The Illustrated Magazine of New Writing; Popshot is an illustrated literary magazine that publishes short stories, flash fiction, and poetry from the literary new blood.



May 25th 2015

We’ve mentioned before the remarkable correlation between those people that have read Popshot and those people whose poetry and short fiction ends up being published in its pages. In our most recent Outsider-themed issue, three quarters of the writers that got in were either subscribers or had bought a copy of Popshot before. As a result, the more people that read it, the more fitting the submissions that we receive for each issue become. And as a result of that, the quality of the writing that we publish goes up.

So, with submissions for our fourteenth issue set to open in just one week’s time, we’re keen to get the magazine into the hands of as many potential contributors as we can by making all of our available issues half price until June 1st. Take advantage of the offer by heading to our single issues page now.


May 18th 2015

Kicking into life a couple of days ago, The Last Word is a festival of spoken word, storytelling and live performance that, for the next couple of weeks, will be taking over the much-venerated performing arts venue, The Roundhouse. Some of the UK’s finest literary and lyrical performers will be taking to the stage, including Luke Wright, John Hegley, Talia Randall, Inua Ellams, Mark Grist and Deanna Rodger to name just a few. To find out the full line-up and to book your tickets to one or more of the many events, head here.


April 1st 2015

We’re very pleased to announce that our thirteenth issue, which celebrates the madmen, the oddballs, the observers and the outsiders, is officially out today. Bursting at the seams with a selection of short stories and poems that bring focus to those who live on the fringes of normality, the Outsider issue is the veritable feast of oddity that it should be.

If you would like to get your hands on a copy, you can take a flick through a few of the pages here, before ordering the real thing at our single issues page, or subscribing from just £10. All pre-orders and subscriber's copies were posted out this morning and will be arriving on doormats around the globe in the coming weeks.


March 25th 2015

Last week, we unveiled the cover of the latest issue of Popshot to herald the imminent arrival of our thirteenth edition. In advance of its launch in a week’s time, we’re now releasing a selection of spreads from the issue that can be viewed immediately, in digital form, by heading to this dedicated page.

Take a flick through, and to read every poem and short story from our 'Outsider' issue, pre-order a copy from our single issues page.


March 18th 2015

With our thirteenth issue of Popshot, addressing the theme of ‘Outsider’, being sent to print this morning, we're very excited to now unveil the cover artwork for it. Composed by illustration’s next big thing, Matt Harrison Clough, it provides the perfect analogy for what this issue is all about. We’ll be releasing a few spreads from the new issue within the next week, with an expected launch date of April 1st.

To get hold of your copy long before it hits the bookshops, you can pre-order Issue 13 through our single issues page or subscribe to Popshot from just £10 a year.


February 20th 2015

With the illustrations for our forthcoming 'Outsider' issue currently being created by a selection of the finest image makers that we could get our hands on, we felt it was time to upload the visual delights that graced our last issue — on the theme of 'Time' — including the illustration above, created by Glenn Harvey for Shirley Wright's incredibly well-observed poem, Methuselah.

Head to our Pinterest page to see the full set of illustrations and if you haven't yet managed to get your hands on a copy of our 'Time issue', you can do so over at our single issues page.


February 17th 2015

If you travel on the London Underground relatively often, you’ll already be well aware of the longstanding relationship between poetry and TFL. You’ll also probably be familiar with the format of their illustrated poetry posters, which have been going strong since 2013 with the help of French illustrator, Mcbess, and look a bit like the one above.

Now, as part of its #travelbetterlondon campaign, TFL is looking for poems that could grace future posters via its poetry competition. The purpose of the competition is to ask people to submit their own poems about one inconsiderate travel habit they have witnessed on public transport, with the winner’s work made up into a poster featuring the verse accompanied by their likeness in the accompanying artwork. To find out more about how to enter, head to the dedicated competition page at the #travelbetterlondon website, and make sure you send in your ditty before March 1st.


January 30th 2015

Following the closure of literary submissions exactly a week ago, and an extensive seven days of shortlisting since then, we have now chosen the final 24 pieces of writing that will feature in the forthcoming issue of Popshot, on the theme of ‘Outsider’. A big thank you to everyone who took the time and effort to send their compositions in. We receive 2000-2500 submissions per issue, so despite only being able to publish 1% of the work that’s sent in, we truly appreciate the thought and endeavour that goes into every submission.

The new issue will launch on April 1st with submissions for our next issue opening up in June, so keep your eyes out for that. In the meantime, if you would like to get a better idea of the work that we publish, you can subscribe from just £10 a year or read every issue we've made for just £5.50 courtesy of the digital edition of Popshot.


