london short story prize

POESY

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 Soave @elissa_soave
Fiction – TRUCK TALE by Tadhg Muller
Poetry by Scott Manley Hadley from his forthcoming Bad Boy Poet book. @Scott_Hadley
MUSIC:  Ketsa FreeMusicArchive
PRODUCED BY: Ian Green

READ. WRITE. SUBMIT.

PODCAST: Pencast: Episode 1

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“A BRANCH MADE OF AUDIO”

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Fiction: ‘Gettier Problems’ by XANTHI BARKER
Fiction: ‘Haunted’ by ROB TRUE
Fiction: LIVE- ‘Coventry Conch’ by HOLLY WATSON
Poetry: ‘A New Noise’ by DANNY KENT
Poetry: LIVE – ‘Independence day’ by PIERS PEREIRA
Fiction: ‘Still Got It’ by ALLIE MOH
Fiction: EXCERPT – ‘Oh No! A Bank Robbery Fuck!’ by FOYE MCCARTHY
Poetry: Empty Words by MARCIN LISZKIEWICZ
Interview: SEAN PRESTON talks to THOM CUELL of DODO INK

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.

OP18_1Booker long-listed Wyl Menmuir‘s guest editorial looks at the importance of writing counters narratives which seek to isolate and divide, and in what is of equal privilege to Open Pen, The London Short Story Prize winning story is printed in full. Congratulations to winner Foye McCarthy for his Oh No, a Bank Robbery! Fuck!.

N Quentin Woolf returns of course. His residency is as much a part of what we do as Josh Neal’s exquisite cover illustrations, which return with a timely colourful bang (Issue Eighteen is otherwise charcoal, in colour). And it wouldn’t be Open Pen without discovering fresh, young talent. And that’s where William Kraemer’s playful contribution Answering Zeus comes in and ties the whole issue together.

Enjoy the read as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together (minus the stress, natch).