The latest short fiction, poetry, promotions and happenings from Popshot Magazine and our extended network.

KNITTED

Nancy Charley draws parallels between knitting and the creation of a human life in her delicate poem. Illustration by Rupert Smissen.

MAY 24TH 2017

ULTRASOUND

Harry Man's exquisite poem captures the magic and anticipation that surrounds the birth of a child. Illustration by Raid71 — aka Chris Thornley.

MAY 18TH 2017

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WATERING

A short story by Jack Wells, providing a pertinent metaphor for parents who have had to give their children up for adoption. Illustration by Fabio Delvo.

MAY 15TH 2017

SONG

Jon Lemay's restorative poem addresses the exact moment when one emerges from melancholy into a new frame of mind. Illustration by Jason Mowry.

MAY 9TH 2017

SEVENTH

Abigail Hodge's post-apocalyptic short story follows a girl trying to find the one person left who means something to her. Illustration by Adams Carvalho.

MAY 4TH 2017

CULTIVATING AT DUSK

Megan Rowlands' poem challenges the supposed ideals of a domesticated life and champions something much wilder. Illustration by Anne Bastian.

APRIL 29TH 2017

THE BASEMENT

Danielle Carey's short story tells the tale of two mysterious aunts who raise their nieces whilst maintaining a fascinating secret. Illustrated by Matt Murphy.

APRIL 25TH 2017

41 WINKS

A poem by Sammy Hutton addressing sleep and the soft spaces of time between wakefulness and slumber. Illustration by Anna Horvath.

APRIL 20TH 2017

THE MARGINS OF SILENCE

A mother who can predict the future finds her gift to be more of a curse than a blessing in John Vicary's short story. Illustration by Romina Birzer.

APRIL 17TH 2017

LAST GIFT

A poem by Melanie Whipman, inspired by a skipping rope that was handed down the maternal line of her family. Illustration by Constanze Moll.

APRIL 12TH 2017

HOTEL

Neil Rathmell’s surreal short story follows a man as he desperately tries to understand where he is and how he got there. Illustration by Nadia So.

APRIL 6TH 2017

A LITTLE PLAN

Published in our brand new Future issue, Katie Byford's delicate little poem looks at love in the present moment. Illustration by Aiste Stancikaite.

APRIL 4TH 2017

THE FUTURE ISSUE
HAS ARRIVED

Our brand new issue is out today, featuring a captivating collection of illustrated short stories and poems that cast us into a divergent future.

MARCH 30TH 2017

HOW TO CONSTRUCT A BIRD

A poem by Zelda Chappel on the transitory nature of life, exploring what it means to find acceptance in loss. Illustration by Simon Prades.

MARCH 28TH 2017

A SHORT STORY FROM
THE FUTURE ISSUE

Published in our forthcoming seventeenth issue, enjoy an exclusive read of Ruth Bennett's cautionary tale with a twist — The Leaving Party.

MARCH 23RD 2017

EMERGENCY MINTS

A poem by Karen Jane Cannon, inspired by her father’s voyage across the English Channel as a novice sailor. Illustration by Oli Winward.

MARCH 21ST 2017

REVEALING THE COVER
OF THE FUTURE ISSUE

Take a sneaky peek at the cover of our impending issue, The Future Issue, now available to pre-order and launching on April 1st.

MARCH 16TH 2017

WAKE UP TIME

Peter Mortimer's short story sees a salesman receive a shocking revelation when he visits his elderly mother in a care home. Illustration by Burcin Pervin.

MARCH 13TH 2017

THE HALF PRICE SALE

With our forthcoming ‘Future’ issue launching on April 1st, we’re offering up all available issues of Popshot for just £3 plus postage.

MARCH 9TH 2017

ANOTHER COMMON ROOM

Matthew Stoppard's ghostly poem brings the emotional act of accepting a partner's past into a physical reality. Illustration by Sam Pash.

MARCH 7TH 2017

GERALD

A curiously reclusive co-worker maintains a secret of undefined proportions in Lillian Sciberras' short story. Illustration by Aurélie Garnier.

FEBRUARY 27TH 2017

NIGHT TIDE

A poem by Ben Banyard, inspired by observations of homelessness in British towns and city centres. Illustration by Kevin Davis.

FEBRUARY 23RD 2017

THE INGENIUM

Ridden with writer's block, a novelist is shown a vast world of inspiration in Kirstie Smith's magical short story. Illustration by Michael Hirshon.

FEBRUARY 20TH 2017

REFUGEE

Miki Byrne's poem attempts to get inside the hearts and minds of those who are forced from their own countries. Illustration by Podessto.

FEBRUARY 15TH 2017

TRAVEL

A poem by Frankie Kennedy, suggesting that the exploration of fellow humankind is often the greatest form of travel. Illustration by Dave Hänggi.

FEBRUARY 9TH 2017

THIS IS WHAT YOU MUST DO

Kirsty Logan's flash fiction piece celebrates oddity and individuality during those times we most try to hide it. Illustration by Tahel Maor.

FEBRUARY 6TH 2017

THE HIDDEN LIFE OF STONES

Sharon Black's poem considers the humble stone and its ability to tell its story through shape and form. Illustration by Stu Loxley.

