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I’m involved in editing this anthology and have been going through what we’ve got so far. We’ve had some fantastic submissions so far, but room for more! Deadline 31 August 2017.

Open call for submissions of flash fiction and poetry for a charity anthology

 

We’re seeking submissions of poetry and flash fiction for a charity anthology  which will raise money for the Alf Dubs Children’s Fund.

 

Lord Alfred Dubs was rescued by the Kindertransport in 1939 and brought to Britain as a refugee when he was 6 years old. The fund’s aim is to help lone children refugees, protect them from traffickers, and get them to safety.

 

You can read more about it here.

 

Please note that as this is to raise funds for charity, no payment will be made to authors. The project is being run by volunteers with all profit going straight to the fund.

 

The anthology will be released in conjunction with a second anthology of science fiction short stories (for which submissions are full) later this year.

 

Submissions Guidelines

  • 100 line limit for poetry
  • 1000 word limit for flash fiction
  • Authors and poets may submit up to three pieces
  • The theme is child or refugee, but this can be a ‘flavour to the piece’ rather than a strict theme
  • Due to the nature of the charity, only PG submissions will be accepted
  • doc., docx., rtf., or txt. files please.
  • We’re not going to get strict on font or formatting, but nothing too weird please.

 

Please note that all pieces may be subject to editing (with your co-operation and permission of course), but please ensure that all submissions are as polished as possible.

 

We will ask for first publication rights. Full copyright and all other rights etc will be retained by the respective authors.

 

Any questions, please ask. Or get writing and send your submissions to charityanthology@gmail.com by 31st August.

 

Editors:

 

Sandra Fairbrother (writes as SW Fairbrother)

www.swfairbrother.com

 

Mark Lewis

https://syntheticscribe.wordpress.com/

 

Jesse Marbulcanti

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Well, one good thing about 2016 is that I read a lot of enjoyable books.

I keep a note of them partly to help me let go of some of the physical books and not hoard them. If I at least have a reminder of the book I read written it makes it easier for me to get rid of the actual book and let it go back into circulation so someone else can read it.

Here’s a big list of the ones I made a note of:

Gleam – Tom Fletcher
Subterranean London – Cracking the Capital – ed. Bradley & Garrett
Tales from the Fragrant Harbour – Garry Kilworth
Fight Club – Chuck Pahlaniuk
A New Earth – Eckhart Tolle
Stillness Speaks – Eckhart Tolle
How the Marquis got his Coat Back – Neil Gaiman
London Falling – Paul Cornell
Holy Terrors – Arthur Machen
Tales of Horror and the Supernatural – Arthur Machen
Be Here Now – Ram Dass
Our Friends from Frolix 8 – Phillip K Dick
A Short History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters – Julian Barnes
The Centauri Device – M John Harrison
Down the Rabbit Hole – Juan Villalobos
1890s Notebook – Arthur Machen
Lowlands – WIll Kemp
Starship Troopers – Robert Heinlein
Drive – Mark West
Best New Horror 23 – Ed. Stephen Jones
Carpet Burns – Tom Hingley
This Side of Paradise – F Scott Fitzgerald
The Beautiful and the Damned – F Scott Fitzgerald
The House of Small Shadows – Adam Nevill
The Ghost Pirates – William Hope Hodgson
The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
The Death House – Sarah Pinborough
Diversifications – James Lovegrove
The Unwrapped Sky – Rjurik Davidson
Chrysalis – Gary Gal Budgen
Change of Use – Candia McWilliams

I’ve already got a couple of bookshelves worth lined up for 2017,

Not exhaustive as I didn’t plan to do this from the outset of last year. It only includes books I actually finished, as I tend to be quite picky. If I read a book it becomes a part of my psychic landscape for a little while so I treat what I read with some care, just as I should treat what I eat and drink. In no particular order:

Vicious Circle – Mike Carey
Superfolks – Robert Mayer
Whispers of the Underground – Ben Aaronovitch
Concrete Island – J G Ballard
Drive – James Sallis
Doctor Who: Synthespians – Craig Hinton
Apartment 16 – Adam Neville
Voices of the Street – Philip K. Dick
A Maze of Death – Phillip K Dick
Journey to the End of Night – Celine
Viriconium Nights – M John Harrison
Wonderbook – ed. Jeff Vandemeer
Twice Upon A Time – ed A J Huffman & April Salzano
Masks – ed. Dean M Drinkel
The Age of Ra – James Lovegrove
Dark Entries – Robert Aickmann
Astrologica Tales of the Zodiac – ed. Allen Ashley
Off the Coastal Path – ed. Jo Fletcher
Wordland 6 – ed. Terry Grimwood

For 2016 I already have 3 loaded bookshelves to start me off…

Note: this list does not include the fantastic but numerous books aimed at small children and read with my daughter.

Also does not include comics and graphic novels as they are too many!