PHARE, an old English word for lighthouse or beacon to guide seafarers, is a UK based literary magazine which true to its name, shines a light on exceptional writing and photography from around the world.


Just like the first Phare, built on Pharos in the 3rd century B.C., which steered ships into the port of Alexandria, we aim to guide writers through the often turbulent craft of writing.  As well as showcasing creative works of new fiction and poetry, we provide writing resources: an online writers’ forum, live online and traditional workshops, masterclasses and retreats.


Keeping the candles burning at The PHARE are Claire Harrison and Steven John, who both completed their Masters Degrees in Creative Writing at the University of Gloucestershire in England. Both live in the Cotswolds, home to great writers and poets such as Laurie Lee, Ivor Gurney, Rupert Brooke, Katie Fforde, Joanna Trollope and The Dymock Poets.

What we're looking for

We’re not going to be proscriptive about the writing we’re looking for, but please read an issue of The Phare to get an idea of the type of work we publish. We like reading words that hold a mirror up to ourselves – something that reflects the truth of being human over the oceans of uncertainty. 


We will at all times provide a platform for your writing and use social media to help promote your craft. 

What makes us different?

Supporting each other makes us better writers. Our online forum, writing workshops and retreats give members of The Phare community the opportunity to bounce ideas off each other, discuss pieces that aren't quite working and use each other, and the skills and experience of our visiting authors and experts to improve our craft. You'll need to become a member of The Phare community, but all we ask for is your name and email address. 


Please see our 'Submit' page for information on fees and how to send us your work.

Our Editors

Steven John

Steven John’s short stories, flash fiction and poetry have been published in many online literary magazines and print anthologies. His microfiction appeared in Best Microfiction 2019 and 2020, he’s won the weekly Ad Hoc Fiction a record seven times and he’s proud to have read at the prestigious Stroud Short Stories on four occasions. He served as Senior Flash Fiction and Special Features Editor at New Flash Fiction Review from 2018-20. He has a Masters in Creative Writing. Steven can be found at and on Twitter @stevenjohnwrite

Claire Harrison

Claire is a marketing professional, copywriter and author. She has a first-class honours degree and a Masters in Creative Writing and has written three children’s books. Her prose and poetry has appeared in print anthologies and short story collections. Her plays have been performed at the Stroud Shakespeare Theatre Festival and script in hand at The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham. In 2018 she won Cheltenham Poetry Festival’s flash fiction competition. Claire was recently chosen as one of the finalists in the prestigious Stroud Short Stories. She is currently taking a PhD in Creative Writing at University of Brighton. You can find her at