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Roadside Fiction Featuring 4 Irish Authors

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We regularly run submission opportunities articles here at writing.ie, letting you know which magazines and journals are looking for your work. This week Roadside Fiction were in touch to say that their Issue 8 edition is publishing not one but 4 Irish authors. Roadside Fiction is a realist literary magazine with a passion for the wild, outrageous, yet realistic story. They publish an issue of short stories and photographs quarterly and welcome submissions. Editor John Campbell says:

“Roadside Fiction is searching for stories told to shorten the road, stories told by travellers in hostels and hotels during a break from the road, and stories which evolve from the twists and turns along the unpredictable yet constant, road of life.

Stories regarding travel have been common for millennia as exmplified by Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and the ancient Greek tradition of Homer’s Oddessy. The old Irish seanchaí, who were revered in old Ireland for their skill in crafting and retelling stories, travelled to people’s houses to inspire and delight with the perfect tale.

We wish to express the experience of living abroad or spending a few months in another place, or an exciting holiday during which unusual or funny events take place.

Given the theme of stories, travel and new realism, we would also like to publish photos as a visual representation of the fiction.  We encourage writers and photographers alike to contribute.”

Roadside Fiction is searching for stories told to shorten the road, stories told by travellers in hostels and hotels during a break from the road, and stories which evolve from the twists and turns along the unpredictable yet constant, road of life.Stories regarding travel have been common for millennia as exmplified by Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and the ancient Greek tradition of Homer’s Oddessy. The old Irish seanchaí, who were revered in old Ireland for their skill in crafting and retelling stories, travelled to people’s houses to inspire and delight with the perfect tale.We wish to express the experience of living abroad or spending a few months in another place, or an exciting holiday during which unusual or funny events take place.Given the theme of stories, travel and new realism, we would also like to publish photos as a visual representation of the fiction.  We encourage writers and photographers alike to contribute.- See more at: http://roadsidefiction.com/#sthash.3J7EVhbs.dpuf

Roadside Fiction is a realist literary magazine with a passion for the wild, outrageous, yet realistic story. We publish an issue of short stories and photographs quarterly. – See more at: http://roadsidefiction.com/#sthash.3J7EVhbs.dpuf
Roadside Fiction is a realist literary magazine with a passion for the wild, outrageous, yet realistic story. We publish an issue of short stories and photographs quarterly. – See more at: http://roadsidefiction.com/#sthash.3J7EVhbs.dpuf

Roadside Fiction is a realist literary magazine with a passion for the wild, outrageous, yet realistic story. We publish an issue of short stories and photographs quarterly. – See more at: http://roadsidefiction.com/#sthash.3J7EVhbs.dpuf

With this issue Roadside Fiction also celebrates the publication of its first book, Back to the Gaff, by John P Brady – a humorous journey through Irish nightlife and society, introducing eccentric Bukowski-esque characters who prop up the bars of Dublin.

So which writers made the cut in Issue 8?

Karl MacDermott is an Irish-born comedy writer. He has written jokes no one has laughed at, radio plays no one has listened to, a television series no one watched and a novel “The Creative Lower Being” no one read. He should be a very morose individual but he is not because he is deeply passionate about facilitating his delusions. He has had articles published in The Irish Times and online publications such as Literary Orphans, Every Day Fiction and Pure Slush (and writing.ie! See here for more). He is currently writer-in-residence at his home in Dublin. His new novel “Ireland’s Favourite Failure” is available on Amazon Kindle.

Karl MacDermott’s hilarious story, ‘Confessions of a Ladies Man’, describes a socially inept character and his pathetic existence. His laziness and disinterest is at odds with his vague desire to meet a woman. He satirises beautifully the male role models he sees presented in various media. He has made a desperately sad subject into a laugh out loud short.

John P Brady writes fiction, articles and a blog about life in Italy, where he has chosen to make his home. His first collection of stories, Back to the Gaff, has been published by Roadside Fiction. It concerns the wild happenings in Dublin by night and documents the attitudes of the youth in modern Irish society. Further info on his website: http://johnpbrady.com/ John’s ‘Flash Dresser’ describes the despicable ‘Nike’ so called because of his love of wearing branded goods, and Jen, his long suffering girlfriend. Upon learning that he has cheated on her she embarks on a comic vodka binge. We see his brashness and ignorance juxtaposed with her self-destruction and revenge. This story is taken from Back to the Gaff, John P Brady’s first collection, describing the comic and excessive nature of Dublin nightlife.

In ‘Downing Out in New York’, Stephen Wade describes the existence of a homeless Irishman in the Big Apple. As the story progresses we learn why he is homeless and discover his attitude to his predicament. By the end his character has changed into that of a raving lunatic, the very individual he originally sought to disassociate himself from

Steve  is a prize nominee for the PEN/O’Henry Award, 2011, and a prize nominee for the Pushcart Prize, 2013, his fiction has been published widely in print and online. His work has won awards and been placed in prestigious writing competitions, including being shortlisted for the Francis McManus Award, 2013 (the story was recorded by a professional actor and broadcast on RTE); His novel ‘On Hikers’ Hill’ was awarded First Prize in the UK abook2read Literary Competition, December 2010 – among the final judging panel was the British lyricist sir Tim Rice. His fiction has been published in over thirty print publications. Check out www.stephenwade.ie  for more info.

John Campbell says “Shane Vaughan is a remarkably improved writer. I published a story of his in the first issue of Roadside Fiction almost two years ago and reading this piece about a so called writer with various personality disorders, Shane’s progress is astounding. The protagonist appears to struggle with obsessive compulsive disorder, a non-sexual variety of masochism, alcoholism and a general mania which pervades his pathetic existence. As we read on the true picture becomes clear of the shocking level of this solitary man’s condition.”  Shane is a writer and photographer with a strong interest in getting the most out of life. He writes for JukePop and posts photos on his blog. http://smidgeshots.blogspot.ie/

So it’s all to play for – if you’ve submitted to a journal or literary magazine and your work is in print, let us know!


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