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Open Call for Commonwealth Writers on Freedom of Expression

Deadline: December 5th, 2021

The Commonwealth Foundation is calling for submissions for an edition that engages with the Commonwealth Charter on Freedom of Expression. We are committed to peaceful, open dialogue and the free flow of information, including through a free and responsible media, and to enhancing democratic traditions and strengthening democratic processes.

Writers from Commonwealth countries are invited to submit poetry (up to 2 poems, 5 pages maximum), literary non-fiction (2000-5000 words), short fiction (2000-5000 words) and graphic fiction (finished panels or samples of illustrations, 15 pages max) that are in conversation with the Commonwealth’s commitment to freedom of expression. This could include freedom to express your beliefs, sexuality or politics. While the call is open to all Commonwealth citizens, the foundation encourages submissions from young people and writers from small and vulnerable Member States.

Why You Should Apply

  • A selection of up to 24 pieces will be made by a team of editors. They will be published on adda between February and June 2022.
  • Entries by voices, or on topics, that may receive less attention from other publications, are welcomed.
  • Writers will be paid a standard adda fee if their work is accepted for publication.

Who Can Apply?

  • Only one submission per writer will be considered. However, if you sent your piece to the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, you are most welcomed to submit it to the adda Call for Submissions.
  • If your work has been written in a language other than English, we are happy to accept submission of an English translation. Unfortunately, we cannot consider the original work for this Call.
  • Please note that previously published work, whether in print or online, in whole or in part, will not be considered.
  • Thank you for informing us immediately if you have submitted the work elsewhere and if it has been accepted for publication.

How to Apply

  • We encourage writers to familiarise themselves with the work published on adda.
  • Submit your entry in the submission form here. Select only one of the four categories: poetry, literary non-fiction, short fiction or graphic fiction, and send us a summary of your past writing experience (300 words maximum).
  • Submissions are read anonymously. Please do not include any contact or personal information in the files that you submit.
  • Formatting: double-space for prose and single-space for poetry, Arial 12-point font. Please submit your work in a Word doc. Pdf is accepted only for graphic fiction.

We aim to make decisions on entries and contact entrants by the end of February 2022. We are unfortunately unable to provide feedback. If you have any questions or technical issues with your submission, please email us at writers@commonwealth.int.

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