STORGY was founded in 2013 by Tomek Dzido and Anthony Self as a means by which to explore the short story form and engage with readers and artists alike. An online literary short story magazine consisting of a core group of dedicated writers, STORGY aims to inspire artistic collaboration and provide opportunities for creative minds to meet.
STORGY seeks to publish and promote exceptional literary fiction whilst providing authors with the opportunity to reach a wider literary audience. We take pride in discovering new and emerging talent, whilst also celebrating the work of established writers. If you have a passion for short fiction and an urge to weld with ink, read on to discover more about STORGY and our mission.
At STORGY we search for short stories which challenge literary conventions and experiment with genre, style, form and content. We are looking for innovative fiction which examines the human condition and explores the struggle of survival. We want writing which forces the reader to face the reality in which we live, or the illusions in which we hide. We want soul, be it broken or bruised, or endless and almighty. Tell us, teach us, transform us.
We are also extremely keen to collaborate with other artists. Whether you are a painter, illustrator, photographer, or thinker, we seek creative folk with whom to explore new ways of creating short fiction. If you would like to submit artwork or discuss collaborating with us, drop us a line and introduce yourself. Our mission is to mingle. Welcome.
Tomek Dzido is a London based writer. He is the author of three novels, Anamnesis, Spit and Polish, and Mind The Gap, and a short story collection Soapsuds Island. He holds an MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University and is currently lost in the writing of his second collection; Lockdown Land. In 2013, his short story Ya Get Me was a semi finalist in The New Guard Literary Review Machigonne Fiction Contest. Further short stories have been published in The Alarmist and Front & Centre. You can read some of his stories here.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, HEAD OF SHORT FICTION – ANTHONY SELF
Anthony Self is a London based writer. He Co-founded STORGY with Tomek Dzido in the hope of exploring the short story format and engaging with other artists and writers. He began writing theatre scripts and one of his short plays ‘Maybe the moon didn’t want Armstrong’ was performed at Hampstead Theatre. His love for prose was bolstered when he entered a short story competition and Margaret Atwood commented that his style was Kafka-esque. He has also directed several music videos and short films, one of which, Anticipation won an award judged by British film maker Shane Meadows. His first novel, Birthday Treat, will be released in October 2021.
Ross Jeffery is a Londoner based in Bristol – a long time friend and collaborator with Tomek and Anthony and is an avid reader of an eclectic mix of fiction. Ross has been published in print and online in various magazines such as Schlock Magazine, Idle Ink, About Magazine TX, Soft Cartel and Project 13 Dark. He is the Bram Stoker nominated and Splatterpunk Award nominated author of Tome, Juniper & Tethered. Ross has been published in print with with a number of anthologies. His work has also appeared in various online journals. Ross has a Degree in Media Arts and Video Production and was recruited into the role of Marketing & Social Media by STORGY for his expertise and success in this field. Ross is the head of our book department working closely with authors, publishers and publicists.
ROSS JEFFERY – Head of Books
Ross Jeffery is a Bristol based writer and short story film director. He is a long time collaborator with Tomek and Anthony and is an avid reader of an eclectic mix of fiction. A lover of the Short Story who has written with Tomek Dzido an unreleased anthology called ‘The Bog Blog’. Ross is currently working on a Science Fiction Novel called ‘Alcon Blue’ which will appear in STORGY Magazine in the future. Ross has a Degree in Media Arts and Video Production and has been recruited into the role of Marketing & Social Media by STORGY for his expertise and success in this field
JOSEPH SALE – Reviewer
Joseph Sale is a Graphic-Horror writer, editor, gamer and creative. Originally from Bournemouth he studied English with Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham.
He is a regular contributor on GameSpew. His short stories have appeared in magazines and journals such as Silver Blade, Edgar Allan Poet Journal 2#, NonBinary Review and Fiction Vortex. His story ‘Descent’ was chosen for Dark Hall Press’s Technological Horror Anthology. His first horror novel The Darkest Touch was released in April 2014, published by Dark Hall Press. He was nominated for the Sundress Award for Literary Excellence 2014. He has since gone on to author Seven Dark Stars, Across the Bitter Sea, Orifice and The Meaning of the Dark.
Author of ‘The Darkest Touch’
JOSEPH SURTEES – Reviewer
Joseph lives in London. He wonders why more people don’t read Bruce Chatwin.
Personal blog: https://medium.com/@JosephSurtees
JESSICA GREGORY – Reviewer
Jessica is a London based writer and editor. By day she is a Librarian and consequently one of an increasingly endangered species, by night she attempts some constructive (and some not so constructive), creative and critical scribblings. She was Reviews Editor with Inky Needles before its sad demise (not so constructive) and her short stories have been published with The Unstituite, Words With Jam and Storgy (more constructive). She writes reviews of literature with Sabotage Reviews and occasionally attempts her own rambling theoretical and cultural articles on her own platform, dengeneratesblog. She studied Cultural and Critical Theory at Brighton University (whatever that means) and she is forever getting lost, but is never without a book, or two.
MATT BRANDENBURG – Reviewer
BARBARA FIESCHI-JONES – Reviewer
ANTHONY SELF – Head of Fiction
Anthony Self is a London based writer. He Co-founded STORGY with Tomek Dzido in the hope of exploring the short story format and engaging with other artists and writers. He began writing theatre scripts and one of his short plays ‘Maybe the moon didn’t want Armstrong’ was performed at Hampstead Theatre. His love for prose was bolstered when he entered a short story competition and Margaret Atwood commented that his style was Kafka-esque. He has also directed several music videos and short films, one of which, Anticipation won an award judged by British film maker Shane Meadows. His novel, Birthday Treat, will be released in October 2021.
STORGY consists of the following contributors:
You can check out their profiles and read all their previous publications by clicking on the tabs at the top of the page.
We would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to support and share the work of our contributors and guest writers.
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