David Ogilvy: Puerto Rico, Good Luck Margarine, and Dove Soap

After sundown, I drink nothing but Puerto Rico rum and Schweppes.David Ogilvy David Ogilvy believed in his clients' products and potential. If a client refused to meet his demands, he'd cut ties and show them the door, but he took great care of the clients that he didn't send packing. In many cases, he crafted... Continue Reading →

Flash Fiction: Two Stories by Hannah Stevens

Dr Hannah Stevens is a queer freelance writer. 'In Their Absence,' her collection of short stories about missing people and broken lives, will be published in 2020. Her work has been widely anthologised and featured in numerous literary journals. She currently co-directs Wind&Bones, a company exploring the crossing-places of creativity, writing and social justice. Originally... Continue Reading →

Poetry Excerpts: ‘Hymn to Equity’ by Aria Ligi 2/2

Aria Ligi is Senior Poetry Editor at October Hill Magazine. Hymn to Equity is a lyrical yet modern collection that re-imagines Wordsworth in new contexts. Ligi skillfully explores many pertinent themes in her writing, particularly the oppression of women and destruction of the natural world. Read the previous excerpts from Hymn to Equity here. Her work has been published... Continue Reading →

Poetry Excerpts: ‘Hymn to Equity’ by Aria Ligi 1/2

Aria Ligi is Senior Poetry Editor at October Hill Magazine. Her work has been published in numerous magazines, chapbooks, and anthologies including Light Magazine, October Hill Magazine, The Australian Times and the Vermillion Literary Project. Enjoy the following five poems from Hymn to Equity, a lyrical yet modern collection that re-imagines Wordsworth in new contexts. In her writing, Ligi artfully... Continue Reading →

‘A Writer’s Work is Never Done’ by Simon Lee-Price

Simon Lee-Price hails from Liverpool and lives and writes in the UK. His short stories and non-fiction have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Prole, Prose and Poetry, Interpreter’s House, The Caribbean Writer, and in several horror and speculative fiction anthologies. He tweets from time to time: @SimonLeePrice. A Writer’s Work is Never Done By... Continue Reading →

Flash Fiction: ‘Spray Paint’ by Bupinder Singh

Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for the slave-owners.Vladimir Lenin Bupinder Singh is a writer and educator based in Kashmir, India. His works have appeared in publications such as The Week, The Delacorte Review, and Coldnoon, among others. He is currently working on his... Continue Reading →

David Ogilvy: Rolls-Royce, Schweppes, and ‘The man in the Hathaway shirt’

Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted, and the trouble is I don’t know which half... David Ogilvy remains the undisputed king of Madison Avenue. No one besides the fictional Don Draper has garnered the same kind of prestige synonymous with success in advertising. But before Ogilvy had ever written his first headline,... Continue Reading →

Rules for Crafting Fiction

Brevity is the soul of wit.William Shakespeare Crafting a compelling story, be it a novel, short story, or flash fiction, takes discipline. Great writing isn’t so much about impressing the reader with wit or clever description as brutalising your raw prose until the final product is taut and powerful – until each word becomes a... Continue Reading →

Flash Fiction: ‘Meat’ by Michael Conroy

Does the beef salute the butcher as it throbs to its knees?Clive Barker Meat Written by Michael Conroy He awoke in darkness to the smell of bleach. Mattress springs creaked under his weight, and he felt a cold burning sensation deep in his sinuses. He rolled onto his stomach and planted his hands down on... Continue Reading →

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