Saturday, April 19, 2014

Prole: from pub to publication

Happy Easter everyone! I was up at five to make bacon but ties for those going to the dawn service, so forgive me if my post is a little jumbled. I've been sent an email recently about a new outlet for fiction which I thought I would share.

Prole: from pub to publication

 Five years ago Prole started in the pub with a feeling that most literary journals were published for writers, rather than readers. Five years later, we’ve just published issue 13 and have four poetry pamphlets/collections under our belt.

 Our mantra is: engaging, challenging, accessible and high quality. We publish poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction with an eye for pieces that are going to connect with readers. Starting from a base of nearly zero knowledge about what was involved in creating and managing a small journal, we’ve carved ourselves a growing readership – both within the writing community, and, more importantly - what appear to be readers rather than writers.

 It’s been immense fun. We’ve learned huge amounts and continue to do so. We’ve done this with no funding from The Arts Council – nor do we seek it. If Prole is to succeed, it has to pay for itself. While there is a very strong case for some aspects of the arts being subsidised, we want Prole to support itself. We certainly can’t afford to plough our own money into it. As a part of guaranteeing covering costs, we run two competitions a year. Our current competition, The Prolitzer Prize for Prose Writing, 2014, is now open for submissions. 

If you’d like to find out more, read an issue or submit work for our journal you can visit us here:

 Brett Evans and Phil Robertson

Co-editors, Prole

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  1. It sounds fascinating - thank you.
    And I hope the bacon butties were appreciated.

  2. Hi, Charlotte, Happy Easter! I like the sound of those bacon butties, and Prole too! Congratulations on all the hard work it must have taken to make the journal a success. I've made a note of the submission guidelines and how to subscribe. :)

  3. Visiting from writeonmamas. Congratulations on the journal.

  4. Excellent tips. I have never got down to writing fiction and I think these will be of immense help. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  5. Congratulations on Prole. It looks wonderful and I can't wait to explore more issues. Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a wonderful day.