Written by Ella Peary

the other side of hope: Now Seeking Submissions

the other side of hope is a new journal dedicated to showcasing writing by authors who are immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. The journal is also edited by immigrants and refugees, and aims to serve the immigrant and refugee community worldwide. They pay authors £100 for work published in the print issue, and £50 for work published online. Asylum seekers get a £50/£100 gift card.

Based in the UK, the other side of hope is funded by Arts Council England and the patronage of award-winning author A.M. Dassu. The journal is also supported by ArtReach and Journeys Festival International.

Although they admire writing by authors from all backgrounds, the other side of hope only accepts fiction and poetry written by authors who are immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Fiction and poetry submissions do not need to be themed; these submissions do not need to address the immigrant or refugee experience. the other side of hope accepts writing in English from around the world, but they are not able to accept translations at this time.

the other side of hope accepts nonfiction, reviews, and interviews written by anyone, as long as the work spotlights the immigrant or refugee experience.

the other side of hope will be published in print once a year, and they will publish new online content periodically. Right now through July 31, they are seeking submissions for their first issue.

Poets may submit up to four poems. Authors of fiction may submit two stories or standalone chapters from unpublished novels, 1,000 to 8,000 words. Or, authors may submit up to five works of flash fiction. Authors of creative nonfiction (not academic writing) may submit essays, creative ethnography, memoirs, reportage, criticism, and travelogues, 2,000 to 5,000 words. the other side of hope also accepts book reviews and author interviews, 500 to 1,000 words, that address the immigrant and refugee experience. Also, they occasionally publish illustrations and photography with brief commentaries.

the other side of hope accepts submissions via email, not through an online submission manager or by post. They accept simultaneous submissions but ask that authors withdraw work published elsewhere. They do not accept previously published work.

the other side of hope only accepts submission that follow the guidelines they’ve posted online. Please read these guidelines in full before submitting.

If you would like to learn more or submit to the other side of hope, please visit their website here.

Bio: Ella Peary is the pen name for an author, editor, creative writing mentor, and submission consultant. Over the past five years, she’s written hundreds of articles for Authors Publish, and she’s also served as a copywriter and copy editor for a wide range of organizations and individuals. She is the author of The Quick Start Guide to Flash Fiction. She occasionally teaches a course on flash fiction. You can contact her at ellapeary@gmail.com.



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