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Arkbound Foundation Launches Initiative to Help Change the LGBTQ+ Narrative

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The Arkbound Foundation, the UK’s leading charity committed to breaking down barriers into writing and publishing, is calling on everyone within the LGBTQ+ community to come forward and share their stories as part of the new innovative project.

LGBTQ+ voices and experiences often go unheard in mainstream media, and the Arkbound Foundation wants to change the narrative around what it is like being LGBTQ+ today giving it a more accurate representation.

If you are LGBTQ+ and living in the UK, then Arkbound wants to hear from you.

Participants are invited to submit their own original writing, which will become part of a new book. The book will be in the form of an anthology, which is a collection of writings from the LGBTQ+ community. It will launch in the summer of 2021.

Submissions can be a range of forms: poetry, personal essays, diary entries, letters to my future/former self, creative non-fiction – whatever speaks your truth.

Not only will writers who successfully submit have their work included in the book, but they will also gain some profile through a launch event, online activities and interviews, and promotion of their work. Published entrants will also receive £100 towards launching their writing careers. Entrants do not need to be an experienced or published writer to take part.

The Arkbound Foundation is also happy to take published work anonymously.

Mike Findlay, Vice-Chair of the Arkbound Foundation, comments: ‘This is a great opportunity to get your voice and writing out there. As a charity, we are committed to widening access to literature and improving diversity in publishing. We know that LGBTQ+ voices and experiences are often grossly misrepresented and unrepresented in mainstream media. We want this to change.

‘The Arkbound Foundation is also aware of the richness and variety of people’s experience of being LGBTQ+ across the UK, and therefore wanted to capture this in a new book, which is a collection of stories from the community. The chance of taking part will hopefully provide a springboard for the next generation of LGBTQ+ writers.’

Author of Maggie & Me and You Will Be Safe Here, Damian Barr, comments: ‘I really admire what the Arkbound Foundation is setting out to achieve with this project. I know from my own experience, how hard it can be to get your voice heard when you’re starting out. Being able to share your experience of being LGBTQ+ in writing is powerful not only for the individual but also in redressing the balance of voices represented in publishing. I wish such an opportunity existed when I was starting out.’

The Arkbound Foundation is particularly interested in hearing from those with intersecting identities. Being LGBTQ+ exists no matter your race, religion, disability, or socioeconomic background.

All contributors will receive a free copy of the anthology, an embossed certificate, and a share of book royalties. Work must not be published elsewhere. Following the deadline, we will keep you up to date on whether your submission will be included in the anthology. Max 3,000 words per submission.

The deadline for submissions is 13 February 2021 and should be sent to lgbtq@arkfound.org. Please email the same address with any questions you have.

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