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Call for Submissions: Creative Writing and Featured Artwork – Strangers in the City

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Manchester is a vibrant city that attracts people from all walks of life from all over the world. Whether they be students or lecturers, artists or scientists, our city is a magnet for unique and interesting people just waiting to have their story told, or perhaps inspire a completely new one.

Which peculiar people have you met in Manchester, and how did they make you feel? What about them intrigued you? Did you try to get to know them, or did you settle by romanticising them from afar? Is it better to risk disillusionment for the sake of meeting someone new? Can you truly judge a book by its cover? By exploring our impressions of others, we can better understand ourselves.

Creative Writing Guidelines

We are accepting works of prose, poetry, flash fiction and art on the theme of Strangers in the City. Send us your best creative fiction and/or non-fiction pieces that explore some of these questions posed above. All submissions should be a maximum of 1,500 words. We allow a maximum of three pieces of poetry per submission and one piece of creative fiction or nonfiction per submission.

To submit, email your entry as a Word document to with the subject line ‘Creative Submission’. Deadline: 30 November, 2022.

Featured Artists Guidelines

A spotlight on a visual artist – submit up to ten images and we will pick our favourites to be featured as part of this series. Fine artists of all practices welcome, illustrators, photographers and graphic designers. Send us a brief bio and explanation of how your work relates to the theme Strangers in the City.

Artists and designers are welcome to submit works in any medium: painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, photography, textile, installation, any mixed media, digital, performance and film (jpg still image and a link to video) etc. All visual art mediums are welcome. Submit your visual work in a digital format in the highest possible resolution you have available – not below 300 dpi.

Visual Guidelines

Our Featured Artists work may also be published alongside a range of creative prose, poetry, and other artwork which offers a critical, insightful and creative slant on the theme of Strangers in the City. We are looking for inventive and thought-provoking perspectives to create a magazine that opens conversation and breaks convention.

To submit, email your entry to with the subject line ‘Creative Submission’. Deadline: 30 November, 2022.

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