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Call for submissions: PORT

Dunlin Press is inviting submissions for a new book, Port, to be published in 2019. Non-fiction, reportage and journalistic reports, poetry, fictions, local history, biography, exploratory and experimental texts will be considered.

We are looking for contributions from around the UK and that map ports – the cities, towns and villages where they are located, the landscapes they are part of, the places they connect, the people who inhabit them and work there, and the nature that co-exists there.

What is a port? A harbour? A haven? A place of arrival? A point for departure? A port is a place where ‘here’ contacts ‘there’; where known and unknown meet; where perceptions of possible experience are expanded.

From the traditional fishing village to the mechanised container city and the old docks redeveloped into marinas and cultural quarters, time shapes our ports and ports shape people and society. Who lives there? What occurs there? When and why does the success or failure of a port occur? How do ports frame our experience of island life?

Dunlin Press is seeking contributions for a new book that will explore some of these questions, in writing that challenges what we know of ports around the UK. Which port has made an impact on you? What would you write about it?

We are particularly interested in intelligent writing that contends with social issues, psychogeographies, and exploratory and experimental texts and forms. All writing should be original, of high quality and offer something intriguing, insightful and compellingly different.

We are not interested in genre fiction, including sci-fi, fantasy, thrillers etc.

Please take a look at our previous books, our Instagram account (@dunlinpress), and the work of previous contributors to familiarise yourself with the type of work we publish. 

How to submit

What type of work can I submit?
Prose (non-fiction, history, fiction etc): no more than 3,000 words.
Poetry: up to six poems, no more than 70 lines each.

We will not consider any work that has been previously published, either in print or online, including on personal blogs. Please do not submit work that is also being considered for publication elsewhere.

Deadline: 31 March 2019

Files and formats
Please send all submissions to with the heading PORT Submission. All files should be attached to the email as a Word document (.docx) or in Rich Text Format (.rtf).

Please include a short biography as part of your covering letter/email, as well as your postal address.

When will I hear about my submission?
The closing date for submissions is 31 March 2019 and we will not be able to respond before this date.

Dunlin Press operates as a not-for-profit enterprise. Unfortunately this means we haven’t the funds to pay authors for submissions. Authors whose work appears the book will receive a copy of the book upon publication. Any profits from the book are directly 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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