Call for Unbound New Writing

Unbound New Writing Sought


Open Book is seeking new writing and supporting material for their Unbound programme. (


Six awards of £175 each will be made for 1) a piece of previously unpublished writing of approx 1000 words, 2) three linked writing prompts, 3) three linked discussion questions, 4) a link to two publicly available poems (online) which in some way connect to your unpublished writing, and 5) a suggestion of a broad theme for your writing (as set out below). 


Submissions (including new writing, writing prompts, discussion questions, a link to poems and a theme) will be accepted until 5pm on Friday 23 October 2020


Open Book will include this new writing in our Unbound newsletter, which is used in most of our shared reading groups and has the purpose of connecting our subscribers at a time when we’re not able to meet in person. Each of these issues of Unbound will centre on a broad theme. (Previous themes have included music, bridges, stars, trees and light.) Please also suggest a theme for the Unbound issue that would include your writing. 


Our readers have described our Unbound programme as a “cave to escape into” and an “oasis”. Applicants may wish to familiarise themselves with previously successful commissions, which are still available on our website, before choosing work to submit. 


How to apply

Please send a previously unpublished text of around 1,000 words along  with three writing prompts, three discussion questions, a link to two publicly available poems that link thematically to the submission and a suggestion of a theme for the Unbound issue to We will select work by six different writers; please only send one submission. Successful applicants will be notified by email by by 5pm on Friday 30 October.


Terms and conditions

  • Successful applicants will be notified by email. Open Book will also announce the applicants chosen through their social media channels and website and as such will require consent to release the names of those chosen. 
  • While copyright will be retained by the writer, successful applicants will grant Open Book a copyright licence to reproduce the piece including but not limited to use in the Open Book Unbound  newsletter, with our online and in person groups, in podcasts produced by Open Book as well as in other Open Book pamphlets or other publications for 24 months from publication.
  • Payment will be made on receipt of the work, and an invoice, by Open Book.


Supported by The Bank Of Scotland Foundation