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Rabbit Hutch, Tess Gunty

Review: The Rabbit Hutch by Tess Gunty

Tess Gunty’s widely acclaimed debut novel takes place in fictional Vacca Vale, Indiana, an obscure town in the Rust Belt of America which we discover early on has
topped Newsweek’s notorious list of “Top Ten Dying American Cities”. At the edge of town, a motley cast of characters fight to survive and aspire to thrive in separate units of a low-cost housing complex, a building named “La Lapinière”, or “The Rabbit Hutch”. Unfettered by the restraints of chronology, Gunty takes the reader on a polyphonic dance that offers both fleeting glimpses and cutting insights into the sad decline of a once bustling industrial centre and the characters who struggle haplessly against the oppressive systemic forces that disrupt and upset their lives.… Continue reading →

Breaking Kayfabe by Wes Brown

Breaking Kayfabe: An Interview with Wes Brown

It takes awareness, intelligence and creativity to compete professionally at sport. Its exponents have to process multiple sources of ever-changing information in real-time and react accordingly, trusting their body to back their decisions. It’s arguable sportspeople are not given enough credit for how good they have to be to compete at the highest level; they are judged on post-match interviews and PR-filtered press conferences, and only their counterparts and opponents truly know what it takes to survive and thrive in any given sporting arena.… Continue reading →

Review: Singapore by Eva Aldea

In Eva Aldea’s debut novel, Singapore is hot and humid, tense, sterile and slow. There are snakes and crabs, expat housewives with Filipina maids. At the centre of this, there is an unnamed female protagonist who vehemently resents her life abroad. She hates the humid heat, struggles to relate to the fellow expats in her circle, and finds solace, it seems, through violent fantasies of murdering the people around her.… Continue reading →

Review: Crow Face, Doll Face by Carly Holmes

Mystery, magic, mental illness and the wrecking of important relationships are some of the elements that make Crow Face, Doll Face a success.
Annie gives up her dreams to travel the world to settle and have a family with her beloved Peter. We read the description of a quiet daily life where routine and a simple completion of daily tasks makes the pace slow and relaxed. There are small hints of Annie’s dissatisfaction, but when the family starts growing she seems to feel content with the new setting, with all the love added and shared among them.
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blog

Blog: Landing Smiles (Pt. 3)

Continuing her series, Lizzie Hubbard writes about studying a creative writing degree remotely during a pandemic.

Blog: reading journey

Miki Lentin shares how he came to enjoy reading and the books that forged this relationship.

Blog: Reading

Jess Sturman-Coombs shares her reading journey and the stories that have stayed with her.

Blog: Landing Smiles (Pt. 2)

Continuing her series, Lizzie Hubbard writes about studying a creative writing degree remotely during a pandemic.

Blog: Libraries

Liz Bolton shares her experience of libraries and what the future may hold in the current climate.

Blog: Landing Smiles

In a new series, Lizzie Hubbard writes about studying a creative writing degree remotely during a pandemic.

submissions

Our submissions are now closed.

The theme for this round is Fight or Flight.

As always, we accept poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction from UK-based writers.

We highly encourage underrepresented writers to enter.

The deadline is Friday, November 6th at 5 pm.

workshops

literary magazines