SHORT STORY – John Herbert

John Herbert is an English teacher from Brighton, UK, holds a PhD in modernist fiction from the University of Birmingham, and is an alumnus of New Writing South’s Creative Writing Programme. He was Highly Commended for the 2017 Brighton Prize for short fiction and will appear in their anthology this year. In 2018 his work has also…

Cat people – Antonia Cundy

Antonia Cundy is an postgraduate student at the University of Cambridge, studying on an MPhil in American Literature. She has written (poetry and prose) for The Financial Times, The Economist, and The Oxonian Review, amongst others. Her work can be found at www.antoniacundy.com.  Image: paul morris on Unsplash Cat People On 11th December 2017, The New Yorker published Kristen Roupenian’s short story, ‘Cat Person’,…

SHORT STORY – Anita Goveas

Anita Goveas is British-Asian, based in London, and is fueled by strong coffee and paneer jalfrezi. She was first published in the 2016 London Short Story Prize anthology, and most recently in former cactus, Litro, New Flash Fiction Review, Porridge, and Longleaf Review. She tweets erratically @coffeeandpaneer Image: James Pond on Unsplash Recursion Adhira watched the dog chase itself again….

SHORT STORY – Meagan Masterman

Image: Dorothea Lange – Clausen Child and Mother c. 1930 via the MOMA  Meagan Masterman is a writer from Maine, living in Massachusetts. Her work can be found in Funhouse Magazine, Unbroken Journal, and Maudlin House. She co-edits Reality Hands. Find her online, where she usually is @meaganmasterman Who you are, Alicia Callahan I’ve got a…

SHORT STORY: LOBSTER TAILS – Georgia Tindale

Georgia Tindale is an assistant editor working in Amsterdam and co-editor of Porridge Magazine. Her primary interests include poetry, science writing, health and society, history, religion and postcolonial studies. Her poems have been published and are upcoming in Sunlight Press and Laurel Magazine. She tweets @tindale_georgia. Lobster Tails Polunsky Unit If you had to choose the last meal you…

SHORT STORY – Anita Goveas

Image: Louise Bourgeois, Lacs de Montagne (1997) Anita Goveas is British-Asian, based in London, and fueled by strong coffee and paneer jalfrezi. She lurks in libraries and her local independent bookshop, Bookseller Crow. She was first published in the 2016 London Short Story Prize anthology, most recently in Pocket Change, Haverthorn, Moonchild Magazine, Riggwelter Press, Anti-Heroin Chic, former cactus mag…

SHORT STORY – Flying Solo: Jessica Bonder

Image: Painting by the LA-based artist, Kelly Reemtsen.  Jessica Bonder is an American fiction writer. She has published short stories in The Stockholm Review, The Lonely Crowd, STORGY Magazine, Split Lip Magazine, Black Heart Magazine, The Writing Disorder, and The Cabinet of Heed, among others. Her website is jessicabonder.com and you can tweet her @jessbonder. Flying Solo A large man bearing a bouquet…

The Illusion of Distance – Jack Crowe

Image: Richard Hamilton, Interior, 1965. Jack Crowe is a graduate with a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Birmingham. He performs as a poet across the UK, and otherwise writes in his far too voluminous spare time. His website is jackcrowejackcrowe.co.uk. The Illusion of Distance When Dennis Kimetto broke the marathon world record in Berlin in 2014, he set off from…

SHORT STORY – Dustin Heron

Image: Richard Lindner, ‘Poet from Fun City’, 1971, lithograph, MOMA. Dustin Heron holds an MA and an MFA from San Francisco State University. His work has appeared most recently in Watershed Review and Craft Literary, and is forthcoming from Occulum, Fictive Dream, and Ghost Parachute. His stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best…

SHORT STORY: A Trip Back Down – Mark Thorson

Mark Thorson is the author of several screenplays, including the award-winning American Passage and most recently, of the collection of short stories, Final Delivery. Mark is also an alumnus of the prestigious American Film Institute.  Winter 1986 The end of Lewy Olson’s career arrived on a Sunday morning. It came during his eleventh season, shortly…

SHORT STORY – Isabelle Weller

Isabelle Weller is a recent graduate from the University of Birmingham, where she studied BA English Literature with Creative Writing. She is now about to start a special needs teacher-training course / placement year. She is a keen reader. She wouldn’t say she has a favourite author, or book, but Franz Kafka’s writing never fails…

SHORT STORY: The End – Tom Gumbert

Tom Gumbert lives along the Ohio River with his wife Andrea, in an area that was once an active part of the Underground Railroad. Operations Manager by day, and all-round daydreamer, he has been writing for a decade. Concerned about the state of the world, he is becoming an activist. His short stories have appeared…