THE JOHN LEWIS CHRISTMAS AD

By Emmet Vincent The creative team, Adam & Eve DBB, met in their central London office to discuss potential ideas for the next John Lewis Christmas ad. Although it was only February, they knew

ANCIENT (DECADE OLD) FICTION

Fidel Castro died today, so in his honour I present an ancient piece of short fiction I wrote when an undergraduate. It is set in Cuba and outrageously inspired by the dirty,

Pencast – Episode 0

New to Open Pen, sound. This is Episode 0 of an Open Pen podcast we’ve called Pencast. 2016 is the year of the filthy portmanteau. Suck on it. Just like your beloved

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SCOTT MANLEY HADLEY REVIEWS QUIET FLOWS THE UNA  (ISTRO BOOKS)  BY Faruk Šehić (translated by Will Firth) BUY NOW That aroma of freedom arising from the waterweed is erotic and intoxicating because it

Introducing Pencast.

Here at Open Pen we’ve always hated anyone and everyone that does anything other than print fiction. It’s an award-runner-upping business model. That’s why we’ve started to run regular features on our website, and

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SCOTT MANLEY HADLEY REVIEWS THE TRAGEDY OF FIDEL CASTRO  (FREIGHT BOOKS)  BY João Cerqueira BUY NOW   COMPASSIONATE DISCLAIMER: The last novel I read before this was one of the greatest and most

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SCOTT MANLEY HADLEY REVIEWS LOVE NOTES TO MEN WHO DON’T READ  (LIMEHOUSE BOOKS)  BY NORTH MORGAN. BUY NOW Love Notes to Men Who Don’t Read is a brand new book, the third

ISSUE SEVENTEEN

Out this weekend, Open Pen Issue Seventeen, teal coloured and bursting with short fiction with something to say for itself. Pick up your FREE copy this Saturday and Sunday at an indie bookshop near you. See if yours stocks Open Pen here. Inside Issue Seventeen you’ll find: Marianne Tatepo – Guest Editorial Fernando Sdrigotti – Cover Fiction Nick Black – Fiction Sarah W – Fiction Jack Sanderson Thwaite – Flash Fiction AM Tuppen – Flash

WEBSHOP OPEN

Check it out! The Open Pen webshop is now open. We have all the usual pointless crap that giftshops are full of. Your impulse purchases don’t just line our pockets, of course. In fact, buying something from our web store is a good way to keep Open Pen in print, and keep interesting short fiction from up and coming writers from all backgrounds in print.  

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