BY LIAM HOGAN Tick, tock: repetition, routine; the things we cling to at the bookends of our lives, from the toddler watching the same videos over and over until the parents pray

Devoured Further – Part III

Open Pen presents the third and final instalment in a three-part series of flash fiction recordings, written and narrated by author James Vella, titled ‘Devoured Further’. DEVOURED FURTHER – PART III An English Dead Eight Thousand Dirhams The

Devoured Further – Part II

Open Pen is delighted to present the second instalment in a three-part series of flash fiction recordings, written and narrated by author James Vella, titled ‘Devoured Further’. DEVOURED FURTHER – PART II The Last Fight In

Devoured Further

James Vella is the author of Devourings, a collection of short stories published by Wounded Wolf Press. In our review earlier this year, we were positively swooning over it. So we’re chuffed to announce a series of


We caught up with author Anne Goodwin to discuss her Issue Fifteen short fiction piece, The Witch’s Funeral, a tense story of the newly bereaved Irene in the lead up to her husband’s funeral,


Issue Fifteen of Open Pen is out this month and its cover adorned with Jamie Collinson’s The Shields. Collinson’s often grim, always eloquent tale feels relevant as we enter the midway point to


The Open Pen Anthology is now a reality. And it’s thanks to our readership and passionate community of writers that we got there. If you want to pre-order our anthology for the price

Something nice to say

A couple of nice people with some nice things to say. Issue 1 & 2 authors James King and Anna Harvey on The Open Pen Anthology…            


Ian Green, who has been on our radar for a while now, is a writer from Northern Scotland finding his short fiction in hot demand. His fiction can be found on podcasts such as The Wireless Reader, at live literary events like Liars’ League, and in a host of literary magazines and even two short story collections, such as international short story collection ‘Transportation‘. Last year, his story Audiophile was a winner of the BBC Opening Lines broadcast


Briefly, my own experience of Open Pen, FYI My wife wrapped ham sandwiches in grease-proof paper.  Later, we walked to the station hand in hand.  She passed my hat and the cane through


The wonderful Josh Neal is now pretty inseparable in our minds when we visualise Open Pen. So he was the only sensible choice to adorn our cover. Here it is. We can’t wait to see it in paperback, and you can make that a reality by pre-ordering the book for just £8 over at our Kickstarter campaign.


Microfiction Competition To celebrate five years of publishing up-and-coming writers, we are launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund ‘The Open Pen Anthology’. This anthology will be a collection of the very best


It is with great pleasure that we announce our intention to publish an Open Pen Anthology, celebrating five years of Open Pen Magazine. The book will be comprised of some of our favourite short stories from that time, by some of our favourite authors. Those authors will be contributing new stories. So the Anthology really will be a good mix of old and new. As most of you will know, Open Pen is a not-for-profit

live for augustus

This Wednesday, August 19th, Open Pen Magazine is LIVE at the Jamboree, Limehouse. FACEBOOK EVENT Tickets are £5 (available here or on the door), doors open at 7pm (the show will start at 8pm, and finish around 10pm). – Live Fiction Ben Byrne and his short fiction have appeared in Litro magazine and Writer’s Hub, and now on the cover of Open Pen Magazine. His first novel, ‘Fire Flowers’ was published by Europa Editions in the UK & US in February 2015. Offbeat Tasmanian

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