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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.  

GET BUSY LIVE’N

Open Pen Live returns to London, Wednesday, September 28. This will be the only full on Open Pen event of the year, so do what you can not to miss it. OPEN PEN LIVE EARLY BIRD TICKETS – buy here LIVE FICTION FROM OPEN PEN MAGAZINE RUNNER UP FOR ‘BEST MAGAZINE’ AT THE SABOTEUR LITERARY AWARDS. FERNANDO SDRIGOTTI Writer Fernando Sdrigotti reads from his east London set Issue Seventeen cover story, Only Up Here. Copies of Issue

SEVENTEEN

Out in just a couple of weeks, we can now announce that Issue Seventeen is mixed and in the oven. Ingredients: Guest ed: Marianne Tatepo tempers the stories within with her guest editorial that focuses on recent events and how they tie into creativity and placelessness. Cover fiction: But it’s congratulations to Fernando Sdrigotti, whose Only Up Here emblazons the cover of the teal-coloured issue. His pubby, grubby, eastish adventure feels like a real Open Pen piece; a return to our primary intention to publish

London Short Story Prize 2016

The London Short Story Prize 2016, run by London’s writer development agency Spread the Word, is now open for entries, and it gives us Open Penners unabashed smugness and a healthy dose of pleasure

A War

First published, The Third Script (Transportation Press) By Siamak Vossoughi There was a young man and an old man at war, and they were the same man, seventy-nine-year-old Rahim Hashemi. The war was on

Tiger Quoll

First published, The Third Script (Transportation Press) By Robbie Arnott Imagine a cat that is better than a cat in all ways. It’s faster, cuter, deadlier, and has much more pizzazz. It’s

REVIEW

Scott Manley Hadley Reviews The Shapes of Dogs’ Eyes  (Dead Ink)  by Harry Gallon [Buy Now] Arguably the most self-involved book review of all time. This might be a long one. I feel ready to digress. Buckle up! Harry Gallon’s The Shapes of Dogs’ Eyes is a novella, a gritty, earthy, boozy, druggy, sexy novella set all up and inside of Hackney in about 2014. It’s all craft beer and cocaine and marijoowuanwua and sleeping

Stories

By Eddie Willson From the beginning, Patrick disliked making home visits. The estate depressed him. It didn’t surprise him that it was to be demolished, and replaced by a low-rise development. Glum-faced

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