SIXPENNY is a digital and print magazine of illustrated short stories. Our stories can be classified as literary fiction, but they are also entertaining as a rule. Each issue has six stories that take six minutes to read: three are by established authors, and three are by emerging authors. All are illustrated.
ONCE UPON A TIME, there were magazines filled with illustrated stories. They created a market for writers and illustrators to hone their craft and make a living, and they gave readers a steady supply of stories they could truly enjoy. When these magazines began, some were called sixpenny magazines because they cost a sixpence - affordable enough for just about everyone. Sadly, over time these ‘everyone’ fiction magazines died, replaced by radio and television. But thanks to that little pocket computer called a smartphone, reading is something that everyone is doing again. As writers and illustrators, we have been delighted with this, but still, we felt that something was not quite right. We asked ourselves: when we have a moment to let our minds wander, where do we want to go? Sixpenny was our answer.
We put our Sixpenny idea up on Kickstarter and one day were lucky enough to be Project of the Day, which quickly doubled our funding goal. We did a submissions launch party at the Book Club in Shoreditch, London, met some great people, took the Caledonian Sleeper to hobnob at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and then came home to get our first issue together. We launched March 1, 2015 at the Bowery Poetry Club in NYC. You can see photos and video from our launch HERE!
WE ARE A CO-OPERATIVE MAGAZINE, which means the profits we make are shared with our writers and illustrators. We ask that you pay to read our stories because Sixpenny exists to bring substance and real feeling to the in-between parts of your day - we don't want to muck it up with advertisements. Still curious? You can read our interview in Electric Literature here.