Issue #1: Beginnings

This 170-page journal of creative nonfiction collects the stories of 25 writers and 7 artists exploring what ‘Beginnings’ means to them. 

Here, at the point that we determine to be the beginning of Epoch Press, we have gathered beginnings of love, loss, spirituality, hope, despair, life and much more. 

Epoch Press ushers in their inaugural issue of creative nonfiction by exhibiting new work from artists exploring identity, addition, romance, work, and tranquility through the lens of ‘Beginnings’. A wide ranging theme, Beginnings aptly captures the subtlety and variety of meaning across continents and cultures, bringing together truth and creativity, showcasing insightful and significant stories about modern living. 

The full version of our featured story for this issue is available to view here.

Charity Collaborations for ‘Beginnings’

Creative nonfiction is especially entangled with the society and world that inspires it. It is a priority for us to use our platform to do what we can to improve that world. As such, every issue we select up to five charities relating to either the theme or current events, offering those organisations a full page of free advertising in our journal. We are a small independent press with a limited budget but big goals— as such, we are actively considering what else we can do to spotlight their work and make a monetary donation. Below are the charity collaborations we cultivated for our inaugural issue.

The Bail Project is a national non-profit organization on a mission to combat mass incarceration by transforming the pretrial system in the U.S. Our community-based teams work with local partners to bring immediate bail assistance to thousands of people each year, reducing the human suffering caused by unaffordable cash bail, restoring the presumption of innocence, and building on the work of grassroots movements for decarceration. In addition, The Bail Project collects data and stories to support advocacy and reform. Through these efforts, we seek to transform pretrial justice for future generations, bringing us one step closer to ending mass incarceration and racial and economic disparities in the U.S. criminal legal system. 

We recommend that our readers learn more about the work they do and offer a donation if possible.

Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline operates a 24/7, free and confidential service. It is for anyone who wants to talk about their own experience of domestic abuse or forced marriage, whether it’s happening now or if it happened in the past. The Helpline also supports people who are concerned about someone they know, and professionals who support survivors in their workplace. The service is staffed by a dedicated team of specially trained staff who will believe and support anyone who gets in touch – they will listen without judgement and they will never force callers to take any steps they don’t want to. Whether it’s practical tips for planning to leave an abuser safely, or just someone to listen and offer emotional support, the team are there day and night.

People can call the Helpline on 0800 027 1234 or they can reach out via email or webchat at

Mermaids is a charity for transgender and gender questioning young people and their families. Mermaids run local groups, host weekend residentials, attend events and have private forums where parents and young people can gain peer support in a safe environment. They also offer training for schools, workplaces and other professional environments to help trans people feel respected and understood in all areas of their lives. Mermaids believes that transgender children deserve the freedom and confidence to explore their gender identity wherever their journey takes them, free from fear, isolation and discrimination. 

They provide a helpline service via phone, email and web chat which supports parents, professionals and young people, open 9am – 9pm, Monday to Friday. Or consider donating to help their cause.

After the police killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown in 2014, the African American Policy Forum (AAPF) joined thousands of others to protest anti-Black police brutality, marching under a banner with the names of Black women killed by police. When AAPF didn’t hear their names, they began chanting “Say! Her! Name!” That’s when the #SayHerName campaign was born.

The movement is the outcome of the intersectional prism that the organization has been amplifying, deepening, and practising since 1996. It pays heed to the fact that Black women are often erased in their push for social change while facing the double-bind of racist and sexist oppression. It calls out the circumstances in which Black women who cry out for help face punishment, abuse, assault, and even death. Most fundamentally, it resists the erasure of Black women by telling their stories.