Announcing the Long Listed Proposals: August 2023 Call for Submissions

We are excited to announce the longlisted submissions from our August 2023 open call requesting poetry and prose pamphlets for adults and poetry & fiction for children.

Thank you to all the writers who submitted for trusting us with your work, and congratulations to the longlisted authors.

In this call we received over 500 submissions across genres which made the longlisting process especially challenging, and the achievement for each of the authors even greater.

Our newly established Birmingham Editorial Readers Group will be assisting our team to create a final shortlist and decide on the book/s The Emma Press will publish next. In the meantime, we’d like to celebrate the longlisted authors!

Longlisted Authors

Adrian Johnson, The Black Country GIANT

Twitter @Adrianj51513532 | Instagram @AdrianJohnson6834

Alyson Kissner, Prayer w/o Punctuation

Twitter @Alykissner | Instagram @Alykissner

Antony Huen, A Manual for Boys

Twitter @AntonyHuen | Instagram @AntonyHuen

Caitlin Stobie and Kharys Ateh Laue, The Smell of Blood and Other Stories

Twitter @CaitlinStobie | Instagram @Caitlinstobie

Chris Jenkins, Things we soothe with dock leaves

David Ball, a translation proposal of To Live in the World by François Migeot

Hanna Leliv, translation proposal of Коні та портрет мого дядька [Horses and My Uncle’s Portrait] by Valentyna Kyrylova

Blog hannaleliv.com

Hugh Dunkerley, The Moose in the Caboose

James McGrath, Word-Castles and other Mental Variations

Jessica Rushton, Bavarde

Instagram @Jrushty

Lewis Buxton, Mate Arias

Twitter @LewisBuxton93 | Instagram @Lewisbuxtonwriter

Luis Guzmán Valerio, translation proposal of Elusive Memory by José Alcántara Almánzar

Mark Ward, Masters

Ojo Taiye, Midnight Feast

Olena Ebel and Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp, translation proposal of Сніговий тепл [The Snow Warm] by Kateryna Babkina

Phoebe T, building

Twitter @pp_ph0ebe

Pratyusha Prakash, Glacial Voices

Twitter @nala_e_bulbul

Rachel Jeffcoat, Moult

Twitter @rachel_jeffcoat | Instagram @rachel__jeffcoat 

Ramona Herdman, The Moss Cure

Twitter @ramonaherdman

Ruth Donnelly, translation proposal of Matilde by Carola Martínez Arroyo

Twitter @rudo151

Taylor Edwards, House in the Sky

Yana Ellis, translation proposal of Таралежите излизат през нощта [Hedgehogs come out at night] by Jordanka Beleva

Twitter @YanaEllis | Instagram @YanaEllis

Yerkezhan Berkembayeva, In a Heart Glow

Instagram @zhan_poetry

[Cover image from Eggenwise, by Andrea Davidson, illustrated by Amy Louise Evans]

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