Featured Magazines #3
Editors: J Gabbitas, L Hooper, T Tse, D Floyd, M Parker
Based in: UK
Submit via email: email@example.com
Submit by post: Editors, Brittle Star, PO Box 56108, London E17 0AY
Copies: £7 for 2 issues, £19 for six. Sample back issues can be seen here and here
Brittle Star is a well-established literary zine, now approaching its 21st issue, and it’s gained a bit of a reputation for publishing the work of impressively talented unknown writers. Run by writers for writers, its print issues are crammed with great stuff, well-put together and illustrated simply and effectively. Though the editors encourage you to read a copy first, Brittle Star seems to accept work of all styles and from all kinds of people, always offering up a diverse selection of poetry, prose and articles. Young writers are welcome to submit and the magazine accepts work by writers from all over the world.
The website promises a response to submissions within six weeks, but they can be much faster, and they’re always a pleasure to deal with. The whole team seem friendly and approachable, and they’re keen to stay on the cutting edge of the literary community. Brittle Star is a well-known name, particularly in the UK, so it’s worth sending them some work and seeing if you can get your name on their beautiful pages!
About Brittle Star snippet: “Alongside poems and stories from new writers, we continue to bring inspiring interviews and close readings. We’ve added ‘Star Questions’ a regular new Q&A of the heroes of the literary world and over the coming months we hope to include other new features.”
Submission guidelines snippet: “Poetry: 1 – 4 poems… Editors would prefer to have submissions by post. Please submit two copies of each piece, with a covering letter… All contributors will be notified if they are successful or not within 6 weeks of the final submission deadline. See news/events for deadline dates. Please also include a short biography.”
Editors: Emily Smith, Ami Scott, Hans Femrite
Based in: UK/USA
Submit via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Copies: Available here from December 2008
Here’s your chance to get in on the act with a brand new, hot-off-the-press online literary zine, edited by a trio of rising writing stars. Spark Bright was born only a matter of weeks ago, and yet already the team have set up a simple but impressive website and have begun spreading the word far and wide! They’re garnering interest and submissions from all corners of the globe, but they still want to hear from you! The zine is currently open to submissions of poetry, prose and artwork (in fact, they’re running an artwork contest here) from absolutely anyone, regardless of your age, experience or nationality.
The Spark Bright team are a plucky bunch who laugh in the face of no funding and are proud to be a not-for-profit publication. Editor Emily Smith decided to start the zine after receiving rejections on her own work and coming to the conclusion that there needed to be more space for writers to exhibit their stuff! The whole team seem to be lovely, friendly people who know exactly what it’s like to be in a hopeful writer’s shoes. The first issue of Spark Bright is being put together as we speak, so what are you waiting for?
About Spark Bright snippet: “Spark Bright [is] a free, online literary magazine featuring new poetry and prose from all over the world. Though the project is only in its infancy, the eventual aim is to publish quarterly, with each issue being available for free download, making it accessible to everyone - so tell everyone you know!”
Submission guidelines snippet: “Only email submissions please…three poems per submission. Pieces should be copied and pasted into the body of an email… Previously published work will be considered, as long as details of the previous publication are given along with the submission.”
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