Monday, 6 February 2017

Write to be Counted

Resistance Anthology, working title:

Write to be Counted

We are a group of three poets who are deeply troubled by recent events across the globe in these times of political upheaval. Human rights feel under threat in so many ways. As writers, and motivated by compassion, we feel compelled to act. We propose to produce an anthology to allow us all to stand up and be counted: to express our outrage, to honour and nurture the values we believe in, to join the upswing of positive resistance to the assaults and threats to the creative and compassionate global community. Our focus is love not hate.

Our aim: to foster and support the maintenance of

  • ·         Human rights
  • ·         Women’s rights
  • ·         LGBT rights.
  • ·         Religious tolerance
  • ·         Refugee and Migrants’ rights
  • ·         Creative rights
  • ·         The right of independence of the investigative press
  • ·         The right of open speech and debate by citizens and the press.
  • ·         Connectivity and mutual support between writers across the globe.

Our remit?...We want this anthology to be full of poems which applaud the diversity of human life: that we are all very different but all equal; that we are all one great human race, needing to hold together, not pull apart. That we all deserve to be respected and to be heard.

As editors, we invite you to join us. Please send up to three poems for consideration if you would like to be a part of this endeavour. Submission details below. There is no charge for submitting and, as an editorial team, we will be selecting a range of poems to fulfil the criteria above and which will aim to reflect the diversity of our international poetry community. It will be designed, formatted and printed to the highest professional standards. Poems may have been previously published.  Copyright remains with the individual poets. As this is a charitable venture, we will not be sending out free copies (though we may offer a free e-book). You will be able to purchase print copies, or download an e-book – both at modest cost. We are taking no money from this project, and all profits after printing costs will go to PEN, the international writers’ charity, see http://www.pen-international.org.  

PEN aims to campaign to defend writers and readers around the world whose human right to freedom of expression is at risk.

Submission details:  Deadline: Midnight, Friday 10th March.

Please email up to THREE poems to writetbcountedanthology@gmail.com as a single Word document, each poem no more than 35 lines. (Longer poems may be considered by prior arrangement with the editors). 
Please use a plain font eg Times New Roman 12
Please include your name and email address on each page
Please give your postal address and a contact phone number in the email

We will read all submissions and respond to you as soon as possible. 

We do hope that you will join us - Write to be Counted.


Jacci Bulman                          Nicola Jackson                                  Kathleen Jones