In May 2017 Nottingham Peacebuilders hosted its first series of events under the banner ‘Small Acts of Kindness Change the World’. This Nottingham initiative was instigated by local individuals in response to a touring exhibition of three world leaders and their significant contribution to building a better world through peaceful means, Mohandas Gandhi, Dr Martin Luther King Jnr, and Daisaku Ikeda. Beginning with individual conversations, the community programme of live events set out to celebrate what humans can achieve in the name of peace; how we can demonstrate the nature and advantage of being peace builders in our daily lives, and how that affects a city and its population. By exploring the power of the individual to make a difference, Nottingham Peacebuilders set out to raise the profile of ‘peace building’ locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
To conclude Nottingham’s peacebuilder programme, we want to leave a written legacy linking with our status as a UNESCO city of literature. We are inviting writers to generate work for the anthology based on this theme: Small Acts of Kindness Change the World.
We are now calling for submissions to contribute to an anthology of poetry and flash fiction, which will be published in print and online and launched in November 2017. This is an open submission process and work will be selected for the anthology by an experienced panel. Successful entries will be printed alongside nationally and internationally acclaimed writers. The anthology will be printed by Russell Press, imprint of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation.
The deadline for submission is 15 October. Successful entrants will be informed by 31 October.
There will be a number of live events around the launch in late November and all successful entrants will be invited to attend.
Further information will be found on the Peacebuilders facebook site, www.facebook.com/peacebuildersUK including details of the forthcoming peacebuilders website.
How to Enter:
Entry guidelines for Peacebuilders Anthology 2017
Theme: Small Acts of Kindness Change the World
A panel, including published writers and editors, will select work from the open submission process to appear in the anthology. We are looking for work that stands out, entices the reader and provokes thought.
Nottingham Peacebuilders 2017 chose three quotes to inspire the individuals and organisations who created the programme of live events in April/May 2017:
Be the change you want to see in the world - Mohandas Gandhi
Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that - Dr Martin Luther King Jnr
A great revolution of character in just a single individual will help achieve a change in the destiny of a nation
By choosing the theme of small acts of kindness, we want to pull the focus from the impersonal to the personal, from action beyond our control, to the power and responsibility we each have to shape our own lives and the way in which we affect the lives of others.
1. Poems and flash fiction entries should be based around the theme and must be an original work
2. Maximum length is 30 lines per poem or 600 words for Flash Fiction
3. A maximum of two entries only per person, this would be either two for Flash Fiction or two for poetry or one for each catergory.
4. Entries should be typed with double line spacing and in 12 point. Please put the title of the work at the top of the page with your name and contact details. We prefer entries by email, but if you are unable to do this, postal entries should be on A4 paper and printed on one side only (please send two copies if entering by post).
5. Online entries must be submitted via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org Postal entries should be sent to: Nottingham Peacebuilders, c/o Sharon Scaniglia, Arts Officer, 2nd Floor Loxley House, Station Street, Nottingham NG2 3NG
6. Closing date for receipt of entries is 12 noon, 15 October, 2017
7. Entries must not have been previously published in print or online, been broadcast or won a prize.
8. Entries will be read and judged by a panel of experienced writers and practitioners involved in the world of books and literature. Members of the panel will be announced on www.facebook.com/PeacebuildersUK/
9. Entries will not be returned so please keep a copy. No corrections or alterations can be made after entries have been received.
10. The submission is open to anyone aged 16 and over.
11. The text should be in English.
12. We regret that we are unable to enter into any correspondence with entrants.
Writers chosen for the anthology will be notified by 31 October by email, and announced on the facebook page and website. If you wish to be notified by post, please attach a stamped, addressed envelope to your entry. Please note, only successful entrants will be contacted.
We look forward to receiving your entries.
Nottingham Peacebuilders in partnership with Arts Council England and Nottingham City Council Arts