Attenborough Arts Centre learners are invited to find out more about our Fiction Anthology Project. There is a call out for new writing for the Family Matters book. Fiona is leading a year’s collaboration to create and showcase an anthology with Attenborough Arts Centre learners, where she is a freelance practitioner. Thanks to the Attenborough Arts, Arts Council England, Dahlia Publishing & Renaissance One she will elicit learners’ short fiction, then she’ll challenge learners to write to their next level. 

Following the call out, some workshops and activities/email support, she'll raise aspirations of new writers. Learners will be encouraged to follow Dahlia Publishing submission guidelines and publisher rules, to draft work towards ‘Family Matters.’ Practising self-editing techniques they’ll develop skills to improve stories or poetry. Having revised their draft work, learners receive positive publishing opportunity and a free performance workshop from Renaissance One. Contributors will read extracts of their work at showcasing events and a book launch to champion successful narrative voices. See 1st Showcase of chosen extracts in the Every Body's Reading Brochure page 37, here https://bit.ly/2wtUj2I


 Dahlia Publishing is delighted to be publishing the Family Matters Anthology.

We are looking for short stories of up to 1,000 words and poetry of no more than 40 lines. Any material must be suitable for readers aged 12+.

We only publish original material, so any work you submit to Fiona Linday (Project Lead) must be your own work and must not have been published elsewhere (including on your own blog).

We try to keep our submission process as easy as possible but please ensure you follow our submission guidelines:   

- Submit your work as a Word document

- Use Times New Roman font, in a 12 pt size

- Use single quote marks for speech, double quote marks if you are referring to something


- Please use English spellings, not American ones with –ise endings not –ize. For example, recognise not recognize.

- Please submit a short biography with any submissions. This should be a short introduction of you (no more than 75 words). See example below:


Farhana Shaikh is a writer and publisher born in Leicester. She edits The Asian Writer, an online magazine championing Asian literature and runs the small press, Dahlia Publishing which publishes regional and diverse writing. Farhana hosts the popular Writers Meet Up Leicester as well as Leicester Writes Festival of New Writing. In 2017, she won Travelex & Penguin’s The Next Great Travel Writer competition and is currently part of Curve’s Cultural Leadership programme.

Publication- We will be selecting 20 pieces to publish and contributors will receive two complimentary copies of the anthology.

You will have the opportunity to see any proof material. Please return proofs by the deadline stated at the time. Any corrections not received by the deadline will not be amended. We look forward to reading your work. Farhana Shaikh

Note from Fiona for Attenborough learners- Submission period Please send finished, new work to willfionas@hotmail.com or via  www.fionalinday.co.uk between 17/07/2018 & 17/08/2018. 

 The book will be published before March 2019. 

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