Looking Ahead to a 2021 Packed With Talent...

The open reading period for Fly on the Wall never ceases to astound me. Decisions as to how to represent diverse, socially-conscious stories were difficult, but I am delighted with this line up, with a real focus this year on showcasing working class writers.


Hot off the Press for 2021 will be our innovative Shorts Season: six limited-edition stories with a political slant, weaved by emerging and cutting-edge writers, who are fast to become your favourites.


They are -


“Pigskin” by David Hartley
“PowerPoint Eulogy” by Mark Wilson
“Muscle and Mouth” by Louise Finnigan
“Hassan’s Zoo” by Ruth Brandt
“How to bring him back” by Claire Harnett-Mann
“The Guts of a Mackerel” by Clare Reddaway


Our poets this year pack a punch - from a childhood peppered by bombs in Beirut (Shahé Mankerian), to a wonderful weirdness which simply can't fit in polite society (Anne Walsh Donnelly), we've got some real gems for you.


Our Chapbook Poets are:


Jiye Lee “Aftereffects”
Lucy Hurst “Modern Medicine”
Morag Anderson “Sin is Due to Open in a Room Above Kitty's”




Our Poetry Collection Poets are:


Tina Tamsho - Thomas “Someone Is Missing Me”
Anne Walsh Donnelly “Odd as F*ck”
Rachel Bower “These Mothers of Gods”
“History of Forgetfulness” by Shahé Mankerian



And it wouldn't be a complete year without some gripping storytelling from these established short story writers! From dystopian worlds where rain falls like politicians (Katy Wimhurst), to zany email affairs of young Artists and their critics (Ruth Brandt) , to actors satisfying carnal desires, enacting animal shootings for the highest bidders (David Hartley), you can be sure you've never read anything quite like it.


Our Short Story Collection Writers are:


“Fauna” by David Hartley
“No One Has Any Intention of Building a Wall” by Ruth Brandt
“The House with Two Letter-Boxes” by Janet H Swinney
“Snapshots of the Apocalypse” by Katy Wimhurst



We are going to introduce each writer and book in detail over the coming days, so without further ado, below you can find all the publication months and dates for supporting your new favourite authors -



In order:


January 2021 – January 2022 Line Up

In January 2021:

Alien Magazine

Poetry Collection by Tina Tamsho - Thomas– Thomas “Someone Is Missing Me”

In February 2021:

Street Child United Charity Anthology “We Are All Somebody”

Short season opens with “Pigskin” by David Hartley

In March 2021:

Chapbook by Jiye Lee “Aftereffects”

In April 2021:

Non-Fiction Collaboration with Sabotage Reviews “In Conversation with Small Press Publishers”

Shorts: “PowerPoint Eulogy” by Mark Wilson

In May 2021:

Poetry Collection by Anne Walsh Donnelly “Odd as F*ck”

In June 2021:

Shorts: “Muscle and Mouth” by Louise Finnigan

Chapbook by Lucy Hurst “Modern Medicine”

In July 2021:

Poetry Collection by Rachel Bower “These Mothers of Gods”

In August 2021:

Shorts: “Hassan’s Zoo” by Ruth Brandt

Chapbook by Morag Anderson “Sin is Due to Open in a Room Above Kitty's”

In September 2021:

Short Story Collection “Fauna” by David Hartley

In October 2021:

Shorts: “How to bring him back” by Claire Harnett-Mann

Poetry Collection “History of Forgetfulness” by Shahé Mankerian

In November 2021:

Short Story Collection “No One Has Any Intention of Building a Wall” by Ruth Brandt

In December 2020:

Shorts: “The Guts of a Mackerel” by Clare Reddaway

Short Story Collection: Janet H Swinney – “The House with Two Letter-Boxes”

In January 2022

Short Story Collection “Snapshots of the Apocalypse” by Katy Wimhurst

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