Thursday, 10 October 2013

Prole covers

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Thursday, 29 August 2013

On teh wireless - link to listen

Lovely interview for Sue Millard about Ash Tree on BBC Radio Cumbria with Gordon Swindlehurst. Scroll to about 1 hr 10 mins. Right after Dusty Springfield's Middle of Nowhere.

Monday, 26 August 2013

Tune in your wireless!

For those of you who can get BBC Radio Cumbria, listen out for an interview with Sue Millard on Gordon Swindlehurst's lunchtime slot. Sue and Gordon will be talking about Ash Tree, and, we hope, Prole! We'll post a link to iPlayer when it becomes available. 

Only 35 days to get your Prolitzer Prize for prose writing to us. £200 in prizes and publication on offer. Full details here:

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Ash Tree article

Lovely article for Ash Tree and Sue Millard from the Cumberland and Westmorland Herald.

Monday, 12 August 2013

It's here!

Prole up, Prole up! Issue 11 is now available from our website - subscribers' copies were posted out this morning.As always it is packed with quality and engaging short fiction and poetry. Also available is Sue Millard's poetry pamphlet/chapbook 'Ash Tree': 

Ash Tree is a poetic testament of love and grief; the journey of a grandchild's battle through cancer with grandmother as witness and chronicler. The poems touch on hope, anger, frustration, despair and love. Yet, the poet curbs sentimentality, resulting in writing that has a weight, balance and assurance that engages the reader. 

In her forewod Gill McEvoy writes: It has been a privilege to be asked to write this short foreword: Millard has expressed Naomi’s story and her own feelings so strongly and so poignantly that I have felt deeply moved by this collection. I sincerely wish it and its publishers every success.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

It's all happening - nearly!

Exciting times at Prole. Issue 11 should be available within the week - just waiting on printers. Along with issue 11, we are also releasing Sue Millard's pamphlet, Ash Tree. It's an excellent short collection of powerful poetry. We'll be posting more about it here very soon.
Our Prolitzer Prize for prose writing is open for entries until the end of September. Plenty of time to get your masterpiece to us.
And finally, next week, we meet for one of our regular editorials. If you have anything you'd like us to consider, mention it here and we'll put it on the agenda - right after, 'It's your round, Brett.'

Monday, 29 July 2013

Of printing, prizes, submissions and sales.

We are open to submissions for future issues - and of course, The Prolitzer Prize for prose writing is still open to entries. This is the last week of the Prole sale - so if you want to bag a bargain, head for our home page:  where you'll find everything you need to know.

Monday, 22 July 2013

Abergele office.

The Prole, Abergele office is undergoing refurbishment. Opening date the 16th - just in time for our August editorial. Good luck to all at the George.
Even though service at the George is interrupted, normal Proley service remains.

Monday, 8 July 2013

Bank accounts?

Any of you here in the UK who can recommend a good, simple business account that doesn't cost the earth? HSBC have decided to ramp up their charges to something we feel is extortionate. Heard on the grapevine they have a new chief exec - D Turpin -CBE - soon to be Knight of the Realm.

Monday, 1 July 2013

Issue 11

Issue eleven of Prole is coming together well - but it's still not too late to get your submissions in and be considered. Details here:

Monday, 10 June 2013


The Prole eds spent a lovely weekend in Abergele as we were visited by poet Wendy Pratt and husband Chris. All of us are awaiting a rebate from Guinness.
As most are aware Prole never sleeps (just passes out on occasion) so don't forget our Prolitzer Prize for prose writing (we are very privileged to have Jaki McCarrick as this year's judge) and our limited sale on Prole back issues
Treat yourself.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013


Back in issue 5 we published Monkey Stops Whistling by David R Morgan. It seems this poem is heavily plagiarised from Colin Morton’s Empty Bottles. Other poems, published elsewhere under Morgan’s name, also appear to be plagiarised. Trust between us and our contributors has always been strong – and we aim to keep it that way. Prole has operated transparently from the start and we expect others to be transparent with us. It is not possible to check every submission for plagiarism - and while we are very disappointed - we are very grateful this information has come our way and we can set the record straight. We do not condone any lynch mob mentality – but we do strongly condemn Morgan’s actions and excuses and disassociate ourselves from him.

Apologies to Colin Morton.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Reading in Leeds - if you can make it.

Our very own Wendy Pratt is a featured reader at Poetry by Heart in Headingly, 29th May, 7.30pm. Wendy will be reading from Nan Hardwicke Turns into a Hare (available from our website) and new material. Admission is free, so if you’re near Leeds in ten days time, give it a whirl. You won’t be disappointed.

The HEART Centre Café, Headingley
Bennet Road, Leeds LS6 3HN
For more information contact

Monday, 13 May 2013

Cover photography

It's not all about the writing at Prole. We've been lucky enough to have been offered some great cover art. All our covers can be seen in one place here: If you fancy submitting some cover art, check the submissions page on our website.
Comments welcome on the covers.

Monday, 22 April 2013

Poetry, anyone?

Due to the success of Michael Crowley’s first poetry pamphlet, we have decided to reprint and relaunch. In their review of Close to Home, Sabotage wrote: Sabotage wrote: It’s a pamphlet of assured maturity and quiet strength. Michael recently read from Close to Home at the Dukes Theatre, Lancaster and was very well received.
After its success at the Manchester 24/7 festival and the Bolton Octagon Theatre, Michael’s latest play, The Cell, is being shown at the Unity Theatre in Liverpool May 7th to 9th. (I’ve seen it, and I highly recommend it.)
Michael will be in Liverpool and Close to Home will be available to purchase there. It can also be bought from our website here:

The latest issue of Prole, packed with quality writing, including a short story and a new poem by Michael, is also available from our website.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Issue 10, out now!

Eeeyup (says the non-Welsh co-editor - and the Welsh co-editor still tries to decipher if that is English or not) issue 10 of Prole is now available through our website as usual it is packed with engaging poetry and prose and features the winner and runners up of this year's Prole Laurate Poetry Competition. Go on, wet your whistle.

Monday, 18 March 2013

One left!

We have one more available copy of issue 9 available. Who wants it?
Many thanks to those who have already purchased.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Indie book stores

News From Nowhere, Bold Street, Liverpool, stock Prole. If you're in the vicinity, call in there to have a browse of what we have to offer and at the same time support one of our few, remaining, independent bookstores.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013


Out of interest, is there anybody out there using Duotrope as a paid member? If so, do you find it better or worse?
And don’t forget, the Prole Laureate poetry competition closes midnight this Thursday. (If your postal entry dawdles in a day or so late, don’t worry.) Details on the website:

Monday, 21 January 2013

Prole Laureate 2013

The Prole Laureate competition has about three weeks to run. This year, our judge is DA Prince. Cash prizes and publication are on offer. If you have a great poem lurking on your hard drive or in your bottom drawer, why not give us a go? Full details here:

Monday, 7 January 2013

Coming up...

It's 2013 and here's hoping for another good year for Prole and our readers and contributors.
Three issues to come in the year, bursting with quality poetry and prose, and two competitions - closing date for this year's Prole Laureate poetry competition is February 14th (how romantic!)
see here for details
Happy New Year.