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Writer’s blog: Barbara Stevenson – Writing in Orkney

In her last blogpost Barbara Stevenson, author of Zuri Mtu published in Issue One, describes her life in Orkney, between history and nature.

I am lucky to live in Orkney, with the sea all around as inspiration. Not only that, there is five thousand years of history on my doorstep – from my front garden I can look down onto the neolithic village of Skara Brae. It is a natural step to imagine how the people there lived and I am currently working on a Stone Age whodunnit. With the ongoing archaeological dig at the Ness of Brodgar nearby, discoveries are constantly forcing historians to question what they knew about the time. I have been surprised at the sophistication of the artwork and decorations found there. Although the setting is important, I prefer writing stories about the people and how they deal with and overcome problems no matter where they live or what social circumstances they find themselves in.IMG_1630
Orkney has a vibrant community of writers, artists and musicians which can be a distraction from actually doing any writing, but it is also fantastic for bouncing ideas around and coming up with stories.
In my other life as a veterinary surgeon, I meet a variety of wonderful people and animals who say and do remarkable and funny things that wouldn’t be believed in fiction. Unsurprisingly this proves to be a fantastic source for creative projects. My novel, The Organist, which will be launched in February with Yolk Publishers, is about a vet living in Edinburgh just before the First World War.

 

Barbara Stevenson

 

 

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Introducing Breve New Stories Submissions

Submissions for Issue Zero are now Closed

Dear all,

Thank you for submitting your stories to Breve New Stories. We are amazed by the great response and it is going to be tough to pick the two authors to feature in our first issue. Submissions are now closed, but don’t worry if you couldn’t make it this time, we will be open for entries again very soon.

These two months of Breve confirmed  what we already believed: out there it’s full of new talented writers looking for more challenges and opportunities. This inspires us in our project and makes us want to reach further, hoping that one day Breve will be acting as a springboard for succesful literary careers and as a reference point for all those starting.

August is going to be a month of intense work here at Breve and while we get ready to send Issue Zero to the printers we welcome your support, so if you don’t follow us already, please do! You can follow our blog or find us on Facebook, and on Twitter (coming soon).

Keep watching this space!

 

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Introducing Breve New Stories Submissions

Don’t miss the deadline: submissions close on 31 July!

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Time for procrastination is over: submissions for Breve New Stories Issue Zero close in less than two weeks!

Enter your best short story and/or flash fiction by July 31st and they might be published in the very first issue of Breve. Selected authors will also have the opportunity to write for Breve’s blog and hold printed copies of their work in September:  not a bad way to welcome autumn, hu?

For more info and guidelines click here.

Don’t forget to follow us on facebook and on brevenewstories.wordpress.com.

Good luck!

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Little Magazine Life

Breve HQ is buzzing, less than a month left to submitt, tons of great stories to read and a beautiful book to desing. The photo depicts just one of our attempts to be organised and stay on top of our excited minds (we integrate with many cups of tea, walks in the park and the occasional visit to the pub).

Breve Weekly Plan

Coming soon: Breve Monthly Newsletter, Breve questionnaire on your dream lit mag and lit community….and much more.

Thank you to all of you -so many!, for submitting your stories, we appreciate how much hard work you put into every single piece and we are honoured you are sharing them with us.

Thank you also to every single reader who got in touch to wish us good luck in our adventure, your support means the world to us.

Your stories and your love for literature fuel our passion, it’s great to have you on board!

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The Emerging Writer

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Despite the vagueness of the term emerging, we received many entries from writers that recognised themselves as such. Conventionally, an emergent author or artist is one that has some evidence of professional achievement but not a substantial record of accomplishment and who is not recognised as established by other artists, curators, critics and industry insiders. This description focuses more on the financial/professional status of being an author than on the individual development of the writer per se, the process of learning the craft and the daily challenges of creation.

The term works as a sort of barrier between writers published by medium/big publishing houses that have plenty of press coverage, who market aggressively for their authors and can therefore often guarantee them a consistent compensation, and all the remaining authors in the most different places, be that writing on-line or self publishing. At the same time emergent writers represent a pool of talents from which the mainstream industry often outsources the best, freshest  and most innovative works of literature. There is also no way to deny that in this process are involved, other than talent, lots of luck and lots of politics. It is a sad but widely known truth in all creative environments, but one that doesn’t stop writers from writing and wanting to ’emerge’.

Breve‘s look on this is this: the writer is the one who writes, who consistently strives to refine one’s skills by giving time and energy to one’s work. The writer is the one that is brave enough to embrace the challenge and takes the risk not only to write, but to be read by others. Emerging writers, as new writers, are not second class authors, they can only be good or bad writers, and together with the so-called ‘established’ authors, are writers in progress, working everyday on their skills, styles and inspirations. The literary quality of a work does not necessarily run parallel to the hierarchy of establishment.

Today there are many ways to pursue this goal: the Internet,  self publishing, MFA in creative writing  and literary projects such as Breve. All these opportunities are viable but all of them ask writers to look beyond their ambition for status to what writing means to them, they all ask: how bad do you want to write? That bad? Then be a writer.

Two different intakes on the emerging writer:

 https://overland.org.au/2013/05/pity-the-emerging-writer-or-not/

http://www.emergingwritersfestival.org.au/2013/06/emerging-writers-festival-2013-keynote-astrid-lorange/

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So, What Happens Now? We Read, We write.

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Breve New Stories is up and running!

Last Thursday we decided it was about time to go live and let people know Breve is born. We had such a good response and we really want to thank each and every person that took some time to  have a look and signed up to our new blog and Facebook page.

So, we are doing this.  Breve is out on the hunt for the best new short stories and flash fiction.  We really look forward to get to know all the new and emerging authors out there, that share the same passion for storytelling and are ready to take the plunge. This is the opportunity to be part of a new exciting project and it is the moment to be brave.

 

While making our first steps, while waiting for you to finish editing your stories, we do what we like the most: We Read and We Write.

These are the books  inspiring Breve in these promising summer days: The Penguin Book of the Beach  and  The Penguin Book of the City, both edited by Robert Drewe. Both packed with some of the most brilliant international authors, giving us the thrills with their short stories over the themes of The City and The Beach.

If you are running out of steam or you think you deserve a treat for your hard work, these are the books you are looking for!

 

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Introducing Breve New Stories

Breve New Stories A Literary Magazine

Breve New Stories is a new literary magazine based in London.

Dedicated to original short stories, Breve New Stories aims to give emerging authors of literary short fiction the opportunity for their work to be published, distributed and – most importantly, read.

Breve New Stories believes in the short story as a single, complete artwork. By publishing a short story and a flash fiction piece in each issue, Breve New Stories gives each author the opportunity to be read and known by a growing public. Published authors will gain visibility both through the magazine and by writing on our blog about their passion for literature, their advice to aspiring writers and their future projects.

Breve New Stories will be published in print in the form of a fresh, handy pamphlet and distributed in bookshops and through our blog.

All readers and aspiring authors are welcome to explore Breve New Stories about  and submission pages, we look forward to reading your stories.

In the mean time, keep writing and keep reading!