About the anthology process
The anthology process starts with the writers. At the end of the second session of the year, around November, there is a call-out for submissions. This will be done by email and by lecturers in class
All creative writing is accepted: short stories, chapter excerpts from longer pieces, non-fiction (e.g., biographical sketches and travel writing), poetry, screenwriting (whether for film, television, radio or theatre). There is a limit of 5000 words per submission
At the same time, students are invited to apply to join the anthology committee. Expressions of interest are limited to:
- A one-page covering letter
- A two-page CV
- Two one-paragraph references from your lecturers
Being a committee member includes multi-tasking:
- Reviewing submissions: Each committee member reads every single submitted piece.
- Short-listing pieces to go into the anthology: Every piece of writing is discussed and a short list is created. From this shortlist the final selection is made, pending publishing approval.
- Contacting successful writers: Each editor works one on one with a few writers, workshopping and editing the pieces as thoroughly as possible. The workshopping process can be very intense or minimal depending on the work submitted. In every case the strengths and weaknesses are discussed by the editors, and the writers' opinions are always taken into account.
- Copyediting: Every t must be crossed, every i dotted, ensuring all the commas are slotted into place. Missing words suddenly come to light and are typed in.
- Choosing the name and a cover concept for the anthology: The editorial committee work out the chosen theme of the anthology and a cover design and a title that will best fit the anthology.
- Publicity: Organising the publicity for the anthology on social media and working with Marketing and the publisher.