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Stories About Penises anthology Guts Publishing

Our debut anthology is a collection of fiction, nonfiction and poetry about, well, exactly what it sounds like. Some are serious, some humorous, some deal with sexuality, some are feminist, some are erotic, and some deal with the medical and anatomical aspects of the penis. It's an eclectic mix that we hope will surprise you.

"This is a brave anthology for any press, let alone a new one — as you might expect from the purposefully named Guts Publishing. It boasts all the variety you would hope to find in an anthology: variety of literary forms (poetry, life writing, fiction), of voices and of themes. The humble penis here is not the theme as such, but a recurring motif for exploring an array of themes, so that for one writer it's a symbol, for another a character in its own right, and so forth. An engaging and thought-provoking read." — review from

"A witty, energetic, honest and insightful collection of fiction, non-fiction and poetry that dazzles with every turn of the page. If you want humor, you'll get it here. If you want philosophical meditations on sexuality, you'll get it. Most of all, if you want compelling writing that's been thoughtfully collected... on a topic both taboo and pervasive... this anthology is for you."  — Nate Ragolia, author of There You Feel Free and The Retroactivist

In 2021, we celebrated the 2-year anniversary of Stories About Penises with readings by these contributors: Alex Carrigan, Anthony DiPietro, Liam Hogan, Molly McLellan and Thaddeus Rutkowski — and some provocative chit chat. You can watch the video on our blog

We have more reviews here:

Liam Hogan reads 'Better Babies' from Stories About Penises 


Reader extraordinaire Liam Hogan is an award-winning short story writer with stories in Best of British Science Fiction 2016, and Best of British Fantasy 2018 (NewCon Press).


He helps host Liars’ League London, volunteers at the creative writing charity Ministry of Stories, and lives and avoids work in London. For details:

We had three events in London during Nov/Dec 2019 — The Poetry Cafe, The Word Bookshop and Goldsmiths College — with many contributors reading their work. Here are our contributors: 


Gerry Marsh, Catherine Edmunds, Ann Rawson, Liam Hogan, Adem Ay, Alex Carrigan, Christina Lovin, Gayelene Carbis, Thaddeus Rutkowski, Edward Apeldoorn, Matt Dennison, Shringi Kumari, Sarah Evans, Molly McLellan, Tobsha Learner, Anthony DiPietro, Benton Lenz, Drew Pisarra, Thom Schwarz & Kathleen Lawrence.

The Word Bookshop

'Stories About Penises' book launch event at The Word bookshop.

Cathy Edmunds at the Poetry Cafe

Cathy Edmunds, reading of 'Stories About Penises' at The Poetry Café

Shringi Kumari at the Poetry Cafe

Shringi Kumari, reading of 'Stories About Penises' at The Poetry Café

Goldsmiths, UoL

Reading at Goldsmiths, University of London.

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