Featured Market: Ambit Reply

Ambit is a 96-page quarterly literary and art magazine. It is created in London, published in the UK, and read internationally. It’s available through subscription, in selected bookshops, and in libraries worldwide.



The magazine is put together entirely from unsolicited submissions.Perfect for new and emerging writers, like most of us.

Over the years, from small beginnings, the team has come together. Edwin Brock was joined by Carol Ann Duffy and Henry Graham to pick the poetry, and JG Ballard was joined by Geoff Nicholson to pick the prose. In 2013 Dr Martin Bax retired and More…

The Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize 2015 Reply

The inaugural £500 Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize is now open to submissions.

Here’s a little bit about them:

‘Building on the success of the monthly Galley Beggar Singles Club, which since its inception has won several national awards, Galley Beggar Press will be running a new, annual short story prize for both published and unpublished writers. The prize aims to sponsor nothing more and nothing less than exceptionally good stories. We want the best – and we want you to be the best.’

Short-lists, long-lists, readings and prizes

Top 10 Tips for Writing a Crappy First Draft Reply

Hilarious and useful thoughts on getting that first draft out there.

Claire Fuller


All writers have little tricks for how to get the first draft of their novel down on paper. I don’t plan at all, but I do allow myself to go back each time I sit down to write and do a little bit of editing; perhaps just 20% of the writing time I have available. I tell myself it’s to get ‘in the zone,’ but really it’s because I worry that I might be run over by a bus and someone would see my crappy first draft. Another way I mitigate this possibility is by writing [THIS IS SHITE] (square brackets included) every so often. This technique (which I wouldn’t really recommend) also silences my inner critic for a little while which means I can carry on churning out words.

But what other tips and tricks do writers use? I asked a few author friends and below I have compiled…

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Featured Market: Litro Online Reply

This week’s featured market is Litro Online

Here’s a bit about them:

We began as a free print pamphlet featuring just one short story, then a pocket-sized monthly magazine—still free—with a handful of short stories and the occasional spot of non-fiction and poetry, published according to theme, for the reading pleasure of London commuters.
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