Submissions are open until the end of June 2020. The editor aims to respond within twelve weeks.

Editorial Guidelines

  • Blog posts and nonfiction should be no more than 750 words
  • Short stories can be up to 2,000 words, prose memoir 1,000 words
  • Send in essays on the Black Country of up to 1,500 words
  • Poets, please send up to three poems
  • Artists, please email a proposal
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted, but no previously published work


Please submit completed work (for written entries) in the My Work section below. Artists, please send details of your work with a link to images.


  • The Black Country Arts Foundry welcomes artists and writers over 16-years-old, and is committed to publishing undiscovered and emerging voices.
  • The Arts Foundry is looking for artistic responses to the region, with strong narratives and bold themes at the heart of submissions across all media.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions but tell us if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • No previously published work.
  • Fact checking is essential so please provide sources for nonfiction and essays.
  • Reach for something true. Aim for originality, a new voice or vision saying something different about the place you live in, or the place you may have left behind.