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Liquorice Fish Launch Poetry Competition

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Liquorice Fish is a new imprint from Cinnamon Press to promote the innovative and idiosyncratic in contemporary writing: writers who are passionate and committed to finding an individual voice and approach to their writing; who are restless and want to explore the many possibilities inherent in language and the written word; or who wish to celebrate and extend the vibrant and varied traditions — and anti-traditions — that emerged during the 20th Century but which have been too often marginalised and belittled by the world of corporate authorship.

Liquorice Fish will be (as the American author, Lance Olsen, once said) a possibility space where everything can and should be considered, attempted, and troubled. Our aim is to encourage and foster new writing that is vibrant, playful, transgressive, radical and, yes, just plain beautiful, wherever it might be found.

Writer and literary theorist Ronald Sukenick once wrote: “If you don’t use your own imagination, somebody else is going to use it for you.” Let Liquorice Fish give your imagination voice, your writing wings.”

They say: The imprint’s first publication will be an anthology of the best writing from the next mini-competition on the theme of ‘Lost Voices’. We will also be looking for at least one or two authors from these entries whose work we’d like to develop for a first individual publication with Liquorice Fish. So your entries will be doing double work as competition entry and submission.


  • We are happy to consider previously published work where that work is not presently available in print or on the web in any form and has not reached a substantial readership via, for example, a widely-distributed magazine.
  • Entry pieces must be self-contained — no novel extracts, please.
  • Entries must be submitted electronically – send as email attachments – please ensure you have up to date virus protection and send as a .doc, .rtf, or .txt file.
  • In the subject line please include ‘Liquorice Fish Competition’
  • In the body of the email please put your contact details and a short bio.
  • Deadline for submissions October 31, 2014
  • Entry is £3 per entry or £10 for 4 entries
  • Please pay online at www.cinnamonpress.com/using PayPal or make cheques payable to ‘Cinnamon Press’ Meirion House, Glan yr afon, Tanygrisiau, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, LL41 3SU
  • Work will not be returned, so please keep a copy.
  • Send a copy of your work to: liquoricefish@cinnamonpress.com
  • Results will be announced in the newsletter, on the Cinnamon Face Book page and on the website within 6-8 weeks of the closing date. The winner and runners up will also be emailed.
  • All enquiries: jan@cinnamonpress.com

To submit your entry electronically, visit this page:  http://www.cinnamonpress.com/about/privacy-terms-conditions/mini-competitions/

* For all open date submissions please see the last pages

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