An introduction to the fourth edition


We are proud to present our fourth edition of Northern Gravy. Three pieces of KitLit, three pieces of Fiction and three selections from Poetry. As ever the quality was super high, making our job harder each time.

We really hope you love our selections as much as we do, feel free to let us know your thoughts on each piece and keep your eyes peeled for the next submission window opening soon for edition number five.

A word from our Poetry Editor, Ralph Dartford

For the 4th edition of Northern Gravy, our poetry editor, Ralph Dartford  has selected poems that reflect the human condition. From health to heartbreak and the endless ambition of hope. Enjoy!

A word from our Fiction Editor, Nick Jones

In response to these uncertain times, our fiction editor Nick Jones has chosen pieces that unsettle, disorient and deliberately unseat you. All are brilliant examples of the strange and unexpected places fiction can take us, and the power it can exert on us once it draws us in. Whether it be through the nightmare world of the fable, through a use of exquisite prose to mask revolting acts, or through a reveal of a trauma, Nick hopes these pieces cause you to reflect on your own work and what may lie between its lines.

A word from our KidLit Editor, Jonny Syer

Our KitLit edtior, Jonny Syer, has chosen pieces that do not avoid the challenges of current times. With themes of isolation, self doubt and hint of optimism for the future. He hopes you enjoy the pieces as Northern Gravy continues to champion writers of Middle Grade and Young Adult.

This editions guest blog

Our fourth article is written by Yvonne Battle-Felton – Finding your 555. Yvonne discusses the need to find, make, or create time to do the things you love.

We hope you enjoy reading our fourth edition as much as we have enjoyed curating it. Northern Gravy continues to break down barriers by paying every writer they feature.

As ever, we would like to thank our friends and advisors: Arts Council EnglandSheffield Hallam UniversityNew Writing NorthWriting on the WallSpread the WordHarper NorthWriting East Midlands and Bradford Literature Festival.

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