Call for Submissions: NOUS 6 – The Worlds Apart Issue

In our sixth issue of NOUS we will explore how differently mental health issues are dealt with in relation to time, place and society. We want to invite you to reflect, research, tell your tales on issues related to mental illness and everything that comes with it.





Do families speak more openly about their issues today than ten years ago? Did depression even “exist” in the times of our grandparents? What about China, Irak, Brasil, Lithuania? How is people’s perception of their emotions different in the world, in time maybe even in the family next door? This issue of NOUS invites you to tell your stories of how we connect and feel seperated from each other emotionally. How can we build bridges and what blocks our roads?

Please send your poetry, fiction and non-fiction submissions as OTF or DOC files to submit@nous-magazine.de Clearly state your name as you want it to be listed, the wordcount, and the title of your submission in your email to us. Written work should not exceed the 2000 word limit.

If submitting visuals, send us a low-res jpg preview of your work in a zip-folder for a start. Should your work be selected we will request files suitable for printing. Please bear in mind that NOUS is riso-printed. Your work will be printed in dual-colour (not CMYK) or BW if requested.



 

All contributors featured in the final magazine will receive one free copy delivered to the address of your choice. This will also be the first time we can reward our contributors monetarily. Upon publication, all artists will be paid £20. This is only a small sum but we’re hoping to increase payments with each issue. 

Deadline for submissions for NOUS 6 is 12th October 2015. We’re looking forward to your messages and work!

Future Way: Call for Submissions

Calling all doodlers, ponderers, writers, poets and dreamers!

Submit a short story for a chance to be part of an exciting and unique, collaborative public art project in Redcliffe, Bristol.


Following the success of the Bristol Story Trail earlier in the year, get ready for Future Way brought to you by Dream of a Shadow, an online project bridging the gap between reality and fantasy through storytelling.

Working with The Redcliffe Neighbourhood Development Forum (@MoreRedcliffe), Future Way seeks to engage the people of Redcliffe and the wider community of Bristol through a playful and exciting exploration of the area using storytelling.

This is an amazing opportunity for published authors and budding writers in Bristol to collaborate with artists, architects and community groups in a first-of-its-kind, art project which challenges the way we view our city.

King of Christmas Steps

Contributors are encouraged to think about how Redcliffe may be used in the future and set tales within this. Because of the nature of the project, the brief is quite specific and submissions must meet the following criteria:

  • All entries must be set in the future Redcliffe area (how far is up to you)
  • All entries should be in 3-5 sections of 250 words (max) each, forming a trail through the area
  • Each section is planned to be tagged to a specific point within Redcliffe, i.e. a wall, lamp post, street, door etc.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 20th April 2015, so there’s plenty of time to get writing.


Please look at the website for the full brief before getting the pens out!

For any queries tweet us @DoaSLiveFiction and be sure to follow to stay up to date!

Happy writing and good luck!

Submissions open for Brain of Forgetting, Issue 2: ‘Poppies’

Brain of Forgetting, a new Irish journal publishing creative work relating to the past, is now open for submissions on the theme of ‘Poppies’ until March 31st, 2015. Submissions of up to two pieces of flash fiction (900 words max.) are welcome. We also accept poetry, creative non-fiction, and artwork. For full details on how to submit, go to http://www.brainofforgetting.com/submissions.html, where you can also download a free .pdf of Issue 1. ‘Poppies’ will be published in print and digital format in July 2015.

Brain of Forgetting Issue 1: ‘Stones’

Brain of Forgetting‘s ‘Stones’ issue is now available for purchase as a print edition or free download in .pdf format: http://www.brainofforgetting.com/issue-1-stones.html

Featuring new poetry, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, photography, and artwork from all over the world, ‘Stones’ explores the creative potential of natural rock, prehistoric megaliths, stone objects, and architectural stone as a means to understanding both past and present.

