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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.

Click HERE to submit.

You can follow ReWrite on Twitter: @rewritelondon.

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Otosirieze is Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize and the 2019 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

One Response to “ReWrite London Calls for Short Fiction Submissions from Black Women & Women of Colour” Subscribe

  1. Jillian Lawrence July 25, 2019 at 10:39 pm #

    Hi!

    Are there any other parameters for submissions?

    Can they be work already posted on personal blogs/websites?

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