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OPEN PEN ISSUE EIGHTEEN is out now and in bookshops. Find out more.

GREASE GUN

By Harry Gallon Stephanie stood in the workshop doorway, holding the padlock, sucking the key. Before she crossed the garden to the workshop she stood by the fireplace, looked out of the

ADULTHOOD

Open Pen Issue Eighteen is out Saturday, February 4. You can find it at one of our stockists, or if you can’t get to one of those, you can subscribe. It’s front cover story is The Jungle by Josephine Bruni. Josephine is late to writing, but her short story feels like a classic Chekhov unravelling. The Jungle is about African Violets and internet forums, it’s about the treachery of devotion. Booker long-listed Wyl Menmuir‘s guest editorial looks at the importance

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  By Fernando Sdrigotti   Midday. I’ve been rolling around in bed since I quit last week. It happened out of nowhere: I pulled myself a double Jameson’s during a busy shift

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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