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The Black Country Arts Foundry is a website and journal championing regional art and writing, edited by Louise Palfreyman, writer-in-residence at the University of Wolverhampton.

The Arts Foundry is about identity and culture… it’s about place, and trying to find your place. Foundries are in the business of moulding and shaping things. That’s what artists, writers and poets do, too.

The website accepts submissions all year round.

Currently accepting fiction, poetry, illustration, blog posts and life writing.

Central themes include place and displacement: stories of belonging, and not belonging; art and writing which explores identity, loss, and renewal; and work expressing what makes the region, and each person in it, unique.

The Arts Foundry printed journal will be published next June and will feature the best regional fiction, poetry, art and life-writing.

There is no fee for submissions.

We want to capture strong regional voices and reflect what makes the Black Country unique. If you write fiction with a strong sense of place, we want to hear from you. If you are writing from the perspective of being displaced, or an outsider, we want to hear from you. If your poetry speaks from a new perspective, we want to hear from you.

Send us your memoirs and life writing, your prose and verse, your art and illustration.

Help us celebrate regional writing and art at its best. We operate two reading periods, one in the autumn and one in the spring.

We accept simultaneous submissions but let us know if you are accepted elsewhere.

Editorial Guidelines

  • Blog posts and nonfiction should be no more than 750 words
  • Short stories of up to 2,000 words are welcome
  • Send in essays on the Black Country of up to 1,500 words
  • Poets, please send up to three poems
  • Artists, please email a proposal

Please send submissions via the Arts Foundry website.

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