What message would you give to others about Leicester? What is the story behind that message? Could you write a poem that shares an experience or aspect of Leicester City? Your poem could be about part of your life story, a family story, about your favourite place in Leicester, about a personality or celebrity with a strong link to Leicester or it could be about your relationship with the city, its people, features, landmarks, peculiarities or history.
- Poems should be 40 lines or less with a strong, recognisable link to Leicester.
- Poems must be in English. In the case of translated work, it is the translator’s responsibility to obtain permission from the copyright holder of the original work.
- If submitting a poem which has been previously published please give details of where it has appeared and confirm that you own the copyright.
- Ideally poems will be typed single spaced and submitted either in the body of an email or as a .doc attachment. Postal submissions will also be accepted.
- Please include a short biography of 50 words or less. This will be included in the anthology if your poem is accepted. If you do not send a biography, it will assumed you do not wish your biography to appear in the anthology.
- You may submit a maximum of three poems. You do not have to submit all three poems at the same time, but the editors can only consider a maximum of three poems.
- Please send poems to email@example.com or Welcome to Leicester, 36 Leybury Way, Scraptoft, Leicester LE7 9UB by 15 July 2016.
- We welcome submissions from writers of all ages, based anywhere in the world.
Welcome to Leicester will be edited by Emma Lee and Ambrose Musiyiwa and published by Dahlia Publishing. http://www.dahliapublishing.co.uk/
Emma Lee has published three collections of poetry, “Ghosts in Desert” (Indigo Dreams, 2015), “Mimicking a Snowdrop” (Thynks Press, 2014) and “Yellow Torchlight and the Blues” (Original Plus, 2004). She reviews for The Journal, Sabotage Reviews and London Grip. She co-edited “Over Land Over Sea: poems for those seeking refuge” (Five Leaves, 2015) and edited Paul Lee’s “Us: who made History” (Original Plus, 2012).
Ambrose Musiyiwa facilitates CivicLeicester, a community media channel. He is the author of “The Gospel According to Bobba” and has had poems published in “Over Land Over Sea: poems for those seeking refuge” (Five Leaves, 2015) and in The Stare’s Nest. His short stories have appeared in newspapers and magazines as well as in the anthologies of contemporary Zimbabwean writing called Writing Now (Weaver Press, 2005) and Writing Free (Weaver Press, 2011).
Dahlia Publishing is a small press based in Leicester, founded in 2010 by Farhana Shaikh, which manages both The Asian Writer and Leicester Writes. Our diversity policy is at the heart of everything we do and we’re passionate about publishing regional and diverse writing. It hosts the monthly writers meet up at Café Bru, on the first Tuesday of every month.