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Five New Ways To Read More Books

Five New Ways To Read More Books

The way books are published and consumed has changed more in the last decade than it did in the previous hundred years… and yet, for the most part, the (basically awful) Amazon Kindle is the only new innovation in reading that most people are aware […]

Review: “Edge of the Known Bus Line” by James R Gapinski

Review: “Edge of the Known Bus Line” by James R Gapinski

Author: James R Gapinski | Publisher: Etchings Press | Buy: Amazon UK/Amazon USA | More: Goodreads Edge of the Known Bus Line is a novella that sits in the blurry territory between dystopian future and experimental… but to try and pigeonhole it into a single […]

The Big List Of UK Writing Competitions

The Big List Of UK Writing Competitions

When it comes to getting your work noticed, there’s very little that’s better than having won or been shortlisted for a writing competition… and the odds of that happening may not be as long as you think. Every competition listed below produces one or more […]

The Big List Of UK Literary Magazines

The Big List Of UK Literary Magazines

Literary magazines. They’re strange beasts: beautiful, varied and often painfully short-lived. For poets and writers, however, they’re invaluable. Not only do they allow you to get a feel for the writing of your contemporaries, but they also represent one of the most accessible routes to […]

Send us Your Reprints: Why we Don’t Insist on “First” Rights

Send us Your Reprints: Why we Don’t Insist on “First” Rights

If you’ve spent any time at all trying to publish your fiction or poetry, then you’re probably familiar with the phrase “no reprints”. Alternatives include “previously-unpublished work only” and “original submissions only”. However they choose to phrase it, an extraordinary number of literary magazines and […]

Literary Lists: Five Poetry Films to Watch This Month

Literary Lists: Five Poetry Films to Watch This Month

Poetry films have been around for longer than you might think, with the first experiments in combining poetry and moving image being undertaken by assorted French Impressionists way back in the 1920s. This genre – ideally suited to online viewing – is now more popular […]

The Lit Mag Graveyard: Smiths Knoll

The Lit Mag Graveyard: Smiths Knoll

Smiths Knoll was by no means a short-lived literary magazine. Over the course of twenty-one years it put out fifty issues, each one lovingly curated and presented with care, attention and genuine enthusiasm by its editors (Joanna Cutts, Michael Laskey and the late Roy Blackman). […]

Interview: M Durand

Interview: M Durand

We talk to M Durand – whose short stories appeared in issue forty-five of Neon – about visions of the devil, creativity across different mediums, and what makes horror horrifying. One of your stories in issue forty-five of Neon revolves around the devil appearing in […]

How to Submit Your Writing to Literary Magazines

How to Submit Your Writing to Literary Magazines

This article is designed to be a complete guide for anyone who is interested in having their short story or poem published in a literary magazine, but doesn’t know where to start. You’ll probably find it most useful if you’ve never sent out your work […]

Review: “Warewolff!” by Gary J Shipley

Review: “Warewolff!” by Gary J Shipley

Author: Gary J Shipley | Publisher: Hexus Press | Buy: Amazon UK/Amazon USA | More: Goodreads Describing, in any kind of meaningful way, Gary J Shipley’s novel Warewolff! is a difficult task… and one that the book’s blurb fails at spectacularly. The novel, it says, […]