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 run by a team of passionate volunteers, our community is a place where writers can grow, learn, engage and further themselves in whichever ways they wish. We’re always seeking out new avenues to engage readers, from releasing podcasts to working with literary awards, and love to engage our audiences as we move in new and exciting directions.
We publish short fiction and poetry direct to our website, free to read, via The Read More Project. These works may be having their first outing, or they may have previously been published elsewhere, with every piece of writing hand-picked by our diverse set of readers. This means that we’ll always publish a range of genres, styles, writers and content. Each week, at least three stories or poems will appear on our website, alongside interviews with writers, exciting articles, reviews of the latest publications and upcoming 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 retain the sense of community and 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 the ideals of helping up and coming writers while learning as much as we could along the way.
What We Do
We began with Bandit Fiction Presents… – quarterly digital issues of fiction and narrative non-fiction, but we’ve tweaked our process since then, and now we release 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.