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My name is Christine Carr and I am editor of this very popular magazine for creative writers. It is a part-coloured bi-monthly (six issues a year) for subscribers only. Subscribers to Crystal Magazine are called Crystallites.

I accept poems, stories (true and fiction) and articles of any length and theme (except erotica) from Crystallites only.

Subscription: £18 pa UK/£22 overseas. A sample copy is £2. Cheque or Postal Order payable to Mrs C Carr. Or by PayPal. Further down the site are a selection of PayPal buttons.

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Christine Carr

Telephone: 0151 608 9736.

Email: christinecrystal@hotmail.com

Address: 3 Bowness Avenue, Prenton, Birkenhead CH43 0SD

NOTE: I also run Crystal Word Processing at the same address. Fast, friendly, reliable. £4 a thousand words, including editing and proofreading. Holder of Distinctions.

ISSUE 102 November 2017

Crystal Magazine ‒ For subscribers only. Work is only considered from subscribers, known as Crystallites. Handwritten material will be looked at.

Poems, stories, articles. A4, spiral-bound bi-monthly. Forty pages with colour images. Also includes the very popular ‘Wordsmithing’, a look into the lives of writers and writing. The magazine usually contains pages and pages in Readers’ Letters. Subscribers’ News provides an opportunity to share writing achievements. 


There will be competitions for subscribers. £1 entry. Work that hasn’t won will be considered for the magazine. The series of competitions will be known as ‘Surprise’ because entrants will not know what the prize is. The first competition is for a story of any length on the theme ‘Surprise’. The closing date is 15 November 2017. The winning story will be published in issue 103 January 2018.


There are PayPal buttons on the website for subscription to Crystal, a sample copy, and entry to the competitions.








CONTENTS

Editor's Letter
Errata
Kind to be Cruel
Wordsmithing
The Running
Port of Call
Myths
1946
The Troublesome Five
Twins
Viareggio
Might Not Have Been
Carnivorous Sky
Green Skies
Alien Encounter
Starstruck
Pollution
November: A Winter Walk
The Stranger
Autumn
The Little Fir Tree
Hurray! It's Nearly Christmas
The Christmas Tree
Readers' Letters
Subscribers' News
'Ernest'
Moonbeams
Luluria
Barefaced Streak
She
The Reunion
Les Miserables




ISSUE 100 JULY 2017

The special ‘golden’ 100th issue. More colour, more pages, golden covers (not shown).  










Only £3

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Support for The National Autistic Society

TRAGEDY BRINGS POETRY FOR CHARITY

A new book, an anthology of poetry, has just been published by local man, Jae-Alexander Linsey, with all the profits going to charity.

It all started from a tragedy and ends, now, with The Mortal Man a splendid anthology of poetry from a range of fine poets who have lent their poetic skills in support of a charitable cause, The National Autistic Society.

The tragedy is not that David Thomas Webb was autistic, because many of the hardships and heartaches encountered by him and his parents were seen as challenges and were largely overcome. So well were the difficulties met by them that David was able to struggle towards, and eventually achieve, a place at university, studying for a degree in Computer Science.

The tragedy is that David had barely started his university career when his body was discovered in his rooms just a few months after he arrived there. He was only nineteen. Since that awful day his parents have been tireless in their bid to raise money; firstly, in support of The National Autistic Society through the Just Giving website and, secondly, to name a star after him. As his mother, the Norfolk poet Wendy Webb, says, “Dave was truly a star, full of energy, so bright and so hard to live with.”

This eclectic poetry collection has been compiled in tribute to David and in aid of The National Autistic Society, with a foreword by its President, Jane Asher. The poems are in a variety of styles by poets from around the United Kingdom. They include the late and much lamented Black Country poet, Geoff Stevens, whose long-term partner, Geraldine Wall, has released three poems from his heritage. Also included are two Poets Laureate: Mark Neil of Milton Keynes, and Walsall’s Ian Henery, whose energy and enthusiasm started the ball rolling for this book following a conversation with Wendy Webb.

The Mortal Man is now available from www.lulu.com at £8.99, all profits going to The National Autistic Society. www.lulu.com/spotlight/TheMortalManAnthology For further information please email to mortalman@albarz.co.uk

Donations can be made using the following details:
www.justgiving.com/Wendy-Webb www.justgiving.com/DavesAStar1
By Post: The National Autistic Society, 393 City Road, London, EC1V 1NG
Mobile Giving: Text DAVD99£1 to 70070 or text DAVD98£1 to 70070
Wendy Webb’s story, Norfolk’s Beautiful Child, is also available as a free download:
www.obooko.com/obooko_family/bookpages/fam0010-free-ebook-norfolks-beautiful-childwebb.php