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The Open Pen Anthology is a celebration of five year of Open Pen, showcasing some of our favourite stories from that time alongside new stories from each of those authors.
The Open Pen Anthology is a celebration of five year of Open Pen, showcasing some of our favourite stories from that time alongside new stories from each of those authors.
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The Open Pen Anthology

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Open Pen Magazine is a free, short fiction magazine, now in its fifth year. To celebrate five years of risk-taking writing with something to say, publishing up-and-coming writers, providing them with a print platform for their fiction writing, The Open Pen Anthology will be a 200 page paperback with our favourite stories from the last five years, all in the same place for the first time. Better yet, we'll have a new piece of fiction from each of the ten corresponding authors.

Open Pen has always been about the stories. We wanted to create a space for writers of all descriptions to be able to publish online and in print to showcase their talent.

Now we want to celebrate that with the best stories we have published alongside new work by those authors. 

How the money will be spent:

£950 will be spent of manufacture and distribution of the books.

£550 will be paid to the writers and illustrators.

Risks and challenges

The biggest obstacle we face is producing every aspect of the content at the same stage. Quality is really important to us, and we want to make sure everything at the printing stage goes accordingly.

With 5 years of experience now, we have the skills and knowledge to overcome print or editorial obstacles. We're lovers of print (perhaps that came across in our Reward packages!). Everyone involved with this project has been working with the magazine during the last five years so everyone has a vested interest in the book, including the writers, many of whom were unpublished prior to their inclusion in Open Pen.

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    The George Orwell Reward:

    ○ eBook version of the anthology.

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    Pledge £5 or more About $7

    The Bronte Sisters Reward:

    ○ eBook version of the anthology.
    ○ A unique zine of competition winning micro-fiction.

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    The Jane Austen Reward:

    ○ Open Pen Anthology paperback

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    The E.M Foster Reward:

    ○ Open Pen Anthology paperback
    ○ eBook version of the anthology.
    ○ A unique one-off zine of competition winning micro-fiction

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    Pledge £15 or more About $19

    The James Joyce Reward:

    ○ Open Pen Anthology paperback
    ○ eBook version of the anthology.
    ○ A3 Art Print Poster of the Open Pen Anthology cover art
    ○ Open Pen cover art postcard
    ○ A unique one-off zine of competition winning micro-fiction

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    Pledge £25 or more About $32

    The Virginia Woolf Reward:

    ○ Open Pen Anthology Paperback
    ○ eBook version of the anthology.
    ○ A unique one-off zine of competition winning micro-fiction
    ○ A3 art print poster of Open Pen Anthology cover art
    ○ Your name credited in the book
    ○ Open Pen cover art postcards (set of four)

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    The Charles Dickens Reward:

    A boxset containing:
    ○ Lift-off lid box
    ○ Paperback signed by every author
    ○ eBook version of the anthology.
    ○ A3 art print poster of Open Pen Anthology cover art
    ○ Original Artwork sketch print by Josh Neal (Open Pen cover illustrator)
    ○ Open Pen postal subscription for as long as we're in print.
    ○ Your name credited in the book
    ○ Open Pen Stickers
    ○ A unique one-off zine of competition winning micro-fiction
    ○ Open Pen cover art postcards (set of four)

    All this boxed and nested in 100% organically shredded 50 Shades of Sh1t.

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