We invite you to submit previously unpublished poetry or prose which creatively responds to David Oluwale’s story and its relevance today. Your submission can respond to David’s life or death or take it as a starting point to explore any issues that his story touches upon, such as the city of Leeds, marginalisation, racial justice, mental ill-health, rough-sleeping, exclusion, resistance and hope, reinterpreted as you see fit. Poetry and prose will be judged together. We would like to see submissions which respond to contemporary moment as well as the past. We are offering the following prizes for the best submissions:
· First Prize: £500
· Second Prize: £350
· Runner up: £150
Selected submissions will be included in an anthology of creative responses to the Oluwale story, to be published by Peepal Tree Press in Summer/Autumn 2023. The anthology will also include work from well-established writers such as Caryl Phillips and Ian Duhig, as well as reproductions of works of art produced in response to David Oluwale’s story. Readers involved in the selection processes are, among others, Dr. Emily Zobel Marshall, Sai Murray, Dr. Nasser Hussain, Dr. James McGrath, Ali Harper, Professor Max Farrar and Jeremy Poynting.
The author Caryl Phillips will make the final selection of prize winners. The anthology will be edited by Jeremy Poynting (Peepal Tree Press), Sai Murray, Max Farrar and Emily Zobel Marshall.
Please submit your work by February 1st 2023. All authors selected for publication in the anthology will receive a free copy of the anthology. Please keep short stories to a maximum of 2,500 words. We will get back to you about your submission by May 1st 2023, if not sooner
1. Entries must be predominately written in English (with full translation provided for non-English languages/ terms) and be your own work. We will consider previously published work, providing that you own the rights and consent to the work to be republished in the anthology.
2. By submitting you give your permission for your poem or story to be published by Peepal Tree Press in the resulting anthology.
3. Entries must be a minimum of 10 words but no longer than 25 lines for poetry, or a maximum word count of 2,500 words for prose.
4. Please format your work in either word.doc format (preferable) or PDF format (if poetry requiring a specific layout). Please save your story in the format title.doc and avoid saving your name as part of the file name.
5. No more than one entry may be submitted per person.
6. The editor’s decision is final.
7. For enquiries please email: firstname.lastname@example.org