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A Seaside Journey

by Carol Edwards Having published a number of  books about specific places around my local area at Southend on Sea, I came to what I knew was going to be my last publication in the series. I spent a great deal of my time when young, visiting the Golden Mile, clutching my pennies to play the ...
Philip Shamplina write on! showcase poem poetry

From Waiting Room to Departure Lounge

by Philip Shamplina   In the beginning, from your birth You’ll never know, in the future, what you’ll be worth Hatch, match and dispatch For some, for a living, they have to scratch Living on the wrong side of the tracks With no-one to watch their backs   For some it will be a battle And many cages they’ll have ...

As a… Photographer: Jimmy Lee

This week we interview photographer, and Write On! Friend, Jimmy Lee.   (c) Korey Hussein Jimmy is a photographer based in East London where he has lived all his life.   His journey into photography was not through University, College or expensive classes but through misfortune, fate, hard graft and, of course, a touch ...

Submit Your Writing to Write On Showcase

by Dan Cross Hi, everyone! My name is Dan and I am the online Showcase editor for Write On!, here to talk to you about Showcase, what it is, how you can use it to promote your creative writing and how to submit your work for publication.  What is Showcase?  Write On’s raison d’être is to encourage writers of all literary ...
lynda shepherd write on! showcase short story

Family Challenges

by Lynda Shepherd   Spaghetti bolognese and a school letter had brought me here. Well, my own stubborn streak might have had something to do with it. Olivia, my daughter, hadn't intended for me to read the school's letter. Their correspondence, like takeaway menus, were junk mail to her. We'd rowed often ...

As an… Editor: Vicky Brewster

In this week’s ‘As a/n…’ interview we talk to Vicky Brewster about her background and learn about her role as an editor.   Vicky is a freelance editor living in South Wales. She works mostly on SFFH (science fiction, fantasy and horror) and other genre fiction, directly for authors and small presses. Her ...

Top Ten Tips For Writing Short Stories

by Clare Cooper 1.  Before you start, study your targeted publication’s guidelines, plus as many issues as you can.  You should know your market, word counts, presentation, forbidden and well-worn themes, etc, as this will save you potential heartache and frustration later on. Editors can usually tell in the first sentence, and certainly the first paragraph, if it’s what we’re looking for.  We look for the same things you do:  A story that’s ...
Benedict Ushedo the gentleman write on! showcase poem poetry

The Gentleman

by Benedict Ushedo   Ragged.   He walks on … In gentlemanly dignity Confident in his strides Threadbare tie in its place   He walks on …   Oblivious of the holes on his shirt Never worries about the patched trousers Unmindful of the toes that have liberated themselves from suffocating shoes.   He walks on …   Bearing the burden of lost time in the rags of ...

Interviewing the interviewer: Travis Elborough

by Holly King I call Travis on a chilly Friday afternoon, the day after he interviewed Tracey Thorn, Mick Houghton and Will Birch at the Penderyn Prize event in Walthamstow. As he picks up the phone and we introduce ourselves, I find he is everything I expect from a quintessential English author of the historical genre; ...

The Other Side of the Desk

by Clare Cooper Wanted: Writers to fill pages in magazines. Must have thick skins and be prepared to take criticism, rejection and incredibly long waiting times on the chin. Must learn to bite their tongues and not get stroppy, or they will be sent to the naughty desk.  Must accept that ...