Welcome to Leicester: an anthology of poetry & short fiction – call for entries 

What message would you give to others about Leicester? What is the story behind that message? Could you write a poem that shares an experience or aspect of Leicester City? Your poem could be about part of your life story, a family story, about your favourite place in Leicester, about a personality or celebrity with a strong link to Leicester or it could be about your relationship with the city, its people, features, landmarks, peculiarities or history.

Submission Guidelines:

⦁ Poems should be 40 lines or less with a strong, recognisable link to Leicester.
⦁ Poems 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 which has been previously published please give details of where it has appeared and confirm that you own the copyright.
⦁ Ideally poems will be typed single spaced and submitted either in the body of an email or as a .doc attachment. Postal submissions will also be accepted.
⦁ Please include a short biography of 50 words or less. This will be included in the anthology if your poem is accepted. If you do not send a biography, it will assumed you do not wish your biography to appear in the anthology.
⦁ You may submit a maximum of three poems. You do not have to submit all three poems at the same time, but the editors can only consider a maximum of three poems.
⦁ Please send poems to poetry@leicesterwrites.co.uk or Welcome to Leicester, 36 Leybury Way, Scraptoft, Leicester LE7 9UB by 15 July 2016.
⦁ We welcome submissions from writers of all ages, based anywhere in the world.

Welcome to Leicester will be edited by Emma Lee and Ambrose Musiyiwa and published by Dahlia Publishing.

Leicester Writes Anthology of Short Stories – open call 

To celebrate the region’s writing talent we’ll be publishing an anthology of around twenty short stories this Spring.
We’re looking for short stories of no more than 3000 words on the theme of Home. Our theme is by no means prescriptive, and we’re expecting writers to be bold and challenge us with their interpretation. Any style or genre of writing is welcome. We’re hoping to launch the collection in time for the second Leicester Writes festival this June.
We have five open slots: an overall winner, three runner ups and the winner of the public vote, will be published alongside some of Leicestershire’s most talented short story writers.
Unfortunately, we can offer no payment for accepted short stories and will use any proceeds to fund this year’s festival.
Copyright will remain with individual authors.
The collection will be edited jointly by Mahsuda Snaith, Richard Sheehan and Farhana Shaikh and published by Dahlia Publishing.
This opportunity is open to Leicestershire based writers only, or those with a strong connection to the city. Short stories should be emailed to f.shaikh@dahliapublishing.co.uk with a brief biographical note and contact details.
Our deadline for submissions is March 18th 2016.

Bru Leicester Writes Poetry Prize 

We’re thrilled to announce our poet-in-resident this year will be Jayne Stanton. We look forward to working with Jayne and will update you all on her progress!

We are now accepting proposals from writers living in Leicestershire for the Bru Leicester Writes Poetry Prize.

The commissioned poems will be showcased at Bru Café on Granby Street, on the Leicester Writes website and during the 2nd annual Leicester Writes festival (to be held in Spring 2016).

The commissioned poetry must take the form of a poetry sequence, of up to five poems (no more than 40 lines each) and address the theme ‘Life in the city’.

The winning application will receive £150, and a residency at Bru Café.*

Writers must submit the following:

  • A proposal for the commission
  • A sample of creative work
  • A writer’s CV

Entries should be sent to Farhana Shaikh on f.shaikh@dahliapublishing.co.uk by 31st January 2016.

*The residency will consist of three separate visits to the café, with lunch and a hot drink provided. Unfortunately the prize fund does not include travel expenses to and from the café. 

We are grateful to our project sponsors, Bru Coffee and Gelato for their generous support and enthusiasm for this new prize.