- Transmission (magazine)
Transmission is a literary magazine in the
Transmission was founded in 2004 by Dan McTiernan and Graham Foster. Printed in
Manchester, it was originally chiefly concerned with finding and championing unpublished authors from the North of England. However, as the magazine grew in popularity it began to accept submissions from all over the UK (although it still remains loyal to Manchester). Since its launch, it has featured short stories and interviews with a range of notable literary figures including Doris Lessing, Toby Littand (in September 2006) Dave Eggers.
The magazine has been largely praised for combining a literary content with striking design. From the first issue, the design has been overseen by Jo Phillips. In 2006 Transmission began to hand-print its front covers, the design of which is conducted by Edwin Pickstone at The
Glasgow School of Art.
In January 2006, Dan McTiernan left the magazine to pursue other interests, leaving Graham Foster as the sole editor.
In October 2006, Transmission sponsored events at both
The Times Cheltenham Literature Festivaland the Manchester Literature Festival. In Cheltenham, Transmission was the sponsor of a reading by noted author Marina Warner, and in Manchesterthe magazine sponsored a talk by Palestinian novelist Samir El Youssef.
Transmission is a non-profit publication, and everybody involved in its production is a volunteer. It is published tri-annually.
Transmission has interviewed:
A. L. Kennedy
Every issue Transmission features very varied articles of a literary basis. Articles have ranged from a behind the scenes look at the
Royal Exchange Theatrein Manchesterto a feature on two of Britain's leading literary festivals. The magazine has also examined the meaning of death in the novel and written about Douglas Coupland's debut stage play, "September 10th 2001".
In a regular section, entitled "Writer's Block", literary professionals offer writing guidance. Notable contributors to this section include novelists
Paul Magrs, Ian McGuireand Ray Robinson. Publishers such as Comma Press's Ra Pageand Carcanet's Michael Schmidthave also written articles for this section.
Transmission was founded in order to publish short fiction from unpublished writers. Each issue, the fiction is based around a theme, some of which have included "Identity", "Nature" and "Time". These themes are broad and have been interpreted in a variety of ways by featured writers.
Each issue also includes a "Micro-Fiction" section, which consists of short stories that are under 500 words in length.
Every story is illustrated by up-and-coming illustrators, providing the magazine with its unique look.
* "A well-judged balance of fiction, interviews and articles - reading it feels like it might do you a favour, not the other way round." (City Life)
* "touching" "entertaining" and "pulls off one of the hardest tricks in fiction..." (Time Out)
* In 2006 Transmission won the [http://www.incwriters.co.uk/award.htm Incwriters Magazine Award] for outstanding contribution to literature.
* [http://www.transmissionhq.org Transmission homepage]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/manchester/content/articles/2006/02/28/transmission_interview_feature.shtml Interview with Graham Foster]
* [http://books.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,,1819750,00.html Guardian review (July 2006)]
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