Writers’ HQ 6 Week Online Short Fiction Course Starts 10th October

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Short stories aren’t just easier versions of the novel. They’re a broad, complex and rewarding art form in their own right. Writers’ HQ’s new online writing short story course will help you see the bigger picture and compress it into short fiction with real punch.

Try a FREE week of the course here!

Running for 6 weeks from 10th October, this online course is structured to work around busy lives and work schedules, and to support writers of all experiences. With the help of inspiring exercises, writing prompts, advice from award-winning short fiction writers, fantastic published examples, thought-provoking literary analysis, and a great little online community, you’ll come out the other side with plenty of ideas and at least one fully formed short story to call your very own.

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Writers’ HQ is an arse-kicking, procrastination-bust­ing writing organisation based in Sussex (with plans for global online domination). Their motto? Stop f**king about and start writing. With online courses, local writing retreats and workshops, Writers’ HQ is here to help writers get the words out of their heads and onto the page with as little angst as possible. 

One Issue and Six Deadlines

The new issue of The A3 Review will be published on October 1. You can pre-order a copy via this link.

Each month we choose two winning pieces, then we publish them in an issue twice a year. We’re already on the look-out for new work to feature in Issue #6, and our first monthly contest ends on September 24th. Even if you missed it, there are five more till February.

The theme this month is ISLANDS. We want your best short fiction (as well as poetry or artwork) about desert islands or private islands, unexplored islands, prison islands, treasure islands, remote islands or the island you live on. Write about the islands you’ve never been to. Think about the geography of an island – does it have palm-fringed beaches or sheer cliffs? Is it covered in forest or volcanic wasteland? Who are the people and creatures that live on the island – are they hostile or friendly? Strange or familiar?

Think about other types of islands – islands of plastic in the middle of the ocean, log islands moving down river, misty islands in the middle of lakes. Tell the story (in no more than 150 words) about a surreal island where time and reality is subtly changed. Find inspiration in the symbolism of islands – their separation, their independence, their aloneness. Explore the word itself, the phrases hidden in it, its sound. Eye land. Aye! Land!

We welcome short stories, flash fiction, poetry, comics, graphic stories, a snippet of memoir, photographs, illustrations, and any combination of the above. The only restriction is a word-limit of 150 and images should fit well into an A6 panel. The deadline is 24th September 2016.

Editor KM Elkes will choose two winners for publication in Issue #6. All winning entries will receive Writing Maps and contributor copies, while three overall winners receive cash prizes.

You can get more inspiration by following The A3 Review on Twitter @TheA3Review and sign up for our newsletter here.

Editors KM Elkes and Shaun Levin also offer a critique service for writers looking for detailed, knowledgeable and forward-looking feedback on their work. To find out more about The A3 Review‘s Critique Service, click here.

Just One Week Left to Submit to Into The Void Issue 2!

Into The Void Magazine seeks fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art for Issue Two. There is no theme. We want work that screams out from inside you and grabs hold of us. We want to hear what you have no choice but to tell. Unpublished and less established writers have as good a chance as any—it’s all about the writing. The deadline is September 25th. https://intothevoidmagazine.com/submissions/ cover

 

POETRY

We accept poems of all forms and styles of up to 80 lines with no minimum line or word count. The key here is two-fold: A clear display of the intention to create a beautiful sounding poem, and an economical use of well-chosen words of powerful meaning and description. Poems can be about anything at all, and of all shapes.

 

FICTION

We are open to all genres and styles of up to 4,000 words with no minimum. Although literary fiction tends to be our favourite, we love any kind of story that blows us away, from science fiction to speculative to fantasy to horror. The only requirement is writing your little heart out! We aren’t too fussed about flawless grammar and technique; we’re much more interested in stories that grab and enthral and refuse to let go. We prize beautiful, unique prose but clarity is a must. The most important thing we can tell you is this: Stories, always, always, always, are about people. Everything else is secondary. Write the story you simply must write–the one that screams its way out of your fingers because it needs to be read.

