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

DUMBING DOWN

Rob Stuart’s short story envisages what could happen if a machine became more intelligent than humankind. Illustration by Nevena Katalina.

September 20th 2017

ADVENT

A poem by Luciana Francis, written during her early months as a mother to celebrate witnessing the birth of a voice. Illustration by Marco Melgrati.

September 15th 2017

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THE MEN OF BURR

Set in post-war America, Ty Landers’ short story tells the tale of an outcast who became a local hero. Illustrated by Masoud Keshmiri.

September 12th 2017

BLACK INK

A poem by Sean Chard, written after observing hundreds of rooks in a copse while lost in the summer fields of Norfolk. Illustration by Pedro Semeano.

September 5th 2017

CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLD

Inspired by internet scams and porn culture, Alexander Weinstein’s story explores the dark corners of the digital world. Illustration by Nicole Rifkin.

August 31st 2017

THE GUTTER LIVES WITHIN

A poem by Elles Rebelles, written about the journey people take when travelling in and out of heroin addiction. Illustration by Max Temescu.

August 29th 2017

FOOTPRINTS

Set in a dystopian future, Tracy Fells’ short story follows three girls as they break away from an oppressive regime. Illustration by Mike Lees.

August 23rd 2017

EXORCISM

A potent poem by Gavin Bryce, written after the difficult and potentially dangerous birth of his son. Illustration by Ashley Mackenzie.

August 15th 2017

AUTUMN PLUNDER

A selfless villager finds her annual act of kindness is at risk of being misconstrued in Lucy Brown’s short story. Illustration by Zoë van Dijk.

August 10th 2017

EMULSION

A poem by Matthew Fieldhouse, written to address the vast differences between oneself as a child, and as an adult. Illustration by Tobias Hall.

August 5th 2017

EXODUS OF THE DEAD

Joshua Preston’s flash fiction piece addresses the sudden nature of loss and the various aspects of weight associated with it. Illustration by DAQ.

July 29th 2017

SOME OTHER DAY

Inspired by conversations with his 92-year-old father-in-law, John Rowland’s poem considers the ultimate adventure. Illustration by Bren Luke.

July 24th 2017

DRAGGING THE LAKE

A young boy finds his summer taking a peculiar turn when his mother goes missing in Ethan Chapman’s short story. Illustration by Cristian Fowlie.

July 18th 2017

TEA FOR JELENA

Set in the foggy calm of the Faroe Islands, Matthew Landrum’s poem revels in the present moment. Illustration by Daria Skrybchenko.

July 13th 2017

TRUE ABNORMALITY

A deceitful creator of strange creatures finds his scepticism challenged in Alys Hobbs’ curious short story. Illustration by Phil Couzens.

July 11th 2017

KILLING TIME

A poem by Jim Stewart-Evans, taking a comical and violently literal approach to the notion of killing time. Illustration by Tavis Coburn.

July 6th 2017

THE ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE FUTURE ISSUE

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

July 1st 2017

A REMINDER TO SUBMIT YOUR WRITING TO THE LIGHT ISSUE

There are now less than four weeks left to submit your poems and short stories to our next issue on the theme of ‘Light’.

June 29th 2017

HERE, THERE & EVERYWHERE

Drew Tapley’s short story follows a castaway as he desperately searches for new forms of hope and distraction. Illustration by Mitt Roshin.

June 27th 2017

POST-NATAL

A poem by Zelda Chappel on how the arrival, and departure, of a newborn changes one’s understanding of time and its value. Illustration by Ashley Floréal.

June 15th 2017

LEAVING HOME

Set in a Britain on lockdown, Eleanor Matthews’ short story sees the protagonist make a bid for freedom against all odds. Illustration by Tim Laing.

June 12th 2017

MONKEY BARS

Carmina Masoliver’s poem addresses society’s view of pole dancing by drawing parallels with playing on monkey bars. Illustration by Paul Garland

June 7th 2017

SUBMISSIONS FOR THE LIGHT ISSUE ARE NOW OPEN

We are now accepting short fiction and poetry submissions for our eighteenth issue on the theme of ‘Light’. Send in your writing before July 25th.

June 1st 2017

GIRAFFE

Bryony Littlefair’s prose poem brings a tangibility to the complex emotions associated with recovering from mental illness. Illustration by Patrik Svensson.

May 31st 2017

THE GREEN

Nature claims back the land with rapid and devastating effect in Patrick Griffiths’ speculative short story. Illustration by Guy Shield.

May 29th 2017

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

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