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Message in a Bottle #23

– Reviewed by Emma Lee – Message in a Bottle (edited by Fiona Sinclair) is a welcoming, accessible quarterly poetry magazine that favours clarity and attention to detail, with an appreciation of the ordinary, making readers look again at what seems familiar. Contributors include poets from the UK, North America and India. The opening poems in this issue have a theme…

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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…

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Poems in Which #4

 -Reviewed by Cecilia Bennett- While many journals choose a specific theme for each issue and attempt to create a sense of continuity through their selection, Poems In Which takes a different approach: Amy Key and Nia Davies, the creators and editors of the journal, stipulate that submitted poems should have a title beginning ‘Poem in…

Rising #58 and Poetry Weekly #1

-Reviewed by Jennifer Edgecombe– Poetry Weekly and Rising are two A5 poetry magazines. They look very similar with respect to form and content, but soon begin to differ. Cult magazine Rising is on issue 58 having been first published in 1993 whereas Poetry Weekly launched its first issue in April 2013. Poetry Weekly is, as…

‘XZ #1 Noir: Singing the Necessaries’

-Reviewed by Ian Chung– XZ is a new online fiction project from Annexe, whose aim is ‘to dissect various genres of writing, film and drama by reconstructing them from the ground up’. This first issue looks at the genre of noir, featuring a six-part collaboration between Eley Williams, John Boursnell, Akiho Schilz, Komal Verma, Jack…

Missing Slate #8 (Winter 2013)

-Reviewed by J.S.Watts– I had better begin by stating, for the record, that I am a traditionalist when it comes to reading. By this I mean that I am old fashioned/ don’t own a Kindle (or any other portable electronic reading device – I am conscious that other makes/ brands/ lifestyle choices are also available). I…

ctrl+alt+del #5

-Reviewed by Rosie Breese- ctrl+alt+del is a magazine that stands out. It’s delightfully compact, neat, and visually interesting, both in terms of the clean lines and generous spacing of issue five, and the busier layout of previous issues. It comes with online instructions for folding it into some kind of super-awesome origami shape. Its dedication…

Alliterati #10

-Reviewed by Cameron Brady-Turner– It’s hard to know where to begin with Alliterati. Issue 10 was published free on Issuu in March and offers 88 pages of poetry, short-fiction, art and illustration, as well as a short script and sound piece to flick/click through. This issue also showcases the winning entries from a Valentine’s competition…

Saboteur Awards 2013

Your Pick of this Year’s Best Indie Lit! Nominations are now closed, you can view the shortlist and vote for the winners here. Buy your tickets here. Once a year, to mark our birthday, we at Sabotage like to give out some awards to the publications we’ve most enjoyed during the year. In the past this…