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New Worlds, New Voices: A Books Beyond NI Anthology

Call for Submissions

“The resilience of the human spirit lies in our ability to imagine.

Imagination is a tool of resistance.

(Womack, Afrofuturism, 2013)

Books Beyond Boundaries NI are pleased to launch the call for submissions for our first ever anthology!


New Worlds, New Voices seeks submissions from previously undiscovered writers in Northern Ireland and Ireland, with a focus on the representation of multicultural identity through the genres of fantasy, sci-fi and horror writing.

With this in mind, we welcome writers across the island of Ireland who are yet to publish their first full collection of work (manuscript, poetry collection, art book etc) to submit any of the following:

  • Up to 2 short stories (max 6000 words each)
  • Up to 3 pieces of poetry (max 60 lines each)
  • Up to 3 pieces of art (high resolution images)

Submissions may be a mix of the above. Work should be previously unpublished in print or online, and submissions are encouraged from writers from traditionally unrepresented backgrounds.


The closing date for submissions is 20th February 2022.

To submit, please send your work in Word.doc format (Times New Roman 12 font) to [email protected], with the email title ‘New Worlds New Voices Submission’ followed by your category (ie. New Worlds New Voices Submission: Short Story).

Please include your name, bio, email, and optional cover letter in the body of your email, however your details should not appear anywhere on your submission documents as these will be considered anonymously.

Please note: we cannot offer payment for accepted submissions, however Ulster University will be touring and promoting the book throughout Northern Ireland/Ireland, and there is an opportunity for public readings and performances.