Submissions

We are now open for submissions to The Great Margin.

The stories and pieces of writing we are collecting will be written during the time of Covid-19, self-isolation and instructions to ‘Stay at Home’, though the stories needn’t be overtly about the current situation.

The themes you’ll be writing to are:

Writers at Home and in Isolation

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Writers at Home and in Isolation are stories about the impact isolation has had on writing, one’s ability to write, and one’s sense of community. Stories also cover coping with and/or appreciating families and cohabitees (including pets) and the personal meaning of the space in which a writer writes.

Stories, Books, and Words

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Stories about what people are writing, reading, and listening to during this time of global pandemic, and the relationship between the inner world of story and external reality.

Distraction Corner

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Stories in any form (poetry, short stories, flash, hybrid forms, etc.) that provide inspiration, laughter, empathy, and distraction for either the writer or the reader.

 

Stories About Change

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We are living through a moment of great change. In this theme we’re looking for stories in any form (poetry, short stories, flash, hybrid, etc.) that respond to this moment of change and crisis and may address issues like family life, community, unity or isolation.

Writers and Readers in Conversation

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Throughout the Great Margin period, Bambo Soyinka and Joanna Nissel will be interviewing writers and readers, and co-writing conversational pieces about being a reader and/or writer in a time of global pandemic.

 
The Type of Writing We’re Looking For:

We are looking for different pieces of writing for each theme.

For Writers at Home and in Isolation, and Stories, Books, and Words

Prose pieces of up to 750 words.

We are accepting: blog posts, articles, anecdotes, nonfiction, memoir, bullet-point style articles, nature writing, and personal essays.

For Stories About Change and Distraction Corner

Prose pieces: 750 words maximum. Poetry: 3 pieces maximum.

We are accepting: poetry, nonfiction and creative nonfiction, nature writing, memoir, spoken word and performance poetry, scripts, short stories, flash fiction, excerpts from longer works (that can be understood as standalone pieces), anecdotes, prose poetry, film poetry, hybrid pieces, and personal essays.

For Distraction Corner: original writing-related memes and bullet-point style articles are also welcome.

For Writers and Readers in Conversation

If you’d like to be interviewed for The Great Margin, please fill in this form, where you can give us your contact details and a bit of information about yourself.

For All Themes

All writing must be of a publishable standard but may be subject to some minor edits and proofreading. Any edits will be agreed before publication. Please note that ‘publishable’ does not mean ‘academic’ and pieces that are accessible to wider audiences are very much welcomed.

You may also submit your writing in the form of a video. In this case, we will need the file in a form compatible with upload to YouTube and we will need the full transcript to ensure accessibility.

We aim to respond to submissions within three weeks but this is liable to shift in response to the quantity of submissions and developments in the Covid-19 pandemic.

Pieces must be accompanied by a short bio of 20-50 words and can also be accompanied by a photograph of yourself if you wish. Please include any weblinks or social media accounts in the word limit. If your piece is by multiple authors, please include a bio for each author.

If you’d like support to develop a piece of writing, you can join one of our writing groups or a group run by an associate producer.

How to Submit

Please submit your stories via the following forms:

  1. Fill in this form to submit stories for Writers at Home and in Isolation; Stories, Books, and Words; Distraction Corner and Stories About Change.
     
  2. Fill in this form to let us know if you would like to be interviewed for Writers and Readers in Conversation.

Who Can Submit?

Everyone above the age of 8 can submit to the Great Margin, across the UK and internationally. Writers aged between 8-14 should only submit pieces of writing under the Distraction Corner and Stories About Change themes. Works by more than one author are also accepted