March 25: book launch and soirée

Fincham Press and the Creative Writing programme at Roehampton are combining forces for a joint book launch and writing competition soirée on the evening of Wednesday, March 25.

The soiree will be held in the Digby Stuart Chapel on the main campus on March 25, with doors opening at 6:30pm. The evening features readings, a keynote speaker, and a spread of food and drink.

The first half of the evening will focus on our sixth creative writing anthology, The Box, which includes work from last year’s competition – you can buy a copy on the night (for cash) or at any time from the university e-store.

The second half gives a stage to writers from this year’s competition, which has just opened. Authors who have been shortlisted have the chance to read their work to an audience of peers, agents, editors and published writers.

The deadline for submissions to the competition is 11pm on Monday, February 24. Submissions must come with a completed entry form which can be found at the top of the Moodle page for the BA Creative Writing or downloaded here. The guidelines are here. Enquiries can be sent to roehamptonwrites2020@gmail.com.

 

The Rook: new journal for nonfiction stories

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The Rook anthology is a new collection of experimental and literary journalism that showcases innovative forms of non-fiction storytelling.

Why The Rook? Roehampton derives from the Old English, “the homestead of the rook”. Communal by nature, the Corvus frugilegus roosts in great numbers across our campus.

Propitiously, a gathering of rooks can be called a parliament, a clamour, or a storytelling. Rooks form a circle, in the middle of which a solitary bird caws, as if telling a story.

Our first anthology explores the theme “Citizens of Nowhere”. We are interested in submissions that explore Citizenship, National Identities, Place and Space, in response to the wider questions raised by Brexit, but we also want to extend the parameters of the debate. Possible submissions could include reportage from Brexitland, features on global citizenship or polemics on space and place. We are open to all subjects and submissions that respond to the theme.

We are calling for contributions from all of our university communities. Staff, students and alumni are encouraged to submit unpublished journalism of between 500 and 5000 words by September 1 2017 May 21, 2018.

We are open to submissions that explore the boundaries of journalism and encourage experimentation with form. We only ask for accuracy, veracity, and most of all, originality.

The Rook aims to build a community of lively writers from our corner of London.

Please respond to our call! Send an email to:

John Doyle – j.a.doyle (at) sussex.ac.uk
Juan Perez-Gonzalez – j.perez-gonzalez (at) roehampton.ac.uk

Anthology #5: Call for submissions (Roehampton alumni only)

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It’s that time of year when Fincham Press start compiling the new anthology of student work. This time, as well as our usual call-out to the present student body we are seeking submissions from University of Roehampton alumni to celebrate our fifth year as a press. We will accept most forms including flash fiction, novel extracts, poetry, creative nonfiction, and short screenplays. For examples of our previous collections, please visit our catalogue.

Submission guidelines

This call is open to alumni of the University of Roehampton’s Creative Writing programme only. There is no specific theme for this anthology, and we are open to all genres.

Please submit only one piece for our consideration; the exceptions are flash fiction and poetry, where multiple pieces may be submitted but must not exceed the maximum word count as outlined below.

There is no minimum word count, however please bear in mind these maximum word counts for specific forms:

  • Short stories – 2500 words
  • Nonfiction and novel excerpts – 5000 words
  • Flash fiction – multiple stories allowed, but together should be no more than 1000 words in total
  • Screenplays – 15 pages
  • Poetry – 10 pages

All submissions should be double-spaced and set in 12pt Times New Roman or rough equivalent. The title of the work should be set in capital letters; please do not underline the title.

You should include a coversheet with your submission. This must include your name, the year you graduated from Creative Writing at Roehampton, and a contact e-mail and postal address.

All submissions should be sent as word-processed documents (.odt or .docx) with a brief covering email to finchampress@roehampton.ac.uk. If you are submitting concrete poetry or anything experimental in terms of form and layout, please also provide screenshots in addition to the word-processed document.

The deadline for alumni submissions is 10am on Sunday 25 March 2018. Any submissions received after this time will not be considered for publication.

Please do not hesitate to contact our Publishing Assistant Veslemøy Stavdahl if you have any questions.

Thank you, and happy writing!

Get involved – Review The Unseen

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As we are all thrust into 2018, so too do we at Fincham find ourselves thrust into production. With our sights set on the upcoming fifth anthology, we are looking for reviewers to give us their verdict on The Unseen following its official launch in December. Your opinions will help us to make this year’s anthology better yet.

Whether you are a literary critic, work for a magazine, or you have a blog, website or even a vlog, we would love to hear from you. If you are interested in reviewing The Unseen, please contact Managing Editor Charlotte Byrne with details of your publication or links to previous reviews. All reviews will receive a special mention on our website and our Facebook and Twitter pages, so this would be a great opportunity to attract new followers.

Of course, you do not need to be an active reviewer to get involved. If you have read The Unseen, you can always leave us a few words about your experience on Amazon or GoodReads. After all, it is the opinions of our readers that we prize most of all.

CfP: RoundTable Postgraduate Journal, issue theme: Memory

The editors of RoundTable invite academic articles and creative submissions on any aspect of literary engagement with the experience or concept of memory, from the medieval to the contemporary, the individual to the collective, the material to the digital. How, and why, does memory matter?

RoundTable is an online, peer-reviewed, open access literary journal for and by postgraduate and early career researchers and creative practitioners, published by Fincham Press at the University of Roehampton. Submissions are encouraged across the fields of English literature, children’s literature, and creative writing; we welcome interdisciplinary contributions and those that engage with memory in their methodological approach (for example, oral history).

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Potential approaches to the theme of memory may include, but are not limited to:

  • Memory, narrative and media
  • Memory, space and place
  • Memory in the digital age
  • Autobiography, life-writing and memoir
  • Memory, childhood, adolescence and (young) adulthood
  • Memorialising, remembrance and commemoration
  • Fragmented, or distorted memory
  • Memory and translation, metamorphosis, re-use or recycling
  • Memory and the material text
  • Forgetting and (mis)remembering
  • Collecting and recollecting: memory and the archive
  • Memory and trauma
  • Embodied memory
  • Migration, diaspora and memory
  • Memory and ageing
  • Memory, illness and end-of-life narratives
  • The intersections of memory with race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, gender, disability
  • Memory and futurity

Critical

Academic articles should be approximately 4,000-6,000 words. In the first instance, please submit a 250 word abstract and a 150 word biography to roeroundtable@gmail.com.

Creative

We welcome poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction and multimedia/audio submissions, up to 3,000 words. Please note that extracts from longer written pieces (for example, novels), and exclusively visual artwork (for example, photography)will not be considered. Creative work should be accompanied by a critical commentary of between 500 and 1,500 words. Critical commentaries will be requested in full after creative works have been selected. In the first instance, please submit your creative work in full, alongside a 200 word abstract for an accompanying critical commentary, and a 150 word biography to roeroundtable@gmail.com.

Deadline: 15 October 2017

Please contact roeroundtable@gmail.com with any enquiries!