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Paper & Ink #7: Hangovers

– Reviewed by Jenna Clake – The theme for Paper & Ink’s seventh issue is ‘hangovers’, which (perhaps inevitably) results in a dark, unrelenting read. Not that editor Martin Appleby is unaware of this; he concedes: ‘After reading this issue you will probably feel like you have been for a night on the booze with Charles…

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Open Pen #15

– Reviewed by Joseph Johnston – Open Pen recognises the demand short stories make of their writers. Though small in scale and in form, they require vast amounts of effort and time to be given if they’re to be crafted properly. By focusing on certain details and magnifying them, they turn the minutia of life…

Funhouse Magazine

Funhouse Magazine #1

-Reviewed by Jessica Gregory- Funhouse Magazine, with its first instalment, is purposely playful, light-hearted and experimental; it engages with the surreal and the profane rather than adhering to the model of character-driven narrative fiction. Fun is a primary objective, and hopefully, with their combination of comics, fiction and illustration it doesn’t leave the reader disappointed.…

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Paper and Ink #5: Damn the Man

– Reviewed by Steve Nash – Issue 5 of the punk DIY zine Paper and Ink sets its sights on damning the man. This aesthetically-pleasing, and deceptively vast, issue presents a series of polemic, comical, heart-breaking and often startling treatises on scraping through the days in soul-sapping non-careers.  In addition to the bile, though, it…

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Boscombe Revolution #3

– Reviewed by Jennifer Edgecombe – Issue 3 of Boscombe Revolution is a collection of 21 poems and prose, by 17 authors, on the following themes: *work which interprets ‘revolution’ from a women’s / feminist  perspective *work from Black women and other Women of Colour *work from poets and writers of all genders, sexual orientations   and dis…

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Saboteur Awards: Best Magazine

This month, we will showcase each of the works shortlisted in the Saboteur Awards by category. Next up: magazines! If you’d like to have your say in the awards, don’t forget to vote! Bare Fiction Magazine I’m absolutely thrilled to be nominated for the second year running for Best Magazine. You never believe you deserve the…

Fictionvale 2: I Call My Spaceship Trigger

Fictionvale Magazine #2: I Call My Spaceship Trigger

-Reviewed by Bethany W. Pope– Fictionvale, edited by Venessa Giunta and Jenna Barton, is a bi-monthly short-story journal that focuses on mixed-genre stories. If you enjoyed the television show Firefly, Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, or the alternate-history of Philip K Dick’s The Man in the High Castle this magazine is right up your street.…