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The theme of our first submission call is work. We want essays and fiction that deal with race, gender, and class, relating to all aspects of work and the workplace.
No age limits or previous experience required.
We are open to artists who practice all styles and genres, from the traditional narrative to the avant-garde.
- Micro fiction < 100 words
- Postcard fiction < 500 words
- Flash fiction < 1000 words
- Short story < 5000 words
- Essay (non-fiction) < 6000 words
Unfortunately, we are not able to provide a payment at present.
The 2021 Brick Lane Bookshop Short Story Prize is now open for submissions. The deadline for entries is 5pm, 22nd May 2021.
The aim of the prize is to celebrate short stories and to give writers encouragement, the chance of publication and some financial space to write.
The judges are looking for new, exciting and diverse voices.
£1000 First Prize
£250 Second Prize
£100 Third Prize
The winners and longlisted stories will be published in the Brick Lane Bookshop Short Story Prize anthology in October 2021.
The prize is open to all UK residents for original short stories between 1000 and 5000 words.
Longlisted stories will be read and judged by the panel: Elise Dillsworth, Kishani Widyaratna and Wendy Erskine.
Entry costs £10 per story. The proceeds of the competition cover prize administration, the cost of publishing the longlist anthology and paying readers and judges. Everyone involved with the running of the prize is paid.
This year, there are 25 free entries for low income writers on a first come, first served basis. If you’d like to enter the prize and consider yourself to be on a low-income, please email Kate at email@example.com using ‘Low-income entry’ as your subject header. Please note: these places have all now been allocated, if you’d like to be notified if this changes, email as above.
Folowing the launch and fantastic response to our first season of the Short Wonder podcast, we're now looking for short story and poetry writers for our Spring/Summer 2021 season.
Each episode of Short Wonder features a short story or collection of poems, followed by a short Q&A to explore the authors themes, motivation and highlight follow up links for the listener.
We're looking for brave and original authors, whose work explores powerful themes, challenging subjects and grand ideas. We consider all forms, from experimental to established, as long as your words hook into us and your ideas take us on a journey of discovery and delight.
Authors whose style and themes are poorly represented elsewhere are particularly welcome, as are those whose work translates well to, or opens up further layers of interpretation in, an audio environment.
Supported by Arts Council England
We consider submissions of poetry, prose, and art year-round. No affiliation to the US West Coast is necessary. Only previously unpublished writing will be considered for publication, but it is fine if art has been published elsewhere. We accept (and encourage!) simultaneous submissions, but please let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
Please send up to seven (7) poems and include a cover letter and third-person bio in the body of the email.
Here is a little more insight into what kind of poems we like.
Please send up to three (3) interviews, reviews, or prose poems/microflash (flash: under 500 words). Include a cover letter and bio in the body of the email.
We believe writers should be paid for their labor. As such, we are happy to provide each writer with a small payment per each accepted poem/prose piece (paid via PayPal upon publication). We also, of course, promote all contributors, and we nominate for Best of the Net prizes.
How is the past visionary? Much like the nutrient rich detritus from which the verge is born a-new. To begin is never to start without. Each new cycle carries with it the wisdom & strength of past phases & progressions. What gifts are you bringing into this initiation? Like something of the past that continues to re-work its way to the surface; or the past we sacrifice to the future. Language as turf and terrain caught up in mineral sediment.
* We encourage each artist to include a translation of their work. The translation can be done in a recognized language, or one you create (such as through ekphrasis). Artists can translate their own work, or work with a translator/collaborator.
It is our hope that each translated work opens up space for further understanding and empathy of other cultures, languages, and movements, while creating community between collaborators in the process.
If you are unable to translate your own work or find a collaborator, we will work with you. Please let us know if you would like a translator in the submission email.
* We welcome these styles and genres:
poetry / fiction / creative nonfiction / critical theory / articles / rituals / spells / essays / reviews / visual art / music / photography / translations / collaborations / performances / novellas / hybrid work
* Send up to 5 poems or images and up to 10 pages of prose.