ReWrite, the London-based platform for Black women and women of colour, founded in 2017 by the Congolese-British writer and facilitator Christina Fonthes, is seeking 1,000-3,000-word short fiction submissions for its literary magazine ReWriteReads. While there is no theme, writers are encouraged to “rewrite the narrative.” The deadline for submissions is 31 August 2019.
ReWrite offers creative writing courses, editorial services, and book reviews. Here is more information about the platform:
Founded in 2017, REWRITE is a non-profit organisation formed to support and champion Black Women and Women of Colour writers, providing the tools, space and confidence they need to achieve their writing goals.
In the current climate, REWRITE’s services are needed now more than ever. In 2015, Writing the Future – a report commissioned by Spread The Word – revealed that out of 203 UK-based novelists polled, 30% came from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background. Only 47% said that their debut was agented compared to the 64% of the White novelists. Once into their publishing career, 53% of BAME authors remained without an agent against 37% of White authors.
Moreover, in 2016, The Bookseller Magazine published analysis finding a ‘shockingly low’ number of BAME authors in the UK Top 500. They found one book by an author of colour in the Top 50 – African American author Paul Beatty’s The Sellout, which had just won the Man Booker Prize. The first title by a British author of colour was in 368th place.
REWRITE exists to REWRITE this narrative. We aim to encourage and enable Black women and Women of Colour to develop their full potential through dynamic writing courses, masterclasses, and workshops that are tailor-made to suit their specific needs and requirements.
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