A Wasted Life FAQ’s

Anthology SubmissionFrequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I submit more than one piece?

You can submit unlimited pieces in different categories (e.g., a poem and short fiction), however if shortlisted, only one piece across all categories per writer will be chosen therefore we encourage you to submit your very best work.

Can I submit a piece that has been published elsewhere?

No. All submissions should be pieces that have not been previously published or waiting to be published. This includes self-publishing and traditional publishing houses. We will not accept reprints, only original pieces.

Does my submission need to be a final draft?

Whilst successful pieces may still go through an editing process, we will only be selecting pieces of the highest quality, so please ensure you proofread your work and correct errors and flaws. 

This call out requests submissions from writers who are Black, British AND Female. If I don’t completely fit that criteria, can I still submit a piece?

As much as we would like to be all-inclusive, Black British Writers was created to uplift and amplify Black British voices as we believe this demographic is underrepresented in the literary industry. Whilst this call out can’t be everything to everyone, our hope is that each anthology will focus on stories told by gifted writers that do not get the recognition they deserve. Therefore, for this particular call out, we will only accept submissions from writers that are Black, British and Female.

When will we hear back from you?

Unfortunately, we aren’t able to respond to all the submissions we receive, so if you don’t hear back from us within six weeks of the submission deadline your submission has not been selected for shortlisting. We also are not able to provide feedback for unsuccessful submissions.

Will I be paid for my entry if chosen?

At this time, we are not paying contributors. This is a voluntary submission and there is also no fee for submitting your work.

If my piece is chosen for the anthology, will I own the rights?

The copyrights of the chosen submissions remain with the authors. However, the selected authors grant Black British Writers the right to publish in print and/or online and/or broadcast the selected works for an indefinite period.

Use of the work elsewhere is subject to permission from Black British Writers for a period of 60 months.

I’m a publisher or agent. How can I get involved? We’d love to hear from you. Email anthologies@blackbritishwriters.co.uk if you’d like to be involved in the anthology collection and we’ll see what we can do.

If your question is not listed, you can reach us at awastedlife@blackbritishwriters.co.uk and we’ll do our best to answer your query.

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