About this project
STORGY is an online Arts & Entertainment Magazine specializing in short stories, author interviews, book reviews, film reviews, art, photography, and more. STORGY Magazine has published over 500 Short Stories by over 300 writers from across the world and now we want to take our passion to print.
Ever since we first embarked on our STORGY journey we have dreamt of publishing print books and officially joining the illustrious publishing industry, and with your support, we can finally secure a spot on bookshelves and sit among the greats.
The launch of STORGY BOOKS will enable us to share the words of our wonderful writers via the beauty of the printed page. Through STORGY Books we can further enrich our creative potential as we deliver books our authors, artists, and readers, can be proud of and enjoy.
STORGY MAGAZINE will continue to publish and promote emerging talent from across the world and the founding of STORGY BOOKS will further cement our status as one of the finest and most dedicated independent publishers of short fiction.
Your donations and support of STORGY Books will help to fund our 1st ever print publication; The EXIT EARTH Anthology, composed of the finalists of the EXIT EARTH Short Story Competition.
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From Trumpocalypse to Brexit Britain, brick by brick the walls are closing in. But don’t despair. Bulldoze the borders. Conquer freedom, not fear. EXIT EARTH explores all life – past, present, or future – on, or off – this beautiful, yet fragile, world of ours. Final embraces beneath a sky of flames. Tears of joy aboard a sinking ship. Laughter in a lonely land. Dystopian or utopian, realist or fantasy, horror or sci-fi, EXIT EARTH is yours to conquer.
As Britain ventures into promised lands of sovereign soil and Europeans hunt for home, America launches non-nuclear crusades and declares fake news a fact. Putin and NATO deploy and defuse as new weapons give rise to an ice age of wars. Corporations find shelter protected by laws, their havens remote with no honesty clause. Construction continues and heavens lament, the hopes of the homeless controlled by the rent. Hurricanes and hunger and earthquakes and drought, the problems of people all nameless in news. Temperatures rise and ice caps melt as fossil fuels burn and forests exhaust. A man on a boat toasts his profit with glee as a mother and child count beans in a bank. A baby is born by a nurse without sleep, her husband transported, deported, and exiled, again. They fight for the right to be accepted at last, not by colour or class, but humans with heart. They read and observe and think and debate, the problem the same, mankind is to blame. Them, or me, or us, or all. Choose your companions. Stand tall.
The EXIT EARTH Anthology will include TWENTY FOUR exclusive SHORT STORIES, exclusive ILLUSTRATIONS, AFTERWORDS by authors, INTERVIEWS with each winning author, and an exclusive INTERVIEW with EXIT EARTH Short Story Competition Judge; Diane Cook.
The Exit Earth Short Story Competition was judged by the STORGY Editorial Team and award winning writer Diane Cook; author of the story collection Man V. Nature, and former producer for the radio show, This American Life. Man V. Nature was a finalist for the Guardian First Book Award, Believer Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, and received Honorable Mention for the PEN/Hemingway award. Her stories have appeared in Harper’s, Tin House, Granta, and elsewhere and anthologised in Best American Short Stories. She is the recipient of a 2016 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
The authors in The EXIT EARTH Anthology are the finalists of the EXIT EARTH Short Story Competition. The critical reading and judging of entries to the Competition is currently underway and we will provide an update once the finalists have been confirmed. The schedule for announcements regarding the finalists of the short story competition is as follows:
Friday 28th July - Longlist Announcement
'Don't Go To The Flea Circus'
'Crow Rides A Pale Horse'
'How To Curate a Life'
'Songs That Only Squirrels Can Hear'
Philip Webb Gregg
'And The Waves Take The Words'
'The Euth of Today'
'When The Tide Comes In'
'Recorded Interview 3'
Friday 4th August - Shortlist Announcement
'Don't Go To The Flea Circus'
Erik Bergstrom 'Crow Rides A Pale Horse'
Rachel Connor 'How To Curate a Life'
Francisco González 'Songs That Only Squirrels Can Hear'
Tomas Marcantonio 'The Superhero'
Richard Lee-Graham 'The Euth of Today'
Friday 11th August - Winners Announcement
'How To Curate a Life'
'Don't Go To The Flea Circus'
'When The Tide Comes In'
£7,000 - UNLOCKED
Thanks to a show of incredible support we have reached our funding target of £6,000, with 13 days left to go. Thank you so much to everyone who has pledged and shared the details of our campaign. We could not have done this without you. STORGY BOOKS is born!. Thank you!
As an incentive to keep donations and pledges rolling in, if we can raise a further £1,000 we will include an additional four short stories in The EXIT EARTH Anthology. We will continue working on sourcing further stories for the Anthology...but for now...our new EXIT EARTH authors are the awesome:
Thank you to everyone who pledged their support and helped us reach our previous stretch goal. If we raise £8,000 we will include a further five short stories in the EXIT EARTH Anthology. The EE Anthology will thus contain 23 Short stories!
These short stories will be written by the STORGY editorial team; TOMEK DZIDO, ROSS JEFFERY, ALICE KOUZMENKO, TABITHA POTTS and ANTHONY SELF.
DAVID JAMES POISSANT
David James Poissant’s stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Playboy, One Story, The Southern Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and in the New Stories from the South, and Best New American Voices anthologies. His writing has been awarded the Matt Clark Prize, the George Garrett Fiction Award, the RopeWalk Fiction Chapbook Prize, and the Alice White Reeves Memorial Award from the National Society of Arts & Letters, as well as awards from The Chicago Tribune and The Atlantic and Playboy magazines. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida and lives in Orlando with his wife and daughters.
