Writing Our Legacy is thrilled to announce its first print and digital publication, Hidden Sussex, an anthology about the Sussex experience from the Black and ethnic minority perspective. Our aim is to reinvent Sussex Day, which is celebrated in Sussex on 16 June. 

For the Hidden Sussex anthology, we are looking for writing of all kinds – from fiction to poetry, and from prose to memoir – that is inspired by the experience of living, working and playing in Sussex. For us, Sussex stretches across East and West Sussex, from Chichester to Hastings, and from Crawley to Brighton.

The deadline for submissions is Sunday 17 March 2019 at midnight. 

Sussex is also a state of mind, encapsulating the famous South Downs, the beaches of the South Coast, the historic villages, or the ever expanding urban populations. Not to mention the rich cultural heritage of our various BME communities and people, from the Beachy Head Lady to contemporary figures such as poets John Agard and Grace Nichols.

The anthology invites writers to capture Sussex from their own personal experience, as well as the history, culture, landscape, food, drink – whatever inspires you to write! 

There are no age restrictions and writers of all backgrounds and levels of experience are invited to submit. 

The only requirement is that writers are BME/BAME, as follows: 

Writing Our Legacy employs MOSAIC’s definition of Black to be ‘Black people’ and ‘mixed-parentage people’ including all those people whose ancestral origins are African, Asian, Caribbean, Chinese, Middle Eastern, North African, Romany, the indigenous peoples of the South Pacific islands, the American continents, Australia and New Zealand.

Our Editors are Umi Sinha, Colin Grant and Dean Atta, working in partnership with Word Factory, New Writing South, Creative Futures, Diversity Lewes, Diverse Crawley, African Night Fever, Brighton & Hove Black History and Shoreham Wordfest.

The anthology project is supported by Arts Council England, Brighton & Hove City Council, East Sussex Arts Partnership and Devonshire West Big Local. 

people sitting round a table at a creative writing workshop
Writing Our Legacy 2018 Brighton, photography by Bip Mistry.

We will be running creative writing workshops in 7 locations across Sussex to inspire and support writers before submission opens. Please see our website for more details.

The anthology is part of Diverse Sussex, a platform and provocation to champion a shared sense of heritage, diversity & multiculturalism around the BME/BAME experience in East and West Sussex including Brighton.  

Submission rules:

  1. Submissions will be accepted until Sunday 17 March 2019 at midnight, following the below guidance. 
  1. The main categories for submissions include: short stories, flash fiction, fiction, life writing/autobiography, poetry, or prose.
  1. The maximum word count is 3000 words for short story, fiction, life writing/autobiography and prose, 1500 words for flash fiction or 40 lines for poetry. Get in touch with us if you have something longer on info@writingourlegacy.org.uk. 
  1. Writers can submit a maximum of three pieces in each category. You may enter as many categories as you like.
  1. Writers do not need to live in Sussex – we welcome submissions from anyone who was born, lived, studied or worked in Sussex, including connections through family or experience.
  1. Entries may be unpublished or previously published. If your writing has been previously published elsewhere, please let us know so that we can include this information in the book credits. 
  1. By submitting to the Writing Our Legacy’s Hidden Sussex anthology, you are granting us the non-exclusive right to publish your work through print and digital publication and on our website. Copyright will always remains with the writer. If your work is then subsequently reprinted elsewhere, please acknowledge Writing Our Legacy’s Hidden Sussex anthology as the site of first publication.
  1. Entries should be typed in black, double spaced, 12 point size, and in an easy-to-read typeface such as Times New Roman or Arial. On a separate covering page, include your name, address, email address and phone number. Do not put the title or your name on your entry. Please email to info@writingourlegacy.org.uk. 
  1. All contributions will be selected by a blind sifting process by our Editorial Team and then be presented for final selection by our Editors. 
  1. The anthology will be published in June 2019 and book launches will take place 1-16 June 2019 in London, Brighton, Eastbourne, Crawley and Worthing. Selected contributors will be invited to read an excerpt of their work. One short story writer will be invited to read at a Word Factory event in London. 
  1. Each contributor will receive one free copy of the book. Copies of the book – physical and digital – will go on sale to the public from June 2019 and will be available for purchase at all book launch events and on our website. 

Please contact us on info@writingourlegacy.org.uk if you have any queries.

More info about the creative writing workshops 2018/19

More information about the London & Sussex book launches in 2019

FINAL Hidden Sussex anthology information (right click)