Silkworms Ink began as a one-man-project in March 2010, when James Harringman began publishing poetry and fiction chapbooks online. From the off, the idea was to deliver exciting, intelligent new writing without the apologetic appearance of disposable ephemera that so many people settle for on the internet.
It took about a month for word to spread. Submissions started coming in from all over the world – from America, Pakistan, France, Ireland. The inbox bulged, and Silkworms Ink became a team-effort.
Jon Ware, Sam Kinchin-Smith and Phil Brown were brought in as editors and Silkworms became a digital publisher of eclectica, a purveyor of literary mixtapes, and a weekly-themed quasi-magazine featuring daily instalments of critical writing on Poetry, Fiction, Music and now-infamous ‘Wider Reading,’ without stopping publishing weekly selections from the exponentially growing number of chapbook submissions.
The site continued to swell in terms of output and readership for the next year, which saw us release consistently superb work from new writers alongside a growing number of established poets, critics and authors who were also keen to contribute. These two strands crashed together gloriously in our most ambitious project yet: L, our 50th Chapbook-Anthology.
Our latest incarnation, which includes a Rowan, our very own (sort of) Live Events Producer, represents the natural next step after L. We are committed to helping writers, new and established, find new readerships in a publishing environment where overheads are low and a genuine sense of creative partnership, rather than ownership, can therefore thrive. We are here to deliver high quality, original poetry, music, fiction, theatre, and everything in between, directly to your computer screen, iPad, Kindle, mobile telephone or local pub (see live events).
If you think you’d like to work with us, please take a look at our submissions guidelines. And for more information about our unique publishing ethos, see ‘BOOKFAIRTRADE’.