Succour Banal

Succour_issue10_COVER_mediumThis is out now, and should soon be in the shops:

The Autumn/Winter 2009/10 issue is a collection of work that takes the everyday, the ordinary, the unlauded, the daily grind or even the outright boring and, in the modernist tradition, turns it into the subject of compelling literature and art.

Featured writers and artists are:

Prose: Duncan Brett, Kevin Brown, Gary Cansell, Abi Curtis, Cassandra Moss and Mark Staniforth

Poetry: Judy Brown, Isobel Dixon, Melissa Lee-Houghton, Christodoulos Makris, Shaunagh Darling Robertson, Ben Rogers, Lee Rourke, Maurice Scully, Cherry Smyth and Grace Wells

Prose poems: Annie Clarkson and John Clegg

 Artwork: Derek Ogbourne and Martin Skauen

The guidelines for Succour 11 are, erm, a bit different:

For Succour 11, our Spring/Summer 2010 issue, we would like to invite submissions which pertain not to a theme, as has hitherto been the case, but which adhere to a pair of conditions.

Condition 1: All submissions should be written on Saturday February 6th, 2010.

Condition 2: What you write should not be an attempt to execute an idea – for a story, for a poem, etc – that has previously occurred to you. Rather, we would prefer you to write whatever happens to come into your head at that particular time.

The idea for this issue was inspired by 20 Lines a Day by Harry Mathews, in which the author sets out to follow a rule Stendhal once set himself, to write ‘Twenty lines a day, genius or not’. Mathews undertakes this project in an attempt to overcome ‘the anxiety of the blank page’; it becomes part of his writing practice, his way of starting off, getting in the zone, before going on to whatever his main writing project may be. We would like submissions to February 6th, 2010 to be written in the same spirit.

We will be accepting submissions to February 6th, 2010 from Saturday February 6th 2010 until Monday February 8th 2010 – thereby allowing a couple of days for typing up etc.

Maximum word count: 400

Send all work to:

Contact Details
Anthony Banks

Max Dunbar
Regional Editor Manchester

Luke Kennard
Regional Editor Birmingham

Christodoulos Makris
Regional Editor Dublin

Shaun Morrison/
Website Design

Chloe Briggs
Art Editor

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.


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