Are you a writer, or do you want to be?  Live and work in Manchester, or used to?  We want to hear from you!

Commonword is excited to announce that submissions are now open for Turn the Big Light On, an online anthology of poems, monologues and short stories set in Manchester. Your choice of theme, your choice of genre.

Submission Guidelines

  • You can submit if you are from, live in or work in Manchester.
  • You can submit up to five pieces of work: 5000-word limit for a short story; 3000 for a monologue; 50 lines for a poem. .
  • Please submit the pieces as Word or .rtf documents titled clearly with [your name and title of submission]. If you need to submit your work in another format, please email to let us know.
  • Alongside your submission, please also send us a short biography of up to 150 words and a completed Diversity Monitoring Form.
  • We are accepting submissions by email to If you need to send your submission by post, please email us in advance to let us know. We must receive postal submissions before the deadline.
  • The deadline for submissions to Turn the Big Light On is 5pm on Friday 31st January 2019.

Any queries, please email or call 0161 832 3777.

Extended Deadline:   5pm on Friday 31st January 2019.