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Calling black UK-based poets

If you’re a UK-based Black poet of African descent, we want to hear from you.

flipped eye is looking to publish a new poetry anthology Before Them, We – to published in 2022.

Edited by Jacob Sam-La Rose and curated by Ruth Sutoyé, ‘Before Them, We‘ will explore the lives of grandparents and elders before the families they went on to establish, and the themes those lives encompass. We are looking for poems that pay homage to grandparents and the narratives of their lives that are lesser known. The preservation of histories is vital in documentation and this publication aims to highlight its importance.

Submissions are welcomed from UK-based Black poets of African descent. We are looking for work that has not been previously published (in a book, magazine, online or social media). Submissions should be sent by 11:59 pm on Monday 7th June 2021 in a single PDF or Word document to with the email subject: “Before Them, We Anthology.” After sending their work, poets will receive a response within 3 working days to confirm that the submission has been received.

Selected poets will receive a fee of £250 for their two poems. Poets who are considering submitting their work must be available on Saturday 26th June at 12pm, to attend a collaboration session led by Jacob Sam-La Rose. They may also have the opportunity to perform at the physical anthology launch in London in 2022, for which they will receive a compensation. 

Read the full announcement here: