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Popshot Magazine

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

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

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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

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