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Popshot Magazine

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

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

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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 page from our recently launched Hopeissue, 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

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