Watermark: Call for Submissions
Watermark: Call for Submissions

Date: Monday 27th June 2016

New Writing By Lido Lovers And Wild Swimmers

In 2017 The Frogmore Press and Pells Pool in Lewes — the oldest freshwater pool in the UK — are publishing an anthology of exceptional new prose and poetry to celebrate the life aquatic.

We are looking for work by writers who find inspiration in or near lidos, lakes, sea pools and other wild swimming places. The writing has to be short — a maximum of 1000 words for prose and 50 lines for poetry — but supple.

We want work full of quick turns, graceful strokes or surprising dives into the depths: stories which hold the attention and last in memory as good swimmers do when they take to the water; writing which has us catch our breath, laugh in delight or shiver a little.

Nature and life writings are welcome, but must — like fiction and poetry — emphasise scene, story and sensation. We are not seeking local history, natural history or journalism.

 We can only consider original writing in English, but authors are not restricted to UK waters: We are interested in work situated both close to home and far away.

 Full submissions criteria can be found at www.pellspool.org.uk/watermarks. Deadline is 15 September 2016.


For updates on this publication, you can follow Pells Pool writer-in-residence Tanya Shadrick on Twitter @LidoWriters or via her Laps/Lines blog at www.tanyashadrick.com/blog