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A Note from the Editor

After three print issues and several years of online stories, we are closing our Oblong-shaped doors. We won’t be publishing any new work, but the archives will remain online.

It’s been a real pleasure publishing such high-quality pieces of flash fiction, so I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has read or contributed to Oblong over the years!
– Jo Beckett-King
Oblong Magazine

Oblong I due out 1st September 2012!

The debut issue features fiction from the (former) wild horse-tamer, zinc-smelter worker, flag-pole painter, post office worker and cave-dweller Catfish McDaris, a veteran of the small press world, whose biggest seller was Prying, a chapbook with Jack Micheline & one Charles Bukowski.

40+ pages of short, short fiction from both knowns and unknowns for £2.95.

Click here to pre-order a copy of the debut issue from our online shop.

Oblong I will be released on 1st September 2012 – if you buy one now we will put your name straight down on our oblong-shaped list and will send one in the post as soon as it is released.


This Oblong is now full to the brim

Ladies and Gentlemen, the first issue of Oblong is now full so we are temporarily closed to submissions.

The debut issue is out in 12 short weeks, so do check back then to read the first piece and to find out how to buy a nice printed copy.

If you’re interested in contributing to the second issue we should be reopening submissions in late August/early September. We’ll let you know!

Also, for those interested, a quick google search tells me that the following celebrities all have Oblong-shaped faces:


Jessica Alba


Tyra Banks

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National Flash Fiction Day – 16th May

It is nine short days until National Flash Fiction Day (16th May), the UK’s first annual celebration of very short, short fiction. It’s too late to submit any work for this year’s competitions, but you may want to look at to see what’s happening.

If you don’t feel like getting involved, here’s our antisocial quote of the day:

“There is nothing in the world that I loathe more than group activity, that communal bath where the hairy and the slippery mix in a multiplication of mediocrity.”

Vladimir Nabokov

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Now on Duotrope!

We are pleased to announce that Oblong is now listed on the excellent writers’ resource, Duotrope:

If you enter a piece for publication, please report the outcome of your submission and our response times to Duotrope.

Also, inane thought for the day #1: ‘Oblong’ is an anagram of ‘blog on’.

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Hello and welcome to Oblong

Oblong is a new literary magazine based in Brixton, London.

We are now accepting submissions for the first issue, to be released in August 2012.

The print edition will be 8″ x 5″ and will feature a selection of short fiction by writers from the UK and abroad. From August, one piece will be featured online every week.

We hope to hear from you soon!

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