2019 SPECIAL SUBMISSIONS
The Willowherb Review is thrilled to announce that we’ll be opening for special submissions in January as part of the Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019 programme, The People’s Forest. In this year-long exploration of Epping Forest and the bonds we share with woodlands, we’re looking for 4 writers to create work based around the seasons and in celebration of Epping Forest.
Deadline Extended: 26 April, 2019 at 11.59 pm (GMT)
What is the Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019?
The London Borough of Culture programme is a year-long celebration of culture, in its inaugural year. Waltham Forest’s 2019 themes are ‘Radicals’, ‘Makers’, and ‘Fellowship’, which will be explored over a range of projects and events emphasising the borough’s diversity.
The People’s Forest Programme: Epping Forest – London’s urban woodland – touches every corner of the Borough of Waltham Forest, from Leyton in the south to Chingford in the north. Since the forest was preserved ‘forever’ by an act of parliament in 1878, it has played an integral role as an escape from the city in the life of London’s diverse communities. Yet this hasn’t always been a simple quest for respite and relaxation. The People’s Forest explores this relationship, interrogating the deep bond we have with forests and woodland not just as places of recreation, but as part of the passions, fears, neuroses and myriad identities that make us human. Curated by Kirsteen McNish and Luke Turner, the year-long People’s Forest programme uses the seasons as a framework to invite poets, writers, musicians, artists and residents to celebrate the complex meanings that we place upon our woodlands.
What do we want?
Original, previously-unpublished non-fiction, poetry, or short fiction (up to 4000 words) responding to Epping Forest and one of the four seasons (winter, spring, summer, and autumn). The work should have a strong sense of place, nature, and environment, and offer a unique perspective on the forest. We’ll publish one writer for each season.
Who are you?
We’re looking for writers of colour with personal experience of Epping Forest. You may be a total beginner or you may be a published author—we’re open to seeing a range of exceptional work, particularly by writers who are not typically represented in mainstream publishing and nature writing.
The Willowherb publishes writers who identify as BAME, people of colour, and/or Indigenous (BIPOC). The main language of the submission should be English.
If you're unsure of what we mean by writer of colour, have a look here. The term ‘people of colour’ is used to describe any group/person that is not white, often sharing a common experience of racism. Indigenous can be taken to include Native American, First Nations, Inuit, and Aboriginal identities, among others.
Length and Format:
Prose submissions can be up to 4000 words in length. Poets can submit up to three poems in total, but we may only publish one.
Files should be in .doc or .docx format, with the filename as follows: YourNameTitleOfSubmission.doc
Font: Times New Roman, 12 pt. double spaced, no headers or footers in formatting please. Poems do not need to be double spaced.
If published, your submission’s copyright will remain with you. The edited text will be licensed for use on The Willowherb Review’s website and as part of the wider Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture project. The submissions we select will be paid according to the budget allocated by the programme.
*Please note that data collected in the submissions process will be held on file until the selection process is completed, after which point it will be deleted. If your submission is chosen, we’ll keep hold of your information for invoicing and tax purposes26
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Submissions are made between 1 January–15 March, 2019 by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please complete the following questionnaire in the body of an email, attach your file in .doc or .docx format, and hit send! If you do not include the questionnaire below, we won't read your submission, sorry!
NAME (AS YOU WISH TO BE CREDITED):
TYPE OF SUBMISSION (NON-FICTION, FICTION, POETRY):
TITLE OF SUBMISSION:
PLEASE GIVE A BRIEF SUMMARY (1-2 SENTENCES) OF YOUR SUBMISSION:
PLEASE DESCRIBE HOW YOU MEET OUR SUBMISSIONS CRITERIA:
I IDENTIFY AS A PERSON OF COLOUR/BAME/INDIGENOUS PERSON: YES/NO
ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE US TO KNOW:
Thank you for submitting! We're so excited to read your work.