Confingo

The third issue of Confingo is now on sale – stories by John Saul, Charles Wilkinson, Stuart Snelson; poems by Marianne Daniels, Laryssa Wirstiuk, Pat Tompkins; photography by Elle Brotherhood, Zoë McLean, Rik Warren, Johan Schutte, Anke Loots; artwork by James Moss, Guy Mason.

 

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Trafika Europe issue 3 – Latvian Sojourn

Trafika Europe invites you to check out its brand new quarterly issue, free and available online.

Trafika Europe 3 – Latvian Sojourn showcases great contemporary writing from Latvia, featuring Oswalds Zebris, Edvīns Raups, Jānis Einfelds, Māra Zālīte, Inga Ābele and Nora Ikstenas. TE3 press pic

Plus, enjoy new Saami and Croatian poetry, Bulgarian fiction, and something from the Greek avant-garde.

 

It’s also bulging with art photos taken in and around Riga by two rising lights of Latvian photograpy, Katrina Kepule and Andrejs Strokins. Enjoy! (Cover photo here is by Kristine Sergejeva.) And let us know what you think, we’d love to hear from you. Email: editor@trafikaeurope.org.

The Short Anthology – The First Issue

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The Short Anthology‘s First Issue has launched.

Each issue of The Short Anthology will be a collection of short stories based on photography. The first issue used 8 photographs of the sea by Joe Coleman and had 6 writers create short stories based on one or a few of the photos. The stories are a very eclectic mixture, ranging from dystopian African sci-fi to a story about immigration and loneliness set in Dover, UK.

The writers are:

  • Dilman Dila, who was shortlisted for the 2013 Commonwealth Short Story Prize and is based in Uganda
  • Jonathan Kearnes, an MA graduate in Creative Writing based in London
  • Scott Morris, who was shortlisted for the 2013 White Review Short Story Prize and is Fiction Editor of The Literateur
  • Katherine Proctor, non-fiction editor of Should Does from North Carolina
  • Michael Salu, former artistic director of Granta Publications who has had his work published in various magazines
  • Matthew Sperling, a writer of poetry, fiction and criticism and a Leverhulme Trust research fellow at Reading University

The First Issue is available to buy here: www.theshortanthology.com

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Review of The Grind Issue #1

grindLogoShortStops is delighted to welcome our first reviewer, Rosalind Minett, reviewing the first issue of new Scottish journal The Grind:

It was enlivening to read the first issue of The Grind, an online magazine showcasing short fiction and visual art from across Scotland. The Grind will give new artists and writers the opportunity to have their work seen by an interested audience. Always ahead in the field of Education, Scotland has its own voice and personality, perhaps insufficiently seen internationally.

Some of the contributors will be completely unknown, others have already won acclaim for their work. I enjoyed all the contributions but can only mention a few in a brief review.

The first issue is certainly as diverse as the parts of that country. Dramatic treescapes from Jamie McFarlane open the magazine. This is followed by some poetic gems. I particularly liked Dreamscape by Seonaid Francis, short but lyrical, and delicately to the point.

The tone is very different for the arresting architectural and life-style statements by Declan Malone. These photographs both appealed to the eye while depressing the spirit, and as spatial configurations, they somehow sum up a visual experience for a significant proportion of the population.

This is a stimulating and exciting magazine.

Also memorable, are the very disturbing psychological portraits by Bryan M Ferguson. Somewhat filmically, he portrays what is happening and has happened to his subjects whom he allows to speak for themselves. His use of black/white contrast add to the effect upon us.

There is flash fiction in this issue, as well as poetry. I would pick out the haunting set of mini ghost stories by David Flood. These are less fantasy than a representation of the living loss for the ordinary person of those departed. The short pieces held together well as a set.

In the same vein, I loved the haunting shadowy photographs of TV Eye, like flickers of memory. Some photographs please as a work of art, some as technique. These appeared to strike some new ground, touching on half formed thoughts or minimally perceived movements.

In strong contrast, the impressive and central work NMDA by CD Shade is an intellectual presentation. It uses text, rhythm and diagram to present a visual representation of the glutamate receptor and its functions. This work really needed larger pages for readers to appreciate the scientific, cognitive, language and life implications it draws attention to. I enlarged each section in order to read it properly. NMDA is in essence a scientific poem, unique in its style. I am sure it will receive the attention it deserves .

This is a stimulating and exciting magazine. I did wonder if a different title would benefit it; a hydrophonics magazine has been using it for some time. Otherwise, only one criticism – the layout sometimes made it difficult to determine whose work I was seeing, so that I had to return to the Contents page. The author’s name, often written very small, hovered between pages. One artist framed his work, and this made for much easier viewing, especially on a tablet.

The talented writers and artists present a range of themes and genres in this first issue of The Grind. If there are to be changes in the later issues, I hope there will be a chosen theme each time. It will be exciting to see how the different individuals respond to this within their own medium and style.

Thank you, Rosalind! We hope this has whet your appetite – you can read Issue 1 of The Grind here. If you would like to review a literary magazine or a live lit event for us, drop us an email shortstopsuk@gmail.com.