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Michael Naghten Shanks

Samizdat Plus is an online literary journal publishing fiction, poetry, and essays, with the first issue due around 15th April.

The term ‘Samizdat’ comes from the Russian for ‘Self-Publishing’. This journal aims to publish and promote writers, especially those who have not been featured widely elsewhere. It is a journal for those who have found themselves excluded from the more well-known journals by the undefinable nature of their work. Whether you whisper or shout, if you have something to say, Samizdat Plus will help you to be heard.
Samizdat Plus is always open to submissions and inquiries:
  • Fiction – Open to everything from flash to short stories to vignettes.
  • Poetry – Open to everything.
  • Essays – Open to everything from personal essays to travel essays to journalistic essays. Photo essays and memoirs are also accepted.
Please send all submissions and inquiries to with the relevant title in the subject line.
The nature of Samizdat Plus means that responses will be as immediate as possible.
Anything more than 3,000 words will not be considered. Please do not send more than three submissions at any given time.
Please ensure that photographs are saved as jpegs.
Please include a short bio in the third person and a photo(optional).
All works must be the original creation of the writer/photographer. Copyright remains with the artist.
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Founder/editor/facilitator Michael Naghten Shanks is a writer from Dublin. He studied English Studies in Trinity College, Liberal Arts in Liberties College, and participated on two courses covering Fiction and Personal Essay provided by Some Blind Alleys.
His work has been published in places such as wordlegs, thebohemyth, and thesouthcircular. He has also had a story read out on RTE Arena as part of their New Planet Cabaret. He is one of the featured writers in the wordlegs 30 under 30 anthology.
In 2012, he gave a workshop on writing personal essays as part of the Shore Writers’ Festival – notes from this are available here to read in an article written for
He was shortlisted for the Fish Short Story Prize 2013. You can follow him @MichaelNShanks.

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