Submissions are now closed. Stay tuned for some exciting updates!

 

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

Thank you to each and every person who has submitted something to the #NapierBigRead and who will help make this year’s edition truly special and memorable!

The Napier Big Read Team will be in touch shortly.

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Napier Big Read, 2021

Our Brand New Anthology

Stories connect us. Sharing our individual experiences draws us together, and this has never been as important as right now.

The Napier Big Read is Edinburgh Napier University’s shared reading scheme, which uses books to bring people together. This year, students and staff are invited to contribute to a new anthology – a collection of short stories, poems, art, and more, that reflects learning and living in lockdown. It will be published by our own imprint, Merchiston Publishing, and free copies will be distributed across the university to staff and students.

We invite you to get involved and submit your work for inclusion in this collection. We want to hear about your experiences from the past year, from the outright struggles to the surprising successes. What knowledge and resources do you wish that you had going into lockdown? What moments do you want to keep forever? What lessons have you learnt?

This is a bold and innovative project – it will be the first time any university has collected, recorded, and published the experiences of its community during a pandemic. We are asking for entries of prose, poetry, photography, and other less traditional formats, such as recipes, playlists, or sketches. Send us your funniest online class memory, tips and recommendations for those studying at home, the games that got you through lockdown, or anything that defines your experience this past year. We want this anthology to connect us all and act as a reminder that no one is alone, even when your WiFi connection lets you down. We welcome any and all submissions and we can’t wait to hear your story.

Deadline for submissions: Tuesday 23rd March 2021.

Full details below.

Please submit to this form
Deadline: upload your submissions before midnight on 23 March 2021.
(If this is not finalised, please upload a draft or idea. There will be time during the editing process to amend this, if your idea is selected.)

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES (SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED)

Students and staff are invited to contribute to a new anthology.

We plan to publish this anthology in 2021. Copies will be available as part of the Napier Big Read 2021/22.*

We want to hear your experiences of learning and teaching at Edinburgh Napier during COVID-19. We want to be as inclusive and diverse as possible – submissions are invited from students and staff across the University. We welcome prose, poetry, photography, and other less traditional formats, such as recipes, playlists, or sketches. Send us your funniest online class memory, tips and recommendations for those studying at home, the games that got you through lockdown, or anything that defines your experience this past year. See below for further guidelines.

By submitting work, writers agree to collaborate with the MSc Publishing students at the editing stage, which will begin in March 2021.* All production decisions will be determined by the publisher.

WHO is eligible?

We welcome submissions from students and staff across Edinburgh Napier University. We are committed to embedding and embracing the principles of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the production of the anthology.

WHAT is eligible?

We are open to all creative approaches, as long as they fit our theme of learning and living in lockdown. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions about submissions and what is eligible! The following guidelines are flexible if your work is non-traditional (e.g. a playlist, recipe, sketch etc.). We want to work with you to ensure your voice is heard wherever possible.

Your work can be written (e.g. poetry), illustrations (e.g. sketches or photography), or a combination of both (e.g. graphic novels, playlists, recipes etc). Traditional and non-traditional formats will be accepted (See submission guidelines above for more suggestions). All work should be in black and white (no colour).

  • Written work – up to 3,000 words.
  • Poetry – up to 30 lines. If you are sending a submission that requires a format specific to your prose or poetry (e.g., concrete/graphic poetry or prose) please send as a PDF.
  • Graphic fiction – should be no more than 4 pages.
  • Images (sketches or photography) – up to 3 images or screenshots can be submitted as one submission. Images need to be at least 400mm (height or width) and 300 dpi. Images should be in black and white only.

Please get in touch if you have any questions about submission guidelines via our social media pages (see below), or any questions about ideas that do not fit these categories.

Only unpublished work is eligible.

Work should NOT have been previously published or be under consideration for publication during the submission or pre-publication period. Publication is considered to include: newspaper, newsletter, magazine, anthology, chapbook, book, electronic magazine, or any other edited public platform or forum where a contract or agreement has been signed.

  • A maximum of one submission per person.
  • Work should be all your own.

Entrants must agree to the following statement when submitting work.

I hereby certify that this entry is my own, original unpublished work.

How to submit

Please submit to this form

You are able to upload up to 4 files (please see format requirements listed above).

You will receive an automatic notification that your work has been received.

Deadline: upload your submissions before midnight on 23 March 2021.
(If this is not finalised, please upload a draft or idea, there will be time during the editing process to amend this, if your idea is selected.)

Judging and publication processes

We will complete our selection process in March 2021.*

You will have the opportunity to work with postgraduate students on MSc Publishing, the only doubly accredited Publishing course in the UK. Guided by Programme Leader, Avril Gray, and academic staff, the students will work with you to prepare your work for publication; and will be fully engaged in the process. This is a unique and exciting publishing opportunity!

If your submission is accepted, we will require you to grant us (Merchiston Publishing/Edinburgh Napier University) first publishing rights, after which all rights to publish the work elsewhere will revert to you (we would appreciate an acknowledgement in any other publication). A contract outlining the terms and conditions of publication will be agreed on acceptance of your work. There will be no fee to submit your work to the anthology, and no payment if selected. All rights to your work will remain with you.

The decision of the judges is final.

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*Please note: due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, plans are subject to change.

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