NON-FICTION

We accept essays of up to 4,000 words on any topic whatsoever that conveys passion and truth, be it personal or issue-focused. We want essays that bite!

For more details and the guidelines on how to submit, see our submissions page: https://intothevoidmagazine.com/submissions/

Words Away

bird-167Words Away is a new series of monthly creative writing salons for writers taking place at The Tea House Theatre Cafe in London, beginning Monday, 19th September, 7.30- 9.30pm. Alongside writer Emma Darwin I’ll be meeting up with a different guest author each month for a focussed discussion on aspects of writing fiction be it short stories or longer form. The salons have been created with the audience as a key part of the evening, to exchange ideas, ask questions and chat.

Our season begins with editor and blogger Andrew Wille looking at Ways To Make Your Novel Shine and exploring how to self-edit your fiction. Following Andrew we have some amazing guest writers lined up including Caroline Green, Essie Fox and Elizabeth Fremantle.

Be inspired. Develop and nurture your craft. Meet other writers.

Join us for one of our salons at the fabulous Tea House Theatre Cafe, 139 Vauxhall Walk, London, SE11, 5HL @7.30pm. £10 on the door or you can book online and find out more about Words Away on our website. WordsAway

Stroud Short Stories at Cheltenham Literature Festival 10 October 2016

 

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The next Stroud Short Stories event will celebrate our fifth birthday – and will be held at the 2016 Cheltenham Literature Festival. It’s on Monday 10 October at 9pm. I have chosen my favourite seven stories from the 100+ read at SSS events from 2011-16. The authors will read them at the LitFest. Absolutely unmissable.

Tickets are £8 and are available from the Cheltenham LitFest website www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature/

John Holland (Organiser, Stroud Short Stories)

SSS Website http://stroudshortstories.blogspot.co.uk/

Email stroudshortstories@gmail.com

Words and Women launch annual prose competition for the East of England and a new national award for women over 40.

LOW RES ONLINE Words and Women Competition 2016The national award, generously sponsored by Hosking Houses Trust, marks the fifth anniversary of Words and Women and offers women over the age of 40 the opportunity to win £1,000 and a month-long writing retreat.

The East of England prize offers the winner £600 and a mentoring session with Jill Dawson of Gold Dust.  Both national and regional winners will be published in Words and Women: Four, alongside 20 runners up. The anthology, published in partnership with Unthank Books in Norwich, will be launched on International Women’s Day, 8th March, 2017.

This year’s guest judge is Naomi Wood, the prize-winning author of The Godless Boys and the bestseller Mrs. Hemingway (both from Picador). Mrs. Hemingway has been translated into ten languages, won the Jerwood Fiction Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2015 International Dylan Thomas Prize. It was also a 2015 Richard and Judy Bookclub choice.

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Wood is looking for ‘writing that is smart but also honest. Writing that challenges the reader and writing that may take risks in voice or form. But most of all, I’m looking for writing that has a big heart, and where the reader is left moved by the whole experience of being in the world created by the writer.’

Hosking Houses Trust is a unique charity which offers women over the age of 40 time in which to start, continue or complete interesting or innovative work, in a residency free from the pressures of everyday life. Writers who have been awarded residencies include Joan Bakewell and Sally Vickers.

Jill Dawson is the author of nine novels, including the best-selling Fred and Edie, (short-listed for The Whitbread and Orange Prize) and Watch Me Disappear (long-listed for the Orange Prize). Her novel The Great Lover, about the poet Rupert Brooke, published in 2009, was a best-seller and a Richard and Judy Summer Read.   Her latest is The Crime Writer, about Patricia Highsmith. Jill is the founder of Gold Dust, a high calibre mentoring scheme.  Gold Dust will offer all entrants to our competition a special discount on their mentoring packages.

The Words and Women prose competition has proved itself to be a great showcase and previous winners have gone on to secure agent representation and increased interest in their work.

Entries should be 2,200 words or under.  Short works of fiction, memoir, life-writing and creative non-fiction are all welcome. Extracts from longer works will not be considered. The deadline is 15th November 2016.  Winners will be announced in January 2017.  See www.wordsandwomennorwich.blogspot.co.uk for details.

