-By Emma Bilsborough, Front of House Leader
We love getting a chance to talk about other independents in the industry that are doing great things, and our attention at the moment is on STORGY magazine, an online Arts & Entertainment magazine that has a focus on finding and publishing short stories that challenge literary conventions.
"We want writing which forces the reader to face the reality in which we live, or the illusions in which we hide. We want soul, be it broken or bruised, or endless and almighty. Tell us, teach us, transform us."
The magazine is also a space for book reviews, author posts and interviews, film reviews - and a whole lot more. The site began in 2013, and has reached wonderful heights, last year they had over 280,000 visitors rooting through their digital pages.
And as if we couldn't love the work they do more, they also share our need to encourage reading and writing in children and young adults. Recently, the magazine launched a new venture - STORGY Kids.
"Storgy Kids is a celebration of great writing. It is a place to find stories by great new writers, as well as read magical short stories and interviews from more established authors. We will publish book reviews of new and old books, to help you find the next best seller or rediscover something brilliant but old, like your gran!"
It's great to find fun and interactive spaces on the internet that allow kids to explore their love of reading, writing and drawing, and STORGY Kids aims to create the same community for children that it's doing for adult authors, that is, helping kids to find an outlet for their creative talents, helping them to build something from their skills.
They've also added 'independent publisher' to their list of abilities, having just recently published a collection of dystopian short stories: that you can find right here!
In short: we love this magazine and you should too.
Now don't mind us, we're off to read this brilliant interview with Chris Riddell, illustrator extraordinaire, on STORGY Kids (we know, we're grown ups, its not for us, we should be working, blah blah blah).