Category Archives: Calls for Creative Writing

Open Call: Stories of Mental Health

“Words from Within: Stories of Mental Health”

Deadline: July 31, 2017

The London Reader is issuing an open call for both true-to-life and fully fantastic short stories, minifiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art, and illustrations that explore the experiences of mental health and mental difficulties.

“Cheer up,” you say, because it seems that easy.

“Please, understand,” I ask, but it’s just as useless when it’s not words but weights that I’m feeling.

How can you tell someone what it’s like when bedsheets become manacles or bedsides become clifftops? Those suffering from depression, anxiety, or other mental difficulties have often turned to stories and artwork to communicate what the dictionary fails to define. When one’s thoughts don’t make sense, sometimes only fiction can make sense of them. Words From Within will lay bare the experiences of living with a mental health diagnosis through the anecdotes and imaginations of those who suffer and those who love them.

What to Submit: Creative works can be stand alone pieces or collections, but should be less than 4,000 words or no more than 6 images for photography/art. Final selection will be weighed in favour of shorter works.

How to Submit: Email submissions or questions to coordinator@LondonReader.uk. Place ‘WORDS FROM WITHIN‘ in the subject line. Please include a biographical personal statement in the body of the e-mail, and indicate whether the submitted pieces have been previously published and if you hold the publication rights to them.

The deadline for submission on this theme is July 31, 2017

Open Call: Love in the Digital Age

“Love in the Digital Age”
Deadline: February 7, 2017

The London Reader is issuing an open call for short stories, minifiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and art that explore love in the digital and narcissistic age.

“Love isn’t something natural. Rather it requires discipline, concentration, patience, faith, and the overcoming of narcissism. It isn’t a feeling, it is a practice.” – Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving

#DigitalLove: Checking our smartphones after every ping, we fail to concentrate on any one thing for more than a few minutes. Lacking the ability to delay gratification, we’ve no patience, no faith; we want it all and we want it now. In an age where we turn the lens on ourselves more than towards our lovers, is it still possible to love each other? In this new age, where we right-swipe for the next date, look for love in online match algorithms, flirt with 2D emoijis, and check new messages both during dinner and between the bed sheets, are we still capable of loving? Or are we held prisoner by the short-lived act of falling in digital love, over and over again?

What to Submit: Short stories, minifiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and art can be stand alone pieces or collections, but should be less than 4,000 words or no more than 6 images for photography/art. Submissions can be true to life or speculative fiction. Final selection will be weighed in favour of shorter works.

How to Submit: Email submissions or questions to coordinator@LondonReader.uk and place ‘DIGITALLOVE’ in the subject line. Please include a biographical personal statement in the body of the e-mail, and indicate whether the submitted pieces have been previously published and if you hold the publication rights to them.

The deadline for submission on this theme is February 7, 2017.

Open Call for Creative Writing

Global Voices: Perspectives from Around the World
Deadline: extended to October 30, 2016

Home is the where the heart is, but the heart may be far from home…

An upcoming issue of the London Reader will catch glimpses of the people, the geography, and the memories that make us call a place home. It will look at what it means to build a home; to live in a home; and ultimately, to leave a home or to have a home destroyed. In the 21st century—in which nearly 70 million people are forcibly displaced and 244 million live outside their country of birth—home is a more elusive concept than ever, and it is one that is often entwined with loss.

The London Reader is seeking poetry, minifiction, short fiction, non-fiction, and photography/art from under-represented voices from all over the world that explore belonging, alienation, forced migration, job relocation, and identity. All submissions within these themes will be considered, but narratives from women, the LGBTQ community, people of colour, migrants, and those from low and middle-income countries will be given priority.

Submissions can be stand alone pieces or collections, but should be less than 4,000 words or no more than 5 images for photography/art, and shorter pieces are preferred. Works will be accepted in Persian, Arabic, Urdu, Kurdish, and French and will appear in English translation. All other submissions should be in English.

Email submissions or questions to coordinator@londonreader.uk. Place ‘GLOBAL VOICES’ in the subject line. Please include a personal statement of less than 250 words in the body of the e-mail, and indicate whether the submitted pieces have been previously published and if you hold the publication rights to them.

The deadline for submission on this theme is October 30, 2016.

Open for Submissions

The London Reader will be accepting submissions from July 1 to October 1!

This year, we are looking for minifiction, poetry of less than 400 words, true-to-life fiction of less than 1,500 words, and any fiction or poetry submissions within the following categories:

  • futurism and cyberpunk
  • the difference between travel and tourism
  • voices of people of colour

Submissions should be sent to coordinator@londonreader.uk, and must contain ‘SUBMISSION’ in the subject line. Please include a personal statement of less than 250 words in the body of the e-mail, and indicate the following:

  • whether you have been published anywhere before
  • whether the submitted pieces have been published anywhere before
  • whether the submitted pieces are final or open to workshopping