 

 

Tears in the Fence Flash Fiction Competition

PRIZES

First Prize of £200, Second Prize of £150 and Third Prize of £100. The winners and other highly commended entries will be published in issue 65.

DEADLINE

The competition will open on 1st October 2016 and close on 19th November 2016. Winning entrants will be announced on the Tears in the Fence website https://tearsinthefence.com/flashfiction site on 7th January 2017.

SUBMISSIONS

Submissions may be done on http://tearsinthefence.com or by post to Tears in the Fence
Flash Fiction Competition, Portman Lodge, Durweston, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 0QA, England

RULES AND GUIDELINES

All entries must be unpublished and 400 words or less and the original work of the author.

There is no set Theme.

There is no limit to the number of entries that one person may submit.

Entries may not be submitted elsewhere for the duration of the competition.

This competition is open to anyone over the age of 16 years.

The editors of Tears in the Fence will judge this competition.

The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

All entries will be judged anonymously and considered for publication.

Please do not put your name, address, email or any identifying marks on the Word or rtf document in which you enclose your flash fiction.

No entry form is required.

Please enter by email to tearsinthefence@gmail.com through the Submissions page on the magazine’s website or post to Tears in the Fence with a separate covering letter and appropriate fee.

Fees

Entries must be accompanied by submission fees of £5 for a single submission, £7.50 for two and £10 for three. More than three flash fictions should be made on another entry.

Entries are only included in the competition when payment is received by PayPal, follow the instructions on the DONATE button on the magazine’s website, or by cheque, made out to Tears in the Fence.

The Short Anthology, Issue Two

The Short Anthology, Issue Two

The Short Anthology‘s Second Issue has launched.

Each issue of The Short Anthology is a collection of short stories based on photography. The second issue is based around 8 photographs Alma Haser took whilst on a trip back to her native Black Forest in Germany. 6 writers then used these photos as the inspiration for a short story. The stories are an eclectic mixture, ranging from an encounter with a strange beast deep in the German forests to the unearthing of a long held secret in a town in Nigeria.

The writers are:

  • Susan Sanford Blades, a writer living in Victoria, BC. Her short stories have been shortlisted for the Short Grain contest, the Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award and the Alberta Magazines Showcase Awards.
  • Gary Budden, co-director of Influx Press and an editorial assistant at Unsung Stories. His work has appeared in numerous journals, magazines and websites. He writes about landscape, punk and more at www.newlexicons.com.
  • Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, who lives in Abuja, Nigeria. His writing has been nominated for the Caine Prize for African Writing and his first novel, Season of Crimson Blossoms, was published in 2015 by Parrésia Publishers in Nigeria and Cassava Republic Press in the UK.
  • Anna Metcalfe, who had her first collection of short fiction, Blind Water Pass & Other Stories published by John Murray in May 2016.
  • Elizabeth Mikesch, the author of Niceties: Aural Ardor, Pardon Me (Calamari, 2014) and the co-founder of ( . y . ) press, an all-girl publishing project. She also performs contemporary folk arias as Fat Friend. She lives in Detroit, Michigan.
  • May-Lan Tan, the author of the short story collection Things to Make and Break (CB Editions, 2014) and the chapbook Girly (Future Tense, 2014). She lives in London.

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

If you didn’t get the first issue you can buy it along the the second issue in a special deal, go to www.theshortanthology.com to order.

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Early morning writing classes

Write & Shine morning creative writing workshops take place online and in peaceful London locations.

For our next online course…

…we’ll use the theme of ‘Colour’ to inspire new poems, stories and life writing. From the darkest cherry red to a soft pale blue, colour is everywhere! Join Write & Shine’s four-week self-study online course on the theme of ‘Colour’ to discover all kinds of ways to add brightness your morning. From 24 August to 14 September, you’ll receive a set of vivid writing prompts directly to your email inbox each Wednesday at 6am (BST), ready to complete that morning. Only £15 for the full four-week course.