JANUARY 31ST 2017

AND THE GLASS COLD
AGAINST HIS FACE

Two men find themselves in a slow race against time as they hang 80 floors above ground in Thomas Chadwick's short story. Illustration by Joseph William.

JANUARY 24TH 2017

FRIDAYS

Roddy Williams' poem provides a surreal metaphor for the effects of the working week and its division from the weekend. Illustration by Nader Sharaf.

JANUARY 19TH 2017

ASH

Inspired by his resurgence from a tough period, Kieran Cottrell's poem articulates the transformative effects of love. Illustration by Leib Chigrin.

JANUARY 16TH 2017

THE WHITE ROOM

A work colleague who withdraws into his imagination causes a destructive effect in Michael Hitchins' short story. Illustration by Adam Batchelor.

JANUARY 10TH 2017

THE NEXT GREAT
TRAVEL WRITER

Travelex and Penguin have teamed up to create a brand new competition that looks to unearth the next great travel writer. Deadline: February 5th 2017.

JANUARY 9TH 2017

GOD, YES

An explosive poem by Sophie Clarke about waking up one morning and feeling completely and utterly alive. Illustration by Tanja Székessy.

JANUARY 6TH 2017

THE MANY DEATHS
OF MICHAEL FINCH

Ben Whitfield's short story follows the life and deaths of Michael Finch, a normal individual with a remarkable gift. Illustration by Zach Meyer.

JANUARY 3RD 2017

A REMINDER TO SUBMIT
TO THE FUTURE ISSUE

With a new year just days away, there are now only four weeks left to submit your poems and short stories to our next issue on the theme of ‘Future’.

DECEMBER 29TH 2016

WEARING HOPE

Louise Green's poem depicts hope as a magical coat, acting as a metaphor for anyone who survives hostile times. Illustration by Slava Nesterov.

DECEMBER 27TH 2016

BLUE EGGSHELL MOMENT

J.S.Watts' poem attempts to capture the emotion engendered by a moment of perceived perfection and possibility. Illustration by Karolina Burdon.

DECEMBER 20TH 2016

WIDE OPEN ROAD

A remote service station and its friendly proprietor are not all that they seem in Georgia Oman's peculiar short story. Illustration by Paul Lacolley.

DECEMBER 16TH 2016

I DON'T WANT TO
LOSE YOU TWICE

A poem by Ewan C. Forbes, written after learning our memories are not of actual events, but our recollection of events. Illustration by Aron Vellekoop León.

DECEMBER 12TH 2016

THE BREAK-UP

A unique solution is arrived upon to rid the planet of conflict in Charlie Galbraith's unsettling short story. Illustration by Matt Harrison Clough.

DECEMBER 8TH 2016

SUBMIT YOUR WRITING
TO THE FUTURE ISSUE

Literary submissions are now open for our 17th issue on the theme of 'Future'. Send in your short fiction or poetry before the January 26th deadline.

DECEMBER 1ST 2016

VERY, VERY WINTER

Thomas Willshire's poem captures that frustrated, deep longing for warmer weather that ascends once winter arrives. Illustration by Katey Harvey.

NOVEMBER 29TH 2016

A GIFT FOR A
LITERATURE LOVER

With Christmas around the corner, what do you get for that person with a penchant for literature, short fiction or poetry? We might have the answer...

NOVEMBER 24TH 2016

AUTUMN'S LAST CALL

A poem by Marcus Smith, capturing the energy, atmosphere and excitement that hangs in the air before an adventure. Illustration by Stuart Patience.

NOVEMBER 22ND 2016

WALKING WATER

A day at the beach takes a surprising turn in Carol Farrelly's short story of paralysis, courage and willpower. Illustration by Jörn Kaspuhl.

NOVEMBER 18TH 2016

THESE DAYS BELONG TO US

Austin Harlingham's poem rallies against the monotony of the rat race, celebrating the world out there we haven't yet explored. Illustration by Chris Ede.

NOVEMBER 15TH 2016

THE HEALING TONGUE

Faced with losing his eyesight, an elderly man puts his hope in a circus performer with an unconventional gift in Mike Fox's short story. Illustration by Luis Pinto.

NOVEMBER 8TH 2016

DESCENDANTS

Inspired by a photo of a stranger on a friend's wall, Sharon Lask Munson's poem considers the nature of our relationships to our ancestors. Illustration by Yaimel Lopez.

NOVEMBER 3RD 2016

TRACED BACK HERE

A man tries to unshroud the mystery of his parents and his past in Ty Landers' short story, set in the American South. Illustration by Bartosz Kosowski.

OCTOBER 28TH 2016

YOU'RE USED TO SLOWNESS

A hope-filled poem by Katherine Venn, referencing the slowness that exists before a major change in one's life. Illustration by Silvia Stecher.

OCTOBER 25TH 2016

THE GIFT

A woman uncovers a curious truth as she explores the house she's been gifted by a perfect stranger. Short story by Christine Burns, illustration by Elina V.G.

