The Letters Page

The University of Nottingham
  

A literary journal in letters

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.

Send your letters to the editor
 

Download Issue 5: Protest - available in a choice of 3 PDF formats

Print version

You will need to print this one out, double-sided, and fold it lengthways. Staples are optional.

 

Widescreen version

For reading on a desktop, laptop, or tablet computer.  

 

Narrowscreen version

For reading on a mobile device.  

 

 

Recently, at The Letters Page

  • 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?

    A 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 to withdraw.

    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? 

    That 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 www.vietnamvolunteerteachers.com

    To read Emma’s letter, take a look at Issue Five.

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