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THE BLUE NIB
Poetry, Fiction & Essay
International in scope, flavour & content. The Blue Nib is a citizen of the world wide web
The Blue Nib publishes quarterly both online & in print
Longlisted for the Sabatour awards in april 2018
The Nib is staffed by Shirley Bell, Imogen Gladman & Dave Kavanagh
Chosen by Blogspot as one of the top ten literary magazines to read in 2018
Discovering new exciting voices for a growing audience of readers
The Blue Nib in its current format published Issue #1 on the 16th of June 2016.
Saw the release of Chapbook I which went to No10 in th British Chapbook Chart..
The Blue Nib launched issue #35. The first of its print issues, featuring the very best of new poetry, fiction & essay
Publishing on Merit
The Blue Nib launched the Chapbook Contest series in 2017 with the aim of getting the work of emerging poets before established names in poetry
Chapbook I was released in September 2017 and went to No10 in the UK chapbook Charts. Chapbook II made it to No2 in the same chart.
Why these contests are important
Contests judged by established names in poety & fiction
Work promoted on and off site to a growing audience
These contests are a route to publication for emerging writers
What it means to win or be placed in this contest
Issue 35. A new departure
Online & in print
It was a joy to produce issue 35, not only the first to be both online and in print but also one of the finest we have published to date. The depth of talent on display in this issue is proof that our writers are on top of their game
Chapbook III results
Our guest judge, Southlight editor Vivien Jones has finally revealed the results of our third chapbook contest. We have three very strong voices in her selection and nine equally talented poets make her list of commended entries.
Announcing two new contests
We are all excited here at the Blue Nib to announce the amazing Helen Mort as judge of Chapbook Contest IV which launches in this issue.
Following on from the success of our chapbook series we are announcing The Omnibus Contest for fiction.
☛ Fiction from Kate Ennals, Lyn Byrne and others.
☛Poetry from two previous CBC winners, Anne Walsh Donnelly & Derek Kannemeyer
☛ Plus the usual mix of poetry, fiction and essays.
☛ Essays by Aurora M Lewis & Nigel Jarrett.
☛Reviews of BOOM by Carolyn Jess-Cooke & Say Something Back by Denise Riley.
☛ Opinion pieces by editors Dave Kavanagh & Imogen Gladman
Become a member of the Blue Nib
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What your subscription pays for
All revenue earned through subscriptions, magazine sales, and book sales is reinvested in the magazine and in the work of you, our contributors.
In the past year the Blue Nib imprint has published two chapbooks an anthology and two full collections. As of September 2018 we have three further full collections in the works plus the third in the Chapbook Series.
*Your subscription fuels all of that and helps us to publish and promote genuine emerging talent.