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About Brittle Star

Brittle Star is a “little” magazine which, for its size, contains a surprising variety of new work: poems, stories, interviews. What I especially like about it is that it enables ‘new’ writers to hear their own, and each other’s voices. The life of poetry depends ultimately upon the existence of such magazines, and the commitment and enthusiasm of their editors.’     
                                                                          Jeremy Hooker

Brittle Star is a literary magazine publishing short stories and poetry. Whereas most ‘little’ magazines publish work from new writers alongside established ones, our focus is to give a platform to writers at the beginning of their careers.

As well as new poetry and fiction, each issue runs an interview with an established writer or a ‘close reading’ of a published work. Poets we’ve interviewed have included David Constantine, Jeremy Hooker, Mimi Khalvati, and Galway Kinnell, and there have been close readings on the work of Marilyn Hacker and Mark Doty among others. 

The magazine prides itself on the quality of the work it publishes and we’ve been delighted by just how many of our writers have gone on to further success. 


From: Brittle Star, PO Box 56108, London E17 0AY. Cheques payable to: Brittle Star

Subscription rates:


      2 issues £12

World    2 issues                                £20

              Includes Post and Packing


Brittle Star welcomes submissions of unpublished, original work in the following categories:
· poetry: 1 – 4 poems
· short fiction: 1 – 3 stories up to 1,200 words
· articles: please send ideas for articles and an example of your writing style

The editors would prefer to have submissions by post. Send with a brief covering letter, a brief biography (up to 40 words) and SAE to: Editors, Brittle Star, PO Box 56108, London E17 0AY.

Submissions by email should be sent as a Word or RTF attachment, with a brief covering letter and biography, to: [email protected]. Please do not send work in the main body of the email.

All contributors will be notified whether or not they are successful within eight weeks of the final submission deadline. See www.brittlestar.org.uk for deadline dates.

Please note: we cannot accept work that is currently under consideration by another magazine.

Contact address

Brittle Star
PO Box 56108
London E17 0AY

Website: www.brittlestar.org.uk

Current editors

Jacqueline Gabbitas
Louisa Hooper
David Floyd
Martin Parker