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Cephalopress Anthology Competition:
Call for Submissions on ‘Borders and Belonging’

We define ourselves by borders and boundaries, drawing out where we end and another begins. Defining in this way gives us a sense of belonging: we belong to ourselves, we can give ourselves to others. We know what doesn’t belong, what cannot pass the borders we have established. Yet, simultaneously, we may long for those borders to be dismantled; for belonging to not rely on whether we can fit within the imposing boundaries established by others. The world around us thrives on these borders – they are a tool for organising who belongs where and why. As we see the difficulties of the contemporary moment, we may begin to question whether these borders are so important. Who is to say who belongs where and why? How important is the notion of borders to our sense of self? Or, rather, the sense of the other? Can we exist in a space where we belong outside of the border? Borders may include, but most often we see them as exclusionary, a safety mechanism to keep what we are afraid of out.

We’re looking for submissions of poems and short stories that engage with these difficult questions of borders and belonging. Ideas may include:

- How we understand borders from a global perspective

- The importance of borders to a sense of identity

- The body’s borders, their flexibility and the questions of belonging they raise

- Imaginary borders and their impact

All submissions should be sent with a short author bio on a separate page.

Stories of no more than 3000 words, and for poems, no longer than 40 lines. We will only accept one submission per author.

The winners of the competition will be published in the Cephalopress anthology, get to read their piece at our anthology launch event, and receive a free copy of it.

The deadline for submissions is 15th August. Please submit as usual, to submissions@cephalopress.com with ‘Anthology Competition’ in the subject header.

We look forward to reading your works.

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WE ARE CLOSED FOR BOOK SUBMISSIONS
BUT OPEN FOR INKSAC SUBS

Details below. Please read carefully. We will ignore any submissions that are not in line with our guidelines.

We look forward to reading your words.

Thank you,

The Cephalopress Team

INKSAC

We are looking for poetry and short fiction submissions  for our online mag, the Inksac.

 

We are looking for work that is brave and experimental, and sits outside the realms of mainstream publishing.

Our favourite themes are anything that captures the human condition, and questions societal beliefs.

We welcome work from anyone, anywhere across the globe, but are especially interested in showcasing marginalised voices.

 

We are not interested in genre fiction.

For poetry, send us 1–3 poems.

For short fiction, send us your stories of no more than 500 words.

All submissions must be sent in a word document or PDF via email, to:

submissions[at]cephalopress.com

Please include a short third person bio, and any social media tags you would like us to include, should your work be accepted.

We will aim to get back to you in 8–10 weeks, and thank you in advance for choosing to submit to Cephalopress.

BOOKS

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE CLOSED FOR BOOK SUBMISSIONS

AS OF MARCH 31st 2022. WE WILL REOPEN LATER THIS YEAR. 

We are looking for poetry collections, short story collections, and novellas. 

 

We are looking for work that is brave and experimental, and sits outside the realms of mainstream publishing.

Our favourite themes are anything that captures the human condition, and questions societal beliefs.

We welcome work from anyone, anywhere across the globe, but are especially interested in showcasing marginalised voices.

 

We are not interested in genre fiction.

All submissions must be sent in a word document or PDF via email, to:

submissions[at]cephalopress.com

Please include a short third person bio.

We will aim to get back to you in 3 months, and thank you in advance for choosing to submit to Cephalopress. 

Further details on what exactly to submit are below:

Poetry Collections

Please note, we are not interested in chapbooks, only larger poetry collections (as a guide, collections of at least 30 poems, though will of course vary based on poem length).

 

It's really important for us that poetry collections be complete, succinct pieces, much like a novel. A random collection of poems you find on your computer are not we are looking for. Poetry collections should be carefully thought out and constructed around a central idea or theme.

Send us your opening 5 poems, or 10 pages, whichever is shorter, as well as a synopsis / outline of the complete collection.

Short Story Collections

 

As with poetry collections, it's really important for that short story collections be complete, cohesive, succinct pieces of writing, not just a random set of stories loosely tied together by a vague theme.

Collections should be at least 40,000 words.

 

Send us your opening 3 stories, or 10 pages, whichever is shorter, as well as a synopsis / outline of the complete collection.

Novellas

We are very interested in publishing novellas, so that is complete pieces of fiction no longer than 60,000 words, and no shorter than 25,000.

For novellas, send us the opening 10 pages and a synopsis of the complete story.