines. As always, we’re open to contributions from anyone, anywhere in the world. Whether you’ve been published in Popshot before or never been published anywhere, every submission is welcomed and given the time it deserves.

Finally, if you’ve never actually read an issue of Popshot before, we would encourage you to pick one up. In the last four issues of the magazine, two-thirds of our contributors have either been print subscribers, digital subscribers or have read a copy of the magazine before. So, if you would like to increase your understanding of the work we publish — whilst supporting Popshot at the same time — pick up a copy or subscribe.

Fictive Dream is one year old!

Fictive Dream is a year old and to mark this we’ll be publishing eight stories from our best-loved writers.

Steve Carr (USA) and Anne Goodwin (UK) will kick off the series on 7 May 2017. Following on throughout May will be Sandra Arnold (New Zealand), Paul Beckman (USA), Tamar Hodes and James Wall both from Britain, Annie Dawid (USA) and rounding off, Isobel Blackthorn (Australia).

Fictive Dream is open to submissions throughout the year.

Check out our submission guidelines here and send us your best. 

Happy reading.

Laura Black
Editor

www.fictivedream.com
@FictiveDream

Bunbury is back with Issue 15 and some exciting news!

Well, hello from all of us at Bunbury Magazine to you, Dear Bunburyists,

We’re not quite sure on the etiquette for how late we can wish you all a Happy New Year. We think after about 15th January it becomes a little awkward but, you know what? This is the first issue of 2017 so you’re getting it…

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We hope your 2017 has gotten off to a rollicking start. Ours has been a nice peaceful affair here so far. That’s what we’re going with anyway. In reality, we have been running around like blue-proverbialled flies getting this next nugget of loveliness together for you! We make it sound like a chore, don’t we? It really is not!

Once again, we have been blessed with some of the finest writing from around the world. It has been an honour to read all the words sent in to us. Not only that, but we have some wonderful art to bring to you (the front cover is more than a little spiffy, we’re sure you’ll agree!)

Without further ado, you can download this new issue for the (not so) new year by clicking on the gorgeous link picture below, kindly given to us by Vincent Davis.

As always, we recommend a £3 donation, which is really good value for all the joy we are bringing to your Kindles/Laptops/Eyes. However, if you would like to donate £15 to our support network for grass-roots creativity, we will send you a copy of The Bunbury Creative Anthology. Simply email us on bunburymagazine@gmail.com with your details when you have paid and we will put it in the post for you.

As well as all this, last year we had the pleasure of putting together two incredible features for you. As usual, we took our annual trip up to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. As usual, we spent five days legging it from one venue to the next, making sure we caught up with the very best shows at the Fringe and boy, did we see some utter crackers! This issue’s feature brings you the very best of The Fringe 2016.

As well as this, we are thrilled to bring you a feature on Evidently, one of Manchester’s premier spoken word nights. Honestly, if you love performance poetry, get down to this bad boy. We don’t care that you don’t live in the area. Travel! We interviewed the headliners and open mic guests to give you a flavour of what Kieren King and Ella Gainsborough, the eminent creators of Evidently, organise.

  Last but not least, the exciting news! We’ve been short-listed for Best Magazine in this year’s Saboteur Awards. Thank you so much to all those who voted for us to get to the short-list. Last year, we came third. This year, we want to win. We want to win for all the writers, artists, comedians, performers and all round magnificent people we have featured in all 15 issues. To vote for us, click on the picture below. (While you’re there, please vote for Evidently, stars of this issue, for Best Regular Spoken Word Show!) We’d really appreciate it.

            Anyway, happy new year again. Yeah, yeah, we know it’s too late for all that. Just go and read the magazine, will you?

Much love and keep scribbling,

Christopher and Keri.

Vote Bunbury for Saboteur Awards 2017

As you remember, last year, Bunbury Magazine had the great honour to be short-listed for Best Magazine at the Saboteur Awards.

This year, we want to go one better and win!

To do this, we need your help. We would love to have your vote for best magazine. A vote for us is a vote for every poet, writer, artist, comedian, every beautiful creative we have featured in our pages.

It has been our great pleasure and joy to bring you the finest writing and art & photography from around the world for the past 4 years. We want this recognition not just for us but for everyone that has made doing Bunbury as amazing as it is. In case you need more encouragement, here are some of the gorgeous front covers we have had:

You have to vote in three categories this year in order for your vote to count so while you are there, could you please vote for our anthology, The Bunbury Creative Anthology, as Best Anthology, and our Editor Christopher Moriarty’s book Lightspeed as Best Short Story Collection? It would mean an awful lot to us!

The Anthology is the best of the first 12 issues of Bunbury Magazine. We had so much fun reading everything again and making the editorial decisions. It was out first foray into physical publishing and having recognition for this would be amazing.

So just to remind you, please, please vote for:

Best Magazine – Bunbury Magazine

Best Anthology – Bunbury Creative Anthlogy

Best Short Story Collection – Lightspeed by Christopher Moriarty

You can find the link for voting right here:

Fictive Dream Call for Submissions

Fictive Dream is open to submissions throughout the year. If you write high-quality, original short stories, then we’d like to hear from you. Your story may be challenging, dramatic, playful, exhilarating or cryptic. Above all, it must be well-crafted and compelling.

To find out more about Fictive Dream check out our website. 

See our submission guidelines here

Happy writing!

Laura Black
Editor

Website http://www.fictivedream.com
Twitter @FictiveDream

TOKEN Magazine – Call for submissions

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TOKEN magazine is now open for submissions.

We are looking for short stories (in any genre/style) with the word count between 500-5000 words, non-fiction pieces, interviews, illustrations, photography, and artwork. As this issue is our first we really want as many diverse creative works as possible – so if in doubt, submit! We are in particular looking for BAME writers underrepresented in literature and the arts.

There is no theme for this issue.

If you are selected we may want to work with you in developing your piece (this is mainly for written pieces).

All contributors will be given a hard copy of the zine.

To submit please email your piece to tokenmagazine@gmail.com.

 

Rules

Any works published elsewhere (including on your personal blogs) will not be accepted.

The deadline for submitting is midnight (UK time) 28 February 2017.

 

For more information about TOKEN Magazine please see our website here or follow us on twitter here

 

 

Submit your writing to Popshot Magazine’s ‘Future’ issue

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We are now open for short fiction and poetry submissions for the 17th issue of Popshot.

The future has always been a fascinating concept. It’s the more mysterious, inspiring sibling of the past and present. While the past has been concluded and the present is predictable, the future (especially the distant future) lives only in our heads. It can be whatever we choose it to be. It is the pinnacle of imagination; the ultimate blank canvas to project our dreams, aspirations and fears upon.

The word has been scribbled down on our list of themes for five or six years. Each time we considered it in the lead up to a new issue, there was always another theme that felt more timely. However, global events of the last few months have turned that on its head. Following the recent publication of The Hope Issue, we now can’t think of a theme more timely than this one.

Thus, it is with great excitement and eagerness that we open the doors to literary submissions for our 17th issue on the theme of ‘Future’. For the full submissions guidelines, head to popshotpopshot.com/submit and make sure you send in your short fiction or poetry long before the deadline of January 26th.

To familiarise yourself with the kind of work we publish, buy a copy or subscribe from just £10 a year.