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Richard Smyth on the move to Unbound

As a writer, you’re a risk. That’s part of the job. If you’re going to get anywhere – into print, on to bookshelves, into people’s heads (which is where we all really want to be) – someone somewhere is going to have to take a chance on you. Or you’re going to have to take […]

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The Northern Fiction Alliance

Dead Ink is incredibly proud to announce that it will be part of the Northern Fiction Alliance formed by Comma Press alongside And Other Stories and Peepal Tree Press. The alliance has just received a significant grant from Arts Council England’s International Showcasing Programme. Manchester-based Comma Press has been awarded £56,167 to lead the Northern […]

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Know Your Place: Essays on the Working Class

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So there we were, minding our own business on Twitter and pretending to work, when this happened… And then, this happened… So, we want to publish a book of essays on the working class written by the working class, and it looks like people really want that to happen. Which means, this is that happening! […]

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Submissions Open: EXILE

Our thoughts on what happened this weekend are difficult to put into words – there is an overwhelming sense of grief, but also something hopeful, sparked by determination. Last month we opened to submissions on the theme of New Horrors, and there was something fun about that, but also a sense of something indescribable about […]

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Submissions Now Open: New Horrors

We’re looking for stories. Scary stories! Stories that get under the skin. Stories that stay with you and come back to haunt you once the lights go off. We’re looking for new horrors. 21st Century horrors that reflect the way we live now. We want you to reinvent the genre – reimagine the nightmare. And […]

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#BestBookClub

Everyone thinks their book club is the best book club. All book clubs are pretty great, but, short of meeting up in a car park for a rumble, how do you prove that your book club is better than all the others? After all, let’s face it, reading is a competitive sport. To solve this […]

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The Shapes of Dogs’ Eyes Shortlisted for Best Novella

Harry Gallon’s funny, delightful, eloquent, entertaining, vivid, imaginative, and brilliant book, The Shapes of Dogs’ Eyes has been shortlisted for Best Novella in the Saboteur Awards! This is amazing news and to celebrate we’ve put the beautiful hardback on sale. So, what was £14 has been reduced to £10. A pretty sweet deal and one […]

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Publishing the Underground hits 100%

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Dead Ink is pleased to announce that Publishing the Underground has surpassed 100% of its funding goal. Publishing the Underground is a project supported by Arts Council England aimed at engaging authors and readers as a community to provide support to debut literary fiction. The project was established as a pilot study to assess the […]

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Protesting the Future: An Interview with Wes Brown

Wes Brown’s second novel, When Lights Are Bright is one of Dead Ink’s New Voices 2015. The book is a day in Leeds throughout which the contrarian journalist, James Oisin, covers the story of a missing schoolgirl, Chantelle Bailey. He sat down with his Editor, Nathan Connolly, to discuss the book.  Where did the book […]

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Submissions Now Open: New Voices 2016

This month we announced the launch of New Voices 2015 as part of our Publishing the Underground programme. Now we’re looking for exciting work for next year’s New Voices 2016. Submissions are now open! New Voices is Dead Ink’s annual publication of three novels from the best new and emerging writers in Britain. Last year we […]

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Extract: When Lights Are Bright

The baying mass was outside. It had begun. It made him shiver to think of the communion with thugs and heavies who smelled like his father. James Oisin stood in a satin nightgown, all hairy-legs, drinking from a shot glass. Last night, he had taken five minutes out of a boozy game of cards to […]

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Extract: The Wave

Brazil It was suffocating, like living at the bottom of a giant sweating sea, a grey iron mass that pushed down on your head inexorably. The clouds, the sky, the faintest current were all aspects of this giant ocean that encased the earth. Not even a whisper of fresh air existed down there. Any breath […]

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