Saturday, 12 March 2011





DORSET VOICES will showcase quality writing and the literary talent that can be found in Dorset (both new and established writers and photographers are invited to submit work). Submissions must be the author’s own original work and must not have been printed previously in any publication anywhere in the world.

The closing date for submitting your work for consideration by the editorial team is 30 July 2011.

Without wishing to be prescriptive, the editors anticipate that at least 50% of the work published will have some direct relevance or connection to Dorset, in terms of setting or inspiration.

The editors also anticipate that approximately 70% of the work selected will be prose and 30% poetry.

Black and white photographs of places/people/objects in Dorset can also be submitted; we aim to include from 10 to15 full-page photos (240mm x 150mm) in the book, mostly in portrait format, and some photographs may be considered for the cover. Photographers can submit up to 5 B/W images. All images should be submitted online as original digital images as .jpg or .tiff (preferred) files at 300dpi.


Short stories, flash fiction, essays, prose poems, etc., up to 2000 words

Poetry: poems up to 40 lines in length

The title is not included in the word or line count. Submissions must be in English. The word count should be written at the top. Submissions must show the name, address, email and telephone number of the contributor.

Contributors are required to: either have a residential postal address in the county of Dorset or to be able to demonstrate past residence or evidence of strong connections to Dorset. The Editorial Team (Poundbury Voices) and Roving Press (the publisher) have secured the support of Creative Dorset and other organisations with a Dorset focus, ensuring this is an all-Dorset production.

For written submissions, a fee of £5.00 is payable for each piece of work submitted; this is to encourage writers to send in their best work. Each prospective contribution must be submitted by email as an attached, single- or double-spaced, MS Word document (double spacing preferred). Photographers can submit up to 5 images for the £5.00 fee.

It will be the editorial team’s final decision as to what will be included in Dorset Voices. Each writer and photographer submitting work, whether or not it is selected for inclusion, will be entitled to one free copy of Dorset Voices, 2012 edition, regardless of the number of submissions. Contributors will be notified once copies are available and will be offered a 20% discount if they wish to order more.

The non-returnable £5.00 fee for each submission is payable by cheque and should be sent by post to Roving Press, at the same time as submissions are sent electronically to the editors.

Please send all submissions by email to:
with a copy to:
Please provide your full name, postal and email address to accompany your cheque and your submission; a short five line biographical note should also accompany your submission. This will be printed in the book if your contribution is successful.

Please send the cheque (made out to Roving Press Ltd) to:

Roving Press Ltd.,
4 Southover Cottages
Dorset DT2 9NQ

We regret that we are unable to provide comment or feedback, or to enter into correspondence.

We reserve the right to edit submissions. Submission of work indicates agreement to publication. In some cases, we may request permission to keep shortlisted submissions on file with a view to possible publication in a future "Dorset Voices".

Worldwide copyright of each submission remains with the author, but Poundbury Voices and Roving Press retain the unrestricted right to publish the submissions in the Dorset Voices annual anthology and in any relevant promotional material.

Selection of submissions (and sub-editing) will take place between 1 August and 30 November 2011. Selected contributions will be passed to the publisher by the end of November, with a view to publication in Spring 2012.

Neither royalties, payments nor fees will be payable for work published in Dorset Voices.

Standard rules apply, in terms of publication. Each submitting author must confirm that:

A) the work submitted is original and has not been previously published in print form either in volume or serial;

B) that none of the contents infringe copyright;

C) the rights of third parties are not infringed;

D) that all statements purporting to be facts will not, if the reader were reasonably to act accordingly, cause injury, illness or any damage to the user or third parties;

F) the work does not infringe privacy or confidentiality or the Official Secrets Act;

G) is not in any other way unlawful.

Each contributing author shall indemnify Poundbury Voices (ie the members of the editorial team) and Roving Press against all costs, expenses, loss and damage resulting from the breach of the above warranties or any claim alleging breach therof.

If you would like to be included in a list of Useful Contacts, to be printed in the book, please contact Roving Press (tel. 01300 321531). For a small fee, we will include your details, information about your services, product or organisation, as relevant to readers of the book.

Further information and updates about this project can be found here:

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