Launched in early 2011, Open Pen is London’s first ‘Open Literature’ magazine, compromised entirely of reader-submitted short fiction. It provides up-and-coming writers with a place to publish their prose in print, offering excellent exposure for those whose submissions are successful. With issues published quarterly, Open Pen is available, usually completely free of charge, from independent bookshops, libraries, university campuses, writers’ centres, coffee shops and bars across the capital. And in Havana, Cuba.
Edgy, brave and utterly readable, it has been described as ‘one of the most interesting magazines in world literature today’ and ‘undoubtedly the most important literary magazine around right now.’
The magazine’s anthology, a celebration of its fifth anniversary, was published on Thursday 10th March 2016. To coincide with this edition, the magazine launched a competition to find thirteen pieces of micro-fiction worthy of being included in a second, additional publication: the OneOffZine. I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to say that one of my crime stories, What Goes Around, was one of the winning submissions and is included in the ‘zine.