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February Marks Launch of New Literary Magazine

Elizabeth Leonard

The first issue of Sixpenny Magazine will launch on Feb. 14. Each issue of Sixpenny has six illustrated short stories that take six minutes to read: three by widely published authors and three by emerging authors.
The magazine's name pays homage to the popular magazines of illustrated stories that sold for a sixpence in the bygone age of fiction reading that crossed all socio-economic lines. The magazine pays contributors an up-front fee and operates as a cooperative magazine, sharing the profits from its digital sales equally with all of its writers and illustrators. 
These pocket-sized stories were conceived as a way to use the mobile phone to bring the joy of reading to everyone. There also is a limited-edition print issue. 
A successful Kickstarter campaign last summer was awarded the coveted 'Project of the Day' designation.
The inaugural issue features debut author, Judy Chicurel, and award-winning author, Bill Roorbach. The issue also features musician/comic book artist and writer, Jeffrey Lewis, as well as these other talented illustrators: Jago Silver, Brandon Reese, Rachelle Meyer, Meridith Burchiel and Max Allbee. Their combined portfolios include children’s books, graphic novels, major newspapers and work interpreting best-selling authors like Sally Lloyd-Jones, Audrey Niffenegger and Dave Eggers.
We have promoted our magazine and scouted illustrators at the Edinburgh Fringe and International Books Festivals, and we held a lively submission party at The Book Club in Shoreditch, London last summer. To celebrate our first issue, we are hosting A Pocket-Sized Festival of Illustrated Stories at Bowery Poetry Club on March 1st which will include readings, illustration, music and audience participation with Judy Chicurel, Jeffrey Lewis, Max Allbee, David Novak, and more to come.
Founders Elizabeth Leonard and Kate Thomas both graduated from City University  in London with a Master's in Creative Writing (Novels).
Before her master's, Elizabeth Leonard graduated from NYU. Soon after, she joined the "real" world with a proper job, a house, a car, and a promise to write when she was a stable adult. She turned in her resignation for this life in exchange for one she was better at and committed to being a writer. She started out this journey as a reporter for The Alternative Press, her first paid writing job. She now writes fiction and poetry and recently joined Community Word Project in New York as a teaching artist.
Kate Thomas attended Cornell University and Goldsmiths in London to study architecture and design for several years but graduated from neither of these fine learning institutions (nor high school for that matter). She started taking herself seriously when she became a mom five years ago. She is now a writer, independent bookstore promoter and graphic designer in Sarasota, Fla.
"We have an interest in making literature more inclusive and our long term goal for the magazine will be to go from sustainability, to eventually raising money for a program to teach story writing to disenfranchised youth," the co-founders said.
The magazine's website can be accessed here:

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