OCTOBER 19TH 2016

SAIL

A poem by Gavin Bryce, inspired by the miraculous first few hours of his son's life and its maritime parallels. Illustration by Ricardo Bessa.

OCTOBER 15TH 2016

ISSUE 16 IN 16 SECONDS

A swift inhalation of every single page from our recently launched Hope issue, condensed into a 16 second animated GIF for optimum sensory overload.

OCTOBER 13TH 2016

DOROTHY

A short story by Eleanor Pilcher, based on the adventures of an aspiring WW1 reporter who was the only British female to make it to the Western Front. Illustration by Roland Hildel.

OCTOBER 11TH 2016

AIRBAG

To mark National Poetry Day 2016 and its theme of Messages, read Lucy Winrow's sincere poem, published in our latest issue. Illustration by Ivan Canu.

OCTOBER 6TH 2016

HERE'S THE HOPE ISSUE

Our brand new issue is out today, exploring the theme of hope through a beautiful and bizarre collection of illustrated short fiction and poetry.

OCTOBER 1ST 2016

SAYING GOODBYE TO YANG

A family discovers just how attached they've become to their robotic helper in Alexander Weinstein's unsettling speculative fiction piece.

SEPTEMBER 27TH 2016

A PEEK AT THE PAGES
OF THE HOPE ISSUE

Due for release in a week's time, flick through a few spreads from our forthcoming sixteenth edition to get a taste of what lies within.

SEPTEMBER 22ND 2016

DEFIANT/DEFINITE

A beautiful poem by Inua Ellams, honouring his father's defiance and ability to laugh in the face of death. Illustration by Richard Wilkinson.

SEPTEMBER 20TH 2016

THE SUNDAY TIMES EFG SHORT STORY AWARD

The world’s richest short story prize, awarding £30,000 to the author of the winning piece of fiction, is open for entries until September 29th.

SEPTEMBER 19TH 2016

A FIRST GLIMPSE
OF OUR NEW ISSUE

Due for release on October 1st, glimpse the cover of our forthcoming Hope issue, illustrated by Ivan Canu and now available to pre-order.

SEPTEMBER 15TH 2016

WHEN I SAY I HAVE
COME TO LOVE YOU

Gregory Heath's poem looks at the powerlessness that can accompany true love, whether you choose it or not. Illustration by Tobias Hall.

SEPTEMBER 13TH 2016

TALBOT

A lifelong friend is discovered to have a plethora of horrific secrets in Adena Graham's macabre short story. Illustration by Thomas Danthony.

SEPTEMBER 9TH 2016

ROUND HERE THE GRASS
GROWS AT 5000MPH

Tim Hawkins' poem captures the feeling of growing up too fast during the transition from childhood to adulthood. Illustration by Chengsi Lu.

SEPTEMBER 6TH 2016

X FACTOR SONNET

A poem by Jacqueline Saphra, noting how modern entertainment is often found within failure rather than success. Illustration by André Gottschalk.

AUGUST 30TH 2016

PUMPKIN SCONES

A sinister short story by Georgia Oman, addressing the hidden peculiarities that simmer under the surface of everyday life. Illustration by Sean McSorley.

AUGUST 25TH 2016

MY BROTHER HUMS IN HARMONIES

Inspired by her experience of working with the Welsh National Opera, Joanna Jones' poem considers the rich history that lives within a national song.

AUGUST 20TH 2016

FLYING THE KITE

Jacqueline Saphra's poem laments a youthful inability to take risks for fear of the consequences. Illustration by Stephan Schmitz.

AUGUST 17TH 2016

THE NEW, IMPROVED
DIGITAL EDITION

The digital edition of Popshot has been given an overhaul, making all 15 issues of the magazine now easily readable from any device.

AUGUST 11TH 2016

STRING THEORY

Benjamin Zadik's delicate flash fiction piece muses on a time when people used to be connected by strings. Illustration by Darren Hopes.

AUGUST 8TH 2016

TO LOVE

Emma Jones' poem addresses the love and heroism that's resiliently present amidst devastating circumstances. Illustration by Kate Copeland.

AUGUST 4TH 2016

METAMORPHOSIS

A short story from Christie Suyanto of a girl who yearns for freedom from the restraints of the patriarchal world. Illustration by Daniel Caballero.

JULY 29TH 2016

DON'T SWALLOW THE PIPS

Sophie Clarke's poem provides a literal tribute to the old wives' tale that claims a swallowed apple pip will grow in your stomach. Illustration by Zoe Regoczy.

JULY 26TH 2016

CLAIR DE LUNE

A poem by Claire Booker, recalling a late-night walk with the moon through the back streets of London. Illustration by Mathieu Persan.

JULY 23RD 2016

THE TWAIN

Set in Africa, Fabian Acker's story details an idiosyncratic relationship between two men from differing cultures. Illustration by Ann-Christine Voss.

JULY 19TH 2016

THE OTHER SIDE

A poem by Tyler Quick of love, loss and the incompleteness of continuing life's journey companionless. Illustration by Miranda Meeks.

JULY 12TH 2016

BUCKET LIST

A tranquil hot air balloon ride takes a tumultuous turn in this riveting short story by Pete King. Illustration by Marie Bergeron.

