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Submissions: A book of wading birds


We are currently seeking short texts for inclusion in a small book project about wading birds in the UK. The book will comprise a selection of illustrations of wading birds interspersed with a small number of complementary pieces of writing. We are NOT seeking illustrations for the book. Journalism, poetry, non-fiction and short fiction will all be considered. All the writing should be original, of high quality and offer something intriguing, insightful and compellingly different.

We are particularly interested in themes of migration, climate and ecology, and ornithology. We love the plaintive song of the curlew, but perhaps don’t need to see lots of poems about it. The pieces do not necessarily even have to reference birds, but might instead allude to their habitats, flight routes, feeding patterns etc and the impact of humans on these.

We are looking for pieces that are as encompassing and outward looking as they are precise in their detail. The aim is that the pieces as a whole might plot an impressionistic geography of UK wading birds that extends to all corners of these isles and beyond. We are not looking for nature and landscape writing that references or draws upon other well-known writers (Macfarlane, Baker et al, much as we love them). Inventive, experimental and boundary-crossing texts are particularly welcomed.

The closing date for submissions is 31 July 2015. All submissions must be previously unpublished.

How to submit

What type of work can I submit?
Submissions of no more than 1,000 words will be considered for prose. Poems of roughly no more than 40 lines will also be considered. No work should have been previously published, either in print or online. Please do not submit work that is also being considered for publication elsewhere.

Files and formats
Please send all submissions to with the heading Wading Birds Submission. All files should be in Word or pdf formats, for example:
Word document (.doc)
Rich Text Format (.rtf)
Portable Document Format (.pdf) files

When will I hear about my submission?
The closing date for submissions is 31 July 2015 and we will not be able to respond before this date.

Dunlin Press is operating as a not-for-profit enterprise. Unfortunately this means we haven’t the funds to pay authors for submissions used in our wading birds book. Authors whose work appears the book will receive two copies of the book upon publication. Any profits made from the book will be invested into the print costs of next Dunlin Press project.

Copyright of all submissions remains with the authors, however we will ask for one year of exclusive use of any piece used, starting from the date of publication.

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This book has been published and the submissions period is closed. Thank you to all our contributors and everyone who submitted work.

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