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The deadline has passed for submissions
If you’re a writer, or aspire to be, and have had issues with addiction, specifically to drugs and alcohol, we’d like to hear from you. We want to read your stories for possible inclusion in an Arts Council-funded literary anthology. The theme for the anthology is recovery, but its subject matter is wide. We are particularly interested in writing that has grown from experience: perhaps looking back at a time of dependency, or how that felt for friends and family, or it could simply be a piece about waking up again to the world as you see it now. You might be recovering from drugs and alcohol addiction, or have been the child or loved one of an addict. We will also consider writing that touches on recovery in a broader sense, from mental or physical illness. We will accept poetry and prose, fiction and nonfiction, personal essay or memoir. Submissions don't have to directly relate to recovery, but should have grown from a life that has been affected by it in some way. 

We are looking for short stories (max 5,000 words), flash fiction (500-100 words), vignettes (experiential fiction or non-fiction), poetry, song lyrics, or creative nonfiction (5,000 max). Both Zoe Gilbert and Lily Dunn are on hand to offer mentoring and feedback. Our ambition is that A Wild and Precious Life anthology will be of a high standard, in order that our writers will be proud of their achievement, and feel a part of the wider writing community. 

Please get in touch if you’d like to contribute, and ask any questions. We are taking submissions from now, but will be making out final selection in the summer. The deadline for submissions to the anthology is 19th July, but please send your work in with enough time for us to give you feedback. Please contact