There are many questions to ask yourself when thinking about starting a new literary magazine, but the most important has to be: what's the point? In order to justify the enterprise, there needs to be a clear purpose.
I want the focus of The Nottingham Review to be on the everyday. Stories written with simple language not weighed down by ornate, distracting description. Characters and situations that people can relate to. Stories about things so ordinary and familiar that the beauty to be found there is frequently overlooked.
I want this to be something that readers can enjoy. There are many digital literary magazines that publish fantastic stories, but ruin the reading experience with messy, poorly-designed websites. Here I want to give the best representation of the work that I can, through clean, simple design, and to make it available in a variety of formats.
Considering this is the first issue of a new publication, the response from people wanting to contribute has been far greater than I expected. Over 200 stories from 17 different countries were submitted for consideration, ranging from those by established and successful authors to those by writers who have never had anything published before. I am proud to include one of the latter as the opening story in this issue.
Many thanks go to Tania Hershman from ShortStops.info (a wonderful resource for anybody who loves to read or write short fiction). The quality of this issue is in no small part down to her continued support and promotion.
Thank you for reading,