January 10th 2015

Sitting alongside some of the finest magazines in the world, including Time, Interview, WIRED and The New Yorker, we’re honoured to have had the cover of our twelfth issue chosen as one of the best magazine covers of 2014 from French inspiration website, Fubiz. A big thanks to the supremely talented Sam Pash whose illustration did most of the work.


January 2nd 2015

With the passing of the fattening food festival that is Christmas, we're now just three weeks away from submissions deadline day for our ‘Outsider’ issue. So, if you would like to see your poetry or short fiction published and illustrated in the pages of Popshot’s lucky thirteenth issue, make sure that you send it in before January 23rd.

If you've already submitted your poetry or short fiction, fear not, your writing is already under consideration. However, for those of you who haven’t, make sure that you acquaint yourself with the submissions guidelines and try to send in your work long before deadline day — it gets given more attention if it’s not sent right at the last minute. It’s also worth mentioning that if you have a piece of writing that is perfect for the theme but has been published elsewhere before, we do accept previously published poems and short stories. Find out everything you need to know at our submit page and we look forward to uncovering some new literary gems.


December 24th 2014

To everyone who has supported Popshot in one way or another over the last 12 months — whether by buying a subscription, submitting to the magazine, or liking us on Facebook — here’s a very merry Christmas from all at Popshot.

Online orders and subscriptions will be sent out as usual, and we'll be keeping on top of literary submissions for our forthcoming ‘Outsider' issue throughout the festive period. Here's an illustration for all of you pencil-wielding poets and picture makers courtesy of Issue 12 contributor, Paul Garland.


December 1st 2014

Flick to a fresh page and break out a brand new biro dear wordsmiths, for today marks the opening of literary submissions for Popshot's 13th issue, which means we are now accepting poems and short stories on the theme of 'Outsider'.

The word 'underdog' has been scrawled on our list of possible themes for years now, but it was only when 'outsider' was blurted out as an option that it finally clicked. Outsiders, much like underdogs, make for the greatest stories. They are the black sheep, the long shots, the ones that don't quite fit the mould. And yet, despite being in the supposed minority, they are everywhere — you just can't always see them. It's these people that we hope to explore and celebrate in the forthcoming issue of Popshot: the odd, the unconventional, the unexpected, the outsiders.

If you would like the opportunity to have your short fiction or poetry published and illustrated in the next issue of Popshot, find out the full submissions guidelines at our submit page — and make sure that you send your work in long before the January 23rd deadline. To get the best idea of what we like to publish, we always encourage potential contributors to read the magazine before submitting. Over the years, we've observed that the people who read Popshot are the best judges of what to write for it, so to increase your chances of publication, pick up a printed copy or read it online.

Illustration by Thomas Danthony.


November 1st 2014

As some of you may remember, we launched the digital edition of Popshot a little over a year ago, meaning that from Portsmouth to Prague to Panama City, anyone in the world could be reading Popshot on their tablet, phone, or online, within seconds. Since then, it’s become a resounding success and currently accounts for a quarter of our total subscribers.

Now, with the help of our friends over at Exact Editions, we’re making the digital edition available to all of our print subscribers for free. With a number of subscribers asking how they could read some of the sold out back issues of Popshot, we felt it was important to make all of those issues, and all future ones, available in digital form to our most loyal supporters.

Subsequently, anyone who now subscribes to Popshot from just £10 will not only get three print issues delivered direct to their door, they’ll also receive digital access to every issue we’ve ever published. Become a subscriber by heading to our subscribe page or if you already are, drop an email to to find out how to activate your digital subscription.


October 2nd 2014

Coinciding rather nicely with National Poetry Day (which is today in case you’ve forgotten) we’re delighted to announce that the new issue of Popshot is out now. 25 pieces of writing grace this beautifully broad edition, packed full of illustrated short stories and poems that explore our perception of, and relationship with, time, and take us to some weird and wonderful places in the process. If you want to have a squinted look through a few pages from the new issue, you can do so here.

All pre-orders and subscriber's copies have been posted out and will be arriving on doormats around the globe in the coming days. If you want to get your hands on your own crayon-scented copy, subscribe from just £10 and receive Time as the initial issue of your subscription, or order a single issue from £6 + p&p. As we may have just demonstrated, it seems you can put a price on loyalty. Those who are more digitally minded can read the new issue on their smartphone or tablet by downloading the Popshot app.

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