Central themes include place and displacement: stories of belonging, and not belonging; art and writing which explores identity, loss, and renewal; and work expressing what makes the region, and each person in it, unique.

Submissions are open until the end of August. 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.