Alan Morrison calls for poems for The Brown Envelope Book: Poetry and prose on experiences of unemployment, the benefits system, and disability
Call for Submissions
Caparison Books in collaboration with Don't Go Breaking Our Arts (formerly Nothing4Something) Facebook group, and Culture Matters, is currently putting together an anthology of poetry and prose on experiences of disability, unemployment and navigating the tortuous benefits system and work capability regimen of the past decade. Submissions are welcomed from those who are writing about their personal experiences and also from those empathising with the experiences of others.
The anthology, to be titled The Brown Envelope Book, will initially be produced as an ebook (The Brown E-Book, if you like), and then will progress to a print entity in due course. We anticipate print publication around March/April 2021, though the ebook will appear around Feb/March 2021. Provisional deadline for submissions: 31 Jan 2021.
The anthology will be the de facto third (and final) Caparison anti-austerity anthology, following on from The Robin Hood Book: Verse Versus Austerity (2012), and Emergency Verse: Poetry in Defence of the Welfare State (2010/11).
Guidelines for submissions:
- There is no specific word count limit for contributions but editors reserve the right to suggest edits or cuts depending on space.
- The editors may suggest edits or changes to some submissions where it's felt these might improve them.
- Ideally no more than three poems or one prose piece per submitter.
- Submissions can be sent either as Word or Word-compatible email attachments, or, ideally, in the body of the email.
- Please include with submission a biog with place and date of birth, any previous publications, journal and magazine credits and/or occupational details.
In the collective spirit of the previous two Caparison anthologies, The Brown Envelope Book will be compiled alphabetically by surname.