Neon Books

Publisher info

Welcome to Neon magazine. We publish literary and slipstream short-form writing. We err towards the dark, and like to experiment with language and form. We have a particular taste for the apocalyptic.

Neon is based in the UK, and is published online and in print every quarter. We publish writers from anywhere in the world, and everything we publish is available for free online (although we are very happy when readers donate or buy print copies, as it helps us keep on publishing).

Smashwords Interview

What is Neon Literary Magazine?
Neon is a UK-based literary magazine published three times a year in print and online. It features a mix of literary and slipstream short-form writing, including poetry, fiction and various experimental forms. The magazine is free to read online, and inexpensive to buy in print. Neon publishes writers from all over the world.
Where can I purchase a print copy, or find out more about Neon?
To purchase a print copy, subscribe, read archived issues, or get in touch with the editor, please visit the website There you'll also be able to find out about our other projects and publications.
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Where to find Neon Books online

Where to buy in print

The Death Of The Motherless Kitten
Price: Free! Words: 1,360. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2016 by Neon Books. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(2.50 from 2 reviews)
Huang Kaishan's haunting story "The Death Of The Motherless Kitten" first appeared in issue thirty-eight of Neon, all the way back in 2014. In that year, it was one of our Pushcart Prize nominations. In it, a hapless narrator tells and retells a story about seeing a lost kitten by the side of the road.
Price: Free! Words: 1,500. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2015 by Neon Books. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Matthew Di Paoli's short story "Quicksand" first appeared in issue thirty-nine of Neon. It's a dark little tale about a man who finds himself stuck in a patch of quicksand while on his way to the butcher. As the story progresses he sinks deeper and deeper, while the world around him continues apace - not even a visit from his parents or a new prospective love interest can save him from sinking.
But Always Meeting Ourselves
Price: Free! Words: 2,150. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2015 by Neon Books. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
"The time machine first arrived during the summer. I was outside, mowing the lawn, when it insinuated itself into the shrubbery." So begins "But Always Meeting Ourselves", a darkly comic tale by Leo Hunt about gardening, memories and the terrible consequences of being able to go back.

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