Present Tense Issue 2


Present Tense is a literary magazine of new writing.



Present Tense is a literary magazine of new writing. We publish poetry, flash fiction, short stories, and creative non-fiction with a strong sense of place.

In our fractured times, we want to create a meaningful space for dialogue, to find the common ground, to listen and unearth, to join the dots between writing, reading, and dreaming.

ISSUE 2 / Summer 22


Under the Waterfall ~ Farhana Shaikh        


Attrition ~ Anne Macauley                           

bathtime, the day I became a woman ~  Shekina Rose                                                 

Before the River Was Dammed ~ Charles Legget                                              

Bruce ~ André Le Mont Wilson                    

Tidal Mouth ~ Maija Haavisto                     

Lost Sounds ~ Mariyam Karolia                   

Flash Fiction

Vantage Points ~ Charlotte Crowder           

Mother Under Water ~ Janaki Brolin           

Before the Waters Rose ~ Terri Mullholland                                          

The Distance Between Us ~ Elinor Johns     

Creative non-fiction

Eau de la vie: becoming who we are ~ Sue Morón                                                     

Langkawi ~ Caryn Tan                                 

Short Stories

Anyone in the Waves ~ Rashi Rohatgi         


Mont Blanc: Lines Written in the Vale of Chamouni ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley                    

The Alfoxden Journal: extract ~ Dorothy Wordsworth                       

Views of Society and Manners in America: extract ~ Frances Wright               


Sabrina Mahfouz ~ Farhana Shaikh            

ISSN: 2752-7751

Publication date: 28th June 2022

Format: Paperback

Price: £10

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