Connection Edit Writing Zine – #1

The cover’s been designed for Connection Edit #1, and YES it looks like it was done by a three year old but I love it!

The man in the drawing is supposed to be the late, great Alan Turing by the way…I can see a resemblance but it’s possibly just me:

The late great Alan Turing. Also, back  Enigmatic Patterns: The Life and Death of Alan Turing on Kickstarter.
The late great Alan Turing. Also, back Enigmatic Patterns: The Life and Death of Alan Turing on Kickstarter.

Connection Edit is my own little version of NaNoWriMo. I’ll post bits and pieces from it up here every so often.


There’s a few reasons why I’m putting my writing into a zine rather than a pretty, self-published collection.

  1. I like the informal quality of zine-making. It doesn’t have to look good or be edited and finished. I like mistakes
  2. I don’t really know how I feel about self publishing
  3. I don’t have to finish the stories I’m putting into this zine; they can be fragments and it’ll still be okay
  4. Maybe someone out there will like to read it
  5. At least I’m still writing.

And in case you’re not sure about what a zine is:

Zines are written in a variety of formats, from desktop published text to comics to handwritten text (an example being the hardcore punk zine Cometbus). Print remains the most popular zine format, usually photocopied with a small circulation. Topics covered are broad, including fanfiction, politics, art and design, ephemera, personal journals, social theory, riot grrrl and intersectional feminism, single topic obsession, or sexual content far enough outside of the mainstream to be prohibitive of inclusion in more traditional media. The time and materials necessary to create a zine are seldom matched by revenue from sale of zines. – Wikipedia

Writing & Chapbook Contests for June

This is by no means an exhaustive list. For more writing opportunities this June, Google any variation of the words ‘writing competition’.

Without further ado:

Cape Open Submissions

From 1–30 June, 2014, Jonathan Cape will be open for fiction submissions from new writers of high calibre and imagination. Submissions should be an initial 50 pages of prose fiction. These can be part of a novel or novella, or short stories. The pages can be finished work or a work in progress. For graphic-novel submissions, please contact the editors through Submissions should be emailed as attachments to Please include contact details, and a covering paragraph of any information you think might prove helpful in considering your submission. Regrettably, due to the number of submissions we receive, we cannot respond in every instance, but all entries will be read. Submissions received after 30 June will not be considered.

Salamander 2014 Fiction Prize – Final Judge: Jennifer Haigh

Submit: May 15 through June 15, 2014. The Salamander Fiction Prize invites writers to submit one fiction story per entry. Each story must not exceed 30 double-spaced pages in 12 point font. Multiple entries are acceptable, provided that a separate reading fee is included with each entry. Contest reading fee includes a one-year subscription. Prizes: First-place winner receives $1,500 and publication in Salamander magazine. Final Judge: Jennifer Haigh is the prize-winning author of the short story collection News From Heaven and four critically acclaimed novels: Faith, The Condition, Baker Towers, and Mrs. Kimble. All entries will be considered for publication. All entries will be considered anonymously.

Drunken Boat Poetry Book Contest

Drunken Boat is accepting submissions of poetry, hybrid poetry, and poetry in translation for our inaugural book contest, judged by Forrest Gander. Deadline: June 25. Prize: $500, publication, 20 copies, and a launch at AWP. Manuscripts should be between 30 and 120 pages. Details:

Literary Juice Flash Fiction Contest

Literary Juice is hosting its second flash fiction contest, for stories 500 words or fewer. First prize winner will receive $200 (USD), plus publication of winning story on our website; runner-up will receive $50 (USD), plus publication online. Submission deadline: June 30, 2014. Visit the website for submission guidelines:

The Moth International Short Story Prize.

There is a 6,000 word limit. The entry fee is €9 per story and you can enter as many stories as you like. This year’s competition will be judged by Mike McCormack, a recipient of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature whose debut short story collection was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His novel Notes from a Coma was shortlisted for the Irish Book of the Year Award and was described in the Irish Times as ‘the greatest Irish novel of the decade just ended’. Closing date: June 30th.

Dzanc Non-Fiction Prize

The winning manuscript will be selected by AUG 30, 2014 and the title will be published in the Fall of 2015. It will go through our full editing process and the author will receive a $1500 advance.. Ends on 6/30/2014. Read more here.

The Uppercut Chapbook Awards.

For poetry, flash fiction and hybrid forms. Read more here.

2nd Annual Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize, 2014.

Please submit no more than three unpublished poems, no more than five pages in length. All entries must be submitted or postmarked April 1st- June 15th, 2014. The selected winner will receive $250.00 and publication on our website along with honorable mentions. This year’s final judge will be Nikki Giovanni. Find out more here.

A Zine Camp in Rotterdam to Make Zines and Friends

There’s two pieces of news today! Both bits of news involve zines (click here to see all the posts about zines).

Zines are great but don’t take my word for it. A quote, ladies and gents (from the camp in Rotterdam site) that explains one of the coolest things about zines better than I ever could:

Experimentation with form, technical execution, concept, or (ideological) function is more than welcome to open up the possibilities of what a zine can be today, i.e audio zine, film zine, super 8 zine, etc.

Rotterdam Zine Camp

Zine Festival RotterdamHow exciting! Read all about it here. And yes, obviously I’m going to see if I can go (it’s not far from here, according to Google Maps). I love stalls! And friends. The posters being in English is already very promising…

Reading Writing Submissions

Writing submissions for ESC #5 are now closed, so we’re getting cracking with reading all of them (there’s well over 100!) and getting back to the writers asap. Here’s my desk for submissions reading time. Bring on the copious cups a tae!

ESC reading

I did an interview for

St Patricks Cathedral in the Fog

I did a Q&A with Irish writer and blogger Alison Wells. It’s been posted up now on, ‘the home of Irish writing online.’

The Q&A focussed on ESC, a literary and visual arts publication that I’ve been running with my friends since 2011. There’s an extract below, and you can read the whole thing here.

You are actively seeking submissions; can you tell readers what you are looking for?

All of their professional weirdness. All of those odd half-thoughts you have at two am and decide to scribble down in the dark. If you want the world to be different and have an idea, tell us about it. Obviously, though, the work has to be good. I mean, people have standards, right?  If you can be funny, and grim, and tear something open, and smile while you do it, then send us your work.

A huge list of writing journals

Obviously these aren’t even all that I know or have submitted to or have heard of.
This isn’t the tip of the iceberg.
Literary fiction, poetry journals, flash fiction, speculative fiction, realistic fiction, fantasy…and everything in-between.
If I’ve left out any writing journals that you really love, just let me know in the comments!

Bellevue Literary Review
Cake Train
Columbia Journal
Chorium Magazine
Ink, Sweat and Tears
Notes from the Underground
Smokelong Quarterly
Unstuck Books
The Moth
The Bohemyth 
New Irish Writing
Pinback Magazine
The South Circular
Magma Poetry
The Paris Review
Threepenny Review
The Cincinnatti Review
The Missouri Review 
Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet
The First Cut
Three Monkeys
Roadside Fiction
The London Magazine
A Public Space 
Iowa Review 
robot melon 
Dancing Girl Press
wurm im apfel
The SHOp Poetry Magazine
Bare Hands Poetry
The Poetry Bus
The Irish Pages
The Penny Dreadful