Apologies for the shameless self-promotion, but my first published piece will be coming out at the beginning of September. Jonathan Wilson - of The Guardian, SI.com, author of 'Inverting the Pyramid' etc. - has been kind enough to include my essay – to use the term loosely – on the rash of serious injuries at the start of the summer in MLS in Issue Two of The Blizzard which will launch on September 1st.
A selection of my favourite entries in The Blizzard include Uli Hesse’s piece on St. Pauli and Gab Marcotti’s on the ethics of performance enhancement in Issue Zero and James Montague’s on the first Israeli National Team and Kieran O’Connor’s on the financial legacy of the South African World Cup.
The list of contributors to the first three editions is a who’s who of soccer writing from James Appell on the Dark Heart of Russian Football to Tim Vickery musing on the point of it all and all stops in between. If you love the less-mainstream side of the footballing world this is the quarterly for you.
I’ve so far resisted the temptation to encourage eyes towards my blog (which can be found here
, subtle), but if you find yourself so inclined the introductory pricing levels of The Blizzard will be changing with the month. Digital downloads will still be available at the pay-what-you-like model, but the bottom end of the hard copy pricing will rise from £5 to £6. You can find all the information on both the quarterly and ordering at their website, http://www.theblizzard.co.uk/
Excerpts from Issue Two will be featured at the following address http://www.theblizzard.co.uk/issue-two-excerpts/
and for a full list of contributors to the upcoming edition can be found at their facebook page http://www.facebook.com/blzzrd
If you are wondering whether the hard copy is worth the extra cost, I can only stress that each edition is in itself a work of art and there is no substitute for a dead tree in ones hands. Free digital copies are included with the hard copy purchase.
There are various options ranging from single issue to 4-quarter subscriptions to recurring subscriptions – I’ve signed up for the last option meaning every three months they charge my paypal account and I await the newest edition. I encourage you to check it out, see if it’s for you and spread the word.
If you have any questions, comments or criticisms I can be reached in any number of ways; the forum, PMs, through my blog or on twitter (@grawsee). Again Apologizes for the self-aggrandizing, but this is a project whose merits I truly believe in. I posted a similar notice in the Voyageurs board, so please forgive me for the cross-contamination.