We’re a group of people from the North East of England who aren’t that enthralled by reading the memoirs of someone who was briefly on a crap reality show and, after bitching for some years, actually decided to get off our arses and do something about it.
We want to use BB to promote writers who are ignored elsewhere, writers who don’t fit into rigid ‘genres’, writers who are new and uncertain, writers who hail from working class backgrounds but most of all, writers who live in the real world and know that it’s not fair.
We plan to put together quarterly collections and ensure that copies get dropped on to the desks of literary agents up and down the country. If finances permit we’d also like to publish full length works by new authors but…..firstly, the site has to take off and then we’ll take it from there.
Anyway, we’ve wittered on enough, have a look at the site, check out the work already on there and if you like the look of it then stick us in your favourites and keep coming back. If you’re a writer and fancy seeing where exhibiting your stuff with us can get you then check out the ‘Contact Us’ page for submission details.
There’s another email address on there as well for general comments / correspondence and we’d like to know what you think good or bad so feel free to use it.
We’ve only been going since November ‘08 but in that time we’ve produced two books of short stories featuring both unknown (some would say unhinged) and household name authors. There’s a lot more to come from us so watch this space – just remember, two years ago no-one had heard of Facebook…!
As we’ve already said we’re only presently accepting submissions of short fiction for ‘Radgepacket’ in order to publish them to the web or in one of our collections. So please don’t send us your novel on the offchance we’ll recognise your brilliance and sell our houses in order to finance your entry into the literati because it won’t happen. Anyone who has the dedication, perseverance, determination and all round bollocks to write a novel has our utmost respect and deserves better than for that book to be thrown straight in the bin unread because they didn’t follow the wishes of the mean and nasty publisher from the north…..but that’s what’ll happen so don’t send them.
What we do want however is short fiction relating to modern day British life. By short we mean three thousand words or less and by British life we mean that we want you to reflect the grimy, seedy, drug fuelled, hilarious, absurd and violent country we have become.
If we were to say the title of the book is to be :-
Radgepacket – Tales from the Inner Cities
would that give you an idea of what we’re after? Better still why don’t you buy a copy of a previous issue and get an idea of what we like?
It needs to be snappy, tight and so gripping that if we start reading it and the phone rings we don’t even think about answering – even if it’s Jennifer Aniston, Sienna Miller and the female cast of Hollyoaks inviting us to a party round at theirs…again.
Send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Now this is important so listen carefully, we want you to send the story in the body of the email, any submission sent as an attachment will be deleted without being opened – as you all know there are some nasty, horrible people out in the world today (you might have wrote about them…) and we don’t want to take any chances do we?
As well as the story we’d like a short bio about you – four lines is plenty. In return you get a complimentary copy of the book to impress your nearest and dearest with, a quality addition to your writing CV (we’ve had the likes of Danny King and Sheila Quigley in there thus far…) and we’re going to be making sure various literary agents get a copy.
Right then, if you’ve got all that and you fancy a go then don’t hang about – get it in now….