Looking In, Looking Out

The submission window opens 3 Nov 22 and closes 12 Apr 23.

You can submit up to four poems, or one short story.

Writing is often introspective, or writing is often political, or writing is often challenging, writing is ...

There is no specific theme to the submission call, but the following may give you some idea of what we are looking for ...

This year we seek to explore how personal and social perspectives combines - how one life reflects all life - or how society affects one life - this year it is about the to and fro between the micro and macro.  Although it could be argued this is what poetry and prose do anyway - a deeply introspective, personal poem could be an expression of universality, of the emotions we all feel - or a raw political short story could expand on one living of one's own life is a political act.  

So in a sense, this is a call for submissions with a theme, because the theme covers all writing.

There will be two awards, each of $100: one for a poem, and one for a short story.


Guidelines for entry

1 All work should be submitted using the submit button powered by SUBMITTABLE on Willowdown Books website, The Poetic Bond website, or elsewhere.

2 All poems and short stories submitted, for which the submission process has been completed, will be considered for inclusion in an anthology to be named “Looking In Looking Out”

3 You can submit four poems or one short story. All poems must be the authors’ own work: unpublished work is welcome, work previously published online is allowed, and any work previously published can be submitted, if it is properly cited,and subject paragraph 4.

4 Authors are responsible for informing Willowdown Books of any licenses or conditions they may have assigned to third parties; any dispute that may arise is solely a matter for the author and the third party.

5 Copyright remains with the author and authors of all poems and short stories selected will be asked to agree to the copyright notice below (12)

6 The no specific theme to the competition by for guidance, just take the title as your prompt. Poems can be in any form or style.

7 Poems can up to 60 lines, while storeis should be no less than 1,000 words and no more than 3,000. (Title or stanza breaks are not included).

8 The decisions of the panel and the editor to select poem(s) and short stories for the anthology is final and no correspondence will be entered into save for notification of whether the work is to be included in the anthology.

9 Copyright of individual work remains with the author at all times

10 Successful entries will be published in paperback on or after 31st July 2011.  The closing date for the competition is 12 April, 2023.  

11 There will be two prizes, one awarded for a poem, and one for a short story.  Both prizes will be $100.

12 Copyright Notice Should my poem(s) or short story be selected, I, as author of the work, agree to give Willowdown Books permission to publish my poem(s) within the anthologies known as "Looking In Looking Out" (2023), in any media, and to use my name and work in any marketing or promotional activity which pertains to the marketing and promotion of said anthology. Books agree that they cannot print or use any other media to publish any poem from the anthology individually, except with the express permission of the author. The following, or equivalent, will appear in the anthology; Willowdown Books asserts its copyright of this book as an anthology, by which is meant the collection of poems and short stories. Willowdown Books asserts no copyright over any of the individual poems or short stories. Copyright is asserted (by both Willowdown Books and the individual authors) under the Copyright Laws of the British Commonwealth of Nations, the United States of America and all the countries of the Berne and Universal Copyright Conventions. All rights, including Stage, Motion Picture, Television, Public Reading, Translation into foreign language, any Internet or related media is strictly reserved (by the author, or Willowdown Books as detailed above).

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