Calling all BAME writers and artists
Submit to a new literary magazine
By Rowena Price
Writing Our Legacy is delighted to announce its new online literary programme, New Narratives: We Need to Change the Stories We’re Telling. Designed in response to the Covid-19 lockdown, Brighton-based organisation Writing Our Legacy continues to deliver its mission to raise awareness of the contributions of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) writers, poets, playwrights and authors born, living in or connected to Sussex & the South East.
Writing Our Legacy, in partnership with New Writing South, is launching a new literary magazine, Covert, with a call out for submissions from writers and artists of colour for the upcoming first edition. The first edition of Covert will open for submissions on 1st July 2020 and invites writers of colour to send through original fiction, poetry and art work for this. The theme for the inaugural magazine is Sussex Fortune Teller: What do writers see in the future?
• The magazine will be aimed at writers of Black, Asian and ethnic minority background (BAME) living in the South East of England, with an emphasis on supporting Sussex-based writers. We positively encourage writers from marginalised backgrounds to submit.
• 15 writers will be selected for the publication. Each writer will also receive mentoring and editorial feedback on their writing
with a Guest Editor before publication.
• The deadline for submissions is 31st September 2020. The magazine will be launched at an online event in December 2020, with copies for sale and to read online.
• Selection will be made by Guest Editors Umi Sinha and Dean Atta, with an editorial team made up of Amy Zamarripa Solis (Writing Our Legacy), Sharon Duggal (New Writing South) and others.
Challenging racism and inequalities in the US and the UK, as well as c-19
Programme manager Amy said: “Now more than ever is it vital for BAME-led arts organisations such as Writing Our Legacy to support
our writers, creatives and communities and create safe spaces to come together. We are witnessing the world in a critical situation with global protests against the murder of George Floyd, challenging racism and inequalities in the US and the UK, as well as c-19. We are also experiencing potential for positive change by working together as a human race. Literature and the arts gives hope and inspiration, gives people new ways of expressing themselves. Our programme aims to unify people of all walks of life together online and shine a light on the amazing writers, musicians and artists we have in Sussex and the South East.”
New Narratives is a Writing Our Legacy programme, delivered in partnership with Sussex-based, regional and national organisations including: New Writing South, Crawley Wordfest, Diverse Crawley, Africa Night Fever, Brighton & Hove Black History, Diversity Lewes, and Worthing BME group. The programme is funded by Arts Council England’s Emergency Response Fund.
• For details of events and how to book visit: writingourlegacy.org.uk
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