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Literary Orphans Irish Issue & Penny Dreadful Sub Opp

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Article by Alison Wells © 28 April 2014.
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I just wanted to let you know about the beautiful new Irish themed (Swift) issue of the Chicago based mag Literary Orphans. Including fiction, essays and artwork from a wealth of Irish contributors, it’s beautifully put together and was launched at Easter. In conjunction with Editor in Chief Mike Joyce, this Irish issue was guest edited by Westmeath native (and now California resident) James Claffey whose fabulous debut short story collection Blood a Cold Blue was released earlier this year. His editorial tells us everything he is glad this issue is not as well as extolling the pleasures of what is it.

You can read the Literary Orphans Swift Ireland and the Irish issue here and my Fish shortlisted story (All that Thinking) that James and Mike kindly included here.

Included in the magazine is an interview with the vibrant and innovative The Penny Dreadful lit mag. They are currently looking for submissions for Issue 4 so check out their style and consider the submission guidelines. The submission deadline is May 4th.


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Alison Wells runs the Random Acts of Optimism blog and lives in Bray, Co. Wicklow with her husband and four children. Her short fiction been published in many magazines and online and print anthologies and she has been featured on Sunday Miscellany. Shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award, Bridport and Fish Prize's she has just completed a themed short story collection Random Acts of Optimism and a literary novel The Book of Remembered Possibilities. To read Alison's full blog, visit Head Above Water. Find out in her Random Acts of Optimism how she manages to juggle writing, children and life.