Alice Furse has joined the editorial team as Fiction Editor following Thommie Gillow’s arrival as co-editor for Poetry.

Alice’s debut novel, Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, was published by Burning Eye in October 2014 of course. A dystopian novel about underemployment and the clash between graduate expectation and the reality of the austerity jobs market. It was a close contender for the Reader’s Choice entry for the Guardian first book award and has earned a raft of high rated reviews. Alice has also had short stories published in Litro magazine and The Squawk Back amongst others.

Alice says, “Burning Eye’s love of punky performance poets and ability to find good work in unexpected places is what I think publishing is all about. I’m looking forward to reading fresh and original voices and helping their authors gain a platform – can’t wait to get started.”

Alice is working her way through the outstanding fiction submissions and will be putting a new submissions call out any day now. More info on Alice here: 

Thommie Gillow has been onboard the pirate ship Burning Eye as co-Poetry Editor for a few months already. Her thumb prints are all over this year’s list already having assisted mightily in the selection process for the 2015 list and we are very happy to have her on the team. She is currently working with the mighty Mark Grist on his collection Rogue Teacher which which will be out in May. Thommie’s own collection My Stepmother Tried To Kill Me was of course published by Burning Eye this time last year and includes her Bridport Prize shortlisted poems alongside some of her stand up classics. 

Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere and My Stepmother Tried To Kill Me are available from the Burning Eye Bookstore.