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Popshot Magazine

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

FEELING NOSTALGIC?

Drum roll, please. The team at Popshot Towers is delighted to announce the launch of our 22nd edition, The Nostalgia Issue.

November 16th 2018

SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN FOR SPRING 2019

The Identity Issue The editors of Popshot are looking for submissions on the theme of identity. Writers are invited to examine how the self is formed or undermined, how society […]

November 2nd 2018

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We took six poets and five illustrators and asked them to create work about nostalgia

We’re delighted to share nostalgic work from poets and illustrators who took part in our first workshop with UnFOLD and Lyrix Organix at the House of Illustration

October 1st 2018

UNDERSONG

Lizabeth Yandel’s poem explores a past relationship through the thick lens of nostalgia. Illustration by Nik Neves

August 9th 2018

REGRET

David Romanda’s poem was inspired by a childhood encounter with a neighbour. Illustration by Joseph Crisp

August 1st 2018

WE MISSED FLYING THE MOST

A boy longs for his girlfriend – and sleep – in this bittersweet story by Lydia Ruffles. Illustration by Ruth Kingsbury

August 1st 2018

THE DREAM ISSUE IS HERE

We are delighted to announce the launch of Issue 21, The Dream Issue. Our cover illustration is by Vector That Fox

August 1st 2018

ASTRAL

This poem by Helen Cox follows two characters in a transatlantic love affair. Illustration by Charlie Davis

July 31st 2018

JOIN OUR FREE POETRY AND ILLUSTRATION WORKSHOP

We’re launching our first workshop this month with Lyrix Organix and House of Illustration in London. Sign up here

July 23rd 2018

SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN FOR THE WINTER 2018 ISSUE

It’s what you’ve all been waiting for… the announcement of the theme for our next issue

July 16th 2018

CLAIRE

Young love, fate and betrayal are explored in Alex Amey’s short story about old school friends. Illustration by Sara Gironi Carnevale

July 5th 2018

THE DREAM ISSUE IS ALMOST READY

We’ve chosen the poems and stories, our illustrators are scribbling away, and we’re preparing the pages 

July 4th 2018

TOWNS LIKE OURS

A woman delights in exposing secrets in William Hillier’s sizzling short story. Illustration by Alexandru Savescu

July 4th 2018

AIRBAG

Lucy Winrow’s poem suggests that even small acts can ease what seems like insurmountable grief. Illustration by Ivan Canu

June 21st 2018

THE DREAM ISSUE: AN UPDATE

We’re sifting through your submissions and will soon be selecting your short stories and poems

June 11th 2018

IN THE SUN’S SHADOW

Justin Dolby’s fantastical short story of sentient plants is guaranteed to produce a sniffle. Illustration by Vector That Fox

May 31st 2018

THE ISLAND

The truth remains unsaid in this moving poem by Ruth Steadman. Illustration by Cody Muir

May 25th 2018

JUDE

Our friends’ lives often turn out quite differently from our expectations, as Ian Inglis’s narrator finds in this short story. Illustration by Junghyeon Kwon

May 10th 2018

WELCOME TO THE TRUTH ISSUE

The stories and poems in our 20th issue explore truth and half-truths, lies and revelations. Illustrations by Daria Skrybchenko

May 2nd 2018

THE NIGHT EVA GOUEL’S WORLD TILTED

A painful truth in a relationship is exposed in this poem by Jo Burns. Illustration by Sibel Ekemen

May 1st 2018

THE TIDAL MAN

Anna Ghislena’s flash fiction piece explores environmental damage. Illustration by Vector That Fox

April 19th 2018

SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN: THE DREAM ISSUE

Send in your short stories, flash fiction on the theme of dreams for our 21st issue. Submissions close on May 29.

April 16th 2018

WEARING HOPE

Louise Green’s poem paints hope as a magical coat that protects both the wearer and those that care for it. Illustration by Slava Nesterov

April 6th 2018

Can you handle the truth?

