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Fund Issues Twenty-Four to Thirty. We need Submittable to make sure we keep providing hot, new voices in fiction.
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Growing Pains

We all get 'em, eventually. 

Open Pen is Twenty-Three issues in, opening its doors to submissions in 2010. We're almost ten (we do maths too). During that time the amount of subs we receive has grown issue on issue. We're a small team - a handful of fiction readers - and, honestly, making this work, making sure we get to everything in a prompt manner, giving submitted fiction the amount of eyes it deserves, has become beyond our grasp. We want to make the next six issues of Open Pen but our costs are going to double in making it work.

To The Rescue

Submittable. And hopefully you.

The submissions manager that we all know and love - Submittable. It's going to ensure Open Pen Magazine remains "the home of open literature", as we used to say often, providing "fiction with something to say for itself" as we now say more. We've quietly gone about publishing, promoting and nurturing writers that have something different to say from the usual stuff. Let us continue to be that platform. Make the next six issues a reality. Please consider one of our rewards, including subscription to this six issues you'l be funding. We really think the rewards offer eye-watering value, and better than that, will ensure Open Pen Magazine remains "the home of open literature", as we used to say often, providing "fiction with something to say for itself" as we now say more. We've quietly gone about publishing, promoting and nurturing writers that have something different to say from the usual stuff. Let us continue to be that platform. 

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Risks and challenges

Rewards will be on time. But worth noting that the novelette bundle will see you receive two books in March, one in April, and the last two (titles and authors TBA) in October and November. Also worth noting that our subscription will see you receive a copy of Open Pen every few months.

We are specifically looking for £1200 to cover two years of Open Pen and the Submittable "Premier" service, and £300 to cover reward costs. Compiling and editing writing from new writers takes hours and hours every week and our submission count is growing with every issue. The Submittable tool and our enthusiastic readers are going to make sure we continue to publish outsider fiction.

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    I ♥ Open Pen

    Become a supporter of Open Pen. We'll list you on our website and thank you in print, if you want. It's £3 because we're not all made of money, y'know.

    If you are made of money - consider just donating a random amount to us. Like, I dunno, £1200.

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    Shitstorm (paperback)

    Open Pen Novelettes #1 - "Shitstorm" by Fernando Sdrigotti

    'Dr Walter Turner is a wealthy nobody until he accidentally slays a protected lion on the plains of Africa. This niche fallout spirals out of control when global news agencies latch onto the story and celebrity outcry coupled with public uproar cultivates the perfect social media shitstorm.

    Will Dr Walter Turner ride this one out? Will he face a public execution? Will tomorrow’s fresh shitstorm save his pants?

    One thing’s certain: no one is coming out of this clean.'

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    Bad Boy Poet (paperback)

    Our first and, let's be absolutely honest here, probably last ever poetry book. We love this "confessional style" collection from Scott Manley Hadley so much that we broke house rules and published... poems.

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    One Thing (paperback)

    Open Pen Novelette #2 - "One Thing" by Xanthi Barker.

    Forthcoming novelette and debut from Xanthi Barker.

    'The one thing Len wants back is his wife, but today is her funeral, they divorced decades ago, and besides, he’s not invited. So equipped with a screwdriver, bad memories and a fixing of desperation, Len sets about reclaiming the one part of her that's still his. It won’t be easy. But then nothing has been easy for Len.'

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    The Prick (paperback)

    Open Pen Novelettes #3 - "The Prick" by Mazin Saleem.

    'Caught in a rip-tide while on holiday with his girlfriend, Will has the fortunate misfortune of having his life saved by Roland, a complete prick. Falling into a friendship with his rescuer, Will is consumed by how irritating he finds Roland. At the cost of everything and everyone else in his life, Will is hellbent on working out exactly what makes Roland not just a prick, but The Prick.'

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    Limited Edition Postcard Set

    Set of four Open Pen postcards featuring some of our favourite cover illustrations. (Yeah, this is for those that have already ordered our books but don't want to give us more than a fiver.)

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    Magazine Subscription - x6 issues

    This is what we're funding. The next six issues of our print magazine, featuring fiction with something to say for itself. Plus, we'll also throw in our celebratory Issue Thirty at the end of 2020, just in time for our ten year anniversary!

    Includes:
    • Issue Twenty-Four
    • Issue Twenty-Five
    • Issue Twenty-Six
    • Issue Twenty-Seven
    • Issue Twenty-Eight
    • Issue Twenty-Nine
    • Issue Thirty
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    Open Pen Novelette Bundle

    Our first five novelettes for the price of four! Receive the paperbacks listed in our rewards, plus two more later in the year.

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    Hit Sean Preston with steel chair

    Strike Open Pen's founding editor Sean Preston on the head with a steel chair.

    Something like this: https://grantland.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/chair-shot.gif

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    The Open Pen Boxset

    Silver foiled lift-off-lid box with:
    The Open Pen Anthology (a 300 page collection of Open Pen's best bits plus all new fiction);
    Eight issue subscription;
    Vintage book nerd badge;
    "On Writing - Open Pen Editorialists Tell You How Not To Be A Writer Prick";
    All housed in shredded Twenty Shades of Grey

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    I 🍆 Open Pen

    We're going to list you on our site as World's Best Human, even if you're not human. PLUS - you can pick what colour scheme the next issue of Open Pen will be. This reward is perfect for trolls with money to spare.

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    Two page colour spread ad in Open Pen.

    Our print magazine stays afloat because of our fantastic supporters: publishers and writing initiatives. We're offering a centrefold spread space for the first time in our next available issue (currently the very next issue). Open Pen is in bookshops around the country, giving us a unique platform to reach readers and writers. Come get us.

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