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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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Introducing Breve New Stories

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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Introducing Breve New Stories Writing/Reading

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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Notes of Inspiration Writing/Reading

Notes of Inspiration 2: Six Memos for 21st Century Storytellers.

There are pages that stay with us and change the way we read everything else. This is what happened with Calvino’s Six Memos for the Next Millennium.

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In this series of lectures Calvino puts together some values and qualities of literature to project into the next millennium, never doubting the potential of literature in making it through the ages.

My confidence in the future of literature consists in the knowledge that there are things that only literature can give us, by means specific to it.

These are the memos, as we can look for and challenge them everyday in reading and writing.

  1. Lightness
  2. Quickness
  3. Exactitude
  4. Visibility
  5. Multiplicity 

Italo Calvino was invited to give a series of Charles Eliot Norton Lectures at Harvard University in 1984. He worked hard on a scheme for his lectures, deciding for six main subjects, and completing, before his premature departure, five of them. Although Calvino never had the chance to deliver his lectures, Harvard University translated and published what was ready, making them available to generations of readers, critics and writers.

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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!