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Made in Lancaster announces new arts magazines, seeks contributors

John Freeman
Made in Lancaster, a collective of creatives sharing skills and offering peer support, has announced the launch of Back and Beyond, its flagship publication which will launch next May as part of the inaugural Made in Lancaster Festival.
The MiL team are particularly keen to receive submissions from those who live in or around the Lancaster area, or have links to it, past or present. (If you don't, but the originality or strength of your work smacks them between the eyes, you'll still be considered)

Full submission details can be found here on the Lancashire Writing Hub, but here are the highlights...
They're looking for 800 word or less items of fiction (you may send up to three pieces for consideration) and plan to publish one short story of up to 2,000 words per issue, but it needs to be a gem. (Send it as one of your three pieces of prose fiction).

Lancaster has something of a reputation for its poets and poetry is also welcome: again, up to three poems, open theme and form, should be submitted, which may be linked or stand alone.

Non-fiction, Life writing and Creative Essays of 400-800 words each are also welcome. "We're particularly interested in pieces that connect with Lancaster and surrounding area, explore creative practice, or concern cross-medium creativity," the editors say.

MiL would also love to hear from you if you are interested in being a feature writer. "We want rich, well-thought out profile, reviews and articles of 250-2000 words (As with the fiction longer article need to be exceptional) with a connection to the creative life or heritage of Lancaster and surrounding area."

Photographers and Illustrators are also a vital part of the planned mix. Send in up to five images and indicate whether you would also be interested in producing material specifically in response to writing that has been selected for inclusion.

Please note that it is unlikely MiL will be able to pay people for their work at this stage, but you will receive a free copy of the publications, be invited to their Launch Event and receive associated publicity.

• The deadline for submissions is Monday 14th February 2011 and should be sent by email to 

Full submission details on Lancashire Writing Hub

For full submission guidelines check out the Back and Beyond Facebook Page