An update on The Truth Issue. Plus, reading and writing news from Popshot Towers

April 5th 2018

NOW OR NEVER

Making the first move is always the hardest, finds the protagonist of Hugh Todd’s flash fiction piece. Illustration by Giuseppe Di Lernia

April 4th 2018

WHAT WE’RE LEFT WITH

Lynsey Morandin’s short story was inspired by her relationship with her mother – the good and the bad. Illustration by Mitt Roshin

March 28th 2018

HANGING ONTO A MOVING HOME

Joshua Preston’s flash fiction piece reflects on the experience of moving and making a life or lives with a loved one. Illustration by Jan Siemen

March 23rd 2018

THE DISAPPEARANCE

A woman becomes part of a mysterious worldwide disappearance during a great war in this short story by James Hatton. Illustration by Oliver McAinsh

March 15th 2018

THE TRUTH ISSUE: THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUBMISSIONS

The submissions window has closed for The Truth Issue. We’re wading through your wonderful tales of truth, lies, conspiracies and betrayal

March 1st 2018

WHAT TO DO WHEN THE X IS GONE

Kirsty Dunn suggests how to reignite the passion in a relationship in this satirical manual. Illustrations by Michael Parkin

February 27th 2018

APP DATING WITH JULIUS CAESAR

What if the Romans had Tinder? Jake Attree’s poem imagines dating apps in another time. Illustration by Partners in Crime

February 26th 2018

SMALL ANIMALS

A wave of heartache has inspired this poem by Cristina Haraba. Illustration by Daria Skrybchenko

February 8th 2018

THE ROMANCE ISSUE HAS ARRIVED

Our spring edition comprises short stories, flash fiction and poetry encapsulating the yearning, promise and excitement of romance

January 25th 2018

ALL FOR LOVE

John Reinhart’s poem offers a vignette about an unusual character who will stop at nothing for love. Illustration by Sam Dunn

January 25th 2018

UNE AFFAIRE DANGEREUSE

Robin Vicary’s mesmerising short story takes us to nineteenth-century Paris. Illustration by Emily Wren

January 25th 2018

HOW TO CATCH FIRES

Barry Charman’s flash fiction piece explores the allure and danger of romance. Illustration by Joseph Crisp

January 25th 2018

SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN: THE TRUTH ISSUE

Send in your short stories, flash fiction on the theme of truth for our 20th issue. Submissions close on February 26.

January 15th 2018

THE ROMANCE ISSUE: PROGRESS

A long-awaited update from the editorial team two weeks until the spring issue goes on sale

January 15th 2018

IN THE PLACE OF OUR PARENTS

What happens when we sleep? Ethan Chapman’s chilling short story explores one of his childhood fears. Illustration by Jude Labuca.

January 2nd 2018

HALO

Oeil Jumratsilpa’s poem celebrates those few people who inspire you live better and with more spirit. Illustration by Jai Kamat

December 7th 2017

THANK YOU FOR YOUR ROMANCE SUBMISSIONS

Our inbox is overflowing with hundreds of your short stories and poems. Now we just have to select the finest. Illustration by Yu Ming Huang.

December 6th 2017

THE WHITE FOX

L P Lee’s short story was inspired by East Asian folklore surrounding the mysterious fox spirit. Illustration by Vector That Fox.

December 1st 2017

SHULA AND THE SUN

Hannah Thompson’s short story plays with the light and dark of fairytales. Illustration by Ashley Floréal.

November 2nd 2017

VERNAL EQUILIBRIUM

Steve Harrison’s poem comes from the idea that changing light affects both nature and humankind’s behaviour. Illustration by Thomas Pullin.

October 24th 2017

SUBMISSIONS FOR THE ROMANCE ISSUE ARE NOW OPEN

We are now accepting short fiction and poetry submissions for our nineteenth issue on the theme of ‘Romance’. Send in your writing before November 27th.

October 9th 2017

THE SHORTEST DAY

Andrew Hanson’s short story explores the significance of the tales we tell ourselves about our past. Illustration by Burcin Pervin.

October 4th 2017

LEARNING TO UNLEARN

Jenna Heller’s poem is a parent’s prayer, urging young minds to stay open to the unknown future and all its possibilities. Illustration by Yaimel Lopez.

September 25th 2017

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

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