DESPERATE LITERATURE LAUNCHES ITS SUBSCRIPTIONS LISTS
Starting with two classic selections, ‘A Learner’s Guide to English Literature’ and ‘The End of the World: the Desperate Literature Guide to Dystopia’, we’re offering subscriptions that last either four or twelve months.
One book a month, beautifully wrapped and waiting for you at Desperate Literature.
Each month you have your beautifully wrapped bundle waiting for you at Desperate Literature.
The first month’s book comes with a tote bag (so you can show us off as you carry your book, obviously) and every month you receive a note about the selected title and the name of the following month’s selection. Don’t worry if you’ve read next month’s book already: you have the option to change three titles in any reading list.
Just let us know when you collect your title and we’ll swap it for you.
We currently only have ten of each subscription open, but will be adding more (and further subscription lists) in the coming months.
Can we post subscriptions?
For the moment, no. But we can give you a cup of tea or a shot of whiskey when you collect your parcel, so there’s that…
When can I collect my subscription?
Subscriptions are available on the first of every month.
What if I’ve read one of the titles in the list?
Just let us know the before the 5th of the month and we can swap it out for you. You can swap THREE titles per 12 month subscription, and ONE title per 4 month subscription.
There are books for when you’re bored. Plenty of them. There are books for when you’re calm. The best kind, in my opinion. There are also books for when you’re sad. And there are books for when you’re happy. There are books for when you’re thirsty for knowledge. And there are books for when you’re desperate
– Joaquín Font
- Desperate Literature bookshop are one of the good ones. They've supported our weirdness for a long time now, their short-fiction prize was cool last year and looks even cooler this year with a whole range of ace looking stuff for the winner and we think it would be absurd of you not to submit an entry. Let's face it, it looks worth taking a chance on it just to gain a runner-up spot or, given what's on offer for shortlisted writers, just to be shortlisted. It's the all-round cool thing. Quick, write something and submit."
Vikki and Rich, Dostoyevsky Wannabe
"Los lectores empedernidos están de enhorabuena. La librería literalmente soñada ya está en Madrid." - RUTH MENDEZ
- For agents, it's a pleasure when organisers make the effort to get their prizewinning writers' work in front of you - particularly when it's worth reading! It's heartening to see places like Desperate Literature putting their weight behind the writers they select."
Claire Anderson-Wheeler, literary agent at Regal Hoffmann & Associates
- The Desperate Literature Prize has to be be unique in its internationalism and focus on new, experimental writing. It was April 1st when I received the call telling me the judges had chosen my story ‘Frailings’ as the winner, which added considerably to the sense of disbelief. I am honoured to have been among such a strong longlist. There are very few opportunities of this kind, particularly for writing that is ‘outside the mainstream’ – whatever that really means. I can’t think of a short story prize which offers such a cocktail of artistic and transformative opportunities. Since winning I’ve been invited to give readings in Paris and Madrid and consulted with a major literary agency in the US; I was also a resident writer at Civitella Ranieria Foundation, in a castle in Italy, where I stayed amongst a truly international network of artists and writers. I’ve just found out my story is being translated into Spanish and will distributed at Rizoma film festival. And all this is on top of generous prize money, meetings with fellow writers and publishers, and publication in limited edition booklet, as well as in Structo magazine. It really is a fairytale literary prize, and I am immensely proud to be the inaugural winner."
Ed Cottrell, winner of the 2018 Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize
"Abrir la puerta y escuchar la campana que cuelga del pomo es como tropezarse en el callejón Diagon, que es donde Harry Potter compraba las varitas y donde una generación entera soñó con recoger sus libros del cole." - CARLOS DÁVALOS
Gordon Collins, runner-up of the 2018 Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize