404 Ink Issue 4: not quite goodbye, but...

Happy New Year, folks. We made an announcement at our Issue 3 launch back in December which is finally getting made online: Issue 4 of our literary magazine will be our last... for now.

We love the literary magazine, but increasingly our time and efforts are stretched across too many projects at once. As such, we want to ensure the literary magazine isn't just being banged out every six months because we said it would be - we want to make sure we have the time and energy to publish the magazine properly. 

So, Issue 4 is our only magazine of 2018. We don't know when the magazine will return, but for now, at least, we'll be skipping at least one cycle to catch our breath and focus on the books for a while. We can feel time gradually getting away from us and want to take a break when we're still in control of things, get better systems in place, and come back swinging.

There's still time to submit your fiction, non-fiction, poetry and comics in English and Scottish Gaelic - the deadline is towards the end of February, but we wanted to give you a heads up what our plans are.

For guidelines and where to submit to, visit our Submissions page.

❄ 404's Christmas shindigs ❄

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In the midst of the Creeper tour, we nipped back and on our one day off we decided to throw our magazine launch with our pals Interrobang?! and get some Christmas celebrations in for good measure with Ross McCleary, Siobhan Shields, Helen McClory, Kaite Welsh, Jack Hinks and Fiona Liddell.

Then just under a week later, we threw a straight up Christmas party in our first proper Glasgow event complete with readings from Chris McQueer, Kirsty Logan and Ren Aldridge, and feminist badasses Fistymuffs.

It's been a whirlwind of a year, and it was great to close of 2017 with so many amazing people and performers. Thanks to everyone who came along - we really appreciate it!

EDINBURGH - ISSUE 3 LAUNCH

Photos by Sinéad Grainger

GLASGOW - CHRISTMAS PARTY

We Shall Fight Until We Win.

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Another blog, another big announcement! We're bloody chuffed to be working with our pals at BHP Comics to release the graphic novel anthology We Shall Fight Until We Win, in celebration of the centenary of the first wave of women gaining the right to vote in the UK, and the many pioneering women who have been, and are part of the ongoing fight.

From suffragettes like Emmeline Pankhurst and Sophia Duleep Singh, through the ‘firsts’ in politics like Nancy Astor, the first female member of Parliament to take her seat, and Diane Abbott, the first black woman to hold a seat in the House of Commons, to many of the women heading up politics today, this graphic novel tells their stories - some well-known, some less so - by a mix of contributors to celebrate the landmark and achievements of many incredible women.

We are still compiling their list of contributors and are open to submissions from comic creators. Submissions of example work can be sent to subs@bhpcomics.com

We Shall Fight Until We Win publishes in June 2018. Pre-orders for the project will be launched on Kickstarter in January 2018. You can follow @404ink and @bhp_comics on Twitter for the latest.