Sunday, 26 January 2014


Time waits for no one.

With NINE hot off the press (and don’t forget, it’s still available to buy) it is time to start thinking ahead about the next issue.

I know you have all probably seen this shot of Julian Dicks helping promote Issue One a few times, but this time really means something. PUSH 10, out in late March, will mark the first anniversary of this small mag.

One year, ten issues.

I am obviously very happy with this being a matter of fact and I want PUSH 10 to party large (seriously get in everyone’s faces) while at the same time not failing for one second to acknowledge that no matter how big or small, we are all fragile creatures on a road that ends with our permanent exclusion from existence.

That’s why for the first time this issue is twin-themed.


It is that simple.

To split up the narrative for a moment, here’s a photo by Paul Talling of a derelict pub. The Tidal Basin Tavern, Royal Victoria Dock, E16.

Welcome back. Right, here's an important announcement. There’s something different this time about submissions that you need to know about. There is now a guideline. Previously, if you sent something in and I liked, I told you it was in, instantly. Problem now is, I do get quite of lot of submissions. And I am not moaning about this. It is, obviously, brilliant. But does mean that I will have to wait until the mag is in some kind of final place before I can confirm who and what is in. I know this is a pain. But it’s what real mags do, apparently. And no one has a go at them. One final point to labour. Please try and read a copy of PUSH before submitting so you know what the form is. This kindly advice benefits us both.

Already confirmed in PUSH 10 is an exclusive interview with a Booker Prize winner. Plus there’s one or two other big names in the frame.

For sure, NINE will take some beating. Grant Fleming (fella in photo below), Dan Fante, Adelle Stripe etc made it a classic issue. But 10 knows what it has to do.

Submissions of short fiction, poetry, reviews and interviews to

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