Left hand column: Reverse Engineering short story anthology cover. Right hand image: three scratch marks against a white backdrop. Scratch Books at the bottom.

Introducing Scratch Books

Tom Coganhan Editing at Bandit Fiction teaches you a few things. In the years I’ve worked here, I’ve got to read some brilliant stories, and some less than amazing stories. It’s made me question what makes a good short story. How would you attempt to write something brilliant? How would you know if you had achieved it? Because they are so various, one amazing story … Continue reading Introducing Scratch Books

Is It Worth It? The Pros and Cons of Self-Publishing

Harry Wilding During my Creative Writing MA at the University of Nottingham this last year, advice and feedback from peers, tutors and established writers has, without a doubt, made me a better writer. However, the seminars led by literary agents and publishers (of all sizes) have paradoxically made me less confident I will ever get a novel traditionally published. Despite how fascinating and incredibly helpful … Continue reading Is It Worth It? The Pros and Cons of Self-Publishing

Our First Training Exercise, and What We Found

by Greg Forrester This past week, we decided to carry out a training exercise with our submission readers. It’s the first time we’ve done anything like this before; it’s the first time we’ve had guidelines for reading (and scoring) submissions before, and so we wanted to share the results of what we found with you. Hopefully you’ll be able to draw some of the same … Continue reading Our First Training Exercise, and What We Found