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Popshot Magazine

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

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

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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

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