Monday, 7 July 2014
I recently made a wonderful discovery, and I want to share it, because it deserves to be better known than it is. It looks and feels like an old fashioned comic, and when I took it out of its envelope it took me back to the days of Bunty and Judy. And I must admit, I thought 'Oh, is that it?' I'd been expecting something more physically substantial, and a bit glossier. But Firewords Quarterly is pretty much perfect.
I came across it because my fellow My Baby Shot Me Down anthologist, (if that's even the right word), Rachael Smart has a story in Issue 1. And a very good story it is too. It's one good story amongst many. There are poems and flash fictions too. What makes it so special is the way each piece is so stunningly and appropriately illlustrated. I can't put into words how good it is. You have to see it, and hold it in your hands.
If you're a writer, you can submit your work to it. There's still just about time to submit for the next issue The details are here. They accept short stories of up to 2000 words, and poetry, and they have a flash fiction challenge, for pieces of under 400 words, which include a given prompt. This time the prompt is 'As the lights went out, everything changed.' Submissions close on Friday 11th July.
I haven't submitted anything to them yet, although I hope to. And if they reject what I send them I will keep trying, because I'd just love to be published in something like this. Well done, Firewords people. Long may your work continue.