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Our 25th year on-line

about us

All about Hackwriters. The online portfolio of good writing whether fiction, travel, comment or lifestyles. Hackwriters is a free internet magazine devoted to interesting writing, on any subject. It is completely independent and receives no money from advertising. It has no bias. We do not pay any fees for work published, but aim to offer a forum of quality work by new or unpublished writers, or by established writers wishing to say something different or branch out.

If you have something to say, we want to hear it. See submissions.

HACKWRITERS From 1999-to present day - 25 Years on-line

We are digitally archived by the British Library.

History: Hackwriters began in 1999 in Falmouth University College as part of a Post-Grad programme there and then migrated to the University of Portsmouth for the MA in Creative Writing programme and then freelance ...

Many of our former contributors now work in media, publishing, TV or journalism. James Campion also writes Rock biographies... and more

Managing Editors Sam North
/Sam Hawksmoor

Hackwriters is diverse, more's the point Hackwriters is defined by excellent travel writing, incisive lifestyle pieces, political and social commentary as well as innovative fiction. Every month we have some committed columnists who never miss a deadline, such as the American politics/music writer James Campion, and James Skinner in Spain, who bring their unique perspectives to their quarters of the globe, and Martin Green on life in retirement.

Why do it? After all Hacks is free, no one gets paid. Well it's an on-line portfolio ­ a showcase for good writing from beginners to experienced old hands. That's the beauty of Hackwriters, you never know who might be reading it. Editor's really are looking for new writers. Need a writer in India, USA, Australia, Japan, China? We've got em.

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2018 - Hello travel.com Best Travel blog 2018

2016 - HelloTravel.com cites Hackwriters in "TOP JOURNALISM/NARRATIVES TRAVEL BLOGS

2015 - One nomination for NATJA Travel Writing award

*Prince Christian Sound was awarded “notable essay." in The Best American Essays 2014 series
(ed. by John Sullivan) published by Houghton Mifflin

2013 - Two NATJA Travel Writing Awards (inc Silver) for John M Edwards

2012: John M. Edwards for a Notable Essay nod in The Best American Essays 2012, for a piece called "Beirut in the Baltics,"

2012: - James Skinner also commended in the Spanish press for his insightful essays on Spain

2012 - 2 x NATJA Awards, "Koh Commotion: Mr. Friendly" and "Viking Voluntourism: Tall Tales of Tallinn." by John M Edwards

2011 - John M Edwards won Four NATJA Travel Awards for his work on Hackwriters. Including One Gold Medal

2009: November: We were archived by the British Library. This little corner of the Web will be stored forever in a dusty cyber storage vat for future generations to wonder at and be astonished at how primitive the web used to be. If you think about it so much of the web has already disappeared... - thanks to the British Library we shall remain.

2021: The Sara Troy interview with Sam Hawksmoor 1.12.21

Sam North novel Diamonds The Rush of '72
published by Lulu Press and The Curse of the Nibelung - A Sherlock Holmes - See also a novel about psychic phenonema Mean Tide all e-books at £1.99 on Lulu and Magenta a YA novel on Kindle + Another Place to Die: The Endtime Chronicles *

*See our joint editor's YA novels Sam Hawksmoor
The Repossession trilogy including The Hunting and The Heaviness
+ the WW2 spy thriller The Repercussions of Tomas D

*Girl with Cat (Blue) Shortlisted for the Rubery Award and Honorable Mention in the Writer's Digest Book Awards 2018


The Times Higher - UK Higher Education
Writers and Artists yearbook - Resource Book for all writers

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