Our face-to-face workshops…

… continue on Thursdays in central London, starting at 7.30am and 9.15am. In each session, you’ll be set writing tasks which might include discussing poems and short fiction, examining photographs, sniffing lavender, reading that morning’s Metro, or playing with vintage Cluedo cards! It’s £12 each time, with drinks & pastries included. Next workshop is on Thursday 11 August, at Waterstones Piccadilly.
All sessions are open to new and experienced poets, short story writers, novelists, artists and makers—or anyone wanting to incorporate creativity into their busy working lives. Write & Shine classes are facilitated by writer Gemma Seltzer, a morning enthusiast!

Find out more at: www.write-and-shine.com


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Are You on the Right Track?

The A3 Review has launched a short story and flash fiction Critique Service. Stories up to 5,000 words will receive detailed feedback and guidance from The A3 Review‘s editor, Shaun Levin, and guest editor, KM Elkes.

Find out more about the Critique Service and the Editors here.

This month’s A3 Review contest is the last chance to qualify for inclusion in Issue 5.The theme is TRACKS. Some things to think about for inspiration: Write about tracks listened to and tracks run on. Your favourite track, the song or tune that sends you back, the track you’ve played on a loop or cannot bear to hear. Use your favourite music track as inspiration (listen to it as you write). Write about the karaoke tracks you’d choose, the tracks that make you want to dance or cry. What do you listen to when working out or running (on a track!). Write from the musician’s point of view about cutting a track. Write or draw or photograph other types of tracks: ones you follow through woods or across fields; picking up the track of someone or something. Think train tracks, bike tracks, tracking someone online; the inside and outside tracks, being on the right track – or even the wrong track! Don’t backtrack. Make tracks. Explore the fast track, the wrong side of the tracks, or the one-track mind. Are you keeping track? Then enter the contest here.

We welcome short fiction, graphic stories, memoir, photographs, illustrations or any combination of the above. The only restriction is a word-limit of 150 and images should fit well into an A6 panel. The deadline is 27 August 2016.

Guest editor and award-winning author KM Elkes will choose two winners from the contest to go into Issue #5, to be published next month (September). All winning entries will receive Writing Maps and contributor copies, while three overall winners receive cash prizes (1st = £150; 2nd = £75; 3rd = £50).

Following The A3 Review on Twitter @TheA3Review and sign up to the newsletter here.

Bunbury Issue Thirteen is Here and Some MORE Exciting News!

Hello to you again from all of us at Bunbury Magazine! It’s that time again, dear Bunburyists. Time for another installment of your favourite international, wide-read, beautifully curated and over-epitheted arts-and-literature magazine (which seemingly has a curious love of hyphens). Bunbury is back! Back again. Can’t get rid of us, can you? Issue 13 is here. Unlucky for some, but not for you dear Bunburyists because it’s another issue jam-packed of the usual high-quality content you come to expect from us – poetry, stories, art and photography and JAM! Mmmm. Jam.

And you can grab your copy of issue 13 right now by clicking on the stunning artwork below!

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Mind you, we are quite giddy here at the moment. As we write this, we are in the middle of campaigning for the Saboteur Awards. We’ve been nominated for Best Magazine. Too right, as well! We’re pretty damn spiffy if we do say so ourselves. (In the end, we placed a very honourable third!)

Enough of the gushing anyway. What have we got for you this month? Space. That’s the theme, in memory of the great David Bowie who joined the Starman waiting in the Sky this year. Along with our usual poetry section, we have some wonderful poems written in his memory.

And while we’re on the subject, take this issue as being dedicated to some of the other wonderful talents we have lost this year: Victoria Wood, Terry Wogan, Alan Rickman, Prince, Paul Kantner, Glenn Frey, Ronnie Corbett and so many more besides. Each one has added something marvellous to the world and will never be forgotten.

Our feature this issue sees us turn our eye on the wonderful world of podcasts. We adore podcasts. There’s something so wonderfully fresh about them. The performers can really be themselves and make what they want to make and the results are often so sparkling and vibrant. And diverse! There’s an entire world out there to listen to. We’ve had the pleasure of talking to the hosts of some of our favourite podcasts; Ray Peacock & Barry Dodds from The Parapod; Rob Rouse from The Rob Rouse Podcast. We heartily recommend listening to all of these but have a read of their interviews first. Or listen while you read? Oh, the options are some.

