Welcome to Britain: a Call for Poetry and Short Fiction

CivicLeicester is inviting and accepting poems and short fiction on the theme, Welcome to Britain.

We welcome submissions exploring but not limited to:

  • images, issues, histories, lives, and demands that are currently in play in Britain today

  • daily life in Britain

  • reparations for slave trading, the use of slave labour and for benefiting from the slavery system (the extended global system involving plantation labour and slave-produced commodities etc)

  • issues that made the Black Lives Matter movement relevant to Britain, the current state of the movement and its possible futures

  • responses that engage with, contest and subvert the myths Britain tells about itself

  • responses to British politicians' attitudes towards the use of nuclear weapons and their fixation with the idea of pushing 'the button'

  • responses to Britain’s role in the current Ukraine-Russian War that go beyond, engage with or challenge the propaganda coming from both sides of the conflict

  • responses to how Britain positions itself in the world

  • migration, refugee and human rights issues in Britain,  and

  • issues affecting racialised and minoritised groups in Britain.


We welcome submissions from writers of all ages, based anywhere in the world. 

 

Please send the poems and/or short fiction to civicleicester@gmail.com by 2pm on Thursday, 8 September 2022.

 

Submission Guidelines

 

● Poems should be 40 lines or less

● Short prose 100 words or less.

● The poems and short prose should be on the theme, Welcome to Britain

● Submissions must be in English. In the case of translated work, it is the translator’s responsibility to obtain permission from the copyright holder of the original work.

● If submitting a poem or short prose that has been previously published, please give details of where it has appeared and confirm that you are the copyright holder.

● Ideally submissions will be typed single spaced and submitted either in the body of an email or as a .doc attachment.

● Please include a short biography of 100 words or less. This will be included in the anthology if your poem or short fiction is accepted. 

● You may submit a maximum of three poems or three pieces of short fiction or a combination of poems and short fiction. You do not have to submit all three at the same time, but the editors can only consider a maximum of three submissions.

● We welcome submissions from writers of all ages, based anywhere in the world.

● Please send the poems and short fiction to civicleicester@gmail.com by 2pm on Thursday, 8 September 2022.


CivicLeicester is an indy publisher that uses poetry, video, photography and the arts to highlight conversations. Books we have published include Poetry and Settled Status for All: An Anthology (2022), Black Lives Matter: Poems for a New World (2020) and Bollocks to Brexit: an Anthology of Poems and Short Friction (2019).

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