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The Women's Issue is Here!

 The Women's issue of Paperfox Literary Magazine is finally here! Click the link below to read it for free!


Thank you to everyone who worked on this issue, especially those who sent in fantastic submissions! 


Words and photos by Laurén Du Bignon

The strive for equality, in every sense of the word, is a battle we have been taking part in for quite some time now. The need for equality pairs with the need for freedom to express; freedom to be who you are as an individual. This transgresses into the push for gender equality. I attended the March4Women early last month and someone had a banner quoting; “Gender equality is not a woman’s issue, it is a human issue”. I thought about how powerful that quote is, and the message it portrays to each individual. The need for gender equality does not just affect those marching for it, those in need for change, it also affects the human race as a whole. Humanity needs equality to move forward, to unite as a race and gain solidarity.

The rush of adrenaline and feeling a part of something at this march was euphoric, unlike anything I have ever experienced before. The feeling of unison and strength in our masses as we marched and chanted “Women’s rights are human rights”, was uplifting. It made me feel strong, and unstoppable in ascertaining my goals. I would recommend that everyone marches for something they are passionate about at least once, because the feeling is like no other. Imagine being surrounded by fellow-minded people, that share your passions and would be happy to discuss those passions as much as you would. Maybe because I always have my head stuck in a book that I daydream about being surrounded by people that have passions and are not afraid to show them, or maybe it is because I do not see enough of these people around that I crave people to be more open with their beliefs, to no be afraid to shout from the roof-tops how they feel about something. What is stopping you from having your opinion and welcoming someone else’s, even if it does challenge your own? That is how we learn and grow, and it is people that are willing to explore new avenues of discussion and be more open minded that will unite us together and bring about a change for the better.

Gender equality is a fight that has been going on for a very long time; think back to those who marched before us to gain the vote for women, The Suffragettes. They made sacrifices to prevent us from making sacrifices today, in the name of equality. They fought for us to have equality of the sexes and yet we still aren’t quite there. At the march, some people were angry that we still need to protest for equality after all this time.

However, it made me think about what we can do to utilise these protests before us. It made me think about who's making a difference now, and who will be marching for our future generations. We can stand up for what we believe in without being afraid of others disagreeing but rather, welcome the disagreement to encourage discussion where you can put your point across and learn something.

Women can be grateful when they go to work knowing that the Suffragettes and the war movement meant we were no longer seen as just housewives. When the time comes, use your vote because women had to fight for the privilege to do so. And, finally, think of yourself as an equal, because until you hold yourself proudly change will be a harder battle. Be proud of who you are and make sure everyone knows it.

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The Women's Theme: Women (& Cover Reveal!)

April’s theme brings you; women. This is the magazine issue for everyone out there who either identify as a woman or want to support them. In an artistic and literary context, we’re going to be celebrating women with this month’s content. What does that include?
  • Submissions from the public, including poetry and short stories that celebrate women.
  • Lots and lots of FEMINISM (yay!)
  • Articles from myself and the Paperfox staff about women in a literary context
  • Art work from fabulous artists!
  • Poetry & Prose
  • An interview with Michael Grant, about his trilogy ‘Front Lines’, which explores the “What If’s” of history by writing about WW2 from within a re-imagined society where women were invited to fight on the front lines.
Who’s on the cover this month?
We're excited to be featuring incredible artwork by Jemma Humphreys from Dorkface Blog. Jemma is an incredible writer of blog posts and personal essays and runs an Etsy store where she sells artwork like what you see featured on our cover and other similar pieces. She also designs stickers and very lovingly designed incredible notebooks where the proceedings were donated to planned parenthood. We recommend you go and check Jemma out on her blog! More information (in her own words) and more of her art will be featured in this month's Paperfox Issue.

Who are we interviewing this month?
Editor-in-chief Bethany Ashley is interviewing Michael Grant for Paperfox. She went over to Egmont Publishing House and had a great chat with Michael about writing, and about his trilogy; Front Lines. Michael Grant’s trilogy is fantastic and explores themes of feminism, sexism, race and other social issues. The premise of the books is that they are a retelling of WW2, about what could have happened if women were invited to fight on the front lines. The narrative follows three female GIs who fought during WW2, and it’s a brilliant read. It’s a thinker!

So, that's some of what's happening in Paperfox this month! Submissions for the women’s issue close on the 15th of April, but you can go and check out our submission guidelines to see what future themes we’ll be accepting work from! We accept work for all themes all year round until their closing dates, which are the 15th of each month the theme’s are assigned to.

Be sure to subscribe to get the issue in your inbox for free on the 21st!

On the Cover: Hadas Raiss

This piece is by Hadas Raiss, an artist from Tel-Aviv. Ever since she was a little girl, she’s loved painting and drawing. She kept evolving over the years and completed her Bachelor of Interior Design in 2008. But something didn’t feel right. Even through her four years of studying the course, she was always drawn to illustrative exhibitions, children’s book art, and to this day she believes she has the largest collection of illustrations on her computer. A few years ago everything finally clicked together. Her mum gifted her an iPad and she started exploring her digital illustration abilities. She loved it, and tried every available app and technique to get the perfect result regarding the quality of the lines, colours and printing. 

After that, she couldn't stop. Within four months, she had her very first exhibition - all illustrations made with an iPad. Then, she moved to the big league and started drawing with Wacom. 

This piece in particular was created using a photo reference Raiss stumbled upon on Pinterest one day. She took the silhouette lines from the photo but changed everything else. Many people are really moved by this illustration, possibly becaus it represents both being together and being alone at the same time. 

Raiss received many poems and stories from people who told her how this illustration made them feel, and she's very moved by it. 
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The Romance Issue Has Arrived!

Welcome to the fifth issue of Paperfox Literary magazine. We hope you have had a great 2017 so far. We have received some fantastic submissions from you all this year already and cannot wait to share them with our readers. It is amazing to think how far we have come so far and we wouldn’t have been able to do it without our wonderful contributors and dedicated readers.

February is a time of love and appreciation. A time when we give our thanks to the people we love and admire. Whether you spend it with family, friends, or your special someone, we hope you enjoy this time together.   

This issue is all about romance, passion, and love. Prepare to be love-struck as you delve into this issue. We have selected some of the best submissions for you, from beautiful illustrations, photography, and a whole array of poetry, short stories and feature articles for you to enjoy at your leisure.

So sit back, grab a hot beverage of your choice and fold yourself in.

Skylar Parker

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