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Ellipsis Zine



Thanks Steve - A Dream of Yesterday has really stayed with me and was probably my fave. I loved Girls' Night In, 1+1=3, Recovery, and Daisy Chain. So much lovely writing here. I'll send a few questions by email - thank you! - JaneThanks Steve - A Dream of Yesterday has really stayed with me and was probably my fave. I loved Girls' Night In, 1+1=3, Recovery, and Daisy Chain. So much lovely writing here. I'll send a few questions by email - thank you! – JaneEllipsis Zine, launched in June this year, is the brainchild of writer Steve Campbell. He decided to create the online literary magazine ‘on a whim’ and thought he would only receive a handful of submissions, having to bulk out the website with his own work. But Steve says he has been ‘blown away by the response’ and he publishes three or four new pieces of work each week and sadly has to decline many more. In order to accept more work, Steve felt the natural next step would be to create a printed publication. And so, the magazine One was created.


I’ve had the wonderful opportunity of reviewing One before it’s released at the end of the month and….wow! The publication contains fifty-seven pieces of flash. Fifty-seven stories that resonate, make my heart swell, cause me to laugh, and make my eyes leak. Ten of the pieces have already been published online and the remainder were written in response to the prompt word ‘One’. A fitting prompt for the first printed magazine.



Stories have a maximum word count of 1,000 words, making the magazine ideal for dipping in and out of. Several stories have really moved me and I keep rereading them to reinforce their echoes. Daisy Chain by Debbi Voisey, Sainsbury Sorrow by Louise Mangos and 1+1=3 by Jennifer Harvey are sad tales of love. Expedition by Stephanie Hutton verges on horror, and Nick Black’s Yard Sale is a heart-breaking story told in just two lines.

The Crack in Everything by Samuel J Fox surprised me. My father passed away recently and at the service, the vicar spoke of the crack in everything and referenced Leonard Cohen: ‘there’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in’. This story melded with my own still raw feelings of loss.


 And Recovery by Brandy Wilkinson describes a family relationship complicated by alcoholism – a subject I am familiar with.


Steve Campbell

Steve says that originally he’d thought he would just give contributors a free copy (the printed copy costs £5 while the digital is £3) but after a conversation with author Richard de Nooy about authors being paid for their work, Steve decided that contributors would receive royalties as well as a free copy.


 Depending on the success of One, Steve has ideas for further issues. Ellipsis Zine is a solo project with occasional help from family and friends. Steve receives no funding for the online content or the printed magazine and most of his spare time is spent on the two projects (yes, he does have a day job!). That said, Steve says that he is itching to start work on a second magazine….and I, for one, can’t wait to see this as a regular publication.

This joyous collection of written pieces explores many aspects of life. The stories creep around in your mind, subtly opening doors and cupboards that you thought were closed. Memories tipple out to be examined again, blanketed protectively by the words of another soul. This is why we read. And this is why we write. To explore our own experiences and imaginations through our own words and those of others.



Check out Ellipsis Zine to purchase One.

19.10.17

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