We are Bandit Fiction, a new voice in digital publishing with the goal of offering additional opportunities to new and emerging writers. Entirely not-for-profit and ran by a team of passionate volunteers, we try and create a community where writers can grow, learn, engage, and further themselves in whichever and whatever ways they wish. We’re always trying to try new things and seek out new avenues to engage readers, from releasing podcasts to working with literary awards, and we’re always offering our audience the opportunity to get involved with us and steer us in new and exciting directions.
We publish short fiction and poetry direct to our website, free for everyone to read through The Read More Project. These works may be having their first outing, or they may have been previously published elsewhere, with every work hand-picked by our diverse set of readers. This means that we’ll always publish a range of genres, of styles, of writers, and of content. Each week, at least one of these stories or poems will appear on our website, alongside interviews with other writers, and reviews of the latest publications and literary events. But we’re not all about publishing; we want to help writers and poets to improve, too. That’s why, for every work we decide not to publish, we offer free feedback on where we think it can be improved.
We were founded in 2017 by a handful of Creative Writing graduates eager to leave university but not leave behind the sense of community or engagement with our passions that we’d had during those heady days. We spitballed ideas for names, and, sat on the sagging couch in Greg’s old one bedroom flat, held our first Bandit Fiction meeting, championing amongst ourselves the ideals of helping up and coming writers and learning as much as we could on the way.
We began with our Bandit Fiction Presents… range, quarterly digital issues of fiction and narrative non-fiction, but we’ve tweaked our process since so that now we released works, including poetry, direct to our website. In addition to this, we also offer feedback and editorial services, carry out book reviews, interviews with authors and artists, and post our own blog content, as well as run our Partnership for Publication scheme. Finally, we’re very proud to be partnered with the Sun Story Award, publishing the stories shortlisted for the award each year.