As all writers know there is a plethora of online literary magazines out there. Some are long-established and greatly respected; others short-lived. Some are curt in their rejections; others promise more than they deliver.
I have found a home for my work in quite a few of these places and particularly appreciate those that offer a personal response, whether to accept or reject my work.
My online litmag of the year, for its commitment to the writers it publishes, and generous promotion of their work, is
As a writer, I’m delighted to see the rise and rise of independent publishers. My indie publisher of the year is
Galley Beggar Press
Sam and Elly at Galley Beggars publish brilliant books – I haven’t been disappointed once. And they also respond personally to their customers. Next year they’re doing even more to support writers with their new School offering mentoring, classes and more – read all about it on their website.
For those of you eagerly awaiting publication of my novella The Plankton Collector, there is an extract in issue #116 of New Welsh Reader, published on 1st December.
It is an issue celebrating the novella. And more.
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Choosing where to submit stories is a tricky business. On the whole I now avoid US-based publications and websites, because I’ve found that most Americans (or at least editors!) don’t seem to ‘get’ my writing. It’s good to see more and UK-based websites (as well as others around the world) publishing short stories and flash fiction and one of my favourites is Fictive Dream.
The Editor, Laura Black, is one of the best I have come across, professional, generous and supportive.
I feel privileged to have my work included on the site – you can read two of my stories there, Tracks and Mrs Myfanwy Pritchard.
I’m also delighted that Laura has accepted a story from me for Fictive Dream’s Flash Fiction February 2018, which will feature a new piece of flash fiction every day of that month. You can submit until the end of December – see the link above.
Jonathan Gibbs, author of the novel Randall, a wonderful re-imagining of the world of the Young British Artists in the 1990s, has set up a weekly newsletter which generously offers an opportunity to any of us to draw up a personal anthology of 12 short stories. I jumped straight in and my personal anthology was sent out by Jonathan last week.
I relished the chance to revisit stories which have stuck in my mind since I first read them, some many years ago, others more recently. My chosen stories are:
- At Sea, Guy de Maupassant
- Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, Rudyard Kipling
- The Luncheon, W. Somerset Maugham
- A Child”s Christmas in Wales, Dylan Thomas
- Curl up and Dye, Fran Landsman
- Ernesto, Juana Adcock
- Wires, Jon McGregor
- The Semplica Girl Diaries, George Saunders
- Tiger Palace, Kirsty Logan
- Sound Waves, Lane Ashfeldt
- The Cruellne, James Clammer
- Two, Joanna Walsh
Read more about my choices here – I also give links to where you can read and/or buy them.