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The Letters Page is a correspondence-themed literary journal with the written letter as its primary form.
Published three times a year, each issue is available as a free downloadable PDF.
A limited-edition annual printed version will also be available to purchase.
Download the journal, subscribe to the email, and submit your own work to the editor.
You will need to print this one out, double-sided, and fold it lengthways. Staples are optional.
For reading on a desktop, laptop, or tablet computer.
For reading on a mobile device.
What do you like about
using the letter form as a literary device/construct? What is it you enjoy
about writing and reading literary letters?
letter, by its definition, addresses another person. What I think is clever about The Letters Page
(as well as using letters as literary constructs in general) is that the writer
can exploit the gap between who the letter is written to and the actual reader
of the letter. A letter creates a
confidence, an openness. By writing a
letter to one person, but opening it up to a wider readership, it’s easier to
speak openly about a subject, to get to the heart of it.
Your upcoming novel will
be set during the Vietnam War and your letter in Issue
Five is addressed to your ‘dear friends in Vietnam’. What draws you
to write about this country and its history? Is your letter inspired
by any real correspondence you maintain with friends in Vietnam?
My new novel is about the
experiences of a British war photographer during the Vietnam War. In researching the book, I spent three months
there helping at an English school, spending all my time with local people. It was an incredible introduction to the
country and I learnt so much. I was
drawn to the country because of the impact of journalism on the war there: it
was the last war where journalists had freedom of movement throughout the
country and there was little censorship of the press. The photographs which came out of the war
also, it could be argued, caused public opinion to sway against the war,
leading the protests and influencing the American government in their decision
Sending letters and
emails to my friends there is tricky, as these methods of communication are
monitored by the government. Instead, I
try to visit every few years.
As an accomplished
novelist, why submit to a literary magazine like The Letters Page? How
important are literary magazines for writers today?
makes me sound very important: I’ll try to remember it next time I sit down at
my computer and nothing will come. I
loved the concept of The Letters Page: I’m a big fan of letter writing and am
rather sad at its slow demise. We’ve
just moved into a new house and our internet is not yet working: I’ve been
trying to send more letters as a result.
Emma Chapman is the author of the
critically acclaimed psychological thriller
How To Be A Good Wife, which is a New
York Times Notable Book, a Target Book
Club Pick and a longlist-selected title for
the Dylan Thomas Prize. She is currently
working on her second novel, which
is about a British war photographer’s
experiences during the Vietnam War.
In 2012, Emma founded Vietnam
Volunteer Teachers, an organisation which
organises voluntary teaching placements
in Vietnam. For more information, see
To read Emma’s letter, take a look at Issue Five.
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