Young and Queer PoC Story Collection
The project is broken into 3 categories, each with its own theme. Think of them as writing prompts to get you started, not hard and fast genres. Submissions are only accepted through the submission form. Submission forms can be found by clicking the 'Submit' buttons listed in the Submission Overview (directly below!).
There is no submission fee for entering.
At the end of our submission period, 6 winners will be chosen, with the help of our partners. The 6 winners will be contacted via email, offered proofreading and editorial services, paid £100, and have their work published on this website.
If you have any questions more questions not covered here, drop us an email.
We love stories that celebrate the everyday details of even the most magical setting.
Aim for simple to follow, engaging, powerful language.
Other than that, we leave the subject matter up to you. Use the themes for each Round as a jumping off point or a writing prompt, but don't be afraid to let your mind wander.
We are site that aims to encourage self-expression, but bear in mind that we do not tolerate sexist, homophobic, transphobic, or racist language and attitudes. Any work or individual found to be using such language or promoting these attitudes will be removed for our site at any point of submission or publication.
If you have any questions, or any concerns about any work you see promoted by The Creative Pandemic, please reach out via email
To be considered for publication, writers must meet the following criteria:
be aged 18 - 30 at the time of submission
be a member of the queer community
be a person of colour
submitted work must be no more than 1,500 words
submitted work is an original piece of work written by the person submitting and with no copy-write infringement
submitted work should not be published elsewhere online or in print
The style of your submission should be loosely related to the submission window you are submitting.
For example, a short story about horror would not be applicable for Round 2, which has a focus on Sci-Fi. However, a horror story in which a character survives trying odds would be a great fit for Round 1, which is focused on stories of strength and passion.
If you have any questions, or would like to ask advice about an idea you have, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Does my story have to be about ethnic minority characters or diversity issues?
No. We want stories written from a PoC Queer writer, but the story itself can be about anything you want - provided it follows the round themes.
What do you mean by PoC?
PoC stands for People of Colour. It's an umbrella term, encompassing anyone that isn't white. We want to create space for these writers to share the nuances of their experience in a creative form. Moving forward, we may find it necessary to be more specific by what we mean by PoC.
What do you mean by Queer?
We use 'queer' here to refer to anyone existing outside of the heterosexual cisgender experience.
Can I submit a story written by more than one person?
No. The person submitting the story should be the sole writer of the work. There will be an editing and proofreading process for the winning pieces - having more than one writer will complicate this process.
Who owns the rights to the stories you publish?
All rights belong to the original author - the person submitting their work.
How much money do the published writers receive?
The writers selected for publication will receive a fee of £100, paid upon completion of proofreading and the editing process. Writers will be asked to send The Creative Pandemic an invoice (template will be provided if you are unsure of how to do this).
How many people will be published?
We will publish two writers per round.
How do I apply?
Submissions will only be accepted through a submission form. This window will open once the first Submission Round is open (July 5th 2021)
I have a question not listed here.
Drop us an email, we'll be happy to answer any further questions.
When you submit your work to The Creative Pandemic, we will collect your preferred name and email address. We use this information to contact you about the progress of your submission. This data is stored electronically and is not shared with any third party. We will never sell any of your details or pass them on without your consent.
We ask the following questions to better understand who is engaging with this project, and will share this information with our partners, Project Phakama:
For the purposes of the "Young and Queer PoC Story Collection" project, we will ask about your sexuality, age, and whether you define yourself as a person of colour. We ask this to ensure only the target group of writers is engaging with this project. Submitting your work to us confirms that you are a person of colour, aged 18 - 30, queer writer. You must answer these questions to submit your work to us. If we find you have answered these questions dishonestly, we reserve the right to disregard and retract submissions, publications, and payments made at any point.
We will also you your preferred pronouns. We will use this in future correspondence with you and The Creative Pandemic. Answering this question is optional. We will also ask if you consider yourself as having a disability, and ask for the first part of your postcode (eg, SE12). Answering these questions is optional.
If your work is chosen for publication, we will ask to share your name, email address, and submission with our partnered proofreader. We will ask for any social media handles you have, and links to any other project you are involved with. This is done to help promote your work to our readers. The information you share with us at this point is voluntary.