My journalism experience and lifelong love of literary writing intertwined in 2014 when I devised Shooter Literary Magazine, a biannual print journal showcasing short fiction, non-fiction and poetry by writers from around the world.
While the US enjoys a rich tradition of literary journals, after moving back to London in 2011 I felt there was room for more in the UK. There were some attractive literary magazines on the shelves but most favoured well established writers or inclined to academic, esoteric or genre fare. Also, few journals paid their contributors, which seemed to undermine the value of the very content they were publishing.
I wanted to promote entertaining, well written work that any keen reader would enjoy, and to champion the principle that good writing deserves financial reward. Our culture depends on elevating writers who are worthy of notice, and doing so at the outset of a writer’s career makes a crucial difference.
Shooter publishes two themed issues a year, in winter and summer. Since the first issue’s release in January 2015, we’ve featured unknown writers who have gone on to publish fiction in the New Yorker (Julianne Pachico, “Honey Bunny”), debut novels (Philippa East, Little White Lies), non-fiction books (Corey Pein, Live Work Work Work Die), award-winning poetry (Raymond Antrobus), and to reach the longlist of the Sunday Times Short Story Award (Nicolas Burbidge and Max Sydney Smith).