Young Enigma is launching a new chapbook series supported by Manchester Pride. The Superbia Chapbook Series will showcase new and emerging talent from Greater Manchester, while offering a unique opportunity to take part in Young Enigma’s mentoring and writing development programme.
Mark Fletcher, Chief Executive for Manchester Pride said:
“Supporting young talent across all elements of the cultural spectrum is integral to our mission for Superbia. Publishing is an infamously difficult world to break into and this initiative with Young Enigma is a fantastic opportunity for young writers to have their work read and most importantly published and distributed via major channels. I am really pleased that we are able to support it with a Superbia Grant and can’t wait to see some brilliant young talent come forward to take this potentially life changing challenge.”
Three LGBT+ writers will be published as part of the project, with publication and a book launch supported by Manchester Pride’s Superbia. Writers will receive 20 free copies of their chapbook, which will be distributed in print and ebook formats via major bookstores and online channels, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Inpress Books (the home of the best UK independent presses).
The project is open to poetry, fiction, non-fiction and drama (up to 28 poems, 10,000 words of prose or about 30 minutes of script). Any writer who identifies as LGBT+, who lives or works in Greater Manchester, and is aged 18-35 may submit, provided you have not previously released a full-length, professionally published book.
Submit a finished manuscript, along with a one-page synopsis and a short author bio to firstname.lastname@example.org
Manuscripts will be selected by Young Enigma coordinators Adam Lowe, Afshan D’Souza-Lodhi and Jane Bradley.
Deadline for submissions is 30 November 2017