Issue Eleven will be in your favourite independent bookshop by mid-April. It’s a greyish curmudgeon thing to offset any positivity brought about by the burgeon of Spring. Our winning story is by one Jasmin Kirkbride. At just 23 years of age, Jasmin has managed to manifest a piece of work both touching, wise, and… well… grey.

Jasmin Kirkbride

Jasmin Kirkbride, author of The Yellow Moth

The grown-ups argued amongst themselves for a few moments, before deciding the frog was in fact stuck in the pool and needed to be fished out.  Anise watched his limbs folding this way and that on the taut net of the pool-skimmer.  She climbed out to watch him hop away through the grass.

“There,” Uncle Joe declared, “He’ll find his way home now.”

“Pah!” Ottilie exclaimed with scathing, “I don’t know why you bother.  The chlorine will burn him to pieces.”


Jasmin will be reading from her cover piece The Yellow Moth by a few other authors, who we’ve not told yet, so won’t announce it here. Keep an eye on our Twitter and this website for more on that.

N Quentin Woolf’s regular column looks at a fresh view of London and its east. Mr. Woolf has his debut novel out, by the way, on Serpent’s Tail. ‘The Death of a Poet’ was earmarked by GQ Magazine as likely to be one of the top ten books of the year, alongside new work from Haruki Murakami and Martin Amis.

Amnicolist editor Sean Preston provides the editorial on this occasion, ten issues on from his opening gambit in Issue One, whilst forward-thinking Soho bookshop The Society Club puts some wind in its sails with a focus feature from owner and literary agent Carrie Kania.

To find out where you can pick up a copy of Open Pen, check out our list of stockists.

Tickets for the upcoming live event at Hackney United Service Club are also available. If you’re a writer yourself, perhaps you’re interested in signing up to our War of the Words comp?

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