Who Can Submit Work?


We want to share the experiences of BAME people who have been affected by mental health difficulties. We use BAME as an umbrella term for those who live in the UK and do not identify as white or Caucasian. We welcome submissions from those from BAME backgrounds who have experience of mental health difficulties, or live/ work closely with those who do.


At this time, we are only accepting submissions from over 18s and preference will be given to those who live in the UK.


What Can I Submit?


We accept text or image submissions which convey the mental health experience. This means essays, poems (up to 50 lines), short fiction (up to 5000 words), one-liners, cartoons, paragraphs, artwork (resolution of at least 300 dpi), and thoughts that are relevant to the theme. Get creative!


Please note that we will not publish any work that has already been published elsewhere, whether in print or online. All the writers/artists who have had work selected for the anthology will graciously forfeit their royalties which will also be forwarded to Kindred Minds, a BAME service-user lead mental health charity.


A note to artists: in addition to submitting work, we welcome you to enter our cover design competition. The winner will receive full design credits, a fee of £50.00 and their artwork will become the cover for the anthology.


How do I submit?


Please submit all work (including artwork which should be at a resolution of at least 300 dpi) through our Submittable portal which accepts .docx, PDF and .jpeg files for upload.  You will find the SUBMIT button at the bottom of the page.


Please use easy to read fonts like Times, Arial or Verdana in 12 pt.


The deadline for submissions is 18th February 2018 at 11.59pm. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered.


Can I Submit More Than One Piece?


You can submit as many pieces as you like! We aim to publish a maximum of one piece per person but may publish more than one in exceptional cases.


Who Decides If My Work Is Selected?


Our Editor for the project is Samara Linton, a final-year medical student and prize-winning journalist. Our Associate Editor is Rianna Walcott, writer, academic and co-founder of Project Myopia. You can find out more about them on our FAQ page.


When Will I Know If My Work Has Been Accepted?


You should receive an automatic email confirming receipt of your submission. We will contact those whose submissions have been selected around April/ May.  If you haven't been successful on this occasion we will also let you know by email.


For any other questions, queries, comments or interest please email editor@stirlingpublishing.co.uk with 'THE COLOUR OF MADNESS'  as the subject header.


Thank you and good luck!


The Editors














1 Dalhousie Terrace



EH10 5NE

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