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Julia Bell
Julia Bell

Julia Bell is a writer and Senior Lecturer at Birkbeck and Course Director of the Creative Writing MA. She is the author of three novels, most recently The Dark Light to be published in May 2015 by Macmillan, the co editor of the Creative Writing Coursebook, as well as three volumes of short stories most recently The Sea In Birmingham. She also takes photographs, writes poetry, short stories, occasional essays and journalism, and is the co-curator of spoken word night @InYerEarLondon. Twitter: @juliabell.

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MIR11 Call for Submissions

Mechanics’ Institute Review Volume 11


Edited by Julia Bell (and editorial team tba).


Once again we’re looking for your best writing to publish in our famous Mechanics' Institute Review (as featured in the Daily Mail!).


This year will be 1/3 commissioned with the other 2/3rds chosen from open submissions. All the relevant info is below – please pay attention to the formatting requirements as it makes your work easier to read and to process. 


Deadline: Midnight March 31st


What?: Short stories, creative non-fiction, or standalone novel extracts.


Who?: Any Birkbeck CW student or alumni (from MA BA or Cert courses) is eligible to submit – please state your course and year in your cover email


Word Length: up to 5,000 words


Format: Word doc or docx – double spaced – name and title on every page and paginated please (no PDFs or Apple Works etc please)


Please email to: (yes we’re using an old email account but this will be volume 11.)


Editors' decision is final and due to time pressure no formal feedback can be offered if your piece is not selected. 


Look forward to reading your stories!





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