In other news, we have launched our very first physical book. It is the Bunbury Creative Anthology; it is the our favourite writing from the first 12 issues of Bunbury Magazine. It is full of brilliant poetry, short stories and flash fiction from the likes of It includes stunning writing from the likes of Clare Ferguson-Walker, The Antipoet, David Subacchi, Dean Rhetoric, Danielle Matthews, Dave Judgement, Karen Little, Kevin McMahon, Kurt Jarram to mention but a few! Well you can get your very own copy now! It’s on Amazon as either physical copy or e-book. Please leave a review too so more people can see the phenomenal writing on display it the pages! Just click the beautiful cover below!

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As always, you can find us on Twitter @BunburyPublish and on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/bunburymagazine where you can keep up-to-date with everything we are up to here.

Finally, we are now open for submissions on issue 15 of Bunbury. The theme is Terra and is due out in December 2016. All our guidelines can be found here:

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Anyway, enough from us. Get in there you. Have fun. This Bunbury is a good’un. Next time we speak Christopher and Keri shall be married and exhausted from Edinburgh. But MARRIED! The giddiness is returning.

Bye! And keep scribbling!

Much love,

Christopher and Keri.

Into The Void Call for Submissions Issue 2

Into The Void Magazine seeks fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art for Issue Two. There is no theme. We want work that screams out from inside you and grabs hold of us. We want to hear what you have no choice but to tell. Unpublished and less established writers have as good a chance as any—it’s all about the writing. The deadline is September 25th. https://intothevoidmagazine.com/submissions/ cover
 
POETRY
We accept poems of all forms and styles of up to 80 lines with no minimum line or word count. The key here is two-fold: A clear display of the intention to create a beautiful sounding poem, and an economical use of well-chosen words of powerful meaning and description. Poems can be about anything at all, and of all shapes.
 
FICTION
We are open to all genres and styles of up to 4,000 words with no minimum. Although literary fiction tends to be our favourite, we love any kind of story that blows us away, from science fiction to speculative to fantasy to horror. The only requirement is writing your little heart out! We aren’t too fussed about flawless grammar and technique; we’re much more interested in stories that grab and enthral and refuse to let go. We prize beautiful, unique prose but clarity is a must. The most important thing we can tell you is this: Stories, always, always, always, are about people. Everything else is secondary. Write the story you simply must write–the one that screams its way out of your fingers because it needs to be read.
NON-FICTION
We accept essays of up to 4,000 words on any topic whatsoever that conveys passion and truth, be it personal or issue-focused. We want essays that bite!
For more details and the guidelines on how to submit, see our submissions page: https://intothevoidmagazine.com/submissions/

Hotel Magazine Call for Submissions

Hotel magazine will be open for submissions for their third issue from August 2016.

We are looking for original works of short fiction, non-fiction and poetry as well as non-academic essayistic work, thought pieces, interviews and fragments.

Please send all submissions to editorial@partisanhotel.co.uk

Submissions for Hotel Online are on-going and should also be sent to editorial@partisanhotel.co.uk

For more information please visit are online archive at partisanhotel.co.uk or view our submissions page.

Hotel is a magazine for new approaches to fiction, non-fiction and poetry, which features new work from established authors and emerging talent. Hotel aims to provide a space for experimental reflection on literature’s role as “art” and cultural mediator. Our first issue (spring 2016) includes new work by Will Eaves, Erica Baum, Jane Yeh and Eley Williams. Our second issue (autumn 2016) will feature work by Wayne Koestenbaum, Amanda DeMarco and Mary Margaret Rinebold. Hotel is currently available from the Institute of Contemporary Arts Bookshop in London; the Arnolfini – Centre for Contemporary Arts, Bristol; and Wiels Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels.

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Hotel #1 is now available from the ICA bookshop or through our website.

