Sunday, 12 April 2015

Issue 5 murmurs and rumours

Whilst submissions are still open for Issue 5, our BritLit issue, we can confirm some of the headlining writers who will be appearing.

  • Ewan Morrison, Scottish author and screenwriter, has given us "Televisions in Heaven". It made us smile.
  • Mark Piggott, author and journalist, has given us "Waterlow Sunrise", an intriguing short.
  • Martin Knight, British author and co-founder of London Books, gives us "Wally", a typically British short.

As well as these respected writers, we also have confirmed shorts from Joe Hakim, Shaun Stafford and Terence Corless, as well as poetry from Jeremy Young and Thomas McColl, and a closing piece from singer/songwriter Mike Williams. We will also be continuing with Ray Hyland's "Fourtold".

But rest assured, there is still space for further work. Issue 5 will be our biggest yet (60 pages or more), so if you've written poetry or prose, or an article, feel free to send it in to us. Submissions officially close on 18 May.

Want a copy of our BritLit issue? Take a look at our subscriptions page and drop us a line.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Subscriptions and Donations

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You can help - if you want to. The button below is our "subscription" button. For £12 a year (£25 for non-UK), you can ensure that you get a copy of each issue of The Literary Commune the moment it comes out. If you manage to pick up a copy of TLC from one of our outlets, it will cost you nothing. If you feel you'd like to make a small donation, you can do that. All funds "donated" through our subscription button will be ploughed back into producing our litzine. Paper, it does grow on trees, but it costs money. Toner ink soon runs out. Envelopes and stamps ensure that our litzine remains a paper one, and not something you can only get online. We want to keep the ethos of our litzine alive, and you can help. You can become part of the Commune.

Subscriptions & Donations

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Whether you choose to subscribe, donate or just be an avid reader and supporter, know that you will always be part of our Commune.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Submissions for Issue 5

The submission window for Issue 5 opened on 1 April, and closes on 18 May. Issue 5 will be our BritLit special, and so we'd particularly like to hear from British writers. However, we will still be able to squeeze in one or two contributions from writers who aren't British. As always with submissions, if we can't get you in this issue, we might want to take your work for a following issue, so keep an eye on your inbox.

We have a better email filing system for submissions now, so everyone will get an acknowledgement that your submission has been received, and we will let everyone know whether or not their work has been accepted. This didn't happen in the past, so apologies to all people who have previously submitted work.

Please read our Submissions Policy before submitting work to us. Your piece of work may well be fantastic, but it probably won't be right for The Literary Commune and we'd be unable to publish it.

Thanks in advance for your interest. We're all looking forward to reading your submissions, even the ones we cannot publish.

Shaun M
The Literary Commune

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Issue Four

Issue Four - April 2015

Cover by Cat Williams

Our US Special, featuring poets and writers mostly from the United States. Issue Four is also the first issue to feature a colour cover, though these are limited to subscribers and selected outlets.

The Need To Know by Fred Russell
Reality’s Graveyard by Fiada Fey
Silent Night  by Thomas Elson
After Bukowski by Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois
Around The School by Richard King Perkins II
Things the Bent Woman Sees by Richard King Perkins II
Pretty Autumn Sunset by James Croal Jackson
Headache – Internal Bleeding by James Croal Jackson
There Won’t Be Any People in Heaven by Kevin Heaton
Amnesty by Kevin Heaton
The Teacher by Joan McNerney
The History Professor by Joan McNerney
Fourtold chapter 4 by Ray Hyland
You Can’t Miss It by Frederick Pollack
Warp by Frederick Pollack
Pavement by Kenneth P Gurney
There For Me By Paul Lewellan
The Stuff of Fairy Dust by Karen Wright