I spend most of my time at InkTears working to promote the short story genre, and the fabulous writers (including many of you) who delight our readers with their gems. I am delighted when I see one of ‘our’ writers being successful in another contest - in fact I always scan contest lists for familiar names. There are a host of great competitions out there now (and they are much easier to find), far more than when we started InkTears, and also more literary magazines than ever. Some are established, well-respected names (like Ambit, and The London Magazine) and others are new kids on the block, with great ideas. I’ve been lucky enough to be published in a couple of literary magazines and prize anthologies in the past year, and as my little gesture of thanks, I wanted to highlight them, and suggest you take a look - either as a reader, or to submit your own stories. Every magazine and contest is different, and I love the way they distinguish themselves - with just the collection below, there have been launch events at top hotels and art galleries, author video recordings, commissioned art to illustrate the stories, actors to read the winning stories, and much more. It is great to see the short story market thriving. Click on any image to visit their website!

P.S. Popshot, if you’re listening, I’d love to include you here too… all you have to do is accept one of my stories :)