The latest short fiction, poetry, promotions and happenings from Popshot Magazine and our extended network.
An update on The Truth Issue. Plus, reading and writing news from Popshot Towers
April 5th 2018
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
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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
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
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 submissions window has closed for The Truth Issue. We’re wading through your wonderful tales of truth, lies, conspiracies and betrayal
March 1st 2018
Kirsty Dunn suggests how to reignite the passion in a relationship in this satirical manual. Illustrations by Michael Parkin
February 27th 2018
What if the Romans had Tinder? Jake Attree’s poem imagines dating apps in another time. Illustration by Partners in Crime
February 26th 2018
A wave of heartache has inspired this poem by Cristina Haraba. Illustration by Daria Skrybchenko
February 8th 2018
Our spring edition comprises short stories, flash fiction and poetry encapsulating the yearning, promise and excitement of romance
January 25th 2018
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
Robin Vicary’s mesmerising short story takes us to nineteenth-century Paris. Illustration by Emily Wren
January 25th 2018
Barry Charman’s flash fiction piece explores the allure and danger of romance. Illustration by Joseph Crisp
January 25th 2018
Send in your short stories, flash fiction on the theme of truth for our 20th issue. Submissions close on February 26.
January 15th 2018
A long-awaited update from the editorial team two weeks until the spring issue goes on sale
January 15th 2018
What happens when we sleep? Ethan Chapman’s chilling short story explores one of his childhood fears. Illustration by Jude Labuca.
January 2nd 2018
Oeil Jumratsilpa’s poem celebrates those few people who inspire you live better and with more spirit. Illustration by Jai Kamat
December 7th 2017
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
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
Hannah Thompson’s short story plays with the light and dark of fairytales. Illustration by Ashley Floréal.
November 2nd 2017
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
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
Andrew Hanson’s short story explores the significance of the tales we tell ourselves about our past. Illustration by Burcin Pervin.
October 4th 2017
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
Rob Stuart’s short story envisages what could happen if a machine became more intelligent than humankind. Illustration by Nevena Katalina.
September 20th 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
A potent poem by Gavin Bryce, written after the difficult and potentially dangerous birth of his son. Illustration by Ashley Mackenzie.
August 15th 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
A deceitful creator of strange creatures finds his scepticism challenged in Alys Hobbs’ curious short story. Illustration by Phil Couzens.
July 11th 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Nature claims back the land with rapid and devastating effect in Patrick Griffiths’ speculative short story. Illustration by Guy Shield.
May 29th 2017
Nancy Charley draws parallels between knitting and the creation of a human life in her delicate poem. Illustration by Rupert Smissen.
May 24th 2017
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
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
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
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
Megan Rowlands’ poem challenges the supposed ideals of a domesticated life and champions something much wilder. Illustration by Anne Bastian.
April 29th 2017
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
A poem by Sammy Hutton addressing sleep and the soft spaces of time between wakefulness and slumber. Illustration by Anna Horvath.
April 20th 2017
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
A poem by Melanie Whipman, inspired by a skipping rope that was handed down the maternal line of her family. Illustration by Constanze Moll.