Hotel is a magazine for new approaches to fiction, non-fiction and poetry, which features new work from established authors and emerging talent. Hotel aims to provide a space for experimental reflection on literature’s role as “art” and cultural mediator. Our first issue (spring 2016) includes new work by Will Eaves, Jane Yeh and Eley Williams. Our second issue (autumn 2016) will feature work by Wayne Koestenbaum, Amanda DeMarco and Mary Margaret Rinebold. Hotel is currently available from the Institute of Contemporary Arts Bookshop in London or here.

Hotel #1 will be launched on June 24th at The Function Room.

The Function Room is upstairs at The Cock Tavern, 23 Phoenix Road, London NW1 1HB.

There will be readings from both HOTEL #1. & HOTEL #2, including Holly Pester, Duncan White, Eley Williams and Will Eaves.

For more details visit here or here.

E: editorial@partisanhotel.co.uk

W: http://www.partisanhotel.co.uk

 

 

Less Than 4 Weeks Left To Submit To Into The Void!

3There’s less than 4 weeks left to submit your fiction, non-fiction, poetry and visual art to Into The Void Magazine!

Into The Void Magazine is a literary magazine based in Dublin, Ireland. We are accepting all genres and styles for Issue One. We’re looking for short stories, flash fiction, essays, poems and visual art that grab and enthral and refuse to let go. We prize heartfelt and genuine writing above perfect grammar and technique. Above all, we’re looking for writing that screams to be read. Previously unpublished writers stand as good a chance of being accepted for publication as others—it’s all about the writing. Some work that doesn’t make it into the magazine will be accepted for publication on our website.

Published writers receive a token payment as well as a copy of the magazine, a lifetime digital subscription and a $15 / £10 / €15 firstwriter.com voucher.

Head over to our Submissions page on our website to see exactly what we’re looking for and how to submit.

The deadline for submissions is 25th June, 2016.

Bunbury has some amazing news for you!

Hello to you all from Bunbury Magazine! We hope you’re doing well. We’ve just swing by quickly to give you some absolutely terrific news and give you some updates.

First off, there is this:

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You may remember last time we came by we were asking for your votes to get shortlisted for the Saboteur Awards 2016. Well, we only flippin’ went and did it, didn’t we? We want to thank you all for helping us make the shortlist. The groundswell of support has really blown us away. Keri and I are going to be true to our word and get the tattoos. Christopher is going for the words ‘DON’T PANIC’ and Keri will be getting an ampersand.

Now, we feel like the support we have got from you all has been showered over us but let’s turn this into flowers for May! We’re on the shortlist. We’re in it so we would like to try and win it. There is another round of voting to decide the winner open now. We would be absolutely made up to be able to come home with the big prize. If you need a little convincing, here are some reason that Bunbury Magazine is worthy of Best Magazine:

  1. Our commitment to supporting grassroots creativity, giving a platform to those who may not find it through traditional media.
  2. Our commitment to bringing you the best interviews we possibly can. In the past, we have had the honour to talk to Jasika Nicole, Michael R Perry, Phil Jupitus, Christian Reilly, Wil Hodgson to name but a few.
  3. The Edinburgh Fringe feature we do every year, giving coverage to the stars of the Free Fringe, those who make it a phenomenal place to be for a whole month!
  4. The focus we are now bringing to writing in our local area, giving space and a platform to the wonderful talent in the North West area.
  5. Check out some of the front covers. They’re so damn pretty!

 

And finally, if we win, not only will we get the tattoos, but we’ll go live on Periscope so you can witness them being done first hand. It’s going to be worth checking that out as Christopher is a complete wimp and will probably have a breakdown! You know you all want to see that. So get voting now folks. The link is below for you. There are lots of categories to get involved in too!

Sab AwardsIn other news, work is underway editing issue 13 for all you folks. If you sent a piece in to us, we will be in touch with you very soon. In the meantime, here is the theme for issue 14! The inbox is open now so let us see what you got, good folks! Click to the picture below for our submissions guidelines and details.bu275lp3jp

Other than that, we’re just keeping up the good work for you good folk. We have our trip to Edinburgh Fringe 2016 coming up so if you are up there performing do let us know and we will get an interview for our feature to you.

