The Launch Issue Shortlist Announced

Hello readers, writers, poets and photographers. We are delighted to announce the lucky shortlisted entrants for the Your Fire Magazine Launch Issue: Catching Dreams! We would like to thank each and every one of you for submitting, and also give a huge congratulations to the shortlisted! We were amazed with the amount of entries we have received, and even more astounded with the quality of the work being submitted to us. We would also like to say a congratulations to those who were longlisted, and didn’t quite make it to the shortlist.

To help with any confusion, the number of successful entries is the number of entries we received and how many entries we had to choose the shortlist from. Now, we look at the shortlist and select the top 5 in each category, who we would like to publish in print.

The shortlisted people below, will all have a chance at being published, as we publish the top 5 in each category. Make sure you keep your eyes on the blog, as we will be announcing the people being published, and we will also be publishing the shortlisted on the blog in the next few weeks. Each week we will publish a selection of the shortlist on the blog. Please see below for the incredibly talented shortlist:


9 successful entries.

Lunch Beneath The Trees by Ann Privateer

Boastful Moon by Beverly M. Collins

Seagull In The Surf by Beverly M. Collins

Red Dragonfly by Beverly M. Collins

Joy by B. A. Brittingham

Peace by Fabrice Poussin


9 successful entries.

At Last by Victor Nandi

The Philosophy Of What by Michael Brownstein

Bars by Michael Brownstein

Epitaph by Clyde Liffey

The Lift by Cameron Phillips


21 successful entries.

Tesla by Gerard Sarnat

Indoor Garden Stuff by Gerard Sarnat

Waxwork by Katherine Gotthardt

Spring Wings by Katherine Gotthardt

Rise by Katherine Gotthardt

the colours of my heart by Andy Eycott

LIFE by Andy Eycott

Body Of Water by Andy Eycott

On The Mississippi by Michael Brownstein

Storm by Michael Brownstein


117 successful entries.

Deepest Blue by DS Maolalai

Deep In My Couch by Michael Lee Johnson

The Redemption by Michael Lee Johnson

Alberta Bound (v4) by Michael Lee Johnson

Beach Boys, Dance by Michael Lee Johnson

Sorrow by Iolanda Leotta

Life by Iolanda Leotta

Building A Better Scarecrow by Bruce McRae

Famished by Bruce McRae

Meeting With Our Dreams by Maid Corbic

Sent by Ann Privateer

Remembering by Ann Privateer

Sky Stare by Beverly M. Collins

City Life by Gerald Nikolai Smith

Showers & Rain by Michael Lee Johnson

Kansas, Old Abandoned House (v4) by Michael Lee Johnson

Then I’ll Be Happy by Kathleen Kempert

Correspondence by Michael Ceraolo

Future Prospect by Gary Beck

Survival Hopes by Gary Beck

Get Smart by Ann Privateer

Pretty Girls by Lauren Hern

dead bees by Andy Eycott

Sketch by Andy Eycott

The Parking Lot by Diana Raab

New Mexican Mountain Adventure by Ben Nardolilli

Barcelona 1 by Tony Warner

Desert Whirlwind by Thomas Alan Gray

Delighted Insistence by Aldo Quagliotte

Confessions Of A Pregnant Man by Aldo Quagliotte

To Those I’ve Wounded by Howie Good

Sunday In The Hills by Yash Seyedbagheri

Feral Love by Sunday T. Saheed

Stuff by Annemarie Timmons

Evolving Writer by Annemarie Timmons

In The Eye Of The Beholder by Annemarie Timmons

Like Moving an ocean by Fabrice Poussin


1 successful entry.

Fiction: A Strange Kind Of Magic by James Marks


2 successful entries.

Poetry: Preparation by Annemarie Timmons

Fiction: Gaze by Kai Double


14 successful entries.

Spilled Champagne And Shattered Glass by Teresa Beeding

The Lake House by Keith Hoerner

Prisoners by Howie Good

She’s the Bomb by Keith Hoerner

When Dreams Turn Graphite Gray by Keith Hoerner

Mood Swing by Lee Hammerschmidt

My Way by Lee Hammerschmidt


34 successful entries.

Wishlist by Matt McGee

Unsuccessful Movie by Christopher T. Dabrowski

Broken Night by Beverly M. Collins

Compelling Argument by Teresa Beeding

A Spot Of Bother by Peter Lingard

Face To Face by Ken Goldman

Homecoming by Francesco Grazioli

Testing My Mindfulness by Ian McNaughton

On The Doorstep by Shannon James

Day The Name by David Pitts

Spiker by Ian Tucker

The Land Across the Sea by Jacqueline Bartle

However Far, However Near by Keith Hoerner

Hands of Time by Lee Hammerschmidt

The Law of Attraction by Ejder Sevgen Raif

Home? by David Pitts

Dear Issues by David Henson

Please note:

If you haven’t heard from us by now, unfortunately you haven’t made the shortlist for the launch issue, and sadly won’t be published. Please don’t let this dishearten you – it doesn’t mean that your work won’t be published elsewhere, and it certainly doesn’t mean that you aren’t an incredibly talented poet, writer or photographer.

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