TOMEK DZIDO - MANAGING DIRECTOR & EDITOR IN CHIEF
Tomek Dzido is a London based writer. He is the author of two novels, Anamnesis and Spit and Polish, and a short story collection Soapsuds Island. He holds an MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University and is presently working on his third novel, Mind The Gap. In 2013, his short story Ya Get Me was a semi finalist in The New Guard Literary Review Machigonne Fiction Contest. Further short stories have been published in The Alarmist and Front & Centre.
ROSS JEFFERY - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, HEAD OF BOOKS
Ross Jeffery is a Bristol based writer and short story film director. He is a long time collaborator with Tomek and Anthony and is an avid reader of an eclectic mix of fiction. A lover of the Short Story who has written with Tomek Dzido an unreleased anthology called ‘The Bog Blog’. Ross is currently working on a Science Fiction Novel called ‘Alcon Blue’ which will appear in STORGY Magazine in the future. Ross has a Degree in Media Arts and Video Production and has been recruited into the role of Marketing & Social Media by STORGY for his expertise and success in this field.
ANTHONY SELF - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, HEAD OF FILM
Anthony Self is a London based writer. He Co-founded STORGY with Tomek Dzido in the hope of exploring the short story format and engaging with other artists and writers. He began writing theatre scripts and one of his short plays ‘Maybe the moon didn’t want Armstrong’ was performed at Hampstead Theatre. His love for prose was bolstered when he entered a short story competition and Margaret Atwood commented that his style was Kafka-esque. He has also directed several music videos and short films, one of which, Anticipation won an award judged by British film maker Shane Meadows. He is currently writing his first novel and hopes for a publication date some time before 2065.
TABITHA POTTS - MARKETING DIRECTOR
Tabitha Potts grew up in East London and much of her work is inspired by this fascinating and unique city. She studied English Language and Literature at university and went on to work on TV and radio dramas and documentaries, reading, script editing, researching and producing. More recently she’s been helping UK charities grow their online presence as a digital manager and marketer. She has published four short stories (two in anthologies) and some poetry and is currently working on a novel, when she isn’t kickboxing and walking the dog. Find out more on www.tabithapotts.com.
ALICE KOUZMENKO - EDITORIAL DIRECTOR
Alice Kouzmenko is an English Literature with Creative Writing student currently based in Norwich. First published at the age of nine, Alice has been writing ever since. She loves the work of Zadie Smith and Toni Morrison and aims to, one day, capture the human experience as accurately and brilliantly as they have. Alice’s stories have received gold keys in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and she has performed her poetry on the radio. Alice dreams of becoming a full-time writer and is currently working on a novel.
HarlotVonCharlotte is an artist living and working in London – she graduated from the University of Plymouth in 2009 with a BA(Hons) in Illustration, subsequently discovering that the years spent there were a complete waste of time. She primarily focuses on figurative illustrative artwork of the slightly odd and macabre persuasion and has also used sculpting, painting, figure drawing and graphic design to create new styles and unique works of art. She is currently experimenting with laser cut acrylic collages. She collaborates with other artists for live drawing events. Her client list ranges from corporate to personal commissions.
London based tooth fairy and monster enthusiast Amie Dearlove, works as a tattooists apprentice by day and creature creator by night. When not making tiny toothy jewellery Amie can be found keeping sketchbooks and live drawing with her fellow artists.
Carrie South is an illustrator and painter from Oklahoma City, OK who creates delightfully brutal illustrations.
Rob is a Graphic Designer from London who has worked with clients ranging from Nike & The British Film Institute to The Churches Conservation Trust. He recently designed the cover for the novel The Boy From Aleppo Who Painted The War, which was serialised for BBC Radio 4.
STORGY MAGAZINE was founded in 2013 by Tomek Dzido and Anthony Self as a means by which to explore the short story form and inspire artistic collaboration. STORGY seeks to publish and promote exceptional literary fiction whilst providing authors with the opportunity to reach a wider literary audience. We take pride in discovering new and emerging talent, whilst also celebrating the work of established writers. Since 2013 STORGY Magazine has published over 450 short stories by 200+ authors from every corner of the world. The publication of these inspirational and talented writers remains an immense privilege and we take great care when publishing such an eclectic mix of fiction. We continue to seek cutting edge short stories that challenge literary conventions and experiment with genre, style, form, and content. STORGY Magazine has interviewed some of the best authors in print today, such as Carys Bray, Debra Dean, Chuck Palahniuk, David James Poissant, Ali Shaw, Callan Wink, and many many more. In 2016, Ross Jeffery joined STORGY and STORGY Magazine launched a new review section which regularly publishes book and film reviews which has helped us build relations with authors and industry experts. STORGY Books has published two previous Anthologies; 'The STORGY Short Story Prize Anthology; Volume 1' and 'The STORGY Short Story Prize Anthology; Volume 2', both of which are available for purchase as digital downloads on Amazon.
Should STORGY find itself in the position of having raised above and beyond our original target, we pledge to:
- Donate 5% of additional funds to The National Literacy Trust
- Equally divide 10% of additional funds between our authors and artists.
We have spent a great deal of time considering and creating our rewards in order to offer our sponsors unique and delightful treats. You can see samples of our rewards below...
Please note that whilst we have sampled bundles and corresponding packaging, we are restricted to set postage prices for parcels to the UK and the Rest of The World. Items will be shipped together where possible, however, specific items, such as cover artwork prints and exclusive artwork, may be shipped separately.
Header Image inspired by a Joao Kreiger design (http://www.coroflot.com/joaokrieger/portfolio)
Risks and challenges
We can bore you with the details of our research, or simply admit; this is a risk. A big risk. All of us at STORGY are aware of the challenges such an artistic endeavour faces, but we vow to stand firm against the flowing tide of corporate conquest. Becoming a publisher has been our dream for longer than we can remember and with your help we can support our authors and artists. We can help them gain the recognition they deserve.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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