The Bowen Street Press All Fiction Zine

People talk about escapism as if it’s a bad thing … Once you’ve escaped, once you come back, the world is not the same as when you left it. You come back to it with skills, weapons, knowledge you didn’t have before. Then you are better equipped to deal with your current reality.

― Neil Gaiman


Newly part of The Bowen Street Press, we’re a group of students with a zest for the wacky, the creepy, the strange.

We’re looking for all types of fiction with a touch of magic realism, urban fantasy or science fiction for lovers of escapism. Everything from poetry to flash prose as well as illustrations, photography, collages and concrete poetry. Anything and everything fictitious, we’re open to all of your quirky ideas.

This zine will be published in hard-copy and online late May 2018 with The Bowen Street Press. All submissions should be emailed to:


Submission Guidelines

  • All written submissions should be at a polished standard and must be written in size 12 font Times New Roman with 1.5 spacing and 2.54cm margins.
  • Prose pieces must be 1000 words max.
  • Poetry pieces must fit onto one A4 sheet of paper.
  • Photos and illustrations must be submitted as a JPG file in high resolution.
  • File should be named as [Draft] Title_Name (e.g. [Draft] Story_MaryPoppins).
  • Unfortunately as a student led zine, no work will be paid for. But we’ll send you a heap of virtual hugs for being awesome and you’ll get a copy of the zine upon publication. And (of course) you’ll be a published writer which is always super cool.*
  • Email submissions with the subject: Submission: Fiction/Poetry/Art, Author Name (e.g. Submission: Fiction, Mary Poppins).
  • We’re looking for muted tones and a cool colour palette. Think monochrome with a pop of colour.

Submission Deadline:

  • Tuesday, March 20th 5pm.

* Successful authors/artists will always retain non-exclusive copyright over their works however the zine publishers will own copyright in the volume form.


Potential Prompts (If You’re Stuck)

  • Escapism
  • Slipstream Fiction
  • Magic Realism
  • Urban Science Fiction
  • Cities
  • The paranormal among the normal
  • Vampires (not the sparkly kind), werewolves, ghosts, witches, any and all spooky creatures.
  • Fairy tale retellings
  • Urban legends
  • Gothic urban
  • Dreamscapes
  • Being lost/being found
  • Superstition
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Kurt Vonnegut
  • Myths/fairy tales


Contact Us:


Instagram: @thebowenstreetpresszine

Twitter: @bspzine



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