To celebrate the creativity in our national community in a positive project to come out of challenging times which are otherwise filled with anxiety and uncertainty. The aim is to produce a collection of original writing inspired by these uniquely new circumstances.
OUR BODIES MAY BE IN LOCKDOWN BUT OUR MINDS ARE ALWAYS FREE.
Inspired by life in isolation. Treat the theme as a starting point rather than a restricting topic. Readers should think “oh, I see why this is included” but other than that, the more creatively you interpret the theme, the better. Whether you wish to write conspiracy theory short story, a politically critical poem, or a sci-fi alien invasion and post apocalyptic comedy...
I want to leave the genre and style of submission open, but please do not submit any content which would be inappropriate for younger readers. Let's all aim for this collection to be something that can be enjoyed by anyone. If we think in terms of "film classification" - try to aim for a 12A.
All submissions are taken on a “for consideration” basis. Please read full T&C for notes on copyright and other issues regarding publication. Entries should be in the format of:
· SHORT STORY: Maximum of 1,000 words; or
· POETRY: Maximum 100 lines from between 1 or 2 Poems (inc. spaces).
ONE submission per person. If you plan to submit Flash, Poetry or Combinations, please wait to submit all of your pieces in ONE email so that I can keep track of them.
Please send your submissions by email to:
· Submissions are open to authors and poets from any country but must be written in English.
· You can be an experienced, published writer, or a complete novice.
· Open to all ages, but submissions from anyone under 18 years must be sent via a parent, carer, guardian or adult representative (e.g. a teacher or tutor.) Please see the Terms & Conditions below.
(Only email submissions will be accepted. Files MS Word .docx file are preferred, but, PDF, .txt, or including the text in the email is fine. Hand-written entries can be photographed. Please include your full name as you would wish for it to be spelt in a book.)
I'll be adding to these as questions are asked. Please pop back and check.
The purpose of this project is to provide an opportunity for us to share our wildest ideas inspired by our current situation. However, it would be too easy to simply write “about” the situation. Why not try to explore wider, go crazy, dig deeper? Here are a range of ideas for short story ideas just to demonstrate how loose the theme really is: