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Issue 11


After a fun launch party in Oxford, Structo issue 11 is now available to order! It will be available from our stockists on the weekend of February 1st.


Issue 11 is our largest ever, and features 11 short stories, 12 (or 16, depending on how you count) poems, two essay features, and an interview with First Story‘s co-founder Katie Waldegrave.


Several of the poems are in translation, from the Gaelic, Irish, Classical Chinese and Jèrriais.


One of the essays is our regular Incidental column, and the other is a profile of the Surrealist painter and author Leonora Carrington. She had an interesting life.


We’re very proud of this issue. I hope you like it as much as we do.

— Euan


Issue 10 now online

An early Christmas present: the online version of Structo issue 10!

Click on the preview above, or head on over to Issuu, to read the issue for free and in its entirety. It features 10 short stories, 10 poems, two interviews (author Evie Wyld and poet/translator/author/editor David Constantine) and an essay about hereditary book addiction. It’s a great issue, even if we say it ourselves.

There are also a few print copies around if you would like to read it on paper.

Happy Christmas on behalf of the entire Structo team.

— Euan

Now reading for issue 11!

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Photo (CC BY-NC-SA) by Catunes

We are now accepting submissions of short stories and poetry for issue 11! Head over to our website to read submission guidelines and find the link to send in your work. On the poetry front, we are particularly interested in seeing translations from the Gaelic, Irish, Manx, Cornish, Channel French and Welsh, however would love to read original poetry in English too. As usual, there isn’t a theme and the deadline this time around is October the 7th.

Can’t wait to see what comes in this time.

— Euan

Issue 10, available now


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So here it is: Structo issue 10. Double digits! Five years! Available now!


This issue contains 10 short stories, 10 poems, two interviews and an essay on book addiction in the family by our (newly minted) fiction editor. We’ve decided to pretend that the 10 stories and 10 poems thing was deliberate, rather than an amusing coincidence, which it obviously was.


Our interviews this time are with Evie Wyld, bookshop owner and Granta-listed author of After the Fire, A Still Small Voice and All the Birds, Singing; and David Constantine, most recently a Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award winner for his story collection Tea at the Midland, but also a poet, translator and ex-Modern Poetry in Translation editor. Two very different, very fascinating and pretty damn long interviews.


The fiction and poetry comes from the UK and all over the world: Australia, the United States, South Africa and the Netherlands. There are translations from the Norwegian and Icelandic in there too.


It’s 108 pages, and costs £5. Online, it’s available in our shop, as well as from Magpile and Anikibo. You can also buy it from one of our stockists as they get their copies over the next week or so (The Society Club in London, The Albion Beatnik in Oxford and Cornerhouse in Manchester already have their copies).

Issue nine now online

Issue nine is now online! You can read it immediately by clicking on the preview above, or head on over to issuu. This issue features 13 short stories, 21 poems, two interviews (writer Stella Duffy and Bodley’s Librarian Sarah Thomas) and an essay promoting caffeine addiction. Or something like that.

It was released in print on the 28th of January. There are still a handful of hard copies available if you’d like to read it in the bath without ruining your iPad.

Word Factory apprenticeship


The Word Factory have just opened for applications to their inaugural apprenticeship scheme, and they’re on the lookout for emerging British short story writers. Those chosen would be mentored by the authors Alex Preston and Stella Duffy and would be able to take advantage free entry to Word Factory events and seminars.

To apply all you need to do is send a short story of up to 4,000 words, and a short summary of why you want to apply, by the 1st of September.

We know the folks behind the The Word Factory (one of the Structo team is usually on the door at their evening events), and we can vouch for the fact of their being lovely people, not to mention talented and well-connected. This is definitely worth your time, so get writing.

— Euan

Issue 10 launch

The Society Club by Paul Ockelford

Photo by Paul Ockelford (CC BY-NC)

After all the fun of last year, we’re delighted to be returning to The Society Club in London for the launch of Structo issue 10. On Saturday the 3rd of August, from 6pm, get yourself to Soho for readings, cocktails, music, interesting conversations, more cocktails and a very high likelihood of cake. Also piles of magazines.

We couldn’t be happier with the line-up. There will be poetry from Lucy Furlong, a couple of short stories from Jason Gould and Christine Stroik Stocke and a reading from our very own fiction editor Keir Pratt. It’s going to be a great evening, and as usual it’s free to get in.

More details to come in the next week or so.

Facebook event page / Map to The Society Club