Firewords is the magazine of fiery fiction & poetry brought to life with visual flair.
I started this project as I was frustrated by literary magazines that concentrated on substance over style, or vice versa. Firewords aims to have an abundance of both; powerful writing and striking visuals.
I launched the project in May 2014 with the help of a successful Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign, which raised 140% of its initial funding target.
My role as editor-in-chief involves project managing the rest of the team, co-hosting the podcast, designing the publication and acting as art director for the many guest illustrators, artists, photographers, designers and hand-letterers we collaborate with on each issue.
Issue 4 cover artwork by Karolis Strautniekas
The project’s achievements...
Creating 8 x issues with a steadily growing readership.
Stocked worldwide. Firewords is currently stocked in 6 countries around the world and has a growing list of independent stockists throughout the UK.
Publishing 179 new writers, showcasing their amazing short fiction and poetry to thousands of eager readers.
Collaborating with 90 illustrators, photographers, designers, hand-letterers and artists.
Receiving over 4000 submissions to date from 60+ countries, and consistently giving constructive feedback to every single writer.
(Above) 'The Apocalypse', a short story by Marie Gethins / Illustration by Angela Rizza
(Above) 'The Apocalypse', a short story by Marie Gethins / Illustration by Angela Rizza
(Above) 'The Adamant Carbonisation Of Henry Spiller', a short story by Nik Eveleigh / Illustration & lettering by Christi du Toit
(Above) 'Orion, the Hunter', a short story by Christopher Swiedler / Illustration by me
(Above) Flash fiction section / Icons by Kyle Adams
(Above) 'Feeling Fine', a short story by Sarah Evans / Design by me
(Above) 'Pluggin’ Leaks', a short story by Jeffrey Penn May / Illustration by Nicolet Schenck
(Above) 'Pluggin’ Leaks', a short story by Jeffrey Penn May / Illustration by Nicolet Schenck

Issue 3 cover artwork by Lisk Feng

(Above) 'Parting Out', a short story by Harley Staggars / Design by me

(Above) Poetry by Erika Brumett / Illustrations by me

(Above) 'Behind the Frame', a short story by Vaidehi Patil / Illustration by Chad Geran

(Above) 'Family', a short story by Die Booth / Design by me – created from hundreds of public domain images

Issue 2 cover artwork by Mia Funk

(Above) 'Wet Weekend', a short story by Lauren Bell / Illustration by Jordan Harrison

(Above) 'Monkey’s Blood', a short story by Anton Rose / Lettering by me

(Above) 'Stumped', a short story by Stephen McQuiggan / Illustration by me

(Above) 'I Gotta Get Outta Here', a short story by C.M. Beckett / Design by me

Thank you for checking out this project. You can find out more at Firewords.co.uk
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