Category Archives: Calls for Creative Writing

Open Call: Stories Set in London

Deadline February 14th

The London Reader is turning its eye inward, towards the city of London and its many neighbourhoods and boroughs—from Zone 1 through to 87, beyond the edges of the city.

London is the city on the Thames. It is a city of divisions and a city of inequality. It is also one of the most visited English-language tourist destinations. London is a city of millions of long-term and short-term Londoners. A city of royalty, of Lords and Ladies. A city of visitors and outsiders. A city of landowners and squatters. Rich in its diversity, London is a city of migrants from every country in the world. It is a city of wealth, opportunity, and of stagnation. It is a European city that pretends it is beyond Europe’s borders. London is a city that is the epicentre of a language and the empire that spread it around the world through colonialism, and as those ripples return, London is a city that is changing. Now feeling the repercussions of the government’s disastrous handling of Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic, Londoners are leaving, and the city will never be the same.

The London Reader is looking for stories featuring people in the city of London, whether living there or visiting. It is also looking for poetry and art that feature the city. Stories can be purely fictional, based on personal experience, or be a blend of the two.

How to submit: The London Reader submission portal.

This form requires a Google account, but if you cannot use the form, you can also submit by email.

If you have any questions or difficulty submitting, email coordinator@LondonReader.uk

What to submit: Creative works can be stand-alone pieces or collections, but should generally be fewer than 5,000 words or no more than 3 poems per submission. Multiple submissions, simultaneous submissions, and previously published submissions are welcome. Artwork should be favourably viewed on a tablet or single A5 page.

The deadline for submitting on this theme is February 14th, 2022.

Photo Credit: Fietz Fotos

Open Call: Travel Writing in Europe

Into the Eurozone & Onboard the Eurorail: Travel Stories from Beyond the Borders of Brexit

Deadline November 2nd, 2020

Brexit is locking down the British border for Brits and Europeans alike. Quarantine makes us nostalgic for last year’s trip with friends. Airline emissions now justify sightseeing by rail instead of leaping from continent to continent. Europe is changing. Air is out; rail, electric vehicles, and car-sharing are in. Borders that were razor-wire fences just a few decades ago have become lines in a road—and vice versa. Has Europe’s Erasmus generation grown up to become citizens of everywhere, or of nowhere? Sometimes travelling from one country to another is about the journey, sometimes it’s about the destination, sometimes it’s about the people met along the way, sometimes it’s about the people by your side, and sometimes it’s about the people left behind.

The London Reader is issuing an open call for short stories, travel writing, poems, photography, art, and postcard stories about travelling by land in Europe and neighbouring regions. We’re looking for road stories, interrail stories, city stories, language stories, hitchhiking stories, and border stories. We’re looking for stories focusing on character; stories of (bad) luck on the road; stories of the strangers met along the way, stories of fellow travellers, and stories of family left behind; slice-of-life observations from abroad; poetry about people, places, the traveller, or the road; stories about sustainable travel; stories about low-budget travel; stories of history present; stories of new experiences; stories of culture clash; stories about what it means to be a European after Brexit; and stories about epiphanies that change the traveller. The travel writing submitted to this issue can be true stories, well-researched fiction, or stories loosely based on true events. Submissions should be connected to Europe and focus on the experiences of characters.

The travel writing in this issue will explore themes of…

  • Human relationships and experiences on the road
  • Changing border barriers separating friends and family
  • Passport privilege and difficulties for marginalized people
  • Sustainable, low-emission travel
  • Alternative, low-budget travel
  • European identity in 2020

What to submit: Creative works can be stand-alone pieces or collections, but should generally be fewer than 5,000 words or no more than 4 poems per collection. Multiple submissions, simultaneous submissions, and previously published submissions are welcome. Artwork should be favourably viewed on a tablet or single A5 page

How to submit: The London Reader submission portal for this issue at https://forms.gle/eFa1imHZs7JigPV39 which requires a Google account

If you have any questions or difficulty submitting, email coordinator@LondonReader.uk

The deadline for submitting on this theme is November 2nd, 2020.