What’s going on?

Now with the stirrings having been a month ago, and no real sounds from us apart from us changing our Twitter avatar, or hinting that ‘exciting developments are coming soon’. You may be wandering why has there been no developments, exciting or otherwise, and why hasn’t a magazine materialised.

Well, it turns out that producing a magazine of high quality, especially one that doesn’t fit work to the available space left after selling adverts, isn’t quite as easy, or cheap, as we thought. Rest assured we are working as hard as two men with full time jobs can work, which is bloody hard indeed — we have meetings in the Hare and Hounds every week without fail. The magazine is being laid out and as you can see we now have a snazzy logo (look up damn you).

Now don’t feel sorry for us, this project is a labour of love and as such we want to assure we are committed to make it happen. We are also working hard to come up with some fundraising ideas to supplement the large amount of money we are both putting up to get the magazine printed. We hope we can start offering you guys opportunities to support the project real soon. As has been mentioned before we intend to find ways of funding the magazine with a series of different business models that don’t include compromising the quality or integrity of the magazine itself.

Please watch this space or our twitter profile @dirtybristowmag for some exciting developments real soon. Soon like this week, honest.

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Words, now pictures

We’ve just come back from sitting in a darkened canalside room reading all of the writing submissions for issue one of Dirty Bristow… stunning quality, some short some long, all different styles — it’s shaping up to be great.

Now we need to get the pictures sorted — the idea is to have one person work on a visual accompaniment to each piece of writing, so we need a good few illustrators, photographers, designers, artists. Anyone who makes pictures.

There’s no money, but you will get a copy of the most beautiful magazine we can make and hopefully it’ll be enjoyable too.

If that sounds cool, drop us a line at editorial@dirtybristow.co.uk and include a link to some of your stuff. We’ll then match an illustrator with each of the articles, send you the text and let you get on with it.

We want to get this sorted fairly quickly, so you’ll get a couple of weeks to work on your thing.

[we’ve got everything for issue one now, thanks. Watch this space for issue two]

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Wanna write?

Fancy doing something for Dirty Bristow, our magazine project for good writing?

Now the piece can be as long as you want and about anything you want. Our only request is that it’s good, if not bloody amazing. Seeing as our mythical standard of ‘good’ is unknown, we advise you use your own judgement on this. This is an opportunity to take risks, to write with brooding and terrible power, or, if the mood strikes, the lightest of whimsy.

Our editorial policy will be the merest of subbing, any major changes and we will ask for a rewrite.

Given that when handed completely free reign to choose what to do, most writers, and creative people in general, seize up. We decided to theme each issue. The first issue appropriately enough is ‘Birth’.

We would very much like to start gathering the work for our first issue so have set an arbitrary deadline of the end of March. Please send your work plus any notes for preference of layout/illustration/diagrams to editorial@dirtybristow.co.uk.

There’s no money involved here, if you write something that gets printed you’ll get a copy of the most beautiful magazine we can expunge from the contributions and an invite to a cracking do.

[we’ve got everything for issue one now, thanks. Watch this space for issue two]

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