The New MacGuffin

Comma Press, an independent publisher based in Manchester, specialising in short fiction, have built a digital literature platform called MacGuffin, which hosts short stories and poetry in text and audio form.

Jim Hinks, Comma Press’s Digital Editor says: “Anyone can upload a poem or short story, so long as they also upload a reading. This doesn’t have to be professionally recorded – we want to encourage writers to follow the lead of amateur podcasters, who in recent years have shown that technical barriers to entry have fallen away.”

MacGuffin has a tagging system, to help readers their curate content. Anyone can add tags to anyone else’s poem to describe it, or add it to a reading list. This enables users to search for content based on themes and create their own playlists.

Jim says: “We hope it’ll be a useful resource for authors who want to promote their short story collection. You can upload a sample story (we don’t ask for exclusivity) and link it back to point-of-sale, where readers can buy the book.”

 

The website can be found at macguffin.io. Android and iOS Apps will follow.

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About Donna Scott

Chair of the BSFA since June 2013. Prior to this I was Awards Administrator, taking over that role from Claire Briarley in 2008. I am officially Donna Bond since getting married in May 2013, but continue to write and perform under my previous name, Donna Scott. My short fiction stories have been published in various anthologies and magazines, and I was winner of the inaugural Short Cuts at the MAC in 2005. As a comedian, I have performed all over the UK. Comedy has also given me the opportunity to perform alongside big names like Sarah Millican and Jasper Carrott! As a poet, I've also performed all over the place, including lots of science fiction conventions, and sometimes my poetry and comedy get kind of mixed up. I was the first official Bard of Northampton, it's true. I've got a tankard that says so... I love being a part of the BSFA - I've always been a devourer of books and being part of this association has enabled me to explore some great science fiction classics - and classics of the future, that I might otherwise have not heard about. I've met some lovely people with an enthusiasm for the genre, made firm friends, and got to meet some of my favourite writers, too! As a writer, I also have to say that FOCUS is the best magazine for writers I've ever come across - and as a member I get that for free. Who wouldn't want to be a part of this?

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