Thursday, March 24, 2005

British Council - New Writing Anthology

Submissions are being accepted for New Writing 14, published by the British Council.

Writers from the UK and the Commonwealth are encouraged to submit short stories, poetry, essays or extracts from work in progress. The deadline for submissions is 30 June 2005.

The work must be unpublished and not be due for publication until at the earliest January 2007, and the author should be willing to give the British Council electronic rights for 2 years following publication, plus translation rights and other sub-rights to be confirmed. There is no limit on the length of pieces, but constraints of space mean that longer items will stand less chance of acceptance. Submissions should be sent in triplicate, clearly typed, double-spaced, page numbered and with name and address on each piece to:
New Writing
Film and Literature Department
British Council
10 Spring Gardens
London SW1A 2BN

There's been some controversy in recent days about comments made by Toby Litt and Ali Smith, the editors of New Writing 13, criticising the standard of submissions, particularly by women writers. There's some response on today's Guardian and a letter from Litt and Smith themselves.

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