We will be seeking submissions from mid-February for our second issue, themed ‘Poppies’. More information at http://www.brainofforgetting.com/

WORDS AND WOMEN’S COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

Lora Stimson, who studied creative writing at Norwich School of Art & Design and the UEA is the winner of this year’s Words and Women’s contemporary writing prize in the East of England.

The quality of the 170 entries was very high and there was a broad range of theme and style with women of all ages submitting prose from across the East.  Lora Stimson wins £600 for her original and quietly compelling short story, Cornflake Girl, which will feature in the second Words and Women anthology published in March this year. Lora’s story will appear alongside other highly commended selected entries and the four newly commissioned texts for ‘About,’ an Arts Council supported project which explores the relationship between women and place.

Lora has published stories and poems with Nasty Little Press, Unthank Books, Ink, Sweat and Tears and Streetcake Magazine. In 2014 she was mentored by novelist Shelley Harris as part of the WoMentoring scheme. Her first novel, about sex, grief and model villages, currently hides in a drawer. She has higher hopes for her second novel, about twins, which received an Arts Council England grant and is now in its final edit. Lora works as a programme manager for Writers’ Centre Norwich and sings with the bands Moonshine Swing Seven and The Ferries. She lives in Norwich with her husband and son.

Other prizewinners who will be published in the anthology, include Norwich-based Anna Metcalfe for The Professor, Hannah Garrard for Did You Eat Lunch? Melinda Appleby for Footprints on the Tideline, Julianne Pacheco for Kurt Cobain’s Son, Radhika Oberoi for The Reporter, as well as Patricia Mullin for The Siren and Thea Smiley who will appear twice, with her short story Magazines and her performance text, Holding Stones. A further 16 writers will also have their work included in the anthology.  For a full list of our winning writers please see our blog:  www.wordsandwomennorwich.blogspot.co.uk

The competition was judged by novelist Sarah Ridgard.

The launch of Words and Women: Two and performance of extracts from the ‘About’ Commissions’ will take place on Sunday, March 8th, on International Women’s Day at the Forum, in Norwich.

‘It has been another exciting read,’ said Belona Greenwood, co-organiser of Words and Women. ‘We had a hard time selecting our long list before handing the final responsibility for choosing the winners to this year’s judge, novelist Sarah Ridgard.  We have had a number of winning entries with some connection to the Creative Writing MA at the UEA which continues to bring new talent to Norfolk but entries have come in from all over the five counties displaying a great range of women’s voices.’

‘We judged the work anonymously and it was very exciting to find out the names of our winners at the end of this process. We have selected an outstanding mix of work, both fiction and non-fiction, and look forward to seeing it appear in Words and Women’s second anthology which will be published by Norwich based Unthank Books,’ said Lynne Bryan, Words and Women co-organiser.

Last year’s anthology was shortlisted for the national Saboteur Awards 2014. It has been praised as ’a bold and insightful collection containing much vigorous writing…’ Eastern Daily Press and ‘…a refreshing, vibrant collection that redefined the way I see women’s writing.’

Words and Women showcase women writers who live in the East of England, at all stages of their professional careers in an annual celebration of regional creativity on International Women’s Day, and through commissioning opportunities and an annual new writing prize.

See www.wordsandwomennorwich.blogspot.co.uk

 

Call for submissions to Brain of Forgetting on theme of ‘Stones’

Submissions of unpublished work are being sought for the debut issue of Brain of Forgetting, which explores the theme of ‘Stones’. Creative interpretations of ‘Stones’ are welcome, but please note that this journal aims to create a dialogue with the past in its many forms; whether the ‘past’ can be represented by history, archaeology, memory or something else entirely is the prerogative of the author/artist.

Please submit up to two pieces of flash fiction/creative non-fiction (up to 1,000 words max.) or up to four poems as a single attachment to brainofforgetting@gmail.com before October 31st, 2014. Submissions of graphic literature and visual art are also welcome. Please view www.brainofforgetting.com for full guidelines before submitting.