Professional Bartenders

The following is taken from the new Max Sydney Smith flash fiction pamphlet, ‘Without Seeming to Care at All’, to be published by Rough Trade Books in 2019 as part of the Rough

Is Miggy a real angel?

Open Pen has been seriously chatterboxing this week. It’s almost as though there’s something to promote. For a magazine that doesn’t do poetry things have got pretty versey around here. Here, Sean

Best of Booth Worlds (HA HA PUN)

Owen Booth is the author of ‘What We’re Teaching Our Sons’ (4th Estate, October 2018). His short stories have featured in The White Review, Gorse Journal, Hotel, The Moth, and Best British

Novel ideas that aren’t novels

They’re novelettes. According to one of the first links suggested by Google, a novelette is: What Is a Novelette? 7,500 – 17,000 Words A novelette is also a narrative fictional prose. Back in the day, the term “novelette” referred to a story that was romantic or sentimental in character. To be honest, in modern times, the term is rarely used, and novelettes are rarely published singly. A novelette is longer than a short story, but

Summer Party 2

IF USA oF AMERICA was in LIMEHOUSE-CUM-WHITECHAPEL. Readings from novelette debutants Fernando Sdrigotti, Xanthi Barker, Mazin Saleem, as well as Clare Fisher, Owen Booth, Max Sydney Smith. Open Pen Summer Party 2 is an all day party featuring live fiction, music, and comedy from Open Pen. Kicking off at a family-friendly (yeah we’ve got kids now) midday, closing with the pub at around midnight, you can come and go as you please with an early bird


Amsterdam Exposed by David Wienir (De Wallen Press, 2018) Bitchy opening aside: This may be considered a starred review, because the amount of stars that exist at the end of the following

Hide The DFW

Poem ‘Sex Tips for Literary Bad Boys’ taken from the forthcoming debut collection, Bad Boy Poet, available for pre-order now. Photography by Paul Rowland.

Bad Boy Poet, available for pre-order now

We are chuffed to announce that Bad Boy Poet, the debut poetry collection from Scott Manley Hadley is now available for pre-order here. Bad Boy Poet is a series of “confessional-style” poems describing the life of a confused and conflicted youngish man as he tries to work out who he is following a mental health crisis and the subsequent breakdown of a relationship. Also there’s loads about poo, illness, ageing, masculinity, Pierce Brosnan, sexuality and


PENCAST 3: Poesy May 29, 2018 INTRO Sean Preston & Ian Green. Fiction – DEAD YARD by Maria Thomas @mariatwrites – LONDON SHORT STORY PRIZE WINNING STORY Fiction – THE THURSDAY CLUB by Elissa


By Patrick Tuck ‘The difficulty is,’ said Hastings, ‘we haven’t hit our targets.’ The glass office and the glass the desk. The city below and beside. Hastings wore a tie. John Benjamin

REVIEW: Our Dreams Might Align

Hey hey hey hey, that’s right, it’s time for another review from the eternally acclaimed book reviewer and “literary lifestyle blogger”, Scott Manley Hadley, and this time I’m giving you the gift

Ferris Wheel

By Neil Clark Then there was the romance between the carton of smoothie and me. It started innocently enough. I knocked it over and it said, “Stop looking at my bottom.” When


By Ellie Broughton It started small, at first. The bed was a bit crunchier than before. There was sometimes wet sawdust, like a porridge, in the shower tray. She had a few


OPEN PEN ISSUE TWENTY-ONE – OUT APRIL 21. Should be a big year for Open Pen, we’re publishing a poetry collection by Scott Manley Hadley. It’s a real book because it has a spine. Just like Scott’s poetry. Marshmallow hot choc copywriting aside, this really is a big year for us, we’ve got a few novelettes up our sleeve and we should be able to let you know more about that in the coming months,


‘Bad Boy Poet’ – debut poetry collection by Scott Manley Hadley If you follow what we do you’ll know that our book reviews are written by Scott Manley Hadley, and that his

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