JULY 8TH 2016

HERE IS YOUR CHILDHOOD

A nostalgic poem by Annette C. Boehm, taken from her debut poetry collection, The Knowledge Weapon, published by Bare Fiction.

JULY 4TH 2016

STRAIGHT OUT THE BOX

An evening of box-fresh words and music at Pop Brixton in South London, featuring Max Porter, Colin Grant, Johny Pitts, and Lester Clayton.

JULY 1ST 2016

SLEEPOVERS

A poem by Bethan Parker-Luscombe, providing a sweet snapshot from the halcyon days of an innocent youth. Illustration by Esra Røise.

JUNE 30TH 2016

GALILEO'S CHILD

Roisín O’Donnell's flash fiction piece explores the mystery, beauty and potential of an unborn child in the mother's imagination.

JUNE 27TH 2016

NOW STOCKED IN ANTHROPOLOGIE

The latest issue of Popshot can now be found within the walls of the highly reputable lifestyle retailer, Anthropologie.

JUNE 22ND 2016

YOU OF RAIN

Inspired by the weather and dreams, Ash Huntley's poem imagines the two intertwined, each telling the other’s story. Illustration by Phill Darlington.

JUNE 18TH 2016

A PART OF ME IS GONE

Isobel Dixon's short yet powerful poem, taken from her latest collection entitled Bearings, laments the loss of her father.

JUNE 14TH 2016

WAITING FOR NO MAN

Having discovered how to bottle time, an elderly man begins to reject the value of his own creation in Laura Gabrielle Feasey's short story.

JUNE 10TH 2016

LITERARY SUBMISSIONS FOR ISSUE 16 ARE NOW OPEN

We are now open for short fiction and poetry submissions for our forthcoming issue of Popshot on the theme of 'Hope'.

JUNE 2ND 2016

SUMMER DAY 1992

A nostalgic poem by Melanie Whipman, looking back to the halcyon days of an endless childhood summer. Illustration by Lizzie Downes.

MAY 31ST 2016

SUBMISSIONS FOR OUR NEW ISSUE OPEN NEXT WEEK

On June 2nd, the theme for our sixteenth issue will be announced and the doors will fling open for short fiction and poetry submissions.

MAY 27TH 2016

THE CLEARING

Set in a dense woodland, Alex Eastlake's short story follows a lost young man as he tries to find his way back to safety. Illustration by Pedro Semeano.

MAY 25TH 2016

WHEN I FIRST HELD YOU

Sheila Jacob's short poem addresses the difficult birth of her first child and the complex relationship that followed. Illustration by Leib Chigrin.

MAY 21ST 2016

THE ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE ADVENTURE ISSUE

Every illustration from our most recent issue has now been added to our growing library of Popshot-published artwork over on Pinterest.

MAY 18TH 2016

FALLING ACTION

Jeremy Colangelo's short story tells the curious tale of a man who falls into a deep pit and spends the rest of his life in freefall. Illustration by Shaun Lynch.

MAY 13TH 2016

THE LONDON MAGAZINE
POETRY PRIZE

Home to some of the most prestigious poets in its long publishing history, The London Magazine is now open for submissions to its annual poetry prize.

MAY 10TH 2016

GROUNDED

A short poem by Karen Harvey, inspired by early memories of oppression and a longing for freedom and adventure. Illustration by Matteo Gallo.

MAY 7TH 2016

THE ARRIVAL OF MISSIVES

Set in the aftermath of the Great War, an exclusive excerpt from Aliya Whiteley's brand new genre-defying story of fate, free will and the choices we make in life.

MAY 5TH 2016

THROUGH THE FLOWERS

A haunting story by Stephen Hargadon which sees the purchase of an old book lead to devastating consequences. Illustration by Kate O’Hara.

APRIL 30TH 2016

THE PERVERT

A poem by Marianne MacRae, based on a man she would observe on the way to work, who used to stare intently at girls whilst eating various pieces of fruit.

APRIL 26TH 2016

I LAY WITH YOU

Inspired by classic fairytales, Gretel Keyte's crepuscular poem speaks of letting go and seeing who you really are. Illustration by Rachel Orme.

APRIL 23RD 2016

THE FENCE

An isolated community finds itself at the centre of mysterious events in Adena Graham's disconcerting short story. Illustration by Isabel Seliger.

APRIL 20TH 2016

CLIMBING TREES

Sophie Fenella's poem, from our recent Adventure issue, explores the ways in which adventurous personalities can affect the dynamic of a relationship.

APRIL 16TH 2016

MEET THE FABER NEW POETS

Now in its fourth incarnation, four fresh Faber New Poets pamphlets have been released in the ongoing partnership between Faber and the Arts Council.

APRIL 13TH 2016

THE LIGHT EATER

A beautifully imaginative flash fiction piece by Kirsty Logan, written in response to the death of her father. Illustration by Ricardo Bessa.

APRIL 8TH 2016

THE ADVENTURE ISSUE IN MAGNIFICENT MOTION

Illustrator Thomas Danthony and animator Christopher van Wilson have teamed up to bring the cover of our new issue into animated form.

