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Lighthouse Bundle

A special launch bundle of Lighthouse Issue 21 and 22

Lighthouse 20 – The Flash Fiction Issue

The Flash Fiction Issue edited by Helen Rye and guest editor Christopher Allen

Published Autumn 2019

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Lighthouse 21 – The Body Issue

Issue 21 is The Body Issue – edited by Julia Webb and Anna De Vaul

Published Summer 2020

Lighthouse Subscription

A subscription to the next 4 editions of Lighthouse Journal.

All new subscribers will also receive a free copy of a back-issue edition of Lighthouse.

Lighthouse 22

Lighthouse 22 (The Breakout Issue) features poetry submitted during the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021, so, naturally it touches on those themes, However, this is not simply a lockdown issue. The poems are wide ranging in theme and scope and the features give a rare glimpse at the personal work of the editors.

Published Spring 2021


‘There have been many amazing projects to help people during the pandemic and Paperchains is one of the very best.’
HRH The Duchess of Cornwall


30 stories of lockdown, from people with experience of prison, homelessness, addiction, and families of those in the armed forces.

New Fictions Bundle (Madeleine, The Day I Killed J. D. Salinger, Source)

Purchase a bundle of the 3 New Fictions books at a discounted rate of £18.00

Bundle includes:
Madeleine by Stella Bech
The Day I Killed J. D. Salinger by Alex Carulli
Source by Rosemary Johnston

PLUS first 30 orders will get free copies of previous New Fictions winners And the Years Rolled By at an Alarming Rate by Nicola Daley and Lantern Evening by Amanthi …


The debut novella by Stella Bech.

Madeleine is everything Angela is not: charismatic, lovable, certain

A story of two people who find and lose each other, and the ways love, loss and memory shape a life.

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