Today I get to help pull the lever on a project I’ve been working on for the last few months with writing buddy Dave Schofield. This project is a new literary magazine called cutaway.

We will be open to submissions from the 1st January 2012 through to 1st March 2012 and the magazine will be published in May or June 2012. We will blog regular updates via the cutaway website and you can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

I’m both excited and nervous about cutaway. Excited because I guess I’ve always wanted to be an editor on a magazine and nervous for all sorts of reasons: I know it’s a lot of work, I’m worried about whether we’ll receive any submissions at all, and that at the end of all this we need to sell some actual copies. To this end we will be making cutaway both a visual treat as well as a literary one with excellent artwork and photography throughout. This is being lovingly created by my co-editor Dave. You can check out some of his photography here.

cutaway will have an ISBN number and will be available for purchase in both paper and electronic formats via our website as well as Amazon. We’re also hoping to run a launch party in Manchester next year and we already have a possible venue in mind.

We will be open to both mainstream and speculative submissions–yes, that’s right, speculative–however the emphasis will be on subtle or borderline speculative fiction. Most of the magazine will be mainstream/literary. What I’d really like to see is a handful of speculative stories that use literary technique and blur the line between mainstream and speculative.

So, please help us to spread the word! Let your friends know about this blog post and our website, hit that ‘Like’ button on our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter. See you soon!

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