APRIL 5TH 2016

OUR BRAND NEW
ISSUE IS OUT TODAY

The Adventure Issue is here, featuring a sterling line up of illustrated fiction and poetry that travels from the moors of Yorkshire to the surface of the moon.

MARCH 31ST 2016

SPRING CLEANING

A spirited poem by Alexander Blustin, written to mark the end of a despondent period and the beginning of a better one. Illustration by Brandon Loving.

MARCH 25TH 2016

AN EXCLUSIVE SHORT STORY FROM OUR NEW ISSUE

Gain an exclusive first read of Shadows, a tense short story from our impending Adventure issue following two astronauts lost on the moon.

MARCH 22ND 2016

POEM FOR BEN

In honour of World Poetry Day, read Helen Mort’s poem on writing poems, inspired by a rejection letter sent to her friend. Illustration by Yulia Yakushova.

MARCH 21ST 2016

THE HOUSE THAT
WANTED TO BE A BOAT

Inspired by cliff landslides in Whitby, Angela Readman's poem talks of the close bond between our homes and our history. Illustration by Paul Garland.

MARCH 17TH 2016

A SNEAK PEEK AT THE
COVER OF OUR NEW ISSUE

Launching in two weeks’ time, take a look at the cover of our forthcoming Adventure issue, illustrated by the ever-stylish Thomas Danthony.

MARCH 15TH 2016

FATHOMING

A father watches his ocean-loving daughter embark on a perilous deep sea expedition in Dan Coxon's fretful short story. Illustration by Luke Waller.

MARCH 8TH 2016

MOTHER

Coinciding with Mother's Day, Barbara Wojtowicz's short poem reflects on the role reversal between a mother and her child. Illustration by Sara Netherway.

MARCH 4TH 2016

THE CONSOLATION
OF NATURE

A family forges new bonds as they battle a monstrous rat in Valerie Martin's short story, taken from her kaleidoscopic short story collection, Sea Lovers.

FEBRUARY 29TH 2016

REIMAGINING POETRY CLASSICS FOR THE MODERN AGE

Spoken word artists Benjamin Zephaniah, Hollie McNish, Joelle Taylor and Dizraeli cast a new light on some classic, canonical page poems.

FEBRUARY 25TH 2016

SPINE

Patrick Griffith's surreal short story tells the tale of a despondent artist who encounters his creativity in its real, physical form.

FEBRUARY 22ND 2016

FLIP

A radical protest group looks to put an end to the tradition of timekeeping in Emile Carson's thought-provoking short story. Illustration by Ray Oranges.

FEBRUARY 18TH 2016

THE ZODIAC

A love poem by Benedict Freeman, inspired by the idea that our lives are the culmination of a long string of choices. Illustration by James Richard Smith.

FEBRUARY 14TH 2016

ONE FLESH

First published in our 'Love' issue, Gavin Bryce's poem imagines the relationship between lovers as a living body. Illustration by Ross McEwan.

FEBRUARY 13TH 2016

JIGSAW

A poem by Luke Wright, presenting a beautifully truthful and progressive metaphor for marriage. Illustration by Adam Batchelor.

FEBRUARY 12TH 2016

FULL HOUSE

Bringing focus to a less-considered side of homosexuality, Hayden Westfield-Bell's poem looks at the life of two elderly lesbian lovers. Illustrated by Dilly.

FEBRUARY 11TH 2016

MODERN LOVE: TEXTING

Max Wallis's poem looks at love in the modern age and the ephemeral nature of our digital love letters. Illustration by Agnese Bicocchi.

FEBRUARY 10TH 2016

DREAMING OF TIN

Sabrina Mahfouz's poem tells of a daughter's disregard for her mother's disapproval in the face of precarious love. Illustration by Peter Locke.

FEBRUARY 9TH 2016

STRIPTEASE

A poem by Miriam Johnson, embracing the freedom that comes with going beyond physical attraction into the hidden depths. Illustration by Kee.

FEBRUARY 8TH 2016

A WEEK OF UNORTHODOX
LOVE POEMS

In the week leading up to Valentine's Day, we'll be publishing a poem a day that takes a less saccharine approach to the subject of love.

FEBRUARY 8TH 2016

BIRTH OF A NATION

Ignited by the 1915 film of the same name, Cathy Bryant's poem addresses the ugly reality of how nations are formed. Illustration by Peter Strain.

FEBRUARY 4TH 2016

THE END & BEGINNING
OF ADVENTURE

Following the closure of literary submissions last week, we have now chosen the poems and short stories that will be published in the 'Adventure' issue.

JANUARY 28TH 2016

LION TAMER BLUES

A recently retired lion tamer struggles to come to terms with his quiet new life in Stuart Snelson's short story. Illustration by Vidhya Nagarajan.

JANUARY 25TH 2016

THE GREATEST OF THESE

Written to coincide with the launch of her debut novel, The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, read part five of Joanna Cannon's serialised seven part short story.

JANUARY 22ND 2016

THE CURIOUS ISSUE
HAS ALMOST SOLD OUT

Thanks to high demand, our latest issue is just twenty copies away from going out of print. Subscribe today to ensure you get hold of yours.

