Untitled is a new platform co-founded by Ollie Charles and events producer Nicola Lampard to amplify and uplift underrepresented writers. “We are looking for impassioned storytellers to share their work; underrepresented writers include those from a socio-economically marginalised backgrounds, LGBTQ+ Writers (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer), Black Writers, Asian Writers and those from Minority Ethnic communities, Working Class Writers as well as writers with a disability.” Their first three issues are available to download online so you can get a feel for the types of work they publish. They are currently open to submissions of all types of writing, including poetry, prose, experimental, and articles for their next issue. For more information, see my interview co-founder Ollie Charles and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Untitled.
CHARLES: Untitled was started as a reaction to the urgent need to uplift underrepresented writers within the publishing community. I am a writer and was part of an LGBTQIA+ writing group a few years back, the culmination of the group was a live event sharing work and it was so buzzy and the energy was so positive, so I knew I wanted that to continue and to share that feeling with more writers who have something to say.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
CHARLES: It sounds like a cliché, but really anyone is our target audience. We really want to illustrate through the absolutely amazing writing we include that the straight, white, male story isn’t the only one that is available but there is a whole array of incredible storytelling by people from all over. If you are open to new stories, to discovering worlds that may be unlike your own, to hear different opinions or voices, then you are the target audience.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
CHARLES: We aren’t prescriptive at all about the type of work – we are open to all forms and genres. We have certainly found on the previous issues that writers (without realising) have written in themes, so often huge chunks of submissions work perfectly together because people are feeling some kind of common thread at that moment but even then, we love to include something that may not fit within that idea as well, something to make the reader step back and feel something.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
CHARLES: There are so many, and honestly, being part of the lit scene on Twitter has been fantastic because, for the most part, it’s a nurturing and exciting place to be. There are so many mags/journals we love including streetcake, clav mag, perhappened, Babel Tower Notice Board, Tealight Press, Queerlings, Poem Atlas, Full House, fourteen poems, Hinterland, Second Chance Lit, The Selkie, Anthropocene, MIR Online, Wasafiri, Token Magazine… Honestly, there are so many others that are absolutely brilliant.
HOPKINSON: What is your favorite part of being on staff with Untitled?
CHARLES: I love that writers from all over the world trust us with their work, it means so much to us both. Honestly, to be able to read so many inspiring pieces is an incredible experience and especially when I find a piece that I absolutely fall in love with… well that’s the best feeling of all.
HOPKINSON: Where can we send submissions?
CHARLES: Submission guidelines can be found on the website here. Then you can email your submission to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. All work is read with names redacted.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: October 18, 2021
FORMAT: Online and downloadable PDF
SUBMISSION FEE: None
ISSUE FREQUENCY: 2x a year
AVERAGE RESPONSE TIME: Approx. 12 weeks
SUBMISSION METHOD: email
SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: Yes
FORMS: Open to all – poetry, prose, experimental, articles
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