Thank you all so much once again for all your help and support. It really does mean the world to us.

Much love and keep scribbling,

Christopher and Keri xxx

The Fractured Nuance seeks submissions for issue four – PLACE

***Call for submissions!***

Issue #4 of The Fractured Nuance lit zine is seeking photography and writing based on the theme of ‘PLACE’.

Send in writing of any form (to fit a side of a4) together with an adjoining photograph- they’ll be printed b&w side by side in the zine. Send to: editorfn@gmail.com

Visit the website for guidelines TFN submissions

Like the page for updates & lit curios! TFN Facebook

Bunbury is back with issue 12 and some special announcements!

Hello to you Dear Bunburyists from all of us at Bunbury Magazine.

Is is too late now to kick this off with a Happy New Year? Hmmm, it is? Well tough! You’re getting one anyway. Happy New Year, dear Bunburyists, and welcome to the first Bunbury of 2016. Thank you for joining us once again as we explore some of the best writing and art from around the world, as well as speaking to some very exciting people. The theme for this issue is Self. Perfectly fitting. New year, new you and a brand new Bunbury. What could be better?

Well, what is better is getting your hands on it today. Click the beautiful picture below to download it. It is Pay-What-You-Like but we think £3 is a fair price for something so lovingly crafted!

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Whenever we choose a theme for an issue, we try to pick something that can be interpreted in almost countless ways. We like to see a wide variety of beautiful, shocking, touching, scary (and many more emotions besides) creativity. Then we like to throw it all together – or more accurately, carefully and lovingly decide which to publish – in the magazine to create something that has something for everyone. What better theme than Self to achieve this?

The world is full of such diverse characters and, as we all know, creativity is driven by character. What we are goes in to what we create. There is something of us in the characters we create, the paintings we paint, the photos we take. For example, Stephen King spent an entire summer dressed as a red-and-white 1958 Plymouth Fury.

This Bunbury is packed full of everything you have come to expect from us. Top-notch poetry, short stories, flash fiction et al. We have also been spoiled with the art and photography we have received for this issue. As usual, on top of all that, we have very exciting interviews with Angie Belcher, whom we met in Edinburgh, about what she’s been up to and about to be up to. Also, Joz Norris about his web series and other things. And, because we love you, a third interview with Nico Reznick, a fantastic indie author you really need to check out.

We feel like we’re reaching milestone after milestone here, with the 3rd anniversary of Bunbury rapidly approaching. We like celebrating prime numbers so this year is a special one for us. To celebrate, we are launching our first physical product! We are deeply excited about this. It is a collection of the best bits of the first 12 issues. You can see where the anthology has been developed from by getting all our back issues, again on Pay-What-You-Like. Go on, treat yourself to some brilliant writing, art and interviews!

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As always, we know full well that without all your support, we would not be able to do this so thank you. Thank you to everyone who reads it and submits. Could we ask one more favour? Give us a share on your social media gubbins? The more people see this, the better we can make it for you all and our support network can grow. We want to make this platform for new writers and projects as expansive as possible. Click below to get to our Facebook and Twitter stuff.

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One more thing and I promise we are done. We are still taking submissions for issue 13 of Bunbury. The theme is space and it is a little bit of a Bowie Tribute too! Click the picture below for details on how to submit.

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Enough rambling! Once again, Happy New Year, Happy Valentine’s Day, Easter, Summer Soltice and…why not, might as well say Merry Christmas 2016 while we’re at it!

Keep scribbling,

Christopher and Keri.

P.S. – that thing about Stephen King isn’t true! We have nothing worth suing for!

Bunbury Magazine here with Crime, Space and World Cup of Authors!

Hello to you all, Bunbury Magazine here! Lovely to see you all again. We are here with some news and updates for your eyes.

First of all, we want to thank all of you that have downloaded Issue Eleven of Bunbury. The response has been absolutely brilliant. If you missed it, then do not hesitate any longer! It is our crime-theme bonanza. Not only that, but we have an epic (we do not use that word lightly!) feature on the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015, packed full of interviews with some of the best performers that were up there, including Phil Jupitus, Wil Hodgson, Cormac Friel and Christian Reilly. It really is worth it AND it is Pay-What-You-Like. Click the pick below to get your digi-hands on it today.

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We are also on a drive for submissions for issue thirteen. The theme is Space, in memory of David Bowie. We are looking for short stories, poetry, flash fiction, art, photography. Anything really! Here is another picture to click, this time to our submission guidelines!

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At the start of February, we are having a bit of fun. We are running a World Cup of Authors. We have been through the Goodreads lists of best authors from 4 categories – Pre-19th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century and 21st Century (so far!) – and chosen qualifying authors. We want you to vote on who should reach the last 32 from each section. 4 from Pre-19th Century. We have another picture for your eyes now. It is the long lists of each category. Click on it to go to the tweet where you can vote for your favourites. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #worldcupofauthors.

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Other than all that, keep your eyes peeled for a competition we will be running in the coming months. We are also starting our writing group up again. It is run in Bury, just outside of Manchester. It is a very welcoming group where you can share your work in a safe space and get some great feedback on what you are working on at the moment. We also run regular events with brilliant headliners. This year, we are also looking to start a poetry slam so it is well worth coming along if you live in the area. Full details on the group can be found here. (Yes, yes, another wonderful picture for you!

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That’s it for now. Issue Twelve: Self will be out in February. We will speak to you all very soon. Take care and keep scribbling,

Christopher and Keri.

 

Bunbury Issue Eleven is Here! Crime and Edinburgh Fringe Special.

Hello to you, Dear Bunburyists!

It is really hard to believe that months have gone by since we last spoke, Dear Bunburyists, but Bunbury Magazine is back!. Two months since we last brought you some of the best writing and art from around the world. It’s almost criminal how quickly time passes! And this new issue is criminally good. 

Get your hands on the new issue right now on Pay-What-You-Like to see some of the best writing and art from around the world including our Edinburgh Fringe Special which features, amongst many others: Phill Jupitus, Aidan Killian, Dan Nichols, Gurpal Gil, Christian Steel, Joz Norris, Cormac Friel, Wil Hodgson, Daphna Baram, Clare Ferguson-Walker.

Follow this link right now, you lovely people!

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Bunbury Issue Eleven

Well, the theme is crime after all! So what has changed in the past two months?

Well, we have experienced new levels of tired. August this year saw us make our now regular trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to do coverage of some of the most wonderful shows that make the Festival what it is. We started our preparations about one month before, hand-making interviews for the wonderful performers. After hauling ourselves, our necessities and 100 interviews over the border, we hit the Festival hard. In fact, we saw our first show before we had even checked in to our hotel!

Now, we know just how much work goes in to making each show and how hard and passionately everyone taking part in the Fringe works – and that goes on for them for an entire month. We say that because when we say we were up there for five days and felt like we had been trapped in a hurricane by the time we left. A hurricane filled with some of the most inspiring, entertaining and downright hilarious shows we have ever seen. Let us tell you now that it took us quite a while to recover afterwards!

The main feature this issue comprises of interviews with some of these comedians, poets, artists and pretty much every type of creative you can think of. It is genuinely our pleasure to be able to bring these people to you.

And that isn’t even everything we have this issue! As usual, the writing we have is simply outstanding. Everything from the poetry to prose and in between has been lovingly written, diligently sent in and carefully selected to bring you words of the highest quality.

As always, we love bringing this magazine to you all but we only exist through the love of our readers. If you like what we do, please share us with your friends, loved ones and anyone you think would like to read some mighty fine writing and experience the best in creativity from all four corners. You can find our Twitter, Facebook and other garb right here.facebooktwitter

We are also taking submissions for issue twelve of Bunbury. The theme is Self. You can submit your stuff to us on submissions@bunburymagazine.com

Anyway, that’s quite enough of all that. Let us steal your time now and sentence you to another brilliant issue of Bunbury.

As always, keep scribbling!

Much love,

Christopher and Keri.