JANUARY 20TH 2016

LISTEN TO THE MADMAN

AE Ballakisten's poem puts forward the idea that those considered mad may possess more wisdom than they are credited with. Illustration by Analisa Aza.

JANUARY 19TH 2016

CURRENTS

A poem by NJ Hynes, written following a visit to America's Midwest where rights to the air were being sold thanks to a commercial interest in wind power. Illustration by Tim McDonagh.

JANUARY 14TH 2016

THE SECRET

A child stumbles across a destructive secret that will change her life forever in Audra Kerr Brown's compelling short story. Illustration by Mitt Roshin.

JANUARY 11TH 2016

SEWING LESSONS

Inspired by her conservative grandmother who attempted to teach her to sew, Ellen Davies' poem celebrates the advantages of ignorance.

JANUARY 8TH 2016

THE POPSHOT GICLÉE
PRINT SALE

With just a handful of our limited edition A2 Giclée prints left, we're now making them available for less than half price. Pick up yours from £16.

JANUARY 5TH 2016

SUBMIT YOUR WRITING
TO THE 'ADVENTURE' ISSUE

With the arrival of 2016, there are just eighteen days left to submit your poems and short stories to our next issue on the theme of 'Adventure'.

JANUARY 2ND 2016

A THANK YOU
TO OUR READERS

With 2015 drawing to a close, we reflect on the last twelve months and say a huge thank you to our readers and subscribers for their tremendous support.

DECEMBER 30TH 2015

THE WHITE REVIEW
SHORT STORY PRIZE

The quarterly arts journal is now open for entries to its short story prize for emerging writers, offering £2,500 and publication in The White Review.

DECEMBER 29TH 2015

WHEN THEY ASK
ABOUT MY FACE

Nancy Carol Moody's poem reflects on the unintended fierceness of her face, which betrays the softness that lives behind. Illustration by Maria Rikteryte.

DECEMBER 27TH 2015

EVERY ILLUSTRATION FROM
THE CURIOUS ISSUE

Head to our newly updated Pinterest page to find every illustration from our latest issue alongside every piece of artwork ever published in Popshot.

DECEMBER 17TH 2015

GRAVITY

Krishan Coupland's flash fiction piece pictures a time where gravity's longstanding reign starts to collapse. Illustration by Señor Salme.

DECEMBER 14TH 2015

WE'VE GOT CHRISTMAS
WRAPPED UP

On the lookout for a gift for that literature-loving friend? Wrap up the search with a copy of Popshot for £6 or a three-issue subscription from £10.

DECEMBER 10TH 2015

LACES

A charming little poem by Neil McCarthy, written for his nephew as an ode to the future and the footsteps once trodden himself. Illustration by David Lemm.

DECEMBER 8TH 2015

HOW TO BE A WRITER

Kirsty Logan presents an unusual version of an instruction manual for writers in her jocular short story, first published in our Imagination issue.

DECEMBER 4TH 2015

LITERARY SUBMISSIONS FOR ISSUE 15 ARE NOW OPEN

We are now accepting short fiction and poetry submissions for our forthcoming issue on the theme of 'Adventure'.

DECEMBER 1ST 2015

MDMA

A poem by Daniel Sluman, providing a crepuscular vignette of a time spent on drugs. Illustration by Devin McGrath.

NOVEMBER 30TH 2015

THE 'C' WORD

With Christmas Day less than a month away, a copy of Popshot could be the perfect gift for the quintessential lover of literature.

NOVEMBER 26TH 2015

LITERARY SUBMISSIONS
OPEN IN ONE WEEK

In advance of submissions opening for our fifteenth issue, our editor shines a light on what kind of writing we’ll be looking out for.

NOVEMBER 24TH 2015

DARK VOICES

A young girl discovers that she has a unique and supernatural gift in Jane Wright's transfixing short story. Illustration by Matthew Brazier.

NOVEMBER 20TH 2015

ALLOW YOURSELF
THIS ONE DAY

A light-footed poem by Max Wallis, addressing the day following a break up and the importance of the wallowing period. Illustration by Peter Locke.

NOVEMBER 17TH 2015

PENNY WHISTLE

Zelda Chappel's short poem, taken from her debut collection entitled The Girl in the Dog-tooth Coat, whispers with elegance, yearning and fragility.

NOVEMBER 12TH 2015

WALL OF SKULLS

Barry Charman's short story leads us to the infamous wall of skulls and the old woman who lives in its secretive shadow. Illustration by Bradley Jay.

NOVEMBER 9TH 2015

V&A ILLUSTRATION AWARDS

Entries are now being accepted for this year's V&A Illustration Awards, celebrating the best illustration published over the last twelve months.

NOVEMBER 5TH 2015

FIRST SUMMER

A poem of youth, memory and the reinterpretation of the past. Penned by Claire Booker and first published in our twelfth issue on the theme of Time.

NOVEMBER 3RD 2015

SWEET PEAS

A poem by Katherine Venn, inspired in part by Old Testament prophecies about God replacing people’s hearts. Illustration by Joey Guidone.

OCTOBER 29TH 2015

THE POETRY BUSINESS BOOK & PAMPHLET COMPETITION

Judged by former US Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, enter for the chance to win publication by smith|doorstop, a share of £2,000 cash and much more.

OCTOBER 26TH 2015

EXHILARATION

Catherine Wong's flash fiction piece tells of a blind man's struggle to deal with the newfound miracle of sight. Illustration by Bee Johnson.

OCTOBER 23RD 2015

THE LONEY

Read the first two chapters from Andrew Michael Hurley's eerie debut novel, set in a wild and dangerous length of English coastline known as the Loney.

OCTOBER 20TH 2015

MY FATHER'S COAT

A short but sweet poem by Mary Hayward, inspired by a return to the derelict farm where she grew up. Illustration by Tim Laing.

OCTOBER 16TH 2015

THE MEMORY JAR

Adena Graham's heart-rending short story drops us into the lives of a devoted couple who grow increasingly dependent on their collection of memory jars.

OCTOBER 12TH 2015

A POEM FOR NATIONAL POETRY DAY

To mark National Poetry Day 2015 and its theme of Light, read Maria Apichella's vehement poem, Fire. Illustration by Rosie Gainsborough.

OCTOBER 8TH 2015

NATIONAL POETRY DAY 2015

Celebrate this year's National Poetry Day with a wide range of poetry-related programmes, events, talks and readings happening all across the nation.

OCTOBER 8TH 2015

A FILM ABOUT CREATIVITY IN THE DIGITAL AGE

After years in the making, a new film about today's UK illustration and graphic arts scene, entitled Made You Look, is now hitting screens.

OCTOBER 7TH 2015

SCROPTON, SUDBURY, MARCHINGTON, UTTOXETER

Jessie Greengrass's short story takes the protagonist back to his hometown to seek absolution from the events of his childhood past.

OCTOBER 5TH 2015

OUT NOW:
THE NEW ISSUE OF POPSHOT

Our brand new issue, exploring the theme of 'Curious', is fresh off the press and available to buy as a single issue or through a subscription.

OCTOBER 1ST 2015

LONDON LITERATURE FESTIVAL

Starting today, this year's festival boasts a broad programme of talks, readings, poetry, films, comedy and music, taking place over the next fortnight.

SEPTEMBER 28TH 2015

UNTIL FOREVER RUNS OUT

Karl Mercer's short story takes us to a mysterious man who spends his life on a park bench, waiting and waiting and waiting. Illustration by Tom Haugomat.

SEPTEMBER 21ST 2015

THE CURIOUS ISSUE:
COMING VERY SOON

Catch a sneak preview of the cover of our new issue, The Curious Issue, now available to pre-order and launching on October 1st.

SEPTEMBER 16TH 2015

AND ALL ORGANS

Taken from our Outsider issue, Rafael S.W's sincere poem explores the corporeal restrictions between lovers. Illustration by Sébastien Thibault.

SEPTEMBER 14TH 2015

MOUNTAIN OF SWORDS, SEA OF FIRE

Taken from his debut short story collection, The Dog, published by Penguin, read Jack Livings' tale of divided relationships at a Chinese newspaper.

SEPTEMBER 11TH 2015

POPSHOT IS NOW ON INSTAGRAM

To celebrate our recent arrival to Instagram, we're giving away ten copies of our current issue in the coming week. Follow us for the impending details.

SEPTEMBER 9TH 2015

BABY WORKOUT

A perspicacious poem taken from Tim Wells' forthcoming poetry collection, Everything Crash, published this month by Penned in the Margins.

SEPTEMBER 7TH 2015

THE LONDON MAGAZINE SHORT STORY COMPETITION

Established to unearth and encourage emerging literary talent, The London Magazine is now open for entries for its annual short story competition.

SEPTEMBER 3RD 2015

DICTIONARY STORIES

Designer & illustrator Jez Burrows has created a selection of short stories composed using only example sentences from the dictionary.

SEPTEMBER 1ST 2015

A LIMITED EDITION RE-RELEASE OF THE OUTSIDER ISSUE

After our current issue abruptly sold out last month, we’ve now re-released it in a limited edition supplement-style format of just 200 copies.

AUGUST 28TH 2015

MAGNUM OPUS

Corin Dilip Faife's macabre short story delves into the world of a secretive sculptor whose masterpieces turn out to be more unique than ever imagined.

AUGUST 25TH 2015

THE COMPLETE ILLUSTRATIONS FROM THE OUTSIDER ISSUE

With our thirteenth issue now sold out, we've added every glorious illustration from its pages onto our visually-laden Pinterest page.

AUGUST 20TH 2015

THE NEW CONCRETE

Hayward Publishing's newly released book, The New Concrete, celebrates and surveys the rise of concrete poetry in the digital age.

AUGUST 18TH 2015

THE HUT

Adena Graham's stirring flash fiction piece takes us into a world that our isolated protagonist is desperately trying to escape. Illustration by Sam Pash.

AUGUST 13TH 2015

KNITTED

Nancy Charley draws parallels between knitting and the creation of a human life in her delicate poem. Illustration by Rupert Smissen.

AUGUST 10TH 2015

THE SUNDAY TIMES EFG SHORT STORY AWARD

The world’s richest short story prize, awarding £30,000 to the author of the winning piece of fiction, is now accepting entries for its 2016 award.

AUGUST 7TH 2015

A GRAVEYARD FOR MICE

Alan Ward's short story tells of how some curious 'pets' turn a family's summer into an ordeal of warlike proportions. Illustration by Phil Couzens.

AUGUST 5TH 2015

SELLING OUT

Our two most recent issues — on the theme of 'Time' and 'Outsider' — have just sold out, leaving only two remaining issues of Popshot in print.

JULY 31ST 2015

IF I COULD UNDO ANY MISTAKE, IT WOULD BE YOU

A poem from Aki Schilz, articulating the wistful desire to unspool time and extract a tender passage from life's story. First published in our 'Time' issue.

JULY 25TH 2015

THE NATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION

The Poetry Society’s annual poetry competition is now open for entries with the winner taking home £5,000 and earning publication in Poetry Review.

JULY 23RD 2015

HOME IS WHERE WE ARE

Ethan Chapman's short story explores a family's attempt to come to terms with abduction and the construction of a life in its wake. Illustration by Joe Wilson.

JULY 18TH 2015

METHUSELAH

Taken from our 'Time' issue, read Shirley Wright's poem, Methuselah, inspired by the 5,000 year old pine tree of the same name. Illustration by Glenn Harvey.

JULY 14TH 2015

THE MEN OF BURR

Published in our latest issue, Ty Landers' wartime story tells the tale of an outcast who became a local hero. Illustration by Masoud Keshmiri.

JULY 10TH 2015

NEW WEBSITE

Our website has been given an extensive overhaul, making it mobile/tablet friendly and now able to house content from various issues of the magazine.

JULY 7TH 2015

TWENTY DAYS OF CURIOSITY

Short fiction and poetry submissions for our 'Curious' issue close in twenty days' time. Send in your literary triumphs before July 20th.

JULY 1ST 2015

ANOTHER WAY TO READ POPSHOT

Working with the fledgling digital bookstore, 0s&1s, we've now made the last four issues of Popshot available in PDF form.

JUNE 22ND 2015

A CALL FOR THE CURIOUS

We are now open for short fiction and poetry submissions for our forthcoming fourteenth issue, on the theme of 'Curious'.

JUNE 1ST 2015

THE READERS BECOME
THE WRITERS

In advance of literary submissions opening in one week's time, we're offering half price copies of Popshot to potential contributors.

MAY 25TH 2015

THE LAST WORD FESTIVAL

The Roundhouse's festival of spoken word, storytelling and live performance has now kicked off and will continue for the next two weeks.

MAY 18TH 2015

THE OUTSIDER ISSUE
— OUT NOW

Bursting at the seams with a selection of short stories and poems that bring focus to those who live on the fringes of normality, Issue 13 is out today.

APRIL 1ST 2015

INSIDE THE OUTSIDER ISSUE

Following the unveiling of the cover of Issue 13 of Popshot, you can now view, in digital form, a selection of spreads from The Outsider Issue.

MARCH 25TH 2015

THE OUTSIDER ISSUE
— THE COVER

We're delighted to release the cover artwork for our forthcoming thirteenth issue, composed by illustration’s next big thing, Matt Harrison Clough.

MARCH 18TH 2015

THE ILLUSTRATIONS
OF ISSUE 12

The complete illustrations from our latest issue have now been added to Pinterest.

FEBRUARY 20TH 2015

PUT A POEM ON
A POSTER FOR TFL

As part of its #travelbetterlondon campaign, Transport For London has opened up a poetry competition looking for poems to grace its future posters.

FEBRUARY 17TH 2015

SUBMISSIONS FOR ISSUE 13
ARE NOW CLOSED

Following the recent closure of literary submissions, we have now chosen the final 24 pieces of writing that will feature in our forthcoming issue of Popshot.

JANUARY 30TH 2015

THE BEST MAGAZINE
COVERS OF 2014

Sitting alongside Time, WIRED and The New Yorker, the cover of Issue 12 has been named one of 2014's best magazine covers by inspiration website, Fubiz.

JANUARY 10TH 2015

FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
FOR PRINT SUBSCRIBERS

A year ago we launched the digital edition of Popshot. Now, with the help of Exact Editions, we’re giving it away to our print subscribers for free.

NOVEMBER 1ST 2014

THE BRAND NEW ISSUE OF POPSHOT IS OUT TODAY

Our twelfth glorious issue, packed full of illustrated short stories and poems that explore the theme of 'Time', is out now.

OCTOBER 2ND 2014

REVEALING THE COVER OF OUR FORTHCOMING TIME ISSUE

To herald the impending arrival of Issue 12 in two weeks' time, we can now reveal its cover artwork, illustrated by the masterful Sam Pash.

SEPTEMBER 18TH 2014

THE NOVEL THAT DOESN'T
FINISH ON THE LAST PAGE

Stand-up comedian cum novelist, Mark Watson, has a new book out entitled Hotel Alpha which manages to continue after it's finished.

AUGUST 8TH 2014