We are thrilled to announce that we have just published our first online-only short story. The 'fantastic and gut punching' new story, 'Agency', by Stephanie Hutton can be found here. We hope you enjoy it.

We are hoping to publish a lot more work online, in the interim periods between releasing physical editions of The Ham, so keep your eyes on on the ONLINE page of the website, sign up to our mailing list, or look out on our various social media channels for new stories, poetry, artwork and photography. Submissions are currently open for online-only work, and there is no specific theme, so send us your work and if we like it we will do our best to publish it!!

In other news, The Ham has recently been stocked in a new 'art vending machine' based in Bristol. VendArt, the brainchild of a good friend of The Ham, Matt Manson, is a vending machine which dispenses artwork, ideas, zines and other assorted paraphernalia, situated at the entrance of The Island, on Nelson Street in Bristol. We thought it was a fantastic idea and we were very keen to get involved. The copies of issue #1 we had in the machine were quick to go, and issue #2 is due to be stocked some time this week, so if you're in Bristol, head down and have a look!!!

Finally, we have started to distribute issue #2 of The Ham. Primarily in our backyard of South East London, with a few up in Leeds and surrounding areas, and we plan to get much further afield over the coming weeks. We will be distributing around 500 free copies of issue #2 in total, so keep your eyes peeled for it! Issue #2 is available to buy online for those not lucky enough to pick up a free issue, it's about the same price of a cup of expensive copy, and available in physical or digital format


Ed (Editor)





We are very excited to announce the official release of the second issue of The Ham!

Three huge boxes full to the brim with copies of issue #2 awaited my return from a short trip to The Basque Country over the weekend, and I couldn't be happier with them. Our dear friends over at Footprinters have once again done a fantastic job with the print and turned the job around in record speed. I highly recommend them for anyone looking for a reliable, cheap, and ethical printing service.

We're hoping that we might be able to make enough from selling a small number of digital copies online to fund the printing of future issues, and no longer have to look for outside funding to pay for the printing and distribution of The Ham.

The physical copies of the second issue will be distributed for free, throughout the UK, in bars, cafes, museums, galleries and public transport. For those of you unlucky enough to pick up a free copy, or for those of you feeling generous enough to buy one, you can purchase a digital copy here, as well as get a free digital copy of issue #1 if you happened to have missed it. Issue #2 is just as hefty as issue #1, with 88 pages packed full of quality short-fiction, poetry, artwork and photography, for about the price of a fancy cup of coffee. We hope you enjoy it!!

Ed (Editor)

Issue #1 is available to order & we're having a launch party!!!

Hello all

The first batch of copies of issue #1 arrived at The Ham Towers last week. We're very pleased with the finished product and thrilled to finally have the work of so many contributors in physical print. We've had a busy week packing and posting copies of issue #1 all around the globe. You can now order your own copy from the online shop for free (just pay P&P), or you can view it online.

To celebrate the launch of issue #1, we've organised a bit of a shindig at The Ivy House in Nunhead, South London, on Tuesday 13th December. It's a beautiful venue, full of character, with a grand old stage and a great selection of beer, and what's more it's community owned. There will be readings from a handful of our contributors, and live music from the fantastic Whiskey Moon Face. We do have space for more live readings and spoken word, so if you want to perform a piece of your own short fiction or poetry to a room full of literary types, then send an email to

We're hoping, if this night is successful, that we might be able to run it on a quarterly basis in conjunction with the release of each new issue of The Ham, with a chance for contributors to show off their work and a regular open mic slot. There will be free copies of issue #1 to take home with you, and its free entry. So please pop down if you can, bring your friends, and help make it a fun evening!

Finally, submissions are now open for issue #2. The theme for this issue is 'Change & Stasis', and more details can be found on the submissions page. We've already had a number of brilliant written submissions, and look forward to receiving more. We are keen to receive more artwork, photography and illustration than we did for issue #1, so if you know of any budding artists or photographers then send them our way!

The flyer for the launch party can be found below, please feel free to share it on social media - all are welcome!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Ed (Editor)