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Call for papers - Work
Added 29 Apr 2021
Accepting submissions of Articles and Short Stories

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.

Closes Monday 31st May 2021 at 23:59
What you'll need to send:
Cover letter
Biography
For articles:
Up to 1 article no more than 6000 words
For short stories:
Up to 1 story no more than 5000 words

2021 Short Story Prize
Added 12 Apr 2021
Accepting submissions of Short Stories

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 enquiries@bricklanebookshop.org 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.

In genres:
Closes Saturday 22nd May 2021 at 17:00
What you'll need to send:
For short stories:
1 story between 1000 and 5000 words
Prize fund: £1000 First Prize, £250 Second Prize, £100 Third Prize

Short Wonder Spring/Summer 2021
Updated 30 Mar 2021
Accepting submissions of Poetry and Short Stories

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

Closes Monday 31st May 2021 at 23:00
What you'll need to send:
Cover letter
Genre
For poetry:
Up to 5 poems
For short stories:
Up to 3 stories

The West Review Submissions
Updated 11 Feb 2021
Accepting submissions of Articles Poetry and Short Stories

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. 

Poetry Submissions
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.

Prose Submissions
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.

What you'll need to send:
Cover letter
Biography
For articles:
No restrictions
For poetry:
Up to 7 poems
For short stories:
Up to 3 stories

Issue 1: Open Call
Added 24 Jan 2021
Accepting submissions of Articles Novellas Poetry and Short Stories

Re-knewing 

A lover once said, Translation is an act of love. It’s like crossing a threshold, beginning a new cycle, words of faith whispered at the cusp of initiation, an invitation to feel the same.
 

the work

We want to see writing and art that demonstrates this grammar of exchange—what does it mean to give in to change, to renew, to remember, to make rituals out of moments and moments out of rituals.

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.
 

the process

* 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.

What you'll need to send:
Cover letter
Biography
For novellas :
10 pages
For articles:
No restrictions
For poetry:
Up to 5 poems
For short stories:
No restrictions