Open Pen

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Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Open Pen launched in 2011, as London’s first “Open Literature” magazine. What this really meant was that we wanted to encourage writing from anywhere and anyone, and we wanted to give it to you for free. In 2016 we published The Open Pen Anthology a collection of short fiction old and new from our favourite Open Pen authors. Our aim is to create a print publication that is both interesting and relevant, and encourages growth within our talented, fertile, literary underbelly. We are a platform for up-and-coming writers from all backgrounds, with particular interest in working class writers. We aim to publish three issues a year. You’ll find copies of the latest issues in independent bookshops, libraries, university campuses, writers’ centres, coffee shops and bars across the country, with a special focus in London (s’where we’re from). But with every issue we grow stronger, and so does our range of stockists. You can now pick up Open Pen in as far reaching places as Havana, Cuba.

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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Sean Preston
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Submissions Policy
Fiction submissions (short stories only) should be between 1 and 3000 words long. Anyone from anywhere can submit. The number of submissions we print each issue depends heavily on the word count of the winning piece and runner up submissions. However we will aim to get the winning piece and at least one or two runner ups in each issue. We usually have about four. We’re happy to accept multiple submissions from individuals, within reason. The magazine itself is of course free, and its aim is to provide a platform to up-and-coming or (ahem) ’emerging” writers.
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