Arvon is Running a Flash Fiction Twitter Competition

On Saturday February 27th, Arvon will run a science-fiction-flash-fiction twitter competition inspired by Bare Lit’s Afrofuturism panel.

Writers can submit their short-short-fiction (140 character or less) on Twitter by using the #6wordscifi hashtag or by visiting the Arvon stall at Bare Lit on Saturday February 27th. Writers are encouraged to write about utopiasdystopiaspossible futures and Afrofuturism.

The winner, who will be judged internally and announced on Tuesday March 1st, will receive a £100 Arvon gift voucher.

Besides your short short fiction, here are some other ideas for using the hashtag on the day but obviously the sky and your imagination are the only limits:

–         To raise awareness of any flash fiction courses, workshops, competition you might be involved in

–         To get involved in the Afrofuturism debate which will no doubt be sparked by the brilliant panel organised by Bare Lit

–         To share your favourite work of Flash Fiction


The hashtag to use on Saturday February 27th is: #6wordscifi

Happy writing!

Hotel magazine: Issue 1, Submissions and Hotel online.

Hotel magazine is pleased to announce that its first printed issue will be published in September 2015.

We are now taking submissions for our second issue, please see our website for more details.

We are also taking submissions for Hotel Online.  Hotel Online will provide an alternative space for work that invites experimental reflection on literature’s role as “art” and cultural mediator.  We will be publishing work monthly and taking submissions on a rolling basis.  We welcome non-academic essayistic work, reviews, thought pieces and fragments, alongside short fiction, non-fiction and poetry.  Please contact us directly regarding submissions.

Finally, we are now on Twitter, please follow!

Bunbury Magazine Issue Eight and Some Very Special Announcements

Hello to you all!

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

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

Issue 8

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

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

Bunbury back logo


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keep scribbling!

opher and Keri.

Riptide Snow Competition & Call For Submissions

Win a Book: Volume 8 of Riptide short stories was published in March this year to coincide with Exeter’s Exetreme Imagination Children’s Literature Festival.  This wonderful collection of stories by adults and for adults but with the evocative theme of childhood running through them, opens with a dark tale by Tessa Hadley. For a chance to win a copy enter our competition, deadline Dec 13th.To enter, go to our website and connect to our facebook page, twitter or tumblr and either comment or tweet us a sentence that tells us what snow means to you. If you tweet, use #RiptideJournal or enter via our Tumblr at

Suburbs Submissions: We are open for submissions for Volume 10 of Riptide, ‘imagining the suburbs’ – stories, poems and life-writing showing suburbia in a new and interesting light.  The deadline is March 1st 2014. More details are available on-line  and if you need some inspiration, have a look at the Cultures of the Suburbs online gallery.