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firstwriter.magazine Issue 31: Summer 2017 – Monday August 28, 2017 has just announced the launch of the penultimate issue of its long-running literary journal, firstwriter.magazine.

firstwriter.magazine has been published twice a year since 2002, making it probably one of the longest-running online journals on the internet. This 31st issue features the usual mix of quality fiction and poetry from around the world, plus the first chance to see not just the winning story from the Fifteenth International Poetry Competition, but also all ten Special Commendations. You can view the magazine by clicking here.

If you submitted work for issue 31 you can check to see if your work has been included by viewing the magazine online (click here). If your work has not been included then, unfortunately, on this occasion your submission has not been successful.

The submission window for the final issue of firstwriter.magazine has now closed, meaning that after 16 years of accepting non-stop rolling submissions of poetry and fiction from around the world, firstwriter.magazine is now permanently closed to new work. The final issue will appear in winter, 2017/18.

Thanks to everyone who has submitted since the magazine first opened its doors back in 2001. You can now find alternative magazines to submit your material to in our database of over 2,000 magazines at