An introduction to the third edition


We are proud to present our third edition of Northern Gravy. Three pieces of MG/YA, three pieces of Fiction and three selections from Poetry. As we grow, the standard continues to rise and our job as editors becomes harder and harder.

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 four. 

A word from our Poetry Editor, Ralph Dartford

Ralph Dartford says of his selection of poets for this edition: ‘The poets chosen demonstrate a wide range of styles and themes. From motorway detritus, and the sadness of beleaguered northern towns, to birds running swiftly and the cruel wall that humanity builds. Enjoy and wonder as these fantastic poems.

A word from our Fiction Editor, Nick Jones

Nick has chosen three pieces united by a common element of surprise. A surprise discovery, a shock and an unexpected twist that makes you re-evaluate the narrative. The three works here represent a masterclass in the art of unseating the reader, whether that be to scare, to warm the heart, or to break it.

A word from our Middle Grade/Young Adult Editor, Jonny Syer

Jonny Syer has selected pieces with a theme of family. Love them or hate them, our lives are determined by those around us and those who brought us into this world. Humour and wit, grief and regret, we are all the result of our upbringing.

This editions guest blog

Our third article is written by Roy (PJ Smith)Import/Export. Roy’s visceral, hybrid short story blog speaks truth to struggle and how words can change a life.

We